fashion & accessories | VANCOUVER, BC

Fortiv reclaims the clothing and textiles that exist around us, re-imagining what is and re-defining what could be.

Fortiv was formed as a response to the mass amounts of clothing and textile waste headed to landfill. All of the clothing, textiles and trims used are reclaimed from rag houses, thrift shops, and local manufacturers.  We see what we make as a way to extend the life of what has already been produced.

Imagine if updating, altering, and mending our clothes was the norm? 

Imagine if we allowed our clothes to have more than one life, changing overtime as we do.

We are inspired by how we wear clothes, the stories they become, and how we pass them on.

We see the potential to transform what we already have and reframe our concept of waste. Our explorative approach challenges the perceived limits we’ve placed on our clothes and inspires us to redefine the status quo of clothing consumption. 

We believe the future of what we make begins with what already exists. We hope that by providing reclaimed clothing made with care we can inspire others to see the value in quality, craft, and reuse.

About the founder:

Fortiv was formed by Michelle Larsen out of her home based studio in Vancouver, BC. The values and practices that Fortiv encompasses are rooted from a need to re-envision what responsibly made, upcycled clothing can look like, how it can be made, and how it can become a means for play, experimentation, and connection. Fortiv is a continually evolving project, creating an opportunity to explore design possibilities and continually learn. 


881 East Hastings St.

Vancouver, BC

V6A 3Y1


We acknowledge the land on which we gather is on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


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