Cosmic String Apparel

Cosmic String Apparel provides sustainable clothing that makes living an environmentally responsible life easier! We’re putting the planet and people first by reducing textile waste and decreasing the demand for fast fashion practices. We’ve implemented a low-impact and sustainable lifestyle to each aspect of the business:

Cosmic String Apparel provides sustainable clothing that makes living an environmentally responsible life easier! We’re putting the planet and people first by reducing textile waste and decreasing the demand for fast fashion practices. We’ve implemented a low-impact and sustainable lifestyle to each aspect of the business:

Materials:Hand-selected, one-of-a-kind, high-quality reclaimed/second-hand textiles make up each small-batch collection. New materials are only purchased as notions and trims (thread, zippers, elastic, etc).

Resources: Zero-waste practices in every facet. Sales tags are made of upcycled cardstock and the excess fabric from larger clothing pieces has been utilized for smaller projects, further limiting waste! And all pieces are not reproducible, due to the limited amount of each fabric.
Labour: Fairtrade practices: fair pay for creators, safe working environment, prioritizing local where Cosmic String Apparel is based in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Ethics: Upholding the standard of high-quality products, all while working to preserve the planet at every production step, and providing employees fair, stable, and safe employment. Sales tags are made of recycled and upcycled cardstock, and the shipping materials are predominately recycled or recyclable materials – our reduce, reuse, recycle ethic is steeped in each facet of Cosmic String Apparel.
THE DESIGNER
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Degree at NSCAD University, Carmen started her fashion career with her first brand, Cat Hats.
Cat Hats were a festival icon on both Canada’s eastern and western coasts for almost a decade! From 2008 to 2017, Cat Hats were sold and loved throughout Canada and the United States, with small communities of Cat Hats in Norway, Turkey, Sweden, and beyond.
After working at a second-hand store, experiencing firsthand the amount of textile waste the shop went through, Carmen was motivated to save as many fabrics and textiles as she could. During the transition out of Cat Hats, Carmen started to create something new for her communities using beautiful, vintage, and unique second-hand textiles. The first small-batch collection from Cosmic String Apparel came in June 2017 with a line of unisex pants.
Today, we’re exploring the world of cardigan-styled tops. Designed to fit into any existing wardrobe, to fit all bodies, and appropriate wear for any activity – check out our newest small-batch of Street Blouses in stock now!
THE DESIGNER
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Degree at NSCAD University, Carmen started her fashion career with her first brand, Cat Hats.

Cat Hats were a festival icon on both Canada’s eastern and western coasts for almost a decade! From 2008 to 2017, Cat Hats were sold and loved throughout Canada and the United States, with small communities of Cat Hats in Norway, Turkey, Sweden, and beyond.

After working at a second-hand store, experiencing firsthand the amount of textile waste the shop went through, Carmen was motivated to save as many fabrics and textiles as she could. During the transition out of Cat Hats, Carmen started to create something new for her communities using beautiful, vintage, and unique second-hand textiles. The first small-batch collection from Cosmic String Apparel came in June 2017 with a line of unisex pants.

Today, we’re exploring the world of cardigan-styled tops. Designed to fit into any existing wardrobe, to fit all bodies, and appropriate wear for any activity – check out our newest small-batch of Street Blouses in stock now!

Cosmic String Apparel Street Blouse Size Chart Cosmic String Apparel Accessories Size Chart

Shipping:


Shipping from British Columbia Canada.

Shipping carriers: 

CANADA POST & USPS to Canada and The United States, respectively.

Returns:


Cosmic String Apparel is currently accepting returns, with the exception of sale items. All sale items are final sales and are not eligible for returns.

Item must be unused and in the same condition as received. Examples of used & changed conditions include, but are not limited to: stains, odors, pet hairs, washed.

The customer must notify Cosmic String Apparel once the order has been sent and proof of shipping must be provided with the following information shared: i) Photo of the package, ii) Tracking number, iii) Receipt from the postal outlet

A restocking fee of $5.00 will be deducted from the total refund.

Customs & postal fees charged, when applicable, on returned packages will be taken off the total refund.

The customer is responsible for paying for shipping costs for all returns, a tracking number must be provided with return shipping.

Shipping costs will not be refunded.

Orders must be returned through approved shipping providers only: Canada Post & USPS (additional fees may be taken off the refund total if alternative shipping has been used to return the order).


Exchanges:


Customs & fees charged, when applicable, on returned packages will be added to your exchange order to be paid before the exchange is shipped (with the exception: if the wrong item was shipped/received).


Orders must be exchanged through approved shipping providers only: Canada Post & USPS (additional fees may be taken off the refund total if alternative shipping has been used to exchange the order).


Policies:


If your item is marked ‘unclaimed’ and/or ‘return to sender by the postal office and shipped back to the studio (here in British Columbia, Canada), you will be billed for reshipping the item a second time. Or, if you no longer wish to continue with the purchase of your order, a refund will be issued (the return postage charge will be deducted from your refund total).

If the untracked package option is chosen by the customer, any lost packages are the responsibility of the customer, if the customer is unable to locate the lost package the purchase is not eligible for a refund (a tracked package option is always available at checkout).

If you received the wrong item, or if the item arrived damaged contact us within 3 days.

Exchanges and returns must be communicated to us and processed within 7 days of arrival.

Open communication will be upheld during the return/exchange process – when the package has arrived back at the studio, the customer will be notified and updated during the return/exchange process.

Cosmic String Apparel is not responsible for:

  • Returns/exchanges made by unauthorized postal companies
  • Delayed, lost, or stolen packages
  • Additional fees, taxes, and additional charges by the receiver’s country, state, and/or province.

    The designers at Cosmic String Apparel have been creating unconventional clothing since 2009, with their first brand: Cat Hats (more information about Cat Hats).

    In 2017, they transitioned the clothing line in a new direction and founded Cosmic String Apparel, launching with a small-batch collection of unisex utilitarian pants.

    Cosmic String Apparel has implemented a low-impact and sustainable lifestyle to each aspect of the business: materials, resources, labor, and ethics.

    By providing guilt-free fashion choices, modeled with mindfulness practices, we’re putting the planet and people first by reducing textile waste and decreasing the demand for fast fashion practices.

    Shipping is currently available to Canada and the USA, via Canada Post and USPS respectively. Nelson, BC residences qualify for delivery!

    To celebrate our launch, for a limited time, shipping within Canada is FREE, and USA residences can enjoy a reduced rate of $10 on all orders!

    Choices for upgraded shipping options are available (speed, time, and prices at checkout). Handling time is 1-3 business days.

    For more information about shipping, visit the shipping tab

    Returns and refunds are available on all products, excluding sale items.

    For more information on returns, refunds, and the process visit the policies tab

    Payments can be made via PayPal, credit card, and debit cards.

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