Canada is proving itself more and more as a country that has something to offer the fashion industry. While Canadian style might be known for denim tuxedos and flannel shirts, this image isn’t entirely accurate. Canadians dress well and are quick to wear and support labels from their home and native land. So much so that many Canadian brands have become world renowned fashion labels.
New names in Toronto fashion are popping up and flourishing, all over the place. The substantial growth of e-commerce and social media over the last few years seems to have created endless marketing opportunities for small businesses. Today, there’s huge potential for local labels to make waves—across the globe, no less.
Here are the top names that are driving Toronto’s new Fashion business
Canadian retailer Joe Fresh started off as a supplier for the grocery store Loblaws but has grown into much more. With multiple solo locations across not just Canada but the globe (plus a flagship store in New York City),
This online shop whose French name translates to ‘artwork’ is serious about their aesthetic.
Founded in 2018 by Katrina Lainsbury, Necessary is a retailer of only Canadian contemporary designers.
Born from the struggle of keeping up with fashion’s ever-changing trends in the workplace, Dresst is a monthly designer clothing rental service.
Kimberley Newport-Mimran founded the womenswear brand Pink Tartan in 2002 and opened her first flagship store in Toronto’s trendy Yorkville district in 2010.
Canadian designer Mikhael Kale — who previously worked for Bally and Antonio Marras — launched his namesake brand in Toronto in 2007.
Founded by identical twins Dean and Dan Caten, the brothers grew up in Toronto before exploding into success internationally. Being the youngest of nine children in a predominantly female family, the two found much of their inspiration at home, later leading them to explore their talents at Parsons School of Design in New York City. The duo got their big break after they were asked to design the wardrobe for Madonna’s Don’t Tell Me video and her 2001 Drowned World Tour. Today, Dsquared2 has boutiques across the globe, and has been seen on celebrities like Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, Christina Aguilara, and Justin Timberlake, to name a few.
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.
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