When I launched Ramonalisa is 2008, I knew that Canadians were ready to see the fashion industry change.
Because I grew up in a globalized world, I’d never thought much about where my clothes came from. It was only when I started working in what was left of the local fashion industry in 2006 that I began to understand Montreal’s long history with textiles and garment manufacturing.
For decades, my beautiful city produced most of the clothing sold in Canada. When globalization took hold and companies started moving their manufacturing overseas, people gradually stopped thinking about who made their clothes.
Until we all found out about the sweatshops, that is.
That’s when I took my passion for fashion, mad sewing skillz, and the knowledge I’d gained from working in the industry, and set up shop.
From the beginning, Ramonalisa has never seen the shadow of a sweatshop. All by designs are made by myself or by local contractors who abide by the labour laws of Canada.
The point of Ramonalisa has always been the merging of ethics and aesthetics. That’s why in 2012, after learning more about the problems of conventional and synthetic fibers, I decided to switch to environmentally sustainable fabrics. What is harmful to the environment also exposes the people who work and live there to great risk. What is best for the planet is also best for people!
I want you to feel good about looking great. I think that nobody should suffer for fashion. And I firmly believe that the choices we make today, big and small, add up to make a huge impact on our collective future.
Live for today. Dress for tomorrow.