My name is Stephanie Schneider and I am a Vancouver-based clothing designer and maker influenced by the rich forests, mountains, and ocean of the Pacific Northwest.
When I started my own line in 2006, I chose the name Glasnost which means "openness" in Russian; an optimism for change through accountability and transparency. It is also a term used for finding one's voice, which is what I hope to gain from this project.
Glasnost rain wares feature minimalist clean lines with a utilitarian sensibility. Partly, this is because I was raised in interior British Columbia by parents and grandparents that were mostly self-sufficient, working with what the land provided, and preserving beyond the season with each harvest. This foundation has inspired me to produce products that are durable and made by hand. I design and make everything in my East Vancouver studio.
On the hunt for sustainable fabrics, I have been fortunate to meet retired makers with garages full of leather, waxed cotton, and fascinating stories. These experiences have influenced Glasnost products with appreciation of the past within our modern landscape.
Waxed cotton is a natural and traditional textile that has been proven to last with proper care and maintenance. All items are built to be an investment in your future, lasting to tell the story of your journey and keep you dry along the way.