The A-Z Guide to Canadian Fashion Designers
by : Erica Ngao- Jun 28th, 2018
This Canada Day, we’re showcasing the country’s fashion industry — one letter at a time. From local favourites to emerging young designers, it’s all about made-in-Canada.
Designed and handcrafted by Lina Hu, each collection is inspired by the exploration of forms and elements, resulting in minimalist yet bold pieces. For example, the Harmonics collection takes cues from the geometry found in nature from atoms to space.
Our pick: Consonance II Earring Set ($245)
Birds of North America
Birds of North America takes elements from designer Hayley Gibson’s childhood such as school uniforms and sun-faded fabrics to create whimsical pieces that teeter between nostalgic and modern.
Our pick: Waxbill Jumpsuit ($212)
This line of hats began accidentally back in 2014 when designer Camille Côte created a hat with an elastic band on the back — by mistake. Now, this practical and comfortable design is the brand’s signature and handmade in Montreal.
Our pick: Jackie Green ($162)
Devlyn van Loon
Devlyn van Loon is all about sustainably made essentials designed to fit into every kind of wardrobe. All pieces are handmade in Toronto using high-end construction techniques and ethically sourced fabrics.
Our pick: Patch Pocket Slip Dress in Black ($231)
Evan Ducharme’s designs are rooted in and inspired by his Métis heritage and the natural environment of the territory on which he grew up.
Our pick: The Delima Matriarch Dress ($335). This dress is part of the Matriarch Dress Collection which pays homage to the women who have inspired Ducharme’s work and named for his maternal great-grandmother.
Founded by Christina Remenyi, this lingerie brand is handcrafted in Toronto. Fabrics are chosen for their durable and delicate properties such as quick drying jersey and supportive mesh to fit precisely on the body.
Our pick: Ara Plunge Bralette ($109)
Founder Stephanie Ray couldn’t find stylish, affordable work wear while in law school so she decided to create her own. With no experience, she launched Grayes in 2016 with the goal to offer wardrobe essentials that can easily transition from the work to play.
Our pick: The Blazer Dress in Salt and Pepper ($395)
House of Suri
Toronto-made House of Suri focuses on pieces designed to be transformable and ultimately customizable, featuring accessories that can attached and detached.
Our pick: Petunia Top ($165)
This made-in-Canada denim line is a mix of vintage and rock ‘n’ roll-inspired styles (their first style was a high-waist, skinny cut jean inspired by Joan Jett)
Our pick: Edge of Seventeen Jean ($208)
Founded by Jennifer Torosian and Raed Ali, this brand is known for updating classic silhouettes to create a casual, luxury aesthetic.
Our pick: Flared Gusset Shirt ($275)
Designer Ashley Kasdorf works around the idea of wardrobe essentials and creates pieces that play with feminine and masculine principles of design.
Our pick: Double-breasted jacket with side slits ($265)
Laurie Fleming Jewellery
Laurie Fleming hand-carves each piece in her downtown Toronto studio, creating ethereal and romantic heirloom pieces with the brand’s signature mother of pearl and fluid metal shapes.
Our pick: Beacen Ring ($325 USD)
Marigold by Marilyne Baril
Dresses and wool coats are the signature of this sustainable, slow fashion-inspired brand from Marilyne Baril. The entire line from design to production is done in Montreal.
Our pick: Orlanda Dress Lurex Stripe ($229)
Noujica is the collaborative efforts of Catherine Cournoyer, a textile printing designer, and Jinny Lévesque, a glass artist. Their clothing and accessories are made using only recycled and organic materials by integrating their skills in silk screening and glasswork.
Our pick: Portefeuille wristlet ($125)
Sustainability is at the core of Olivia Rubens’ designs which makes use of distinct fabric techniques and materials such as dyeing, surface design and knits.
Our pick: Lorelei Coat ($899)
From designer Madeleine Beaulieu, this luxury leather goods brand was founded in 2017 and came from her desire for quality minimalist products. The products are handcrafted using Italian vegetable-tanned leather and inspired by origami and jewellery with a signature folded design and hardware.
Our pick: Tome 1 ($550)
Rachel Sin designs functional and feminine pieces meant to transition easily between 9-to-5 and happy hour. The pieces are sculpted to the body with strong lines inspired by her background in architecture.
Our pick: Let’s Split Up Skirt ($165)
The Sleep Shirt
The Sleep Shirt makes traditional and contemporary nightwear for all kinds of sleepers. The products are made in Canada from Japanese cotton and other high-quality fabrics, bridging comfort and style for the ultimate night-in outfit.
Our pick: Short Sleep Shirt in Blue Oxford Stripe ($230)
Swedish and Gwich’in designer Tania Larsson creates contemporary, northern Indigenous jewellery based on Gwich’in culture. Using land-based materials such as hides, horns and antlers (harvested through subsistence hunting), Larsson also incorporates beads, metals and precious stones to create a contrast of textures and colours.
Our pick: Caribou Tufted Earrings ($175)
Edmonton-based designer Malorie Urbanovitch gives modern essentials a nostalgic spin through her namesake line, updating classic silhouettes with playful colour and shape.
Our pick: Wrap Top ($260)
Valérie Dumaine started her eponymous line in 2004 after returning to Montreal from Berlin, having been inspired by the fashion scene there. Her designs are refined and bold with an emphasis on clean lines.
Our pick: Paloma Dress ($199)
Fiona Morrison founded Wolf Circus as a way to fill in a gap that she saw in the jewellery space — smart, refined pieces to go with the hustle and bustle of each day.
Our pick: Ilona Signet Ring in Gold ($140)
Klaxon Howl began in 2005 with owner and designer Matt Robinson and inspired by his collection of vintage military clothing, sportswear and work wear from the early to mid twentieth century. This menswear collection is local, handmade and produced in small batches.
Our pick: Lou shirt ($215)
Your Bag of Holding
Vancouver-based Your Bag of Holding makes made-to-order leather and shearling accessories designed in fun and unexpected textures and colours.
Our pick: Pretty in Pink Fanny Pack ($165)
Designed by Sylvia Tennant, this jewellery line uses gemstones such as opal, sapphire and white topaz for pieces inspired by her travels.
Our pick: Empress Hoops ($130)
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