Laura Harris and Shelley Kuipers are lifelong friends who share a passion for thoughtful design, personal style and well-made clothing. Frustrated with a lack of choice, they created their own line.
Laura is a Victoria-based artist and Shelley is a serial entrepreneur, but when it comes to clothes, they both want the same thing; pieces that easily go where they go, are beautifully and ethically-made using natural, sustainable fabrics; clothing that inspires unapologetic-individuality, confidence and elegance.
Fully-circular in their production practices, all fabric waste is utilized. When you’re done with your HK item, send it back and they’ll repurpose it.
The inaugural HK capsule collection, Only Black consists of seven pieces – the items you crave; that you reach for every time. Made for the ever-evolving, non-conforming woman, each piece feels absolutely fantastic on your skin and is designed to inspire freedom and ease.
Sustainability & the circular economy, freedom & the right to choose; unapologetic creativity; the importance of collaboration; exploration & adventure; honesty & authenticity; celebration; challenging the status quo; having a place to call home; wholehearted generosity; redefinition, reinvention & evolution; LOVE.
Design and curate ethically-made, circular, sustainable products that inspire individuality, confidence and elegance. We want to gather a community of people who care about quality and the sustainable fashion movement, and put them at the heart of our business.
Much like the women she captures in her paintings, Deb has a certain presence. With striking, natural grey hair and a big open smile, she exudes a refreshing combination of grit and grace. She lives in a stunning Victoria mansion suite, surrounded by her art, curated treasures, a few good chairs, and an undeniable air of joy and calm.
Our collection is finally ready to ship and it’s kind of a big deal. It’s taken a while we agree, but we wanted to make sure that everything was absolutely perfect. We were patiently waiting along with you as our collection was created by a women-led manufacturer in Vancouver.
Lauryn Vaughn founded The Upside in 2015 after discovering a niche in the country’s e-commerce market for luxury fashion consignment. Her passion for style and business was ignited while living in Paris, where she learned the secret to balancing the finer things in life. We asked Lauryn to style her fave HK pieces, and chatted about fashion, resilience and learning the hard way.
The front stoop of Michele’s Victoria home was decorated for Halloween, a little pair of muddy boots were tossed to the side of the door and the day’s garden tools were resting on the steps. It’s that kind of home, you know? Music playing, dogs barking, the smell of fresh baking – crazy love lives there. We drank coffee, talked about creative fire, four ducks named ‘the Mikes’, and how amazing the HK Rock Salt Robe is, seriously.