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Handmade in Kelowna, BC by Erica Michelle Dykes

About

Love Tree Clothing is handmade by Erica Dykes from natural and sustainable fibers. Focusing on quality over quantity, with the health of the Earth in mind.

Starting at a small artisan market in December 2016, selling only scarves and ponchos, Erica has been growing her craft and successfully selling at markets and online ever since.

A note from the Artist

I am beyond grateful for the journey that has led me here and would like to share with you a little bit of my story.

My name is Erica Dykes, I am the owner, designer, and creator behind Love Tree Clothing. I was born and raised in the Great Bear Rainforest in Terrace, British Columbia. I was blessed with growing up in a house that sat at the base of a mountain, surrounded by cedar trees, I’m sure this is the reason they are my favorite. When I was little, I always told my mom I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I was never the best at drawing or painting, I just really loved creating things.

In 2010 I moved to Kelowna, BC to study Water Quality and Environmental Engineering. I was at a point in my life where I felt I had to go back to school, I honestly didn’t put much thought into my choice, I had the prerequisites and liked the idea of working outside. I went to Shambhala Music Festival for my first time in the summer of 2011 and made most of my own outfits. After being immersed in a wonderland of art and seeing the vendors with their incredible handmade goods, I found myself dreaming of being an artist again. I dropped out of my engineering program in the Spring of 2012 and started my Fashion Design program in the Fall.

I graduated the Fashion Design and Merchandising program, from the Centre for Arts and Technology, in the Fall of 2014. Upon graduating, I received the award for Technical Excellence in pattern drafting and garment construction. I always focus my attention first on how a garment will fit, a great design is nothing if it doesn’t wear well.

I create simple, flattering pieces, with small details to make them stand out. I believe in slow fashion and sustainable practices. I design and sew everything myself out of my home studio, making each piece with love and intention. 

I want to thank anyone who has bought one of my pieces, complimented my work, or shared words of encouragement along the way. I could not have done this without you. I've never been so challenged or rewarded doing anything else and I feel so honored that I have a community to support me. 

With deepest gratitude,

Erica Michelle Dykes

Love Tree Clothing