Life Lived by: WS & Co. Workers Julia & Cookie

Although International Women’s Day has passed, women never stop being women and doing amazing things. To keep up with the happenings in the world of women, we continue with our incredible women profiling.

It’s time to take a closer look to behind the seams of preloved and many other renowned clothing brands. Closer, and closer, to the very hands that make our fabulous garments, a wonderful hardworking women packer and seamstress right here at WS & Co.

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100% Canadian
owned and operated

WS & Co. is a 100% Canadian owned and operated apparel manufacturer. They are a rare sight; as they are one of the few Canadian clothing manufacturers that offers a full set of services. They do everything involved in the production process from cutting, sewing, dying, washing, screen printing, to shipping, and more! They assemble garments using a combination of trusted traditional practices and modern technology. Over the years, the hard work and rarity of their kind of business has caught the eyes of big-name brands like Billy Reid, Gap, Holt Renfrew, Hudson’s Bay, Todd Snyder, Roots Canada, and—that’s right—preloved! Our office is in fact right here in their building. What else makes WS & Co. so special? They sell quality and they support the local economy by producing right here in Toronto. They are proud to add “Made in Canada” to each one of their labels. Not only is it the truth, but it’s also a stamp of pride and quality.

One of the main things about WS & Co. is that they care for their staff like family. They had the choice to save money by outsourcing, but WS & Co. chose to ensure their workers safety and well-being by providing an environment that follows the rules and regulations of the Canadian government.

We had the chance to interview two women who help make the great quality products that come out of WS & Co. First, we interviewed one of their clothing packers, Julia:

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How did you come to work here?

I found a job opening in the newspaper and I applied for it.

What are your day-to-day activities like?

Folding, sorting, and packing clothes into boxes. I sometimes do steaming to make the clothes flat. I have been doing it for over ten years, so I am an expert at it!

What do you enjoy doing here?

I like everything about the job. I enjoy organizing and sorting things.

Who are some important women in your life and how do they inspire you? They could be family, people you know, celebrities, etc.

My mother. She worked really hard. She worked in a restaurant. Her hard work has always inspired me.

What are your hobbies?

I like listening to music and shopping.

Did you know much about fabrics or clothing before you worked here?

I knew a little bit, but after working here for so long, I have learned a lot more. I learned from others in the factory and I have taught myself things too.

Next, we got the chance to interview one of their seamstresses, Cookie:

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How did you come to work here?

One of my friends introduced the job to me.

What are your day-to-day activities like?

I sew fabrics into garments. I operate sewing machines, add buttons and zippers to clothing, and put many different fabric pieces together.

What do you enjoy doing here?

I enjoy what I do, I enjoy everything here. I love piecing different things together in order to make things.

Who are some important women in your life and how do they inspire you? They could be family, people you know, celebrities, etc.

My mom! She does a great job at home by taking care of the house.

What are your hobbies?

I love enjoying the wonderful internet! There are so many things to do on there. You can keep in touch with people and things from around the world.

How long have you worked here?

Over eight years I have worked here.

More amazing women are on their way to becoming recognized and praised right here on the The Life Lived By. Please stay with us~

Written by Ivory Garlock

Intro Sources:

WS&Co.

Redwood Classics

Financial Post

Women’s Post

The Globe and Mail