SIMPLE. FRESH. MODERN.
Pod, a fashion and lifestyle boutique, began in the charming, historic village of Elora, Ontario. Ten years later, we took our funky style to the vibrant, artistic community of Guelph and opened our second location. In 2016, we made another change, and decided to close our beloved store in Elora in favour of a much larger retail store space in Guelph. So we moved just a few doors down on Carden Street – to number 50. We offer an ever-evolving and eclectic assortment of contemporary, well-designed and thoughtful fashion, footwear and accessories. p.s. a mini-pod boutique will be opening again soon in Elora! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our monthly newsletters so you always know what’s new!
WHO WE ARE.
Store owner, creative director and designer, Lynn Whaley, began her career in the arts at a young age. For many years she dreamed of having her own retail store and living above it. Lynn studied jewelry design at college and sold her handcrafted pieces at specialty boutiques and craft shows throughout Ontario. While living in Vancouver, Lynn made a small night light fashioned after a piece of jewelry she had designed, and it was a hit! From that first little night light, her business of ‘POD’ flourished. Lynn’s lighting designs have been featured in many magazines and sold all over Canada and the US. These days, however, Lynn’s artistic energy is spent carefully curating and styling her fashion boutiques; a career she feels incredibly fortunate to have thanks to the support and encouragement of many customers and friends.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
At Pod, our emphasis is to offer and introduce customers to the benefits of organic fashion choices which are both ethically produced and sustainable. We are always thrilled to discover and support artisans who are creating something useful and beautiful from up-cycled and repurposed materials. We believe, as consumers, we have an incredible power to create and support change through the products we buy, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the independent, small businesses we support.
WHY ORGANIC COTTON?
Organic cotton is grown without the use of any genetic modification to the crops, without the use of any fertilizers, pesticides, and other synthetic agro-chemicals harmful to the land. Organic cotton production promotes and enhances biodiversity. Organic cotton growers work in a much healthier environment and offer a cleaner product that benefits workers in the garment industry. These benefits are passed onto the consumer; a fabric that is naturally kind to our bodies and the knowledge that your purchase is good for the planet.
WHY ORGANIC BAMBOO?
The majority of organic bamboo is grown in China by Shanghai Tenbro Bamboo Textile Co. Ltd. This company keeps strict control over the organic bamboo they harvest, ensuring the bamboo is grown without using harmful pesticides and herbicides. It’s rapid growth rate and ability to grow in diverse climates makes the bamboo plant a sustainable and versatile resource. Bamboo fabric is very soft and light, yet strong and long-wearing. As a fabric that breathes and insulates, it cools in hot climates and warms in the winter. Hypoallergenic and biodegradable, bamboo is known to keep us sweet and refreshed.
We are committed to the maxim that charity begins at home. Pod participates and donates to many local fundraising efforts such as Aids Awareness, Big Sisters of Guelph, Guelph Pride, Breast Cancer Research, Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, just to name a few that are near and dear to us. Pod also donates to and supports AVAAZ.ORG whose founding president is Canadian born Ricken Patel. Avaaz, which means ‘voice’ in many languages, is now the world’s largest and most powerful online activist network. It’s goal is to promote and implement positive change on global issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption and poverty.