About Us



Who are we ?

Founded in 2002 in Shawinigan by Mario, founder and creator of opportunities, Abaka is one of the first eco-responsible clothing companies in Quebec.

When Abaka meets Abakette…

In 2010, Karine, designer & creator of changes, also from Shawinigan, joined the adventure and brought in addition to her scissors, her touch of originality combining comfort and the unique style which is the signature of the house.



Abaka is:

Eco-comfortable, in line with the slow-fashion movement, that is to say hand-made, sustainable clothing, outside the hazards of mass production. Natural fiber fabrics for both basic and stylish clothing, proudly made “in” Shawi (made in Quebec).




Our #ecocomfortable commitment:

A greener future can be achieved through the choices we all make. Here's how we commit to eco-responsibility on a daily basis...

  • The fabric scraps that we do not use are given to local artisans and organizations who retransform them into ecological fashion.
  • The ink we use in our printed designs and mailing box stamps is recycled water-based ink.
  • The cardboard of our labels, our boxes, our packaging in fact, we make sure to use as little material as possible while staying away from plastic.
  • The ink we use in our printed designs and mailing box stamps is recycled water-based ink.

      The origin:

      Abaka comes from the indigenous name abaca, which means manila hemp in Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines. At the beginning of the 2000s in Asia, Mario discovered hemp clothing. The offer being very limited, he decided on his return to Quebec to create the Kaméléon pants, which are still part of the products offered.

      A production almost entirely made in Quebec, if not in Canada! The cutting and design of all our clothes is carried out in our workshop-boutique in Shawinigan and the making by seamstresses at home and in factories in the region. Some products are made in Ontario (especially corporate products).



      Our team :

      Mario - Chief Colleague!

      Karine - Creator and colleague in chief!

      Sabrina - Responsible for your satisfaction and producer of happiness!

      Cyndie - Artisans of happiness!

      Josette - Responsible for your satisfaction and English-speaking service!

      Marie-Anne - Cousette in the making and producer of happiness

      Mélodie - Creative assistant, Cousette in the making and producer of happiness!

      By us, for you!

      We are proud to count among our customers, men and women from across Canada, for almost twenty years. Discover our products online today or come see us in store!

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