There’s something extra special that comes from purchasing or wearing a product that was designed by a brand that operates inside of your own country!
As a Canadian business, we wanted to share some of our favourite Canadian-designed apparel. Canadian brands are really setting the tone and influencing the global fashion world. We’re seeing a few Canadian brands really owning lifestyle wear for artists, free spirits, skateboarders, photographers and more. Whatever your walk of life in this vast country, there is probably a Canadian brand that speaks to your inner fashionista.
We also think that Streetwear is being dominant by up and coming Canadian brands – and we’re okay with that.
We highly recommend you check out the below Canadian brands and make an effort to fill your closet with more things “Canadian”.
Frank & Oak
Frank & Oak was started by two childhood friends, Ethan and Hicham, in Montreal with an approach to utilize design and technology to help men source clothes and accessories at a reasonable price. The consider themselves to be “a brand of builders – one that inspires self-starters around the world to do the same”.
Our favourite item? The Creator Series: Sue Doeksen Cotton Tee. Sue Doeksen, a Netherlands-based illustrator, will have you feeling creative with her design made especially for Frank & Oak!
With a street front on the iconic Queen Street West, Untitled&Co is definitely a brand to look out for not only in Canada, but internationally with the functionality of their e-commerce site. Owners, Cameron Wilson and Chloe Sam-McGrath started Untitled&Co back in 2012, and all of their small run product is made in-house, or is produced locally so they make a create a choice for our list!
We can’t get over their Clueless-inspired Rolling With the Homies crewneck sweater – amongst all the other sweatshirt designs that will definitely suit your inner sass.
East Coast Lifestyle
One of the great perks of wearing Canadian brands is about being proud about your from and that is the DNA of East Coast Lifestyle! Alex MacLean, a senior Business student at Acadia university started the brand in March od 2013 for his Entrepreneurship class project. From there, things blew up, and East Coasters starting wearing the gear and repping their pride, all over the world!
Their iconic Anchor logo can be seen on most of their product, but we enjoy the Peggy’s Cove Hoodie the most!
October’s Very Own
With a recent OVO x Jordan All-Star Collection collaboration launch, it goes without saying, that the Toronto-proud rapper Drake, doesn’t just make us Canadian’s proud with this musical achievements, but for what he has done with his October’s Very Own fashion catalogue.
We highly recommend locals (and tourists!) check out the OVO store in Toronto at 899 Dundas St. W and we’ll you’re there, pick up the iconic Owl Logo Centre Chest tee – you won’t regret it.
Here Not There
Here Not There deserves an award for their commitment to delivering 100% Canada-made products that are designed right here in Canada. That’s right, the products are designed, produced and printed in Canada and they definitely have a small carbon footprint for running their operation. Not only do owners Thomas and Allison keep their Canadian production a high priority, they also donate 10% of each garment to local charities!
You’ll feel good wearing their products, not just because they’re a Canadian brand, but for everything else they put back into the community with their business. We’re a huge fan of their Til Death Tee – available in any city or neighbourhood you call home!
Raised By Wolves
Raised By Wolves was founded in 2008 with just one product, colour-blocked five-panel caps. Now? It’s a full line of clothing that is still produced in North America to minimize the environmental footprint of the brand. Started in Montreal, Raised by Wolves aims to combine the love for all things Canadian and is inspired by children raised by wolves who develop strength, high morals and loyalty.
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