ALL ABOUT ADORIT
Located at 153 York Street in the Byward Market, come experience the unique and hand made products of Adorit Boutique. Showcasing Canadian designs and fair trade products from India, Tibet and Nepal, Adorit has something special for everyone. Each product has a personal touch, with a story behind it—something that cannot be found in most stores. Our one-of-a-kind pieces are made from recycled and “eco fabrics”—materials that are environmentally sustainable, such as bamboo, hemp and soy. With its commitment to social justice, Adorit has established micro-financed programs in Tibet that support local economic development and have provided steady employment and training for Tibetan men and women, since 2005. Come down to our Boutique any day between 11 and 7 for a shopping experience that is both ethical and unique.
ABOUT EMMA. If you have spent any time in Ottawa, chances are that you have seen Emma, riding her bicycle in all kinds of weather, with her little dog Java riding on her back. Known for her contagious positive energy, Emma Inns is the heart and soul of Adorit Boutique. Originally from Ottawa, Emma is a free spirit with a natural curiosity and a love for arts, crafts and clothing from around the world. She has always wanted to know where the beautiful things that she was buying come from, who makes them and what life is like for the artisans. This curiosity led her to spend a year-and-a-half in India in 2000-2002. Following this experience, Emma returned to Ottawa and earned a diploma in Tourism from Algonquin College. Soon after, she landed a job working as a tour guide for an international tourism company called Intrepid. This job brought her back to Asia to share her love of the land and the local cultures with tourists from around the world.
Over the next 4 years, Emma took people on cycling trips all over the Himalayan Mountains, taught tourists how to herd yaks, and travelled to the Mount Everest base camp 27 times. She once took a group of women cancer survivors for a 10-day hike along the Great Wall of China. Of course, on her extensive travels, Emma met local artisans from around the world and fell in love with their handmade creations. In 2005, she set up a small-scale, micro-financed program to market traditional Tibetan crafts to the tourists. On her return to Canada two years later, Emma opened a stall in the Byward market selling Tibetan crafts to Ottawa locals and tourists. In September 2007, Adorit Boutique opened its doors. With this additional space, Emma expanded her collection to include more ethically made and fairly traded items from Canada and abroad. Whether you are already a valued customer or you have never been in the store, you should stop by. We’re sure you will adore it. You can also visit our online store.
Canadian clothing designers: Adorit's amazing collection of Canadian designed and created clothing, jewelry, and accessories are fabricated through a combination of recycled materials and what Adorit likes to call eco-fabric. Materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, hemp and soy all go into creating these wonderful pieces. All of Adorit's Canadian lines are one of a kind and unique to the boutique. If you see something you love, don't hesitate as it might not be there next time. Price points for a canadian made, one of a kind bamboo top start at $35. Adorit gets a new order in every week, so pop in often to pick up some new pieces to add to your wardrobe. Here's a list of some of the talent Adorit currently works with:
- Smoking Lily is located in beautiful Victoria, BC, a government town on the verge of being a city. Located on the western edge of Canada, Victoria is a pretty awesome place to live, create and work. We are surrounded by ocean, rocks, giant fir trees, creative people and politicians, all of which influence and inspire our designs.
- Advika. Designer Jamie Brock is rooted in a deep commitment to sustainability and the environment. She designs with the intention to create basic styles from great cuts of earth friendly fabrics, all being produced in accordance with ethical standards.
- Preloved creates one of a kind clothing from reclaimed vintage fabrics. Our passion is design and our philosophy is sustainability. Attention to fit, comfort and style has been our driving force. Founder Julia Grieve and Creative Director Peter Friesen have made their mark on fashionable Queen Street West in Toronto, Boulevard St. Laurent in Montreal, Sydney Australia and our latest venture - a pop up shop on the Danforth.
- Rabbit and Empee. From the urban streets of Bangkok to the deserts of Rajasthan, from the Australian outdoor party scene to our own here in Canada, Rabbit and Empee’s fashion has been inspired by wandering the globe in search of original expression.
- Elladora is owned and operated by Amelia Musselman. Amelia is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, majoring in Material Art and Design, with a focus in fiber arts, natural dyes and art to wear. Amelia’s love of art and vintage fashion, coupled with her own conscientious life choices, creates the unique style of Elladora.
- Astrosatchel. Born in Ontario, Janna Hurtzig moved to the West Coast in 1994. Completely self taught, she has been handcrafting her creations since 1998. In 2005, production moved from home to a large, cozy studio in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where it remains today.
- Sabrina Butterfly Designs: Sabrina Butterfly O'Donnell has always had a passion for clothing design. She attended the University College of the Fraser Valley from 1995-1997, in Abbotsford, B.C. A year after receiving a diploma in Fashion Design, she developed her first clothing line under the label, Sabrina Butterfly Designs.
Jewelry: Adorit carries a wide range of jewelry that is created using either recycled materials or new but one of kind, there is also a vast amount of vintage jewelry from brooches to necklaces Adorit has something for any occasion and any style. The materials vary from sterling silver and semi precious stones to reusing old buttons, lace and feathers. Adorit is constantly getting new arrivals every week so come on in and see what treasures you will find and love.
Indian Fair Trade: Tempol is Adorit’s Indian clothing line owner and designer of Tempol Suzanne Curphey has been working in India for the past twenty years. She spends half of the year in India sitting down with tailors designing unique and fair trade Tempol creations. Suzanne also owns and runs an organic farm in India that has created a ripple effect in the surrounding communities about the importance of organic farming. Suzanne uses a variety of textiles for her Tempol clothing that vary from lycra’s and cottons dyed with vegetables to recycled saris, creating a line that is made ethically but also geared to a Canadian customer and a Canadian body. Suzanne makes functional clothing for real women.
Tibetan Fair Trade Goods: Adorit is one of the only boutiques working in Tibet directly, Emma’s programs to help with poverty are based all though the modern day Tibetan Autonomous region as well as in northern China which is in historical times also a part of Tibet. All crafts are made keeping traditional crafting techniques and consist of items made from wood to felted puppets to jewelry. Adorit works hand in Hand with a coop based in Tibet as well that provides sustainable employment to Tibetan people and helps gets the word out about their cause.
Vintage Section: Adorit’s vintage selection gets updated weekly with dresses, tops, skirts, bags, shoes, jewels and accessories. Adorit even has a couple 10$ and 5$ boxes that are full of great vintage finds. There is a small but incredible men’s section that includes blazers, cufflinks and ties; these are ever changing so come in often to have a look at what is at Adorit.