Sarah Bannerman Andrews was on maternity leave when she began to notice the way she spent money on clothing didn’t connect with her values.
“There wasn’t really an alignment with how I was spending my shopping dollars in all areas,” she explained. “So yes, local food, organic wine and even for my baby, I was getting him organic cotton for his sheets...and then I would just go and spend my money on a garment that I had no idea where it came from.”
Determined to find a solution, Andrews created Sattva Boutique.
“It was one of those things in life that just kind of unfolded...it was really just creating a space and a service that I personally was looking for, and didn’t exist,” she said.
Andrews is this week’s midweek mugging recipient. All items at her store must fit one of four pieces of criteria: locally sourced, ethically made, eco-conscious or socially aware.
Located at 2453 Agricola St., the shop offers women’s clothing, shoes, jewellery, swim wear, and purses along with household items like pottery and candles. When looking for items for the store, Andrews said she always keeps comfort in mind.
“I might be the slowest buyer out there because I try almost everything on," Andrews said. "For me it’s a lot about feel, so you can’t really experience what it’s like to own the garment unless you put it on your own body."
Andrews said while most products are already Canadian, she also has East Coast brands including Maggie Jayne, Orphanage, Locusart Jewellery and Twigg and Feather.
She said she looks for items that customers can wear in more than one setting.
“I’m always shopping for modern classics, I don’t do too deep into really high trends because the life of that garment will be shorter,” Andrews said.
Business-casual items, such as dresses, are often the most sought-after by customers. Yoga jeans are also popular, Andrews said.
“People love coming here for good-quality items they will probably wear to work, as well as on the weekend,” she said.
Having previously worked as a sommelier and a yoga teacher, fashion is Andrews’s third career. She said she’s always been interested in the way a well-designed item can boost a person's mood.
“It’s the design of a nice pen, or a beautiful room, or a dress,” she said. “It’s really something that’s so thoughtfully prepared that it can enhance the quality of your day, or your life.”