Local designer Flora & Fauna finds inspiration in squirrels

What’s a girl to do when she loves God’s little creatures but can’t handle being a vet? For Pauline Siu, it meant taking her talents in the fashion industry and combining them with her desire to give back and be environmentally innovative.

She found inspiration for her fledgling clothing line Flora & Fauna in the plight of an orphaned baby squirrel she sponsored at Critter Care in Langley.

“They’re the most common city animal, but most people see them as pests,” she says, adding simply, “I like them.”

Flora & Fauna

Available at Hum Clothing, Granville Island Organix and Portobello West Market in Vancouver. Also at Agnes Jean Boutique in Squamish. www.floraandfauna.ca

An image of the much-maligned, bushy-tailed rodent can be seen sprinting along the outside pocket detail of her aptly named “squirrel tube top.”

She also references a jellyfish print on other items in her small line, which includes t-shirts, shrugs and a beach dress.

She uses organic cotton, bamboo, some soy and a little Spandex for fit and tries to keep her colours neutral and her style timeless to also help cut down on waste.

Retail prices range from $70 to $140.


Check out the Flora & Fauna Spring/Summer 2010 collection on Granville mag's CitizenSTYLE blog.


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