Designer Guide: Made in Canada
When we think made in Canada, too often our minds immediately go to things like maple syrup, hockey players, the genius that is the Canadian tuxedo, and the Wonderbra. Sorry Canada, that’s just what happens. We’re here to change those stereotypical thought patterns by introducing you to some of our favorite designers and labels that call Canada home. From handcrafted jewelry to high performance, technical apparel, all of these creatives keep things within the borders of the true north, strong and free.
They design, cut, sew, manufacture, produce, you name it, in Canada. Some even within the city they live in. All cheese aside, there is just something special about knowing where the pieces you buy come from. Not to mention, keeping things local is a great way to practice sustainability. So without further ado, we give you our made-in-Canada style gang.
Alynne Lavigne: A collection of statement-making and versatile jewelry made in Toronto.
Arc’teryx Veilance: A leader in high performance, technical apparel all made in Canada.
AW by Andrea Wong: Handbags and accessories handcrafted in the designer’s Vancouver studio, using both modern and old world sewing techniques.
Bandes Des Quatres: The jewelry that comes out of this boutique line is all made in Quebec.
Barclay Haro Art Concepts: A Vancouver-based art studio that churns out limited edited fine art prints, customs works and creative collaborations.
Beth Richards: Sleek swimwear all created with the highest quality UV-protected stretch fabric from Italy and crafted in Canada.
Betina Lou: Timeless, feminine, easy-to-wear clothing made in Montreal.
Bodega Thirteen: Streetwear-inspired pieces with a downtown edge all designed on site and locally manufactured in Toronto.
Concrete Cat: Eye-catching art objects, furniture, and sculpture handmade in Edmonton.
Devlyn van Loon: Relaxed, minimalist pieces that are easy to wear, made in Toronto.
Michelle Rizzardo, owner of Vancouver boutique One of a Few, is a big fan of Muraco Wolfe. "I love them. They are local jewellers and they are unique, fun and very wearable." This collection of jewelry is meticulously crafted after unexpected things like the organic shapes found in food.
Eliza Faulkner: Timeless dresses and separates designed in Montreal and made in cities across Canada.
Erin Templeton: Accessories lovingly handmade in Vancouver with recycled leather, imported cowhides and a selection of exclusive and locally tanned elks and bison.
Fenntessa: Sleek, minimalist swimwear made in Vancouver.
Folk Fortune: Baskets and slippers handmade in the designer Mishay’s Vancouver studio.
Four Horsemen: An in-house line made in Victoria from carefully-sourced fabrics and high quality materials.
Hendrik Lou: The coziest scarves, hats and lightweight sweaters made by hand in Vancouver.
Horses Atelier: A contemporary womenswear line founded by BFF’s Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka and made in Toronto.
Lacar: Jewelry inspired by Gothic and Renaissance art and newly honed expertise in metalsmithing, made in Vancouver.
Lindsey Hampton: Playful, architectural prints and ceramics made in Vancouver.
MAPLE: Hats, belts, footwear, jewelry, and other assorted accessories that are made sustainably in Vancouver.
Matière Noire: Womenswear focusing on craftsmanship and quality made in Montreal.
Minnow Bathers: Swimwear for real women made in Toronto.
Noon: Delicate jewelry handmade in Vancouver.
Ora: High quality leather bags made one by one by designer Randi Obenauer in her East Vancouver studio.
ORA-C: Jewelry with an aesthetic that is both delicate and bold all made by hand in designer Caroline Pham’s Montreal studio.
Priory: Minimalist yet distinct separates designed and produced in Vancouver.
Purple: Denim that intersects street and luxury, made in Vancouver.
Reigning Champ: A leader in the premium athletic wear category designed and made in Canada.
Scout & Catalogue: Limited edition accessories produced locally in Vancouver.
Strathcona: A collection of leisure wear and objects painted, collaged, photographed or drawn by Ryley O’Byrne in Vancouver, and produced in Canada.
wings + horns
This Vancouver-based label is an all-time favorite for Alex Danino, shop owner of Montreal boutique Rooney. wings + horns in a force in the industry, continuously redefining the space between streetwear and luxury menswear, and balancing functional performance with simple design.
The Sleep Shirt: Good looking nightwear made in Canada.
The Stowe: Totes, backpacks, bucket bags and more designed and produced in Montreal.
Urbanovitch: Womenswear imbued with a sense of playfulness, ease and sophistication all made in Canada.
Ursa Minor: A proud member of the slow-fashion movement and all pieces are designed and produced locally in the heart of Montreal.
Vejas: Captivatingly mutated wardrobe staples made in Canada.
Vestige: Quality clothes produced locally in Vancouver.
YYY: A meticulous line of jewelry and objects crafted out of porcelain and hand-dyed cord, made in Montreal.
Wasted Effort: Handmade jewelry, meticulously crafted piece-by-piece in designer Marie Foxall’s East Vancouver studio.