Kigurumi.ca was created and designed in 2011 by Maria Pham-Beaupré and Marc Beaupré-Pham.
It all began with those harsh Montreal winters.
Too lame to brave the cold and go out, we'd gotten into a routine of having rotating movie nights at friends' houses.
Being poor students, though, we'd often opt for piling on layers and blankets rather than spending money to heat our old and poorly insulated apartments.
We decided to invest in some onesies.
But not just any onesies - we had our eyes on these amazing Japanese "kigurumi" adult onesies we'd come across whilst scouring the internet.
Alas, these mythical onesies were impossible to get in Canada! We couldn't find them anywhere. We decided to collect orders from our friends and place an order directly from Japan. Me being just out of school, I decide to order some extras, and that my new side project would be to build a little online store to help out other Canadians who might be looking for these fantastic pyjama costumes.
Fast forward to the present, and Kigurumi.ca is what I do full-time. Marc already loves his job working as a web developer, so from answering your texts to shipping out your orders, the company is pretty much run just by me (with the occasional help of talented friends who will work for kigurumis!).
We love going out to festivals and events in our kigurumis, too. The idea of it was a little intimidating at first, but we quickly found that it was totally great. It's nice making people smile at the sight of something that they don't see every day. And there's nothing like having a kid run up to you exclaiming "PANDA!" whilst giving you a big hug.
Kigurumis now permeate most parts of our life, and we probably wouldn't have it any other way. We even had a kigurumi photobooth at our wedding in 2012.
Whether you own one or twenty kigurumis (we have the benefit of owning them all, muahaha!), we think they are something you will cherish for a long time. Even after a bad day, we find it almost impossible not to crack a smile once we see ourselves in ridiculous animal onesies.
Thank you for visiting us and sharing the kigurumi love - we're so lucky to have such amazing customers and friends.
Marc & Maria
Kigurumi.ca is the official Canadian distributor of authentic SAZAC kigurumi. SAZAC is Japan's number one kigurumi manufacturer, and the quality of SAZAC onesies is unmatched around the world. Unfortunately, this means that many other manufacturers will try (and fail!) to mimic SAZAC products. It doesn't take much to notice a major difference in quality between authentic kigurumi and imitators' attempts.
Fake. vs. Real: Stitch Kigurumi
For starters, imitation kigurumi are generally made of much thinner fabric--sometimes crushed velvet, which deteriorates much more quickly than fleece, cotton, and poly--and are poorly stitched together. Fakes tend to have wonky-looking faces: crossed eyes, asymmetrical features, and visible stitch defects. Colours won't be nearly as vivid, lining is often missing altogether, and features such as sleeves, tails, ears, wings, etc., will be overall much more floppy and downright sad-looking.