Who they are:
Up-cyclers. Ethical and sustainable. Environmentally responsible. Dreamers. Entrepreneurs.
What they do:
Nooks Design began when Ruthy Penner and her husband Louis Philippe Lavoie made a visit to some Kelowna, BC thrift stores on a cold December day where there was an abundance of outdated wool sweaters that were going to be discarded due to moth holes. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to take the wool and make it into something new and beautiful, and so was born the idea of transforming the material into footwear for their little one.
One year after the launch of the business, a line of children’s clothing was designed and brought to production, starting with custom dresses and skirts.
Today, vintage fabrics as well as upcycled wools and leather are being made into a variety of dresses, skirts, rompers, sun suits, bonnets, bloomer shorts and accessories like bow headbands;
But the little wool booties that started it all are still available too!
Ruthy, Louis-Philippe and their small team work to continuously develop new and fresh patterns, always with the inspiration of using timeless designs.
Beyond selling product at farmers’ markets throughout British Columbia, Canada in the spring and summer, Nooks Design goods can be found at over 40 finer children’s clothing boutiques throughout North America, as well as online.
Why we love them:
They be living in this beautiful Okanagan, so really our backyard. Up-cyclers. These aren’t just wool booties, they are ridiculously cute and unique wool booties. Don’t even get me started on the ruffle bottomed rompers. Again ridiculously cute.