Inspired by photography, modern architecture and alternative music, the path of BEDI is one that constantly strives for a balance between art and a circular economy. Featured in Fashion Magazine and La Presse, BEDI is a garment label with sustainability at its core. Their design process is in constant evaluation and evolution.
Inder Bedi began his journey at the crossroads of fashion and sustainability in 1995 when he founded handbag brand Matt and Nat. BEDI represents his return to local production in Canada, with a focus on slow fashion. The name is based around a trio of numbers that have a great significance to Inder. He grew up around numerology thanks to his Hindu mother, and found that these three numbers were constantly appearing while he was developing his new venture. His children were also born in 2004, 2005, and 2007 – and they are among his inspirations to create a better future.
"BEDI can be defined as a sustainable brand, but it's not that simple. While our design and production process has evolved from years of reflection and research, we continuously experience first hand that to be sustainable is a practice not an adjective."
Fish nets pulled from oceans, seat-belt webbing from scrapyards, cactus leather and American cotton – these are some of the materials the brand uses to create their outerwear, bags and knits. Regenerated material ECONYL, made from landfill and ocean waste, as well as Desserto vegan leather made from cactus plants, are among the brand's most innovative textile choices. They also use REPREVE, a material made from regenerated plastic such as post-consumer plastic bottles. Plus they incorporate seatbelt material from local scrapyards in Canada, as well as organic cotton.
All production is done locally in Canada. Each item is designed and handmade in Montreal. Hardware is produced locally. The brand also donates 1% of their sales to Plastic Oceans, an organisation dedicated to cleaning up ocean waste. They also give their items a second life through Dans La Rue, a Montreal-based organisation that supports homeless, at-risk youth with shelter, food and clothing.
BEDI ensures that fair and equitable labour standards are met.
The brand does not use plastic in any of their packaging, and all their packaging, including their labels and tags, are made locally in Canada on FSC paper. They are currently experimenting with tags using recycled cotton scraps from the fashion industry.
BEDI is a vegan brand.
To discover more like this, visit our women's vegan coat and men's vegan coat collections.
Love sustainable vegan leathers? Take a look at our edits for Cactus Leather, Apple Leather, Grape Leather, Pinatex and Cork Leather.