Turning hose into clothes is a specialty for textile + fashion designer Katherine Soucie. Katherine was introduced to the world of textiles and fashion as a child, creating inventive outfits from hand me down clothing and vintage fabrics. Being the youngest of five children from a mixed cultural heritage (British, French Canadian/Metis), textiles and clothing allowed for her to find her voice and express her cultural identity. An identity she discovered meant to represent transformation.
It was while she studying Textiles at Capilano University, she came up with a concept that would guarantee her clothing line, Sans Soucie, and developed her signature hosiery textile process. The result was fabric that was not only practical and functional but it was unique and 100% Canadian in its manufacturing.
In 2003, Sans Soucie Textile + Design was established as zero waste textile and clothing design studio that specialized in transforming pre-consumer nylon waste hosiery (pantyhose) into new hand made textiles. The mission at Sans Soucie was to rethink ways to maintain textile production in Canada by establishing partnerships with Canadian mills to obtain their waste textiles. In doing so, this has allowed for the development of unique hand made, Canadian-made textiles, garments and accessories.