ABCs of Canada





There is no shortage of talent in Canada, so on the nation's 147th birthday, I'm celebrating every home-based fashion and beauty label, from A to Z. Not to sound overly schmaltzy, but Canada really has (almost) everything: sexy lingerie, the world's finest activewear and streetwear, top caliber cosmetics, enviable accessories, and remarkable ready-to-wear talent. Some manufacture here and some overseas, but in both cases homegrown brands support our economy and nurture local talent. Our retail environment is filled with foreign brands and it's often difficult for a local label to stand out. In the last year, we've witnessed some of the country's best designers (Lida Baday, Duy Nguyen ) close their doors -- a sad reminder how fragile the idea of success can be in Canada. So, if you go shopping today, you can refer to this list of remarkable Canadian talent. Happy Canada Day!

Am I missing anyone? (Yes, I do realize that I'm missing an X, so please help me.)




A... Arc'teryx, Anu Raina, Aritzia, Alan Anderson, Anzie, Aldo, Aime by Monica Mei, Alexandra Dodds, Anne Sportun, Arthur Mendonça

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B... Beth Richards, Brit Wacher, Beaufille, Biko

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C... Canada Goose, Consonant Skincare, Caitlin Power, Cargo, Cake Beauty

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D... Denis Gagnon, Dace, David Dixon

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E... Eliza Faulkner, Ela, Everyday Sunday

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F... Fortnight

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H... Herschel, Horses, Hudson's Bay Company

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I... Ilia

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J... Jeremy Laing, Joe Fresh, Jenny Bird, Judith Desjardins, Judith & Charles, Jason Matlo

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K... KayTran, Krane, Klaxon Howl

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L... Lolë, Lululemon, Laura Seigel, Line Knitwear, Lucian Matis, Lise Watier

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M... Maryam Keyhani, Mikhael Kale, Muttonhead, Mackage, Mélissa Mepton, Marie Saint Pierre, Michi, Malorie Urbanovitch, Matière Noire, Matthew Gallagher

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N... Native Shoes, Naked & Famous, Nicole Bridger

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O... Ora, Obakki

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P... Philip Sparks, Pink Tartan, Phillipe Dubuc

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R... Rad Hourani, Raised by Wolves, Reigning Champ, Roots, Rapp Eyewear, Rudsak

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S... Smythe, Sid Neigum, Sarah Stevenson, Soia & Kyo, Stephan Caras

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T... Trout Rainwear, The Sleep Shirt, Travis Taddeo, Titika, Thomas Bálint

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U... UNTTLD

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V... Valérie Dumaine, Vawk

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W... Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, Wings + Horns, Wayne Clark

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X... seriously disappointed I couldn't find an X (but not enough to give up on the project)

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5 comments:

  1. alexandrasuhnerisenbergJuly 2, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Not bad! That must have taken some time.

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  2. Yes, it took forever. And I almost gave up because of the missing X!

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  3. This is seriously amazing, Anya.

    Hmm, as for missing candidates, does Club Monaco count? (It's U.S.-owned now, but it started in Canada.) Lise Watier?

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  4. I had Lise Watier on my list, but missed putting it in. Fixed!


    CM doesn't count as operations are not home-based. The criteria is that head office must be in Canada, at least partially.

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  5. Love this so much!

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