Nicole Babin is the owner and founder of Common Sort, a chain of resale stores based in Toronto and Montreal, operating since 2008. Common Sort buys and sells low-end, mid-range and vintage clothing, shoes and accessories, giving multiple lives and value to fast fashion and other quality garments. Nicole's focus has always been to have the best clothing in her stores at an accessible price for any income, bringing beautiful fashion to everyone, in a clean, organized environment.
Striving to keep clothing that comes through Common Sort out of the land-fill, Nicole employs a full time sewest to mend pieces, and create new garments from unfixable items.
Common Sort operates as a platform for Nicole’s beliefs by supporting shelters across the city with needed clothing, and giving financial support to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, Forest Defenders, as well as many other causes both local and global. The most vital cause Nicole supports through Common Sort for long-term progressive change is electoral reform. Believing that our first-past-the-post electoral system fails to deliver representation and accountability, undermining our democracy.