Born and raised in the Canadian north, Jennifer Fukushima trained in fashion design at Ryerson University. She has worked under other Canadian fashion labels including Preloved, Peach Berserk and Fashion Crimes. Her previous label, Paper People Clothing, was sold through retailers across Canada and the US for over 12 years.
By distilling her years of experience in design, Jennifer has come to focus on high quality cut and sew knitwear. Combining luxurious natural fibres and ecologically conscious blends, Jennifer works to create wearable mosaics for the bold and modern woman along with versatile eco-luxe basics. Working to keep the Canadian fashion industry alive, everything is designed and produced here in Canada.
At Jennifer Fukushima, we make original clothing for unique women who want to feel like themselves at work and in play. We want to you to feel excited about getting dressed for work in the morning. We want you to be your best self!
But our mission is two fold. We create clothing with a conscience so that you can feel good about your purchase. All clothes are created locally in Canada by us and other local businesses. Great care is taken during each step of the process from design to materials selection through to construction so that each garment can be enjoyed for multiple seasons so that you don’t have to say goodbye to your favourite sweater.
We source our fabrics from across the globe, giving special preference to sustainably grown and manufactured goods whenever possible. Natural fibres that come from the Earth are selected for their comfort, quality and resource renewability. Select synthetics are used sparingly to provide increased strength and durability to natural fibres. Our goal is to operate a zero waste environment. Anything we cannot use is shared with local crafters and charities.
Our philosophy is to encourage waste reduction and environmental preservation. We use natural, locally sourced and environmentally conscious textiles whenever possible.
Hemp is one of the strongest, most durable of all natural fibres. Garments made from hemp will keep their shape rather than stretching out and they get softer as they age.
Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop that produces much higher yields per acre than cotton, flax (linen) and many other plants. The roots anchor and protect soil from runoff and the leaves shed all throughout the growing season acting as a fertilizer and leaving the soil in a rich and healthy condition. Hemp requires few pesticides and no herbicides to grow.
Linen comes from the flax plant. Flax grows naturally and requires less water and fewer pesticides than cotton, making it gentler on the environment. Flax is a natural fibre that is biodegradable and can be recycled into paper and insulation materials. And additionally, the entire plant can be used, leaving no waste. Flax is easy to incorporate into modern crop rotation cycles which prevents soil depletion. Very little energy is required to process flax and the yarns made from flax fibres are inherently strong reducing the need for starching during fabric production.
One of the most popular textile fibres, cotton is soft to the touch, breathable, absorbent and easy to care for. Conventional cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop the world over with GMO cotton contributing to decreased biodiversity.
We prefer to use non genetically modified cotton grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Our cotton is certified to the Organic Exchange 100 Standard.
Buttons are resurrected from old collections and vintage clothes and reused as one of a kind accents on many of our garments and accessories.
Recycled cotton is made by recycling textile off cuts (small pieces leftover from garment cutting that would otherwise be discarded). In addition to recycling, the colours of the original fabric are retained, thus eliminated the need for dying.
The recycled cotton fabric we use is certified to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.
Regenerated wool fabric is produced by recycling old clothing and textile off cuts (small pieces leftover from garment cutting).
The regenerated wool fabric we use is certified to the Oeko-Tex 100 standard.
Tencel is the ultra soft, smooth ecologically friendly cousin to conventional rayon. It is manufactured from raw wood pulp, harvested from forest plantations that engage in sustainable agricultural practices. The cultivated forest land is not suitable for agricultural use. The solvent used to process the fibre is recycled by almost 100% in the closed loop process.