I made a quick road trip to my manufacturer in Toronto this past weekend. I dropped off 12 rolls of bamboo fabric for the production of my new tunic top and Maddison zip-up top.

It’s been 3 years, pre-Covid, since I’ve done this trip. Oh wait…that’s not true. I picked up the same 12 rolls of fabric from another manufacturer in Chinatown, Toronto last Fall. My friend and fellow small business owner, Nancy of Herbal Maker, came along for the ride. In case you missed it, you can read about our adventure here: Our Thelma & Louise Road Trip.

So those 12 rolls of fabric sat in my inventory/display/changeroom for 9 months. For a while, they were in my daughter’s closet but then she came home from school.

Needless to say, I was happy to load them back up into my car with my daughter’s help. I now have a changeroom again!

A quick road trip to my manufacturer by Colleen Kanna, Photo of rolls of fabric loaded into the back of my car.

Rolls of bamboo fabric

My drive up on Highway 7 was very scenic and peaceful. It’s so much nicer than driving on the 401. I made good time. When I arrived, 3 people helped me unload the heavy rolls and I was grateful for their help.

On the way back I stayed at my niece’s place. I got to see her son, my great nephew, play baseball. I haven’t been to a baseball game in a long time. It was fun to see him and his teammates play ball. We even got rained on!

Side note: Their uniforms are bright orange jerseys with white pants. I had to ask my niece how she keeps the pants so clean. The trick…use a pressure washer. Brilliant! It makes a lot of sense. How do you get dirt off of anything? You just have to be careful though. Too much pressure puts a hole in the pants!

So everything is set for my final production run at CRW Design in Scarborough, Ontario. Fabric, labels, and sample garments have been delivered. Zippers have been ordered. Patterns and grading completed.

Before I sign off for this week, here’s a reminder of the new styles you can look forward to in early September.

Colleen in fiery fuchsia Maddison zip-up top

I’m wearing the Maddison zip-up top.

Linda in bamboo tunic top in fiery fuchsia

Linda is wearing the new tunic top.

P.S. As you’ve probably surmised, I no longer have fabric for sale by the metre.

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support local breast cancer organizations who treat the whole person and not just the disease.