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Hi! Welcome to our education page. Here we breakdown our pricing. Where things are made and why and give you a more look into the backend of US.

 

Where are our pieces made?

CANADA: It's true! Lot's of our pieces are made right here at home. Although this beautiful country doesn't have a ton of manufacturers and very few who work with delicates or wovens, we do try and keep our manufacturing close to home. If we can make it here, we will! Printing, tagging and embroidery all happen in Canada as well.

USA: Due to the pandemic we did move our crewneck manufacturing to the USA. LA specifically has a really amazing garment district that specializes in cozy sweats. When working with manufacturers abroad we always make sure that they are paying their workers the correct wage for their state and treating them right. We buy our loungewear from manufacturers who supply crewnecks to a variety of different companies, we then import it, customize it, print, tag and embroider it all in Canada. Currently we are in the process of bringing this manufacturing back to Canada.

OVERSEAS: We have began to manufacture some items overseas that can't be made in either Canada or the USA at an affordable price or because the facilities aren't available. If we are manufacturing overseas, a lot of research goes into it to make sure that the manufacturers we are using are certified in eco friendly materials and are not only treating their workers right and well but also paying them fair wages for the countries they live in.

 

Pricing?

CUT & SEW: As you can see we aren't inexpensive. But, making things in Canada, with mostly eco conscious materials and with ethical labour is expensive. Our cost of our item not only includes how much we pay to make it but also how much it costs to keep our business running.

LOUNGEWEAR: Our loungewear is bought through manufacturers who make loungewear in bulk for multiple different retailers. This not only ables us to lower our prices for these items but also give you more variety, options and colourways. We always customize the items with designs to make them US. Because of this we are able to offer our lounge pieces at a lower price than if we were to cut and sew it.

USD:Our currency is in $ USD since most of our expenses are in USD and the foreign exchange risk was too high.

Fabrics we like & why:

TencelTM :

Tencelis a brand that makes lyocelland modal fibres in an environmentally friendly responsible process from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood.

Lyocell:

Natural, man made fibre made with wood pulp from sustainable tree farms.

Created through the use of nanotechnology in a closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents and emissions

100% biodegradable

The textiles are processed into fibre using organic chemicals that are covered under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification and are 100% recyclable.

Made from different types of trees including beech and eucalyptus.

Modal:

Semi-synthetic fabric made from beech tree pulp

Considered a luxurious textile thanks to both its soft feel and high cost

Bio-based fabric that is made from spinning reconstituted beech tree cellulose

Production process includes soaking the fabric in chemicals like sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfate

Lenzing has developed innovative environmental processes for the manufacture of Lenzing Modal

Non-toxic technologies have allowed Lenzing to recover up to 95% of Modal’s production materials, minimising emissions and conserving resources.

Lenzing Modal is carbon-neutral

Requires less land per tonne than cotton fibres

Water consumption level that’s ten to twenty times less than that of cotton

 

Linen:

Extremely strong, lightweight fabric made from the flax plant

Natural fibre, like cotton, but it takes longer to harvest and make into fabric

No pesticides or chemicals required

Biodegradable

Con: Uses a lot of water for production

Organic Cotton:

Staple fiber produced from the cotton plant

No pesticides or chemicals used

Biodegradable

Con: Requires a lot of water for production

Bamboo:

Naturally grows with no irritation, poisonous pesticides, and fertilizers

Does not require replanting because of the robust reproduction ability from its root networking

Naturally antibacterial

Biodegradable

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth with a growth rate of over 12 inches per day

Silk:

A natural fibre

Requires less water than cotton for production

Biodegradable

Silk is a protein fiber spun by silkworms and is a renewable resource

Con: chemicals are used to produce conventional silk so organic silk to be a better option

Con: conventional silk production kills the silkworm but there is peace silk

Supima Cotton:

A luxury rare form of cotton grown in the USA's desert climates

only 1% of the world cotton is Supima

extra-long staple fibre that gives the cotton its premium properties: Strength, Softness and Color retention

ASA (American Society of Agronomy) Certified - which means strict agricultural standards

Not labelled "organic" but grown organically

Con: Like other cottons, it uses a lot of water for production


Cashmere:

Softest and most luxurious forms of wool

Natural fibre made from cashmere and pashmina goats

Generally shorn from the underside of the goats or the neck region

High quality Cashmere production is complicated which makes it expensive

Goats naturally shed their coats during molting season and the wool is gathered (wool is gathered by combing the coat)

After the wool is gathered, the coarse overcoat hairs must be separated from the fine and soft undercoat hairs, which eventually become the cashmere

Once the fibres are separated, they are assembled into bales spun into yarn, which is then dyed and knit or woven into fabric

About Us

Uncle Studios was founded in 2017, in Toronto, Canada. From its inception, Uncle’s mission of extending the feeling of family beyond the traditional sense has been at the heart of everything we do and is a key inspiration for the pieces in our collection. Uncle represents self-development rather than perfection. For Uncle, the beauty of being comes from the ability to never stop growing. Having the right people supporting you along your journey of self-expression is the feeling we work to evoke. 

 

As a brand, Uncle Studios is continuously working on our transparency with our community, especially regarding production practices. As a small company, we are challenging the fashion industry to not only question their operations, but also take the necessary steps in order to set a higher standard to protect our environment. We are vocal on issues that align with our ethos and will continue to use our platform to speak up and show our support. In order for us to stay true to our values both internally and externally, we foster a culture of respect and communication to ensure our team continuously questions what we do and determine ways in which we can do better to hold ourselves accountable. 

 

Our primary inspiration comes from our own closets. Collectively, we want to break the wheel in creating products that end up in a landfill at the end of each season. Uncle is about everyday wear done better. We use quality fabricsand ethical labour to produce pieces meant to stay in your closet for a lifetime. Every day we try and live by our motto Be Good. Do Good.