The TENACITY Tee - Author Clothing
The TENACITY Tee - Author Clothing
The TENACITY Tee - Author Clothing
The TENACITY Tee - Author Clothing
The TENACITY Tee - Author Clothing


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The fiercest combination to walk the Earth: a will of steel...and a heart that is willing to be broken. 

Spending their strength and power to defend the smallest and weakest, wearers of the TENACITY Tee know mama-bear love has little to do with biology and everything to do with a willingness to rise up and say, “Not on my watch.”

  • BLACK - 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
  • CHARCOAL - 60% GOTS* Organic Cotton / 40% Recycled Polyester
  • Stain-hiding colours
  • Fair Trade handmade, WFTO certified 
  • Made by JOYYA, in Kolkata, India

    Your family can love the stories behind these tees. Living-wage jobs mean brighter futures; from the farmer who planted the organic cotton seed to the seamstress who stitched the tag on.

    Beyond the life-changing gift of an honourable job, profits shared from your TENACITY tee fund literacy classes, workplace childcare, budgeting classes and collaborative community initiatives.

    Each t-shirt arrives packaged with a coordinating bookmark to make it a meaningful and memorable gift.

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    ADULT SIZING: Our TENACITY Tees are unisex t-shirts sized down to be better suited to a Mama Bear fit. (Ex: a MEDIUM Tenacity is a unisex/men's SMALL)

    If you're buying for a Papa Bear, or prefer a looser fit, please remember to SIZE UP. 

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    Birth of the TENACITY Tee

    The TENACITY Tee was originally created in support of our friend Marissa Froese during her battle with breast cancer. Marissa was an early Author-inspiration in the daily living out of her belief that everyday purchases are an opportunity to "love our distant neighbour". 

    We continue to be inspired by her example of generosity, creativity, and her desire to show hospitality and kindness to neighbours near and far.

    Marissa left this earth in December 2023 but leaves a legacy of life-well-lived in the service of others. The fruits of Marissa's work live on through her family and friends - and can also be enjoyed through her gluten-free cookbooks and sourdough course, available at  

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      Not sure what size to order?

      illustration of how to measure chest and length of a t-shirt to choose correct sizing

      Simply measure against a similar item that currently fits your child and compare with the measurements in our size chart.

      All measurements are taken with garments lying flat.

      Lay the chosen garment on a flat surface, smooth out any wrinkles.

      Chest: Measure across chest from side seam to side seam just below the armpit.

      Length: Measure from the point where the shoulder seam meets the neckline ribbing, straight down to the bottom of the shirt.


      Children's T-shirts

      Our children's t-shirts are a standard fit. If your child prefers loose-fitting shirts, we recommend choosing the next size up.


      Sizing for our newest designs CONTRIBUTION, CREATIVITY, PATIENCE and STRENGTH has been updated. XXS, XS and S in these new designs are now equivalent to size 2, 4 & 6 rather than 5, 6, 7. 

      Please check size guides carefully before ordering.


      ORIGINAL Sizing
      Size XXS XS S M L XL XXL
      Equivalent 5 6 7 8 10 12 14
      in 13.5 13.5 14.3 15.3 16.4 17.5 19.0
      cm 34.5 35.0 36.5 38.5 41.5 44.0 49.0
      in 18.5 19.3 20.0 21.0 23.0 24.5 26.5
      cm 47.0 49.0 51.0 53.0 58.0 63.0 67.5


      *NEW* Updated Sizing
      Size XXS XS S M L XL XXL
      Equivalent 2 4 6 8 10 12 14
      in 12.5 13.0 14.0 15.0 16.5 17.5 19.0
      cm 31.5 33.0 35.5 38 41.5 44.5 48.5
      in 16.9 18.3 19.7 21.3 22.8 24.4 26.6
      cm 42.5 46.0 50.0 54.0 58.0 62.0 67.5


      Author t-shirts are cut by hand and sewn in small batches in Kolkata, India by our friends at Joyya (formerly Freeset).

      While there may be slight measurement variances between shirts, finished shirts are tested to ensure any differences are minor and will not affect fit.

      A new shirt can be expected to experience 3% shrinkage after normal washing and drying.

      Wear + Care
      To help your clothes (and our planet) enjoy a longer, better life, we recommend washing printed and dark items in cold water, hanging to dry or drying on a cool setting.

      Canada & USA

      FREE SHIPPING on all orders totalling more than $150 CAD

      $15 CAD Flat Rate Shipping on all orders under $150 CAD

      Local pick-up is available at our North Saanich, BC Studio


      FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING on all orders over $250

      $15 CAD Flat Rate Shipping on all orders under $150 CAD

      Correct Mailing Address

      Please check that you have the correct mailing address entered before finalizing your purchase. We cannot be responsible for orders that are shipped to incorrect addresses.

      Delivery Times

      We ship all of your purchases via trackable Canada Post XpresspostPlease allow 4-6 business days for delivery in Canada, and 5-10 days for US delivery. 

      Import Fees

      You may be required to pay customs, VAT (Value Added Tax), duties or taxes in order to receive your package. If these fees are not paid resulting in your package being returned to us you will be issued a refund in the form of store credit.

      What our customers are saying

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      Customer Reviews

      Based on 7 reviews
      Perfect tee!

      I LOVE everything about my new TENACITY tee - it fits, feels and looks great. I'm tall and find it difficult to find tops that don't end up looking like a crop after a wash, and this tee is absolutely the best length! Thank you so much for a beautiful product that I can enjoy wearing, and can still sleep at night knowing that the people who made it were treated as I would want to be treated.
      Thank you so much !


      Excellent quality, my girls love them, first comment "mom it's so soft!" Well worth every penny, style, comfort, great cause and story behind the shirt. Will definitely buy more. Oh and of couse, must mention world class service.

      Kelly Guerra Steeper
      Tenacity Tee

      I’ve loved wearing my t-shirt and people always notice the design. Love sharing the story of this awesome company. 🤍

      Kali Gillespie
      Love love!

      Popping my "tenacity" shirt on for the day is like wearing my note-to-self! I'm reminded of the many other mama bears I admire...women who are choosing courage, determination & perseverance as they raise their families and do good in the world. Also- so soft, cute & comfy!

      Marty Furse
      Love these folks!

      Author has a big vision worth your support.

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