My guide to Canadian ethical and sustainable fashion is a thorough list, but if all the choices seem overwhelming to you, I narrowed them down to 7 top brands here. It’s mostly based onĀ what’s popular with my readers, which seem to be comfortable, affordable, and versatile pieces that are easy to care for. I also included a couple of my personal picks (see the last two brands) to highlight the talent from our country.
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Certified B CorporationĀ Frank and Oak prioritizes using eco-conscious materials in their wearable pieces for men and women. They’re available online and in brick-and-mortar locations across Canada. If you want help from one of their stylists, check out their Style Plan.
Through my affiliate sales reports with Encircled, I can see that you guys are really loving their comfortable, multi-functional, and travel-friendly pieces. Also a Certified B Corp, Encircled’s capsule wardrobe styles are 100% made in Toronto. Shop online or try the clothes on inside theirĀ Toronto studio.
Certified B Corp KOTN offers high-quality basics made from premium and traceable Egyptian cotton. They have styles for men as well. If you put their clothes in the dryer, take note that they will shrink 3-5%. Shop online or in aĀ store in Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver.
Azura Bay is not a brand but an online retailer based in Winnipeg worth mentioning for several reasons. They offer a wide selection of sustainable lingerie and sleepwear from brands around the world such as Underprotection and Organic Basics. Azura Bay ships with 100% recycled boxes and tissue paper, and have started using compostable mailers. I’m also loving that they use models of different ages, ethnicities, and body types in their campaigns.
If you’re looking to add more colour and patterns in your wardrobe, check out Tamga Designs. This sustainable Canadian brand employs different ethical factories abroad. Their boho styles are popular for the summer.
I’m a fan of Eliza Faulkner‘s feminine tops and dresses. She sources fabrics woven in Montreal andĀ uses deadstock whenever possible. All manufacturing is done in Montreal by local sewers, cutters, and pattern makers. A lot of her dressy pieces are still machine washable, which is always a plus.
Montreal-based Rightful Owner‘s pieces are hand made by the designer. The styles are a bit avant-garde but still wearable. Is this the Canadian version of Batsheva? I prefer Rightful Owner because it’s more romantic.
What’s your favourite Canadian ethical fashion brand? Let me know in the comments below.
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