Our surprising story!
Our surprising story began in April of 2015. Madeleine and Benoît were eating breakfast at a restaurant and discussing the possibility of going into business together. It was then that Benoît had his big realization.
“Going into business doesn’t mean you need to invent something new,” he said with a sip of his smoothie. “You can just take something you already love and make it better.
“Yes,” Madeleine said, super excited. “Like leggings! Everyone’s wearing them and some of them are good, but none of them are perfect. And none of them are eco-responsible. We could make the perfect pair of leggings!”
Benoit Boisclair, Madeleine Arcand & Maxime Morin, Rose Buddha's co-founders
The next day, they went to have coffee with Maxime, who had just completed a course on launching a business. She joyfully accepted the challenge. But this trio had NO IDEA what they were doing. Madeleine was a film director, Maxime an actrice, and Benoît a general contractor. Their only contact with the world of fashion was the girlfriend of a friend of a friend. They went for it anyways, and decided to meet her and ask her to help them find a fashion designer, fabrics and someone who could sew.
For the drawings, Madeleine, Maxime and Benoît called upon their friend and illustrator Émilie Beaudoin who jumped wholeheartedly into the adventure. One thing led to another - and with zero grants or financial aid - Rose Buddha formed their team and gave birth to what would become their flagship product: leggings made from recycled plastic bottles, created right here in Quebec.
As for the name, that happened when Madeleine returned from a trip to Bali with her family. She’d brought back a pink Buddha statue as a gift for Maxime. It wasn’t long before this Buddha became the business mascot, and the company landed on their name.
Maxime Morin & Madeleine Arcand, Rose Buddha's co-founders
The 3 most importants facts about us that you don't want to miss
1-We are eco-friendly
All Rose Buddha products are made here in Quebec, maintaining the utmost respect for both people and nature.
Rose Buddha leggings are our flagship product, made up of 80% recycled plastic bottles and dyed using the solvent-free, non-toxic, sublimation printing process.
Our tank tops are derived from modal, a type of wood pulp. This textile meets OEKO-TEX’s highest certification standards which guarantee adherence to today’s most rigorous eco-friendly production procedures.
Our jewelry is created by local artisans out of materials such as leftover fabric scraps and semi-precious gemstones.
2-We are made right here
Benoit, Maxime and Madeleine strongly believe in reducing their carbon footprint as much as is humanly possible.
To do so, they’ve worked relentlessly to ensure that Rose Buddha production remains local. Rose Buddha’s team consists of local artisans, who, over time, have become precious friends.
We are proud to say that, from the very beginning, all of our products have been created and assembled in Canada, and that this is the way things will stay.
3-We plant tress
Every purchase help us to plant trees all around Canada, thanks to our amazing collaboration with Trees Canada.
Watch us at the franco version of Dragons Den :-)
Thank you so much for your support! We love you!
Maxime, Madeleine & Benoit