By  on February 2, 2018

TORONTO — Sometimes a great idea comes without any warning. That was the case for Kotn cofounders Rami Helali, Mackenzie Yeates and Benjamin Sehl, who credit one sweltering summer spent in New York for opening their eyes to the need for a simple, affordable and socially responsible basics brand.

“Everywhere we looked we saw people wearing black and white T-shirts. It was part of the daily uniform,” said Yeates, who moved to New York from Toronto in March 2013 to become brand director at Watson & Co. Helali and Sehl also headed to Manhattan in 2013 to work in finance and the tech industry, respectively.

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