KotnCredit: Tina Kulic

Back in 2019 (which seems like decades ago), Toronto-based Kotn had a pop-up in Gastown: fueling the city’s love for sustainable clothing and incredibly soft sheets. After a two-plus year hiatus, they’re back with a new store on Main Street – and they’ve brought tons of new items with them. We spoke to Kotn co-founder Mackenzie Yeates about all things Kotn and she says that it was always their intention “to build a lifestyle brand with products that will stand the test of time while reinvesting in the communities that help make Kotn’s products.”

Kotn started with a mission to create the perfect t-shirt but they have expanded to offer a range of clothing products as well as home goods – and are focused on giving back through every step of the manufacturing process. Kotn is a certified B-Corp company so traceability and sustainability are key to their brand-mission. Yeates says that it is through their dedication to “fair trade, direct relationships with people all throughout the supply chain and the ABC project (which funds schools in rural Egypt)” that they are able to make an impact.

KotnCredit: Tina KulicKotn’s roots are in Egypt (co-founder Rami Helali was born in Cairo), and they source all of their raw cotton from farmers in the Nile River Delta. The brand works directly with responsibly-run yarn mills, dye houses and cut-and-sew facilities in the region and ensure fair wages and treatment through their entire supply chain. So you can trust that your soft-as-butter t-shirt is ethically made.

 KotnCredit: Tina Kulic

The new Main Street location is open now and features their entire core collection, plus newbies from their spring collection and an array of homewares. (Pro tip: their new linen bedsheets are blended with cotton so they’re super soft while retaining that sought after linen breathability). With a green-tiled cache and rounded archways, the design of the new location is also a nod to Kotn’s Egyptian origins, but they are keeping it local as well: Rachel Saunders Ceramics are featured throughout the store (and are available to purchase) and 80% of their retail furniture is second-hand.

 KotnCredit: Tina Kulic

In honour of the opening, from May 7-8 the store will be giving away complimentary bouquets by The Wild Bunch and beverages by 33 Acres. Partnering with local makers was always part of Kotn’s plan: Yeates explains “we are working to build relationships with local vendors and try to support the community however we can.”

Kotn
Address: 3743 Main Street
When: Open now; In-store celebrations May 7-8