Carmina De Young - Canadian Sustainable Fashion
Carmina de Young is proud to be 100% Canadian owned & manufactured.
Since 2015, they have committed to contributing to their local economy while adopting sustainable eco-friendly practices. Customers want to know their garment purchases promote sustainability and community, without sacrificing quality or comfort.
They focus as much on people and planet as they do profit – ensuring that their business decisions are thoughtful about the impact we are having on our community and on our earth.
A TRUE CANADIAN SUCCESS STORY
Carmina de Young collections are the balance between modern culture and bold, contemporary style.
Each piece is designed to empower women to feel stylish and comfortable while having a taste of colour and flare which are predominant in every aspect of Carmina’s Mexican heritage.
They primarily use environmentally sustainable fabrics that are luxuriously soft.
Their mission is to continue to grow as a sustainable business that will make a positive impact within the local community and beyond.
Proudly manufactured in London, Ontario.
MEET CARMINA YOUNG
Carmina leads with her heart.
If you’ve met Carmina then you already know this to be true, her strong core values and desire to give back to her community was instilled in her by her mother, Maria.
Carmina’s father worked as a welder in Mexico City, 2 hours away from the family home in Puebla, Mexico. Maria raised the family and made things that she could sell such as breads, foods and clothing. Her father brought the goods into Mexico City to fulfill orders. Maria taught Carmina how to sew so she could make clothing as birthday gifts for family and friends.
Carmina’s parents often took people in who needed shelter, feeding them and asking for nothing in return. Carmina recalls coming home from school to spend long hours washing clothes by hand – including the clothes of those who they were helping, so that her mother would not have to do it. It was on those long days while doing laundry that she would dream of living in another country, being successful and making enough to provide a better life for her parents.
Carmina left Mexico in 1996, starting the journey to find her dream. She moved to Canada in 1999 and started her own family. She decided to go back to school, considering a business degree until her husband suggested fashion, knowing how much she loves it! It wasn’t long after enrolling into Fashion Design her dream was realized – to be a successful designer of a ready to wear line.
After graduating Carmina started her business working from home and within a year she had a list of regular clients. As her business grew, Carmina’s charisma, passion and eagerness brought her many mentors and organizations who were eager to help her succeed. She launched her first ready to wear collection under the ‘Carmina de Young’ label in 2015.