Attention fashionistas ::: This one is for you!
Back in July, I had the opportunity to join the Ganjaology team up north to attend the highly praised Canadian festival, Bass Coast. Here, a vast array of artisans presented their unique goods and I was gifted the chance to sit down with a few vendors in the marketplace, including the lovely Jeni Mack who was joined by her supportive partner, Jonathan. The two generously shared their time, smiles, and wisdom. Jeni Mack represents Piña Styles, JeniMack for Piña, and JeniMack EcoFashion.
Piña Styles is the manifestation of Angie Roussin, who first opened her humble print shop in Ucluelet, B.C. seven years ago. This small coastal town known as Ukee, is where it all began. Piña produces stunning and unique prints of animals from the land and sea, pirate ships, and a vast array of other eye-catching images. Inspired by her younger years raised on sailboats in Vancouver, Piña spent plenty of time with her fisherman father and sea venturing mother. These open ocean vibrations present themselves full force in the most raw, but tender of ways. Printed on environmentally friendly gear, the bold prints contrast oh so perfectly upon cozy hoodies and the softest tees.
Six years ago, Jeni Mack first produced her now infamous cowl neck sweatshirt. With no formal training, Jeni put in the effort and time to create what is now her most successful article offered. Jeni chuckles as she envisions her cowl neck taking over the world – watch out folks, these clothes are off the chain. Adorned with various designs from Piña herself, JeniMack uses eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, hemp and marino wool. Her knowledge and close relationship to the fabrics shines through as she navigates practicality, comfort, and the technical abilities of natural fabrics. To all you men…don’t be fooled by Mack’s feminine touch, she has a way with the male form and I highly recommend you slip into one of her hoodies.
It is important to know that the two ladies are not one entity, but rather two separate, magical beings who work closely together and fuel and support the other. Each woman owns her individual business, but they have created a healthy, flourishing symbiotic relationship of talent and integrity. Both ladies work exclusively with companies who are sweatshop free and sustainable. Designed in Ucluelet and manufactured in Vancouver, B.C., both Pina Styles and Jeni Mack work to stay as local as possible.
I asked Jeni Mack for any wisdom to those of us looking to start our own niche endeavors. She repeated something that had been woven throughout our conversation.
Let this remind us to conciously connect, feed, and nurture all relationships in our lives. Supporting and working with others who share similar truths and integrity will allow our own projects to blossom in honest ways.
As transformational festivals continue to bring us together, we can all find our niche within. Whether we choose the path of performer, musician, artist, healer, merchant, or participant, we are reinforcing a more positive way to conduct ourselves in the world. If at your core foundation, you believe in the integrity of small operations creating consistent, quality products for the community at large, then please support those people who genuinely work this way.
Piña Styles and Jeni Mack are a prime example of how our world is continuing to grow and return to homeostasis. Their small business reaches out, lacing the whimsy of illuminated women, quietly, humbly, and confidently throughout conversations and communities. The eight women involved in running the operation lend their eloquence and love into the clothing, sending their vibration of connection and nurturing ways rippling out through their pieces; our own souls receiving this love as we are enveloped in intentional, gorgeous wearable art.
I full heartedly support these ladies, and express my gratitude to them, and others who are making a difference in their own, unique and beautiful way. Let this inspire us all to take action and reflect the way we really want our world to flow. We are all energetically intertwined and connected. The action of one, affects that of the masses.
Check out the Piña stores in Ucluelet and Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, and keep your eyes and ears open for more to come. Also watch out for this fabulous booth at more festivals next season. Both ladies accept pre-orders, so contact them with any questions or inquiries. You can also find Jeni Mack’s clothing in a select few retail stores throughout British Columbia. Here’s just a few :::
Hemp & Company : Vancouver, BC
Shades of Green : Parksville, BC
Seed Sustainable Style : Regina, Saskatchewan
Be sure to check out more from these ladies at their individual web spaces:
Be free to express yourself!
According to a Sea Lion that saw the entire extravaganza go down underwater, Self Help got carried away with the vibes of his brand new 23 minute minimix, forgot he was driving, and launched his brand new 3D Pearl Lambo into an unknown ocean to sink to the bottom of the water world. Before his whip was fully submerged Self Help was able to escape through the driver side window, with the minimix clamped between his teeth. What a guy.
Myrryrs – Falling Arps (Dubbel Dutch Edit)
Dubbel Dutch – Self Help Riddim
Dubbel Dutch – Make it Clap (2012 vers.)
Lady Saw – No Long Talking (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
Dubbel Dutch – Bigshot Stomp Edit
Dubbel Dutch – Rare Earth
Murlo – Quartz
Dubbel Dutch – Brukagyal
DJ Deeon – Face Down Azz Up (Dubbel Dutch Edit)
GFX by Kari Altmann