Where Canadians Can Buy Ethical and Sustainable Fashion Online

Most of the time, I buy my ethical/sustainable clothes on my travels. The US is particularly good for that. But this year, I’ve been more into vintage and shopping local (here’s the guide on where to find ethical fashion in Toronto). I avoid shopping online at non-Canadian sites because the duty and custom fees can be ridiculously high.

To spare you fellow Canucks the pain of spending more than the poor loonie can stretch, I’ve compiled a list of some fantastic Canadian brands and retailers. You can now shop online without fretting over how much the postman’s going to slap you with. I’m sure there are more brands out there, and if I missed anyone, please drop a note in the comments.

Recently, I was complaining to other ethical bloggers about how popular sustainable fashion brands tend to make their clothes from dry clean-only materials such as silk and viscose. After researching for this post, I’m happy to learn that many Canadian designers are focused on using natural fibres such as linen and organic cotton—machine washable! I also see a pattern in terms of design: feminine, comfortable, minimalist, reflective of our unfussy elegance.

 

ETHICAL CLOTHING

Eve Gravel — 15-year-old Montreal brand known for casual feminity. Stocked around the world.

Eliza Faulkner — Contemporary clothes designed and ethically manufactured in Montreal.

Smythe — Canadian ready-to-wear brand known for their high quality blazers.

Ovate — Elegant monochrome pieces handmade in Montreal.

Simone Rose — Quality basics. Small batch and made to order in Toronto.

Miik — Sustainable and comfortable clothing that transitions well from work to weekend.

Free Label — Consciously made basics from B.C.

Laura Siegel — Sustainable casual-luxury pieces made by artisans in rural villages.

Amanda Moss — Minimalist contemporary clothes made in small, ethically managed workshops in Montreal.

Betina Lou — Simple and timeless casual pieces. This Montreal brand also stocks other ethical labels.

Ursa Minor — High quality minimalist clothing with natural fibres, made in Montreal.

Obakki — Effortless, modern styles from Vancouver.

Jennifer Glasgow — Minimalist femininity made in Quebec with sustainable fabrics.

Yoga Jeans — Handcrafted jeans in their own factory in Quebec with eco-friendly practices.

Iris Denim — Flattering, comfortable denim made in Canada with eco-friendly practices.

Victoire Boutique — Online and brick-and-mortar retailer stocking Canadian designers.

 

ETHICAL SHOES

La Canadienne — Montreal footwear handmade in Canada and Italy.

Poppy Barley — Ethically made leather shoes.

SOULiers Studios — Ethical online retailer of vegan shoes.

 

ETHICAL UNDERWEAR + SWIMWEAR

Azura Bay — Winnipeg-based online retailer of ethical and eco-friendly lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear.

Fortnight — Lingerie and swimsuits handcrafted in Toronto.

Lola & August — Online luxury lingerie handmade in Canada.

Mary Young — Comfortable lingerie designed in Toronto and made in Montreal.

Friday Sock Co. — Fun mismatched socks designed in Canada, made ethically in Italy.

Minnow — Swimsuits made to order in Toronto.

 

ETHICAL ACTIVEWEAR

Inner Fire — Yoga wear made from recycled polyester

Karma Athletics — Athleticwear made in Canada.

Stika — Organic cotton hoodies and crews. Also carries other basics.

 

ETHICAL BAGS + ACCESSORIES

Opelle — Buttery leather purses made in their Toronto atelier.

Uppdoo — Leather bags designed and handmade in Toronto.

Cambio & Co. — Toronto-based online retailer offering bags, jewelry and gifts designed and handcrafted in the Philippines.

Eleven Thirty — Handmade leather bags from Toronto.

Erin Templeton — Purses with new and recycled leather, made in Vancouver.

Hoi Bo — Unique bags made to last, handmade in Toronto.

Lowell Mtl — Bags and accessories made in Montreal.

Mur — Online retailer of woven bags and simple, beautiful home goods.

Chapeaux Heirloom Hats — Hats, visors and headbands handmade in Montreal.

Coup de Tête — Bespoke hats made from vegetable tanned leather.

Krista Norris — Unique shawls made in Canada.

 

ETHICAL JEWELRY

Bluboho — Toronto retailer of ethically sourced jewelry, online and brick-and-mortar locations.

Ecksand — Artisan jewelry using conflict-free stones and recycled gold, made in Montreal.

Chayle Jewelry — Nature-inspired jewelry made with Fair Trade gems and recycled metal.

 

SHOP WITH NO EXTRA DUTY FEES

Farfetch — Global online luxury retailer. Find Castañer, Manu Atelier, Rachel Comey, Re/Done, 3×1, Lemlem, and other ethical brands here.

MatchesFashion — London-based global luxury retailer. Find Ace & Jig, Stella McCartney, Veja shoes, Castañer, and others.

Ebay — Be doubly sustainable by buying secondhand ethical designers here. Search and save the brands you’re looking for on the site and app. Duties are often calculated and paid for beforehand. Otherwise, buy from local sellers to avoid duties.

SSENSE — Montreal-based luxury fashion platform. Find Adidas by Stella McCartney, Re/Done, Victoria Beckham, and others.

 

What’s your favourite site to shop ethical and sustainable Canadian fashion? Let me know in the comments below.

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