Cate & Levi
Toronto, ON, CN
It is important for me to set a good example for my children, to work in a highly creative and responsible fashion, and to produce long lasting items that can be today's plaything and tomorrow's keepsake.
I started Cate & Levi in 2008 after my first son Levi was born. Although I graduated from law school and practiced corporate law for one year, “making” has always been my true calling. My mom is an avid crafter and my father a committed and successful small business owner. You may say I’m the perfect marriage of both!
As my wife and I awaited the birth of our first child, I noticed that there was a lack of one of a kind, responsibly made, and beautifully designed products for children. I decided to create a unique collection of products that would be intricately crafted and environmentally responsible. I started by designing a handful of stuffed animals made from upcycled sweaters. These quickly became our signature pieces distributed and collected around the world.
The Cate & Levi Collection is handmade at my studio in Toronto, Canada. Together with my talented production team, I oversee every aspect of this collection. All the materials are sourced as close to home as possible. This process cuts down on shipping and reduces our carbon footprint.
No two Cate & Levi wool products will ever be the same. Each one is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. The wool comes from reclaimed sweaters. But rest assured, before we cut and sew the sweaters, they are industrially cleaned with an eco-friendly detergent and super-hot water – both for cleanliness and also so that the material felts (becomes thicker). Not only is this process environmentally responsible, but it ensures that each animal is truly a One Of A Kind creation never to be duplicated. Each item is as unique as the child who adopts it. The choice of reclaimed wool reduces demand for new materials that require both water and oil for production.