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18 of the top Canadian fashion designers everyone should know about

See who made it to the list of our all-time favourite home-grown designers, and your comprehensive guide on where to shop these Canadian fashion labels online.

When it comes to fashion in the true north, Canada has raised the bar with its impressive list of designers and brands that continue to storm the globe. Of course, we’re not famed for dominating the High Street, but whatever our shortfall in that area, we more than make up for in genuine homegrown fashion flair. And we know exactly how to benchmark our style.

Canadian fashion is an art in its own right. Toronto plays host to an acclaimed Fashion Week on a bi-annual basis. Whilst this anticipated event has changed hands and been re-branded numerous times since its debut in 1985, it remains a focal Canadian celebration of artistic talent.

The very first Fashion Week saw the treasured talent, then up-and-coming, of luxurious fashion designer Holt Renfrew. In 2018 the event promises to up the ante with a runway debut from the new Toronto-based label, House of Suri, as well as all the latest looks from staple Italian designers Eleventy and Canadian Christopher Bates, now based in Milan.

With Canadian style on the rise, there’s no time like the present to start spending some of your hard earned cash on those statement pieces you’ve been lusting after. Dust off those credit cards and put them to good use.

Looking for a little inspiration? You’re certainly in the right place. Revamp your wardrobe with apparel and accessories designed by the best in Canadian fashion for this season and beyond. Here are 18 of our designers for you to consider:

1. Greta Constantine

The luxurious designs for ladies labelled Greta Constantine are created with an abundance of wow-factor by Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong in Toronto. The name itself is a loving combination of Wong’s mother, Greta, and Pickersgill’s grandfather, Constantine.

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2. Horses Atelier

This brand was founded by two Toronto-based friends, Heidi Sopinka and Claudia Dey. Their clothing designs seamlessly combine casual with elegance.

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3. Lucian Matis

Timelessness, elegance and romance are three of the signature qualities Lucian Matis entices into every work of art. This designer experiments with florals and lavish fabrics which produce beautiful results, often the choice of the Prime Minister’s wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau.

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4. Beaufille

This Canadian fashion label specializes in all things fashion, exclusively for ladies who adore the finer things in life. The clean lines and classic-contemporary fusion of each creation is truly enchanting.

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5. Line the Label

If you adore knitwear, you’ll be able to achieve the perfect contemporary-urban look with the sweater styles that have been created by this Ontario brand since it was founded in 2000. Line the Label also claims to have a loyal following of celebrity customers, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex.

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6. Hayley Elsaesser

Hayley Elsaesser is a Toronto-based fashion designer famed for bold prints, bright colours and pop-culture inspired creations, securing her position as a fashion favourite with pop-stars Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.

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7. Judith and Charles

This duo built their brand after a chance meeting, and the timeless theme of boy meets girl is evident in the clothing they create and sell in boutiques across the country. If you like clean lines and blurring the line between contemporary and classic styles, Judith and Charles is the label for you.

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8. Canada Goose

This winter clothing brand has been in our midst since 1957. For tried and tested luxurious outerwear that you can trust to keep you warm and dry in those cold winter months, choose Canada Goose.

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9. Markoo

This brand is relatively new to the scene, having launched in Toronto in 2013. It’s definitely one to watch. Polished faux-leather, exterior quilting and stylish separates are as functional as fashionable.

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10. Roots

Originally founded in 1973, Roots has since expanded on a global scale, proving that we know a thing or two about staple styles. This is a one-stop shop for heritage sweatpants, pullovers, and hoodies.

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11. Mikhael Kale

Known for his attention to fine details, Mikhael Kale is beloved by Beyoncé. His creations are truly cutting edge, making him our forward-fashion top-pick.

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12. The Saltwater Collective

This clothing brand helps to promote awareness of environmental issues. Its swimwear styles will ensure that you’re the belle of the beach, whilst reminding others of the relevance of our oceans in an effort to inspire change.

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13. Ellie Mae

For vintage vibes, Ellie Mae reigns supreme. Have some fun with the fabulous pattern work that will ensure you stand apart from the crowd. Be “perfectly imperfect”.

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14. Wings and Horns

Men can feel confident in this quality Vancouver-made apparel that incorporates classic design and contemporary styles. Fuse smart with casual effortlessly, everyday.

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15. Urbanovitch

Style and sophistication combined with comfort and a laid-back effect. What’s not to love? Plus, this Alberta-based brand is ethically-conscious and homegrown. Malorie Urbanovitch is fast emerging. Watch this space.

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16. Mackage

This is another luxurious homegrown outerwear jewel. Mackage is all about lavish show-stopping styles. The brand was launched in 1999 by Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan and has be on the up ever since.

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17. Muttonhead

Sometimes it’s important to choose quality over quantity. If you’re searching for high-quality Canadian-manufactured apparel and accessories, stop the search. Muttonhead has the styles you seek.

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18. Abbey Dawn

Avril Lavigne, our popular singer songwriter-come-actress is also a fashion designer. Her Abbey Dawn label is all about quirky, contemporary and out-of-the-box, rock-inspired apparel.

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