Made In Canada

— About Us —

  • Biography+

    Megan Duffield grew up in West Carlton on the outskirts of Ottawa On.

    It was in this environment surrounded by woods near the Ottawa River that the inspiration for her future business would take root.

    In high school her need to express her individuality led her to begin designing her own clothing. Her passion for design propelled her to enroll in the three year Fashion Design program at Fanshawe College, graduating in 2005.

    Upon returning home to Ottawa Megan worked in several facets of the fashion industry. She apprenticed with designer Maria Moscatel and Master Tailor Stan Boil, a period costume specialist. It was also during this time that she met Brydie Hyndman who was the former window dresser for Holt Renfrew. Working for a local independent chain of funky clothing & gift stores Megan apprenticed with Byrdie learning the valuable skills of fashion buying, merchandising and window dressing.

    Her passion for designing her own line was becoming more compelling and in 2010 Megan applied and was accepted into a small business program.

    This program coupled with her experience in the fashion retail industry gave her the skills to launch her own line under the label Duffield Design in the fall of 2011.

    Returning to her roots in West Carlton, Megan opened up her studio in Dunrobin where she designs and manufactures her collection.

    Duffield Design is carried by Green Tree Eco Fashion in Westboro Ottawa, Online at Either/Or, and by appointment at Duffield Design Studio.

    E-mail: info@duffielddesign.ca

    Studio: 613-832-2512

  • Philosophy+

     

    My philosophy at Duffield Design is to create beautiful hand made clothing designed & manufactured in Canada using quality natural & eco textiles.

    I work on a traditional fashion calendar producing two collections each year, consisting of Fall / Winter and Spring / Summer. This slow fashion approach allows me to take the time required to design & produce quality garments.

    My focus is on developing timeless pieces that transcend age, essential pieces that become favorites in our everyday wardrobes.

    I encourage my clients to take the capsule wardrobe approach of buying less, buying quality and only buy what you need & love.

    I do my best every step of the way to ensure Duffield Design is produced with care for the people & the planet.

    Duffield Design, Stitching Sustainability into Fashion.

— Fabric Care —

  • General Washing Instructions+

    We recommend for your health, the environment and your wallet to wash your clothing in lukewarm or cold water with dye & perfume free biodegradable detergent. A quick toss in the dryer with a damp towel to soften fabric (optional) before hanging on the line to dry. For whitening whites there are great alternatives out there to bleach such as laundry booster and stain remover which use natural enzymes to clean and are biodegradable. Always check the tag to make sure these natural bleaches are appropriate to use on your garment. For example, these products should not be used on silk.

    If you have skin irritation due to detergents try adding a splash of white vinegar into your rinse cycle, this helps to loosen any remaining soap residue from your clothing and rinse clean. If you have a load of laundry that really needs some antibacterial help a drop of tea tree oil will do it (that’s it!) it’s very strong stuff. Also remember a little bit of detergent goes a long way. Often the recommended amount is too much depending on your water quality (soft water use less, hard water use more).

    If you have a garment that must be dry cleaned we recommend taking it to a local Green Dry Cleaner. This is a relatively new concept but their method of cleaning is not only safer for you and the environment but also superior to conventional toxic solvent cleaners.

  • Fabrics & How to Care for them+

    The Fabrics we Use & How to care for them

    Hemp

    Hemp is one of the most Eco friendly fibres in the world. Hemp is naturally resistant to pests, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of topsoil, and produces oxygen. Hemp is a renewable resource, cultivated in as little as 100 days. Like Linen the entire plant can be utilized.

    Hemp is a hypo-allergenic material, non- irritating to the skin. It has UV resistant properties, and is a great fabric for hot weather do to its breathability. Hemp softens up over time and with multiple washes becoming a more desirable garment the more you wear it. Wash hemp using cold water, wash with like colours and hang to dry.

    Linen

    Linen is a textile made from the fibres of the flax plant. It requires very little fertilizer to grow and can be grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. The entire plant can be used in a multitude of different ways making it a very versatile crop.

    Linens is a highly absorbent material able to gain up to 20% moisture without feeling wet. It quickly removes perspiration from the skin leaving the wearer cool and comfortable in hot weather. Linen is among the strongest vegetable fibre which becomes softer the more you wash and wear it. Often blended with other fabrics to reduce wrinkles and add desirable characteristics.

    Machine wash linen (unless labelled dry clean only) in a gentle cycle cool water with a mild detergent. Linen washes well because it is stronger when wet, and is also much easier to iron when damp.  That being said hang linen to dry immediately after wash is finished (do not put your linen garments in the dryer), and iron while still damp at a medium to high temperature. As with all fabrics, wash dark colours separately.

    Merino Wool

    Merino Wool is collected from the Merino breed of sheep prized for the finest and softest wool. Merino is excellent at regulating body temperature especially when worn against the skin. It is used mostly as a base layer providing some warmth without overheating. Merino wool also has antibacterial properties as well as the ability to absorb moisture while retaining heat.

    Merino wool can be machine washed on gentle / delicate cycle using lukewarm or cold water and a mild detergent, lay flat or hang to dry. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. If washing with denim or any garments with zippers or hardware make sure all fasteners are closed and garments are turned inside out.

    Modal

    Modal is made from the pure wooden chips of the beach tree. The fibre is processed by creating a wood pulp, then processing the reconstituted beech tree into a cellulose fibre. Modals Eco properties are as follows, all timber is collected from sustainably managed forests, the manufacturer of Modal has a sustainability policy in place for their manufacturing process and the fabric is 100% biodegradable.

    Modal is resistant to shrinking or fading, but should be washed at lower temperatures using a gentle cycle, hang to dry preferable and press with steam or low temperature iron.

    Organic Cotton

    Organic Cotton or natural cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Organic agriculture (food or fibre) protects the health of the people and the plant by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals which can end up in the ground, water, air and food supply where the crop is being grown. Organic Cotton also uses crop rotation methods, hand weeding and cover crops methods to ensure healthy growing. To be classified as an organic crop, it must be grown in soil that has been free of prohibited substances for at least three years prior to harvest.

    Organic cotton, like conventional cotton, should be washed in cold water (saves on energy) hang to dry or tumble dry at a low temperature if necessary. Iron if desired.

    Silk

    Silk is an animal protein fibre produced by the Bombyx Mori moth (Mulberry Silk Moth) or by similar species in the same genus.

    Silk is the ultimate all season fabric with its natural temperature regulating abilities. It has the capability of keeping the wearer both warm and cool depending on the season. It is a great base layer for the winter, and is breathable and cool in the summer.

    Silk has the ability to absorb 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. It also has a natural resistance to odours and dries extremely quickly.

    It has a delicate appearance but is the strongest natural fibre known. Silk mixes well with other natural fibres, holds colour, is wrinkle resistant and washes very well.

    We recommend hand washing your silk garments by gently swirling clothes in warm or cool water with mild detergent (non alkaline) or baby shampoo.  Do not use detergents with enzymes, bleach or brighteners. *Optional; rinse and add a splash of vinegar before rinsing clean to neutralize any soap residue. Soaking silk for more than a few minutes should be avoided. Do not twist or wring out silk clothing, simply squeeze or roll in dry towel and hang to dry away from direct sunlight. Do not use a wooden drying rack as the colour can leach into the garment. Also using a dryer for silk is not recommended.

    To remove wrinkles use a cool iron (often a silk setting) or hang garment in the bathroom during a hot shower and let the humidity release the wrinkles.

    If you must machine wash, use a delicate cycle with the shortest spin cycle. For top loading machines place garment in a mesh bag for laundering.

    If the garment is dry clean only try looking up a local Green Dry Cleaner.

    Tencel

    Tencel is made from the wood pulp of the eucalyptus tree grown in sustainably managed tree farms. Tencel or Lyocell is created though the use of nanotechnology in an award winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes about 98% of solvents and emissions. This fabric is naturally breathable, and carries anti-bacterial properties. Tencel is an extremely versatile fabric which can be blended with a variety of other fibres such as cotton, linen, silk, rayon, polyester, nylon and wool. The resulting yarn can be woven or knitted into a variety of finishes from silky to suede-like textures.

    Machine wash on a gentle cycle, preferably hang to dry or low tumble dry and steam or iron at a low temperature if necessary. Some of the woven Tencel fabrics stiffen in texture if washed and respond better to Dry Cleaning. Always check your garment tag for recommend washing.

    Wool

    Wool is an animal protein fibre obtained from sheep by the process of shearing. Essentially they shave the sheep for the wool and the animal is not harmed during this process.

    Wool can be a sensitive fibre when untreated so always check the label for the best way to care for your wool garment. If the garment is labelled dry clean only, take it to your nearest Green Dry Cleaner.  If treated, some wool garments such as Merino may be machine washed on gentle cycle using lukewarm or cold water and a mild detergent, then lay flat to dry.

    Otherwise it is recommended to hand wash wool garments. This can be done by filling a large basin with lukewarm water.* make sure the temperature of the water stays constant throughout the washing and rinsing cycles or the garment will shrink.

    Add in mild detergent and mix well. Submerge the garment and press into the water gently & repeat. *Do not agitate, twist or wring the garment as this will cause shrinkage. Let sit for 2-5mins then lift out of soapy water (you may squeeze the water out gently) and submerge the garment into clean water, press down and repeat until suds are gone. You may have to change the water several times.

    When the garment is clean you can place it in the washing machine on gentle / low spin until most of the water is removed, or you can place the garment between two dry towels and press to remove excess water. Lay the garment flat to dry on a drying rack with close set rungs. You can also place a towel under the garment on top of the rack to insure it lays perfectly flat.  Gently reshape the garment and let it dry naturally away from sun and heat. * Never put wool in the dryer or it will shrink.

  • How to Measure+

    Note: For the most accurate measurements possible, wear only well fitted undergarments while taking your measurements.

    Bust: To measure you bust, wear your favorite, most commonly worn bra. To ensure the tape is straight and the measurement accurate, stand in front of a mirror as you measure. Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bust (making sure not to pull to tightly or hold to loosely). When the tape is snug take a couple of relaxed breaths before writing down your measurement.

    *Keep in mind your bust measurement may vary slightly depending on the bra you are wearing.

    Waist: With your hands on your waist and your elbows bent at a 90 degree angle, tilt your upper body right and left. Where your trunk creases is your natural waist. Wrap the tape around your natural waist; take a few relaxed breaths before writing down your measurements.

    Hip: Stand up straight (in front of a mirror) with your feet together. Locate the widest point of your hips and wrap the tape around ensuring it remains as straight as possible. Write down your measurement.

  • Size Chart+