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Model: Sabina Kelley - Photo By: Ama Lea
COMPANY NAME: Purrfect Pineapples
LOCATION: Downtown Toronto
HOW IS YOUR LINGERIE PRODUCED?
All Purrfect Pineapples’ lingerie is produced in my studio. I make all my patterns from scratch, and then I cut out all the pieces in fabric. Once everything is cut, I pin them down on my silk-screening table and silk screen each piece individually. Everything gets heat set to ensure the print does not wash off. Then I sew each garment. Fun!
WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR PATTERNS?
All of my patterns are made from scratch.
DO YOU DO CUSTOM ORDERS?
That depends on what you want made. I do custom sizing and custom colors on styles that I already have for sale. I am open to suggestions, so if you want a custom order, please feel free to email me; email@example.com
I AM A SIZE XS OR XXL, DO YOU HAVE MY SIZE?
Depending on the item you are inquiring about, most of my styles can be made smaller or bigger. Feel free to email me for added sizing information and pricing.
DO YOU SHIP TO EUROPE/AUSTRALIA/ETC?
YES! I will ship anywhere in the world.
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have shipping questions/requests.
WHAT DOES “CRUELTY-FREE” MEAN?
Cruelty-Free means my products are sweatshop free and animal friendly.
Everything is made by me and only me, IN CANADA.
I do not use: leather, wool, silk, fur or any other animal products.
WHY DOES “CRUELTY-FREE” MATTER?
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CAN I MODEL FOR YOU?
I am always looking for new, awesome models. Please send photos to: email@example.com
WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR CLOTHES?
I learned a lot from school, like how to sew more precisely, quality control, how to pick out top quality fabrics, and to draft my own patterns from scratch to the exact fit I desired. I specifically took a lingerie course so I could learn the best techniques to work with thin stretch fabrics and different elastics. When it comes to sewing lingerie, practice makes perfect.
Where did the Purrfect Pineapples idea originate? What was the first item you offered for sale?
I have always loved lingerie and never been satisfied with the fit or styles offered in the mall (i.e. not enough ruffles, bows were too small, bras didn't fit right, the rise of certain panties were awkward, etc.). I just always wanted to have a pair of panties where I chose the color, cut, style, etc. Plus, lingerie is way more fun to sew than clothing. You can make it so over the top that it's adorable, rather than tacky.
The first three items I offered for sale were diamond print, silk screened camisoles; matching booty short panties; and crazy printed garter belts with giant neon bows - all of which were fun, but I definitely like the direction I have been taking recently.
What does the Purrfect Pineapples clothing line entail and offer for sale?
We offer a wide range of cutesy cruelty-free lingerie that includes:
Purrfect Pineapples is a cruelty-free fashion label. Can you explain what that means and why this is important to you?
Cruelty-free means that all of our products are sweatshop free and animal friendly. All of our items are handmade by me, and all fabrics are hand picked by me. None of our products contain animal-derived fibers or textiles such as: leather, fur, wool, silk, etc.
Cruelty-free products are important to me because I feel as though the fashion industry can function without the use of animal products and I'm out to prove it. We don't even use leather shoes in our photo shoots. It can be done!
Since many textiles do contain animal products, how tricky is it to find the necessary products to produce your clothing?
I am used to sourcing specific fabrics at this point, so I find it pretty easy to avoid textiles containing animal products. I generally know what I'm looking for and what to avoid.
The patterns you use, the fabrics, and special attention paid to detail really make your work stand out. What captures your attention when looking for the materials you use in your designs?
I have been on a “treats” fabric spree lately. I find it hard to avoid buying fabric with cats and cupcakes on it. Luckily, I haven't made cat print lingerie.. yet! I love anything colorful, fun and shiny. I have grown to dislike black fabric/lingerie; it just seems so boring.
I know that your commitment to living a vegan lifestyle is very important to you. How long have you been a vegan? What caused you to become a vegan and how has it changed your life?
I have been vegan for 12 years, meat-free for 15 years. I always thought of veganism as "the next step" after becoming vegetarian. It just happened gradually - first I cut out milk, then eggs, then cheese, ice cream was last on the list.
Eventually you just learn to live without animal products in your diet, especially with all the new amazing vegan products available on the market right now. Daiya Cheese and Temptation Ice cream are all I need (haha!). Being vegan has definitely changed my life for the better.
Where do you draw inspiration from for the items you create?
This is always the hardest question to answer because I really just love fabric shopping. I love to just pick out a bunch of great fabrics, trims and elastics, and then mix and match them to make cutesy lingerie. It does help having great models to work with. It's really fun to make lingerie to suit certain models based on their hair color or tattoos.
Not only are your products absolutely beautiful, you also have quite an eye for the marketing angle of the business. Can you tell us about the time and care you put into photographing your line, the models you use, and the themes you employ to advertise Purrfect Pineapples clothing?
It basically just comes down to being picky as hell. Which isn't always positive, but it seems to benefit the company. I handpick all my photographers and models based on their portfolios. I also try to switch up my styling and models; not to be too pin-up, or too "fake" looking. I enjoy working with real women who have curves and positive body image.