Weekend Bag: Free Spirit Spheres

For a weekend at Free Spirit Spheres on Canada’s Vancouver Island, pack versatile pieces by Canadian eco-designers.

When packing for a stay at Free Spirit Spheres – a hotel in Vancouver Island made up of floating spheres – keep your clothing light and free as well. Bring comfortable pieces from a few of Canada’s leading eco-designers, like Nicole Bridger, Thieves, Bazant, Manitobah and Preloved.

Preloved Sylvie Snood
This soft, slouchy cowl drapes beautifully around the face to keep you warm and cozy through chilly nights. Preloved garments are entirely crafted from vintage fabrics – this one from two reclaimed wool sweaters – making each piece truly one-of-a-kind. It’s also reversible.
$19.50, Preloved 

Nicole Bridger Longing Cape
This cozy cape by Canadian eco-designer Nicole Bridger is the perfect way to stay warm in your sphere. The appeal of this 100% organic wool cape is all about the sculpting and draping, techniques Bridger perfected while working at Vivienne Westwood in London.
On sale for $231, Nicole Bridger 

Bazant Waterfall Earrings
Echo the spherical theme of the hotel with these hand cut and polished sterling silver dangle earrings with a nice brushed finish. Handcrafted from recycled sterling silver by ethical jeweller Lara Bazant in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District.
$75, Ethical Ocean

Manitobah Deerskin Mukluks
Keep your feet toasty at night with these Mukluks, based on a traditional Canadian style of footwear. Each pair conforms naturally to the shape of each wearer’s foot, providing an age-old comfort you can call your own. The vibram sole option make them a bit more suitable for activities like hikes in the woods.
$339, Manitobah

Hemp Exploration Travel Bag
Pack your weekend bag in this overnight bag, made from 100% hemp, the strongest and most durable of all natural fibers. Edging material is woven from hemp/flax yarns and all stress points are reinforced for optimum durability.
$97.95, LivEco

Thieves Crochet Sweater
This hand crocheted sweater by Thieves is made in Canada from naturally dyed organic cotton. The shape is highly wearable with an asymmetrical hemline that gives it a bit more of an edge.
$420, Thieves 

Johanna Björk

Johanna is a sustainable fashion writer currently based in Ojai, CA. Read her weekly On Trend column to learn what's new in eco fashion.