Laurie Dunlap began Blue Canoe in 1994 with a clear vision—to create organic clothing made in the USA that would fit the way women really lived. As a women-owned and run company, we knew what our customers were looking for—it was what we wanted for ourselves.
We focused on effortlessly stylish and versatile designs in high-quality fabrics that feel good next to your skin. We combined functional with beautiful. We believed women should be able to dress once and go through the day. Our customers agreed. And the line and the business grew.
Today Blue Canoe is thriving in San Francisco where we manufacture a full line of timeless, eco-friendly clothing and lingerie. We remain committed to using the finest fabrics, manufacturing from start to finish in the USA, and designing for the real world with simple lines, sensuous fabrics and sophisticated styles that are never fussy.
Natural fibers, natural comfort, natural beauty. Organic cotton and organic bamboo are the hallmark of Blue Canoe—the heart of everything we do. Simply put, they’re good for the world.
Our cotton and bamboo are grown without harmful pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Then, only the most gentle, nontoxic dyes are used, so plants, animals and people are protected. The result? Fabrics that are inherently soft, fluid and breathable, even in the warmest weather.
All our clothing is plant based. We don't use petroleum derived fabrics such as polyester or nylon that rely on oil and pollute the planet.
You will feel good wearing Blue Canoe and feel good choosing Blue Canoe.
Bamboo is the ultimate sustainable crop. It’s very fast growing, and renewable. It requires no pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation. It causes no soil erosion and reduces runoff. Bamboo can yield 20 times more fiber than trees and regenerates without plowing or replanting. It can be grown on soil that is damaged by overgrazing. Bamboo produces 30% more oxygen than trees thereby reducing carbon dioxide that causes global warming.
Like rayons from other sources, bamboo has to be chemically processed to break down the fiber.
Tencel is a rayon from managed tree farms. Although chemically processed, the chemicals are recycled and re-used, limiting chemicals in the waste stream.
Blue Canoe is following progress on these fibers closely in line with our mission of using the most environmentally friendly fabrics available. We offer our customers only plant based clothing made with organically grown fibers. We don't use petroleum based fabrics such as polyester and nylon. You'll feel the difference!
From fabric to finish, Blue Canoe has always been made in the USA. We support American workers, manufacturers and distributors. It’s the best way we know to help reduce trade deficits, leave a smaller transportation footprint and meet the highest environmental and labor standards.
The apparel industry can be a messy business, and all too often companies are not transparent about their supply chains or use media spin to make their companies sound more ecologically and socially responsible than they really are. We are lucky to live and work in the USA where there are strong environmental laws, worker safety regulations and minimum pay requirements that ensure we are held to the highest standards. Blue Canoe believes that making things in America is good business, and we have been doing just that since our founding in 1994.
We continue to make high quality apparel that you can count on, to support the communities where we manufacture, keeping jobs local, and keeping our supply chains simple so we and our customers know where and how our clothes are made.
Working here also gives us a nimbleness that can’t be matched by companies halfway around the world. We can turn out production in a fraction of the time. And we can manage in-season, just-in-time deliveries—a distinct advantage for our retailers.
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Many of our customers have chemical sensitivities and need to know specifics about what our fabrics and trims are made of. We strive to make our clothing as pure and allergy-free as possible while still producing functional, contemporary styles with mainstream appeal. See detailed information here.
All day, every day. Blue Canoe is so comfortable, modern and versatile, you’ll find yourself reaching for it every morning. Just read what our fans have to say...
"...Blue Canoe CAN truly go anywhere!" -Aliénne
"Thank you for beautiful designs, breathable fabrics and sustainable practices." - Melissa
"...supple, comfortable, fashionable and functional..." - Alexandra, San Francisco
"I loved the styling, the fabrics were very comfortable and everything fit." - Lisa, Washington State
"I live in your clothes!" - Alyona