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Evolution, What’s in a Name

For those of you that don’t know, here’s the deal. Purplejumpsuit Apparel has been going through a transformation, and on the outside the largest part of that will be our name, Introducing the new and ever improving, Wayward Kin Apparel! The same rad, fully customizable hoodies and hand crocheted gear you’re used to, with a larger focus on locally sourced materials, diminishing our own waste output and giving back to the environment we love and rely on so much.

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Everything will continue being handmade by myself, and you’ll see the same riffraff family of athletes rocking the gear, so don’t be fretting. The blog will likely be restarted in a new platform, but we’ll keep this guy kicking around for archive’s sake as well. Thank you to all our old customers, and the new ones to come, you guys are awesome and we are so excited for the new things ahead!

Cheers from all of us,

-Annie

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Craft Fair Season

Ive recently settled back home after a fair amount of traveling this summer, and its time to sew for the next two months. Right after returning, I signed up for a craft fair this December, and the pressure is now on! Yippy!

I was lucky enough to grow up on this magnificent island, attending the Christmas Craft Fair nearly every year, it’s what kicked off the holidays for myself and many others, I’m now so excited to now be preparing for the other side of a booth. Hope to see some PJS friends dropping in and saying hello! So stoked on all the continued support, and orders put in as soon as I returned home, you guys put such a big smile on my face! Craft fair instagram

-Danko

January’s lineup

Alright, so I was at home for less than two weeks in January, but still managed to put a dent in some the orders. Heres a look at what got finished up. I’m currently at work in Bella Coola until the 22nd, ( I plan to do a little write-up about this amazing area before I go home) but once I’m back it will be again into full swing sewing mode for a week, and then I’ll have a February update for y’all to check out!

 

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Design expansion

This winter, we will be introducing two new staple styles to join our pullover and vest designs. A zip-up option will become available in the late winter, and pictured below is our Shambles hoodie, a slightly more feminine design with a deep cowl-neckline and lace-up feature which will always be changing  as we explore the options and fun this design offers, and tailor it to custom orders. A more in-depth description of the Shambles hoodie will also be posted in  February as the design becomes available for purchase.

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Don’t Forget To Play

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PJS is happy to announced we have teamed up with an incredibly talented young lady who goes by the name of Kim Service, Kim puts pencil to paper in her spare time from school to create intricate, unique, and entertaining pieces of artwork. A portion of one as seen above, full image can be viewed on Kim’s blog,  titled “Don’t Forget to Play” will be the first graphic of hers that is featured on a PJS hoodie. A percentage of every sale featuring her art will go right back to Kim to let her know how awesome the artwork is!

Don’t Forget to Play is described as followed:

“This pen and ink drawing symbolizes the need for us all to get lost in the woods. Keep your head in the clouds and don’t forget to play. Avoid getting so caught up in your bullshit that you forget what a big world it is, and the good some fresh air will do for you.”

A well-fitting piece for all our mountain enthusiasts.

To see more of Kim’s artwork before it appears on a hoodie, check out her blog which showcases new art as it is completed.

Welcome Orea Brown-Dahl & Jack Evans

There are some pretty incredible female shredders in BC, and PJS is happy to announce that one of those fine ladies will be joining the family this winter. Orea hails from New Denver, in the amazing Kootenays of BC. Focusing on skiing from a young age, during high-school she attended the Red Mountain Ski Academy. She has also called Nelson home base, spending some time working and riding for Retallack cat skiing and currently working at Nelson based, Baldface Lodge. If she’s not hanging out at the lodge then you’ll likely find her at Whitewater Resort where, last February, she earned her seasons pass while winning overall female champion in the Kootenay Cold Smoke competition. This year, she’s planning to attend multiple big mountain comps, as well as some filming, and you’ll see her lots via PJS. Welcome, Orea!

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Jack was born in Windsor, England and moved to Canada in 2009. He first fell in love with skiing when he took his first family skiing trip to Piztal, Austria at the age of 9. He then started skiing for Hillingdon Race Club in Southern England at age 10 and worked his way into the British Ski Team. He has competed at a Europa Cup standard in FIS and retired from ski racing at the age of 18. He now has converted to Big Mountain Skiing, and is based in Whistler. He will be filming and competing heaps this season across Canada. We look forward to see him working his way up the ranks. Ski: Rossignal Boots: Lange

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Saying Farewell and Best of Luck

After nearly 4 years working together, its time to say farewell to Zach, and wish him the best in all his future skiing endeavours. Its been a pleasure knowing such a wild fellow and we know his name will continue to pop up all over the map, and we look forward to seeing it.

The PJS family will be growing with a closer BC core, and you’ll continue to see awesome stuff from Logan in Oregon, and Pat in Ontario, along with lots of new designs from the home base in BC. Keep your eyes on the blog for lots of news in 2014, and lots of photos on Facebook and instagram.

 

-Danko

Taking Steps

Over the past five years, PJS has been growing, evolving, and figuring out where it wants to fit in this crazy mountain community. We are coming up on a new season, full of new opportunities with doors opening around every corner, and I want to share with you the ever-changing and growing ideas that have come to resonate at this stage.

We want to be as local as possible. Everything is hand-made in BC, and we are working to expand with new designs and features, all while making sure all of our sources remain as local as possible. We do this for several reasons. If we buy local, we can be doing so from smaller businesses helping those close by. Buying local can also help to lessen our environmental footprint as we bring you PJS products, because materials do not need to be transported as far. By making all our pieces by hand with custom orders or very small batches, we also lessen the waste from production. As more products are made, we learn how to minimize unused pieces of fabric, how to create more durable items, and how to improve the overall designs to be more useful in day-to-day life.