Protect
Be protected

Founded on a quest to re-imagine northern climate winter outerwear, Olmsted eschews polymers and aims to engender awareness of natural, biodegradable options in clothing—all the while providing a luxurious and weather-resistant coat. 

True Materialism

Olmsted's Values

Olmsted Outerwear’s values align with the principles of “true materialism,” a term coined by fashion academic Kate Fletcher to describe a movement that “encourages a new and deeper reverence for material goods like clothing.” Caring for things the way we should care for the environment, knowing their origin, protecting and cherishing them for years instead of buying into the fast fashion illusion is what Olmsted Outerwear is all about. 

Le Mont Royal

Montreal’s most recognizable landmark, and a natural one at that

Frederick Law Olmsted

Responsible for designing countless public parks including, Central Park in NYC and Montreal’s beloved Mount Royal Park, Frederick Law Olmsted's legacy as a social critic, naturalist and activist in the early conservation movement serves as fitting inspiration for our company’s own multiplicity of concerns.

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Part untamed mountain, part urban park. Montreal’s most recognizable landmark, situated in the centre of the island, is also a focal point for the city’s history and imagination. The “mountain” was once part of a sacred landscape for Indigenous people, predating European settlement by hundreds of years. Named by Jacques Cartier in 1535, and adorned with a crucifix in 1643, it’s presence continues to enthrall and unite us. 

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A place of repose, recreation and inspiration for generations now, Mount Royal became an official public space in 1876. Commissioned by the city and designed by Frederic Olmsted to preserve it’s bucolic character, it was offered to citizens as a place to experience nature, beauty and well-being. Mount Royal lives the seasons as Montrealers do, from extreme heat to extreme cold—inviting us, in all conditions to visit. 

Founder & designer

Mélanie Ellezam

DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES

The impact on people and the environment is the primary criteria for selecting our raw materials, which are sourced from well-researched and certified suppliers

Our relationship with the natural world influences how we treat the planet, and we work with suppliers who are committed to land preservation and biodiversity, and whose materials promote circularity in the economy

We avoid polymers, selecting only natural fibres to promote biodegradability

We avoid all animal byproducts of the meat industry

We remain responsible for our products long after purchase by offering repairs and upcycling through a take-back program

We discourage overconsumption by not creating new collections and instead, perfecting the ones we have,  using high-quality materials to guarantee durability and long life

We minimize our production waste by creating new goods out of upcycled or leftover materials and embrace techno-artisanship as a means to create greater efficiency 

We avoid overpackaging and waste in our shipping, using recycled and recyclable materials

Every step of our production chain is in-house, to ensure living wages, ethical work practices and the lowest carbon footprint

Olmsted acknowledges the contradictions and imperfections that come with trying to make a difference, while remaining committed to the pursuit of authenticity and conscience in our business practices