Picnics and Poetry is a slow-living and sustainable fashion boutique in Vancouver, Canada.
The space represents a selection of artists, designers, and makers who are committed to ethical, sustainable, and low-impact processes.
My name is Sally Nadison Reyes and Picnics and Poetry is my brainchild. This space is an extension of my own home and way of life. A microcosm of how I experience the world and this universe. It is an expression of my ethos, from supporting craftsmanship and slow living to a de-commercialized sense of beauty.
My ambition is to discover a new take on the retail experience––one that brings creatives together in an ever-evolving landscape of design, art, fashion, and culture.
All of the designers represented in the space use exclusively vintage, recycled, or deadstock fabrics to create all of the pieces that you see. I believe so passionately that new doesn’t always mean better, and there is something incredibly magical about wearing pieces made from components that have lived an entire lifetime before you.
The concept that there are 52 seasons in a year is one born from mass overproduction and commercialism. Over the last several decades, our collective attention spans have been significantly reduced due to the constant bombardment from big brands about new arrivals, new styles, and new trends in home and life. We have been trained to expect to see new things every time we interact with a brand or a shop.
This space is a reminder to all that it is okay to slow down. Beautiful, intentional things take time to create, and are meant to be loved for their entire lifetime, not just for a season.
Every single decision behind the scenes is made with the environment in mind. All of the packaging used is plastic-free. I use recycled boxes, bags, and tissue paper. Our mailer bags are 100% biodegradable and compostable. Our stickers are acid-free and printed with soy-based inks (an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based inks).
In cases where you’ve received plastic packaging (i.e. packing peanuts or bubble wrap), it is always recycled and reused,