Welcome to Picot Collective
Picot Collective (pee-koe) is a lifestyle and wellness brand, committed to our values of simplicity, quality, and community. We create products that speak to our hearts and hope you love them as much as we do.
We create products to support wellness rituals
Picot Collective started as a little brick and mortar shop in Fernwood in 2015 as a way to highlight and support the makers community in Victoria, BC. In the early days, we sold a curation of handmade textiles, ceramics, natural skincare, jewelry, teas, art, and hosted art openings for our wall of rotating features.
We wanted to create something that was our own
We created the "Honey Tobacco" scent for a line of candles, and within two years of business, I watched our products grow in demand and made the difficult decision to pivot my business model. In the summer of 2017, I hired Jennifer UrsellI as my manufacturing partner as we moved entirely online.
I was still hand-packing and shipping online orders up until September of 2020 when we shifted our order fulfilment to a warehouse in Vancouver. Jennifer bought her dream home on Pender Island and moved our manufacturing over with her. Visiting her there is definitely a perk. We will continue to introduce new scents and products as we think they make a good fit, but our motto will always be to keep things simple, do those things very well.
in 2019, I reached out to Registered Holistic Nutritionist Kare Gnat to ask if she would be interested in collaborating with us by providing monthly recipes and what has grown out of that is a close friendship and even more devotion to overall wellness behind the Picot brand. We worked together to create the first of two Community Cookbook in Summer of 2020 as a means of sharing food and giving back to local communities.
The "collective" of this business remains in practice when we host seasonal markets and collaborate with local makers to create ceramics, teas and blankets for us. We love to connect with other businesses and will often feature them on our Lifestyle Blog.
The story behind the name
Picot is my grandmother Marion's family name. It's also known as as small loops of twisted thread in lace or embroidery decorating the border of a fabric. Both my mother and grandmother love to knit, and naming my business after her represents familiarity, honouring, and coming together again.
Marion passed away from Alzheimers in November 2020, and her name for my business will always keep her spirit alive through sharing a love for comforting, handmade goods and delicious, nourishing recipes.
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