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THE CANVAS PHILOSOPHY

The issue of sustainability in fashion is among the world’s most complex challenges to
unravel. As a collective industry, fashion has struggled to define what sustainability means, how
it should be measured, and if it's even attainable at all. We’ve considered these issues
throughout the founding and development of our business, and looked for the most accurate
way to address them. As we became familiar with and studied the United Nations’ Sustainable
Development Goals, we decided that they properly represent our aspirations as a business, and
reflect the values and mission we look for in potential partners and collaborators.

These seventeen goals serve as the framework for all of our business activities. When a
brand applies to join The Canvas, they are required to detail their efforts in any of these
seventeen areas relevant to their operation. We look for a genuine commitment to their cause,
an existing infrastructure to support it and a desire to reinforce and grow their impact. While
each of our brands have different ways of addressing their respective goals, they all strive for
improvement, and are transparent in addressing their shortcomings while pushing forward the
initiatives they’ve been able to contribute to.

The Sustainable Development Goals, above all, are an acknowledgement of where
fashion, and humanity as a whole, stands. We are still far from reaching these goals, indeed we
remain an imperfect and highly flawed sector. Still, we must strive towards them. The Canvas
community is a global cohort of people and brands doing their best, acknowledging their
strengths and weaknesses along the way and, most importantly, striving for continual
improvement to be more responsible in the way they create.

If you have questions about a specific brand, our criteria or anything relating to our
standards and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, you can email us directly at
info@thecanvas.nyc
.

OUR MISSION:
The Canvas activates vacant spaces around the world and transforms them into hubs focused on sustainable development.

WHAT WE DO:

Our priority is to empower the growth of ethical fashion brands by connecting them with opportunities to scale their businesses through a unified brick and mortar sales point, while providing services, tools and analytics to enable innovation and foster growth. We believe the demise of fast fashion will be accelerated through a connected network of sustainability-focused businesses working together to stimulate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about the Goals here.

ABOUT QUERENCIA:

Querencia LLC is the parent company of The Canvas by Querencia.
Querencia Studio is a brand focused on designing mindful garments, prioritizing design that considers the rapidly changing climate and a focus on enabling human survival and flourishing.

Querencia Studio, and The Canvas, began with a purpose and place dear to our hearts. The Island School is a semester school on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. At The Island School, science class is SCUBA diving and math class is focused on efficiency and resources on campus, from how rainwater is used to where solar panels are placed. Tegan grew up on Eleuthera and grew alongside the school. Devin was a student in the autumn of 2014 as a junior in high school.

Devin and Tegan were introduced in the spring of 2016. Devin had been working in fashion, including fast-fashion brand NEXT and multimedia company Milk Studios, and Tegan had begun looking into the uniform system, trying to find sustainable alternatives to its current operation and supply chain. When introduced, they saw the potential of our respective backgrounds and how, together, they could make for an impactful project. A few meetings later, Querencia Studio began with the mission of introducing an alternative option for clothing that did not sacrifice sustainability for aesthetics or vice versa.

Soon after we started, we began to grow our team. Kate Walz, our Lead Designer, joined in the winter of 2016. Beginning to grow past t-shirts and hoodies, we entered our first partnership with Goodwill NYNJ. They allowed us to explore their Astoria warehouse and select fabrics and garments to upcycle and create something entirely new. This became the G.O.N.E. FOR GOOD, or Garment Optimization Neutralizing Excess for Good, collection. A few months later, we were among the selected exhibitions at the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. There, we presented our SURFACE LEVEL collection, made entirely with upcycled fabrics from FABSCRAP.

As we showcased our work and participated in pop-ups, we felt like our individual effort as a brand was not all we had to offer. That and our observation of empty retail space around New York City led us to experiment with a new concept: The Canvas by Querencia Studio.

The Canvas began within the former Hunter College bookstore in the summer of 2018. We occupied the space and built it out as a hub for conversation and collaboration. There, we developed partnerships with brands, companies, and people who are making fashion fairer, more accessible and more connected.

In November of 2018, we expanded to a second location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, we’ve grown our network to a global community of over one hundred and twenty brands spanning six continents and opened a second location in Antwerp, Belgium through collaborations with MADE and Kunstgezind, and a new partner in Steff Vermeesch, who leads our expansion initiatives efforts around Europe.

The only way this industry can change is if we work together. The goal of The Canvas is to create a place where ideas can be sparked and creativity can flourish. Our focus is on addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There are seventeen of them but it’s the last of them, number seventeen, that we feel is most important to accomplishing them all: Partnerships. The Canvas by Querencia Studio is a place for those partnerships to begin, continue, and be introduced to the world. We look forward to seeing you there.

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In Store Operations: Reduce, Reuse and Retail

Our in store operations are guided by the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Retail. These
are the methods that we’ve deemed essential to a responsible environment that promotes
considerate purchasing, and a space where buying something new isn’t the only way to
contribute.

Reduce waste. Our partnership with Goodwill includes a donation center at The Canvas
Williamsburg. Donations are picked up three times per week and go towards supporting
Goodwill NYNY's community programs supporting employment opportunities across the tri-state
area.

Reuse whenever possible. Our partnership with Global Fashion Exchange on The Swap
Shop means shopping isn't the only new way to walk out of a store with something new. In
support of a circular economy, our point based system allows guests to swap for items,
removing barriers for the reuse of goods between The Canvas community in Williamsburg and
Antwerp.

Retail, reconsidered with the Sustainable Development Goals as the guiding principle.

REDUCE.

REUSE.

RETAIL.

For general inquires, please reach out to 
info@thecanvas.nyc.

INSTAGRAM:
General: @thecanvasbyq
Antwerp: @thecanvasbyq.antwerp


THE CANVAS PHILOSOPHY

The issue of sustainability in fashion is among the world’s most complex challenges to
unravel. As a collective industry, fashion has struggled to define what sustainability means, how
it should be measured, and if it's even attainable at all. We’ve considered these issues
throughout the founding and development of our business, and looked for the most accurate
way to address them. As we became familiar with and studied the United Nations’ Sustainable
Development Goals, we decided that they properly represent our aspirations as a business, and
reflect the values and mission we look for in potential partners and collaborators.

These seventeen goals serve as the framework for all of our business activities. When a
brand applies to join The Canvas, they are required to detail their efforts in any of these
seventeen areas relevant to their operation. We look for a genuine commitment to their cause,
an existing infrastructure to support it and a desire to reinforce and grow their impact. While
each of our brands have different ways of addressing their respective goals, they all strive for
improvement, and are transparent in addressing their shortcomings while pushing forward the
initiatives they’ve been able to contribute to.

The Sustainable Development Goals, above all, are an acknowledgement of where
fashion, and humanity as a whole, stands. We are still far from reaching these goals, indeed we
remain an imperfect and highly flawed sector. Still, we must strive towards them. The Canvas
community is a global cohort of people and brands doing their best, acknowledging their
strengths and weaknesses along the way and, most importantly, striving for continual
improvement to be more responsible in the way they create.

If you have questions about a specific brand, our criteria or anything relating to our
standards and commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, you can email us directly at
info@thecanvas.nyc
.

OUR MISSION:
The Canvas activates vacant spaces around the world and transforms them into hubs focused on sustainable development.

WHAT WE DO:

Our priority is to empower the growth of ethical fashion brands by connecting them with opportunities to scale their businesses through a unified brick and mortar sales point, while providing services, tools and analytics to enable innovation and foster growth. We believe the demise of fast fashion will be accelerated through a connected network of sustainability-focused businesses working together to stimulate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about the Goals here.

ABOUT QUERENCIA:

Querencia LLC is the parent company of The Canvas by Querencia.
Querencia Studio is a brand focused on designing mindful garments, prioritizing design that considers the rapidly changing climate and a focus on enabling human survival and flourishing.

Querencia Studio, and The Canvas, began with a purpose and place dear to our hearts. The Island School is a semester school on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. At The Island School, science class is SCUBA diving and math class is focused on efficiency and resources on campus, from how rainwater is used to where solar panels are placed. Tegan grew up on Eleuthera and grew alongside the school. Devin was a student in the autumn of 2014 as a junior in high school.

Devin and Tegan were introduced in the spring of 2016. Devin had been working in fashion, including fast-fashion brand NEXT and multimedia company Milk Studios, and Tegan had begun looking into the uniform system, trying to find sustainable alternatives to its current operation and supply chain. When introduced, they saw the potential of our respective backgrounds and how, together, they could make for an impactful project. A few meetings later, Querencia Studio began with the mission of introducing an alternative option for clothing that did not sacrifice sustainability for aesthetics or vice versa.

Soon after we started, we began to grow our team. Kate Walz, our Lead Designer, joined in the winter of 2016. Beginning to grow past t-shirts and hoodies, we entered our first partnership with Goodwill NYNJ. They allowed us to explore their Astoria warehouse and select fabrics and garments to upcycle and create something entirely new. This became the G.O.N.E. FOR GOOD, or Garment Optimization Neutralizing Excess for Good, collection. A few months later, we were among the selected exhibitions at the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany. There, we presented our SURFACE LEVEL collection, made entirely with upcycled fabrics from FABSCRAP.

As we showcased our work and participated in pop-ups, we felt like our individual effort as a brand was not all we had to offer. That and our observation of empty retail space around New York City led us to experiment with a new concept: The Canvas by Querencia Studio.

The Canvas began within the former Hunter College bookstore in the summer of 2018. We occupied the space and built it out as a hub for conversation and collaboration. There, we developed partnerships with brands, companies, and people who are making fashion fairer, more accessible and more connected.

In November of 2018, we expanded to a second location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Since then, we’ve grown our network to a global community of over one hundred and twenty brands spanning six continents and opened a second location in Antwerp, Belgium through collaborations with MADE and Kunstgezind, and a new partner in Steff Vermeesch, who leads our expansion initiatives efforts around Europe.

The only way this industry can change is if we work together. The goal of The Canvas is to create a place where ideas can be sparked and creativity can flourish. Our focus is on addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There are seventeen of them but it’s the last of them, number seventeen, that we feel is most important to accomplishing them all: Partnerships. The Canvas by Querencia Studio is a place for those partnerships to begin, continue, and be introduced to the world. We look forward to seeing you there.

ReFashion Week NYC Promotes Sustainability by Celebrating Secondhand and Sustainable Fashion
READ NOW

WoW Woman in Sustainable Fashion | Tegan Maxey, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Canvas by Querencia
READ NOW

INTERVIEW WITH THE CANVAS BY QUERENCIA STUDIO, NEW YORK

READ NOW

Sustainable-Fashion Pop-Up Shop Coming to Hunter College 

READ NOW

THIS ANTI-MAGA HATE IS ATTEMPTING TO
MAKE FASHION GREAT AGAIN

READ NOW

New York-based concept store The Canvas opens first European store in Antwerp
READ NOW

FOUNDER'S STORY WITH DEVIN GILMARTIN: CO-FOUNDER OF THE CANVAS BY QUERENCIA STUDIO, A MARKETPLACE FOR INTERNATIONAL BRANDS
READ NOW

GLOBAL FASHION XCHANGE : BLOG
THE CANVAS NYC

READ NOW

CELEBRATING NEW YORK'S ETHICAL ENTERPRISES

READ NOW

The Canvas by Querencia Studio: Open for Better Business

READ NOW

SUSTAINABLE MARKETPLACE ‘THE CANVAS’ LAUNCHES UTILISING THE UN'S GLOBAL GOALS
READ NOW

5 Sustainable, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Stores in Brooklyn, New York

READ NOW

#SISustainabilty: DSNY kicks back against NYFW with ReFashion Week NYC

READ NOW


One small step in a fully 3D printed shoe…


READ NOW

In Store Operations: Reduce, Reuse and Retail

Our in store operations are guided by the three R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Retail. These
are the methods that we’ve deemed essential to a responsible environment that promotes
considerate purchasing, and a space where buying something new isn’t the only way to
contribute.

Reduce waste. Our partnership with Goodwill includes a donation center at The Canvas
Williamsburg. Donations are picked up three times per week and go towards supporting
Goodwill NYNY's community programs supporting employment opportunities across the tri-state
area.

Reuse whenever possible. Our partnership with Global Fashion Exchange on The Swap
Shop means shopping isn't the only new way to walk out of a store with something new. In
support of a circular economy, our point based system allows guests to swap for items,
removing barriers for the reuse of goods between The Canvas community in Williamsburg and
Antwerp.

Retail, reconsidered with the Sustainable Development Goals as the guiding principle.

REDUCE.

REUSE.

RETAIL.

For general inquires, please reach out to 
info@thecanvas.nyc.

INSTAGRAM:
General: @thecanvasbyq
Antwerp: @thecanvasbyq.antwerp