With endless email campaigns clogging up your inbox with sales and specials, it’s hard to avoid fast fashion companies that often use unethical manufacturing factories overseas.
After watching The True Cost on Netflix, I realized (like many others, I imagine) that I ought to be more careful with where I spend my money. It’s very hard to completely avoid fast fashion (especially if you don’t like shopping online, or if your budget is limited), but every bit counts.
Next time you’re investing in a piece for your wardrobe, consider shopping at one of these 10 clothing brands that are completely made in Canada. If you want more options, here is an awesome and complete list of made-in-Canada options.
While Ovate is slightly above what I would usually spend on clothing – the quality of fabric and craftsmanship is undeniable – and certainly worthy of a justified investment piece.
Handcrafted in Montreal, Canada, each garment is made with noble materials such as cotton, hemp, wool, linen and silk. The stylistic focus is on muted, neutral shades and monochromatic palates.
Rebecca King Fashion House
Made in Saskatoon, this stylish fashion house sells a wide variety of items from maxi dresses and trench coats to sweatshirts and wrap coats. With sustainability at top of mind, Rebecca King Fashion House has built a timeless collection that also has trendy aspects to keep you feeling fashionable.
Created by designer Allison Smith, Allison Wonderland came to fruition from a desire to create practical clothing that exude playfulness and effortless flair.
The brand follows slow fashion ethics in that each piece is made to be timeless and kept for years to come. The clothing is manufactured in Vancouver, BC and the fabric used is often donated by local crafters to minimize the footprint of the brand on the environment.
Made in Toronto, Ontario, Encircled mixes casual everyday wear with athletic wear, with the goal of creating a simpler life where you could literally pack your whole wardrobe into a carry-on suitcase.
They strive to create fashion that actually helps the planet and gives people better lives, using eco-friendly fabrics and making clothing through small batch processes right here in Canada, without compromising human rights.
Many pieces are versatile and can be worn a number of different ways, making your wardrobe bigger with fewer pieces.
Made by Josephine
This small-scale brand produces a beautiful collection of clothing out of a little shared studio in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. Made by Josephine‘s spring line up is both simple and whimsical, with a touch of uniqueness you just can’t find in mass-produced clothing.
Dagg & Stacey
Another brand made in Toronto, Dagg & Stacey was founded in 2001 with a clear vision that balances femininity with style and quality craftsmanship. The limited run collections are made mainly from recycled materials or vintage fabrics, making the brand sustainable and eco-friendly.
The brand uses independent trades people in clothing construction, dedicated to promoting a socially conscious approach to fashion.
cedar & vine
Based in Saskatchewan, this woman-owned brand specializes in breezy linen pieces that are ideal for hot summer days. The brand’s vision is centred on sustainability and quality, while also keeping transparent in their processes and operations.
Cedar & vine participates in a number of markets throughout the prairies but also has an online shop available with both add-to-cart and made-to-order options.
Hailing from the prairie province of Manitoba, Maison Corazon is a totally unique brand known for its colourful and fun clothing line.
Celebrating a life of playfulness and colour, Maison Corazon is an excellent addition to your made-in-Canada wardrobe as it brings some unique shapes and designs to the basics already in your closet.
Daub + Design
Yes, you can buy Canadian for your activewear too! Owned by Lexi Soukoreff, this athletic brand is cut, sewn and dyed in Vancouver, Canada. Daub + Design focuses on bringing unique pattern, colour and texture to the world of activewear clothing.
Each piece is one-of-a-kind and can be considered a work of art in and of itself.
When browsing through Arraei’s stunning collection, you might find yourself daydreaming of another place and time. Which makes sense when you learn that the clothing brand was dreamed up by founder Natalie Florence Hellyar after years of travel.
Arraei aims to reconnect its customer with the earth through conscious lifestyle choices. All clothing is manufactured in Vancouver and is part of a circular economic system.
Recognizing that this is just a short list in the made-in-Canada clothing eco-system, it’s easy to see how we can change our buying behaviour and lean into supporting some amazing local brands. Now more than ever, these Canadian clothing brands need our support. By doing the environment a favour by choosing sustainable options, you’ll also end up with a number of amazing clothing pieces that will last the ages. Now that’s a win-win!
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