The Best Canadian Creators to Shop on Etsy
Romantic dresses, organic wares and quilted wall hangings ahead.
by : Jillian Vieira- Sep 2nd, 2021
Esty: JennKitagawa, Combinist, lookslikewhite
In a e-comm world filled with dupes, duds and machine-made merch, there are so many reasons to shop on Etsy: it’s a clever way to guarantee you’ll be decked out in one-of-a-kind goods, plus the site is rife with opportunity to lift up local makers and support the slow-made process. Here, we’ve done the perusing for you, finding the coolest Etsy shops by Canadian creators and proposing our top picks of the lot.
Want to cultivate a more sustainable home? Fill it with linen. Atelier Confetti Mill makes exceptional use of this good-for-the-Earth fibre, which is OEKO-TEX certified and fully biodegradable at the end of its life cycle. Scoop everyday essentials like aprons, oven mitts and tea towels that come in that signature crinkly finish and a muted, decor-complementing colour palette.
Toronto-based Jenn Kitagawa’s hand-drawn illustrations of the feminine spirit are pure joy, punctuated by juicy colour, captivating proportions and an undeniably playful element. Each of her designs are delivered via digital download, so you can print the chosen image to custom fit your space (and save on shipping in the process!)
Highly coveted and widely acclaimed (you don’t become a 2021 finalist in the Etsy Design Awards by luck), This Ilk is known for hand-sewn jewellery fashioned into true-to-life blossoms, like thistle flowers and calla lilies. Even better, the Montreal-based brand comes with an eco-friendly slant: designer Tamara Bavdek’s handiwork is done using vintage lace and deadstock materials so purchasing a piece means diverting fabrics from landfills.
There’s something to be said for the beauty and simplicity of white ceramic. Montreal creator Trudy Crane has made a following for herself—nearly 1,000 Etsy orders and counting—for her novel take on the medium. Forget cookie-cutter objects: her minimalist, organically shaped pieces (think: a wavy-edged platter and perforated berry bowl) look considered when dotted around your home.
This curated vintage shop sources exactly the pieces you’d spend hours combing through thrift store racks to find: Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirts, oversized graphic tees, and a robust collection of perfect leather blazers. Plus, owner Andrea Winkler makes it a priority to source items beyond the size small norm; her wide selection of high-waisted jeans comes up to a size 14.
Romantic, charming, adorned to the nines—it’s the particularly overlooked, but desirable aesthetic that Montreal’s Noémie Vaillancourt imbues in her designs. Highly wearable smock dresses are a mainstay of the brand, but it’s her statement collars, embroidered with enchanting flora and fauna, that make for the most Instagrammable moments.
Lovers of colour, this is your shop. Calgary-based Kristen Scharf takes a boldly unapologetic design approach to her statement jewellery-making business, Combinist. Made from ultra-lightweight, wear-all-day acrylic, her brilliantly hued creations take form with unusual shapes, like retro blobs, trippy curves and traditional geometric elements.
The various wares found in the À la maison & co. Etsy shop promise to bring palpable warmth to your space. Designer Carole-Anne Roy, a Québec native, creates cushion covers, basket planters and makeup pouches using an unexpected textile: super-soft velvet. Check out her most desired item, an Art Deco-style shell pillow, which works in boho, maximalist and understated spaces alike.
Wearing jewellery isn’t just about the adornment; it’s about telling a story. With Omi Woods, a Toronto-based Etsy shop purveying contemporary heirlooms, there’s real meaning behind each piece with nods to African lore. Cowrie shell studs, done up in long-lasting vermeil, represent abundance and prosperity, while the image of Cleopatra cast onto a coin pendant celebrates the iconic queen.
Less kitschy than macramé, more modern than your average wall hanging, Mood and Mantle’s cool quilted offering is something to be seen. Designer Melanie Gordon hand-crafts, then machine-stitches each of her pieces with stone-washed palettes reminiscent of her native island town in British Columbia. It’s all the cozy Scandi vibes you crave.
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