Teacher's styling guide
Who did not have a teacher who made a difference in her life? If you have children like us, they are key people in our society and we have the chance at Message Factory to have more than one of our faithful consumers. But why do teachers choose our clothing line? Here is what they said.
We discuss with Marie-Josée an orthopedagogist, Sophie who teaches first grade and Noémie who is a teacher in special education at the Center Jeunesse de la Montérégie in Chambly.
Parlez-moi un peu de votre travail?
Sophie: J'enseigne la 1ère année. J'adore ma jeune clientèle de première année qui est motivée à apprendre. Il est gratifiant de voir les progressions d'élèves. L'éclosion de la lecture est magique.
Marie-Josée: Je travaille dans le milieu scolaire depuis 25 ans. Je suis orthopédagogue.
Noémie: Je travaille avec une clientèle uniquement masculine âgée entre 15 et 17 ans. J'enseigne les mathématiques, les cours de préparation au marché du travail et la menuiserie.
Is it important for you to choose garments made locally with organic or recycled materials?
Sophie: I am proud to have in my wardrobe Quebec designer clothes made here. I really like Message Factory clothing and the philosophical and environmental messages they display. Unfortunately, I do not have many.
Marie-Josée: I found out about the Message Factory brand approximately 8 years ago. Never before had I ever ask a stranger to tell me the brand of the clothes she was wearing. Right away, I was seduced by the patterns, color schemes, messages as well as the cuts that are well thought out for a woman's body. The fact that the garments were made locally with organic or recycled fibers only added to the fact that I wanted to know more about this company. When I need to refresh my wardrobe, I always turn to this brand.
Noémie: In my practice, I have to wear clothes that are comfortable, professional and suitable for the clientele. I can find in the Message Factory collection sun dresses that I love to wear in the summer as well as colorful, young and professional looks that I like to wear during the school months. I do not always wear clothes with organic and recycled materials, but it is an added value when it is. For me, this is proof that creators also have an ecological conscience in their creative process.
Since the price is sometimes higher for locally made clothes, how do you justify your choices?
Sophie: I prefer to buy on sale. I am a mother of three children so price is important
Recycled and organic materials influence my choice, that's for sure!
Marie-Josée: I think the price is justified. In the end, it is the consumer who wins, because the fiber used is of quality. Even after several years and several washes, my Message Factory clothes are still very beautiful.
Noémie: I buy a lot of clothing from Quebec designers. Sometimes you pay more, but I like to encourage the work done here by local designers. Major banners are taking over the market and I feel like small shops offer products that are unique and often of better quality. For all these reasons, I am willing to pay more for a nice piece.
What do you like to wear? What are your favorite items?
Marie-Josée: I love simple, comfortable clothes that have a touch of originality. Everyday, I wear a touch of Message Factory either: a sweater, a jacket, a dress, a skirt, a tunic ...
Sophie: To teach, I like to wear comfortable clothes. The school environment is particularly active with toddlers, it is important to be comfortable to move easily. We must be ready to act quickly. So I prioritize cotton. When the warm weather arrives, I love dresses and skirts. When the weather is cooler, I like the tunics that benefit my silhouette. I am proud and happy to wear my Message Factory clothes at any occasion :at the restaurant, with friends, at the shopping center! Their styles are comfortable and beautiful.
Noémie: In my practice, I have to wear clothes that are comfortable, professional and suitable for the clientèle. I like to wear dresses or skirts when I'm in class. When I am in my carpentry shop, despite the contact with dust and paint, I like to wear sweaters in which I remain feminine and unique. With my pink work boots and jeans, I like to wear my goldfish sweater! I love the clothes from which there are beautiful stories. I never buy clothes that have prints in english. Message Factory, despite the English name, puts words, phrases, and stories in french on their clothes. I choose and proudly wear these pieces that showcase the language of Quebec.
What values do you want to share with children about consumption and what are your biggest challenges?
Marie-Josée: In our society of over consumption, it is difficult not to be carried away by this wave. I think it's important to teach the kids to ask questions about the origin of a product. They must be made aware by explaining the different issues. It is important to consume items that are durable and recyclable. My biggest challenge is to only consume what I really need.
Sophie: On consumption, I make children aware of overconsumption, but especially through the 3R (Recycle, Reuse, Reduce). I encourage my students to become conscientious adults of their environment and the importance of protecting our planet. Every little gesture can make a difference.
Noémie: Given the male and female clientele in search of an identity that I work with, I have lots of beautiful discussions about fashion and its influence. At their age, many indulge in popular brands, up to date, fashionable, often very expensive and "made in China". I like to show them and discuss with them that their identity can also be forged in difference and uniqueness. That local buying can make our economy work and make it fun!
A big thank you to our 3 teachers for having taken the time to speak to us!