Edwin MacIsaac and Michelle Grace are the proud parents of Through The Pines apparel from Toronto, Canada. Their interest in creating their own clothing line was sparked while driving back home from a glorious camping trip at Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario one summer afternoon. HEY! — they thought! If other people can make clothing, so can we!
The founders love the outdoors and travel, thus creating an apparel line that would allow them to be creative while encomposing their love of adventure, brings them fun and happiness.
What is an adventure and how to become an adventurer?
To us, an adventure is anything that makes you happy and takes you out of your normal routine. An adventure can be anything from exploring a new park around you, or backpacking through another country, the possibilities are endless! There is no real way to become an adventurer, we believe that anyone with a burning desire to explore and get out of their comfort zone, is an adventurer!
Can Through The Pines T-shirt turn a tourist into an adventurer?
Haha! Well, we would like to think that throwing on one of our T-shirts can magically turn you into an adventurer, it will definitely make you look great while adventuring!
If Through The Pines was a person, how would you describe it?
If TTP was a person they would be very passionate about the environment, love animals and respect all life, they would be vegetarian, and pride themselves on sustainability, they would be caring, loving, and nurturing- much like the founders!
What’s the inspiration behind the T-shirts?
Mother Nature! We love her.
Describe the type of folks who would wear Through The Pines.
People who love to be outdoors and share a love for nature are our definite target audience, but anyone who can appreciate a good solid tee will rock the gear.
Who/what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking? What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?
To be honest, we have been very inspired by a lot of wonderful people on Instagram, we love seeing everybody‘s stunning photogrpahy and often vision ourselves there! We are dreamers and although at the moment we can‘t be travelling everywhere, we live vicariously through the community of TTP @throughthepinesco who inspire us daily to plan our next adventure and get out there!
What makes a good quality of your T-shirts?
We like to ensure that our Tees won‘t shrink after one wash, they are super soft and really cozy!
You mentioned that your products have a unique style based on the balance between simplicity and functionality. What is simplicity and functionality according to you?
How do you produce and distribute your products?
We have great suppliers that we work with here in Toronto and North America wide. Our products are distrbuted via our website www.throughthepines.com and our Instagram @throughthepinesco.
What are your thoughts on sustainability, sustainable fashion, sustainable production, etc.?
As our brand expands, we are hoping to get into organic fibres, we try our best to support local businesses in helping us with the curation of the products. TTP is only 1 year old, we have a lot of great ideas and ways to evolve in an environmental concious way.
How would you describe your approach to nature? How‘s your label related with nature?
Well, I guess our approach is pretty simple, we just love being outside! Being Canadian, we have 4 seasons and embrace them all! We don‘t let any snow or cold weather get in our way of enjoying this beautiful earth. Our tees just reflect that by our logos that we design.
Tell us a bit more about the relations with The World Wildlife Federation.
With every purchase we donate $1 to WWF.
How do you imagine your label will evolve?
We are in the works of creating more apparel, so stay tuned for our hoodies, sweats and hats!
Do you have any rules you live by?
What is the best moment of the day, week, year?
Grabbing a fresh coffee and wandering the forest on a Sunday, sunny afternoon! Taking the dogs to the dog park, and just enjoying the fresh air.
What are you passionate about besides your work?
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