Upcycled Cotton Canvas, Launching 9/2!

Upcycled Cotton Canvas, Launching 9/2!

At long last, Upcycled Cotton Canvas!

Available to shop tomorrow, September 2nd, at 9AM CST.

In the meantime, learn a bit more about this new material:

80% Upcycled Cotton, 20% LEED Certified Cotton
Created in partnership with The New Denim Project, a third-generation mill in Guatemala that focuses on circular manufacturing.
This material is created from cotton waste from regional factories and spinning mills. Such discarded fiber would otherwise be considered waste, but in combination with a small amount of LEED certified virgin cotton, it can be successfully spun and woven into new fabric. 9,000 liters of water are saved per pound of upcycled material produced in comparison to using virgin cotton. Dyed with low-impact dyes and minimal water usage.
This mid-to-heavy weight canvas is sturdy and hardworking. In comparison to our earlier cotton canvas, this is a bit lighter and much less stiff.
Due to the fact that this material is made with upcycled yarn, there are more imperfections in the weave. These are not defects—they are a natural result of using shorter staple fibers, and a necessary result of the important waste-reducing properties of this fabrics. Small slubs, nubs, and misweaves do not impact the integrity of the garment, they just give it a bit of character and serve as a reminder of what this material stands for. 

The New Denim Project Upcycled Fiber

Some Important Details...

The first styles to be released in Upcycled Cotton Canvas are our Clyde Outerwear styles—the Clyde Trench, Clyde Jacket, and Clyde Vest. The Clyde Work Pant will be returning in October, and several other styles are coming in early 2022.

All sizes/styles will be in-stock and ready to ship. Quantities are limited to the inventory we have on hand, but we will be re-cutting and restocking these styles in the future.

As we begin to reopen and launch products as Elizabeth Suzann Studio, you’ll notice some changes to our sizing structure. We will not reduce our size range, and in fact are hoping to keep expanding it. However, we are not able to maintain the same number of SKUs that Elizabeth Suzann used to offer. To reduce our SKU count while still serving our full size range, we are condensing our sizes to be a bit more flexible. This works well as many of our pieces are intended to be relaxed and versatile in fit by design. You will see that the Clyde Outerwear styles are now sized as XXS/XS, S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL, and 4XL/5XL. This means we offer 5 distinct sizes for this style instead of 9, but we are still covering the same range of sizes. If you order this style for the first time, simply use the garment measurements and body measurement chart to guide your selection! If you own a previous version of this style and want a similar fit, just order the size that contains your previous size in its name (for example, if you own a “M” and like the fit, order the “S/M”). When in doubt, check the garment measurements for more information.

These garments were produced in partnership with SewCo, a small cut and sew facility located in western North Carolina that aligns strongly with our values of responsible labor and excellent craftsmanship. I connected with SewCo last year, and for the past six months have been working on establishing a solid relationship with their team. They have been a joy to work with, and have taken the task of learning, improving, and producing my designs with precision, care, and respect. This production partnership will allow us to make more garments accessible to customers than I can do independently, and supports the manufacturing industry in my region which is a win-win.

I am thrilled and proud to share that we were able to reduce our retail prices for these new styles. Our overhead has decreased, and along with that shift we’ve reviewed our costs for new styles moving forward. Reducing costs and improving accessibility to our garments (without compromising our labor, material, and quality standards) is really important to me, so this is one of the things I’m most excited about.

Last, you’ll notice that the imagery for these new products consists of flat photos. Due to the ongoing complexity of navigating COVID, along with the budget implications of a multi-model shoot, I decided to hold off on producing a full-scale product shoot. We will absolutely be returning to human-centric photography in the future, but will do so when it feels feasible and wise and will continue to get creative in the meantime! I’ll be shooting some images on myself and perhaps sending garments to some folks to photograph on their own from afar. Stay tuned as I navigate this new territory!

That’s it for now—you can browse pricing and sizing information below, and they’ll be live to shop on 9/2 at 9AM CST.

Thank you as always for your support, and I hope this magical new material and the return of some beloved styles can bring a bit of joy to your day.

—Liz

The Clyde Jacket

$195 (previously $225)

Clyde Jacket Flat Images

The Clyde Trench

$235 (previously $275)

Clyde Trench Flat Images

The Clyde Vest

$185 (previously $210)

Clyde Vest Flat Images

Also, shop our old cotton canvas styles at deep discounts while we clear out the last of our inventory!