Twigg & Hottie: Sustainable survival

Extending the logic of animal husbandry to cardigans and kimonos.

Credit: Angela Fama

Twigg & Hottie’s We3 line of basic and layering pieces are made from eco-friendly fabrics that feel great

In these hybrid times, visionaries take the best qualities and create something better, and that’s what the three Twigg & Hottie partners did when they monkeyed around with turtlenecks and batwings in their new We3 line.

No, it’s not social Darwinism or animal husbandry gone wild, but a collection of 11 basic knit tops engineered by Glencora Twigg, Christine Hotton and Jessica Vaira. “After years of running the shop together, it was a natural evolution for the three of us to collaborate on design,” says Twigg. “So we designed We3 to help women stay relevant in their clothing, and today that means being comfortable, looking great, and reducing your impact.”

Harajuku cardigans and kimono shrugs bring an Asian esthetic to the collection, which is rounded out by other basics, such as raglan-sleeved boat-neck tops, simple tees and deep-cut vees. And of course, there’s the aforementioned amalgam of a neck-hugging turtleneck with drape-y batwing sleeves.

The sweat-shop-free line is fashioned from bamboo, soy and organic cotton. And tops come in everyday wearable neutrals (cream, black, grey) or punchier colours (purple, green and red), making it both modern and dramatic. With these sustainable smarts, We3 is not likely to go the way of the dodo or dinosaur anytime soon.

Twigg & Hottie
3671 Main Street, Vancouver