Monday, February 06, 2017

Canadians to Watch

Canada’s 150th anniversary is coming up in a couple months. Despite the fact that Canada is such a young country there are so many reasons to take pride in being Canadian. Canada is overflowing with talented actors, comedians and designers. Indulging in a favourite Canadian pastime, “Did you know they’re Canadian!?!” Here are some of the most interesting Canadian brands of the moment.

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“Youth is gimmicky."
Last year Vejas came onto the scene after being announced as the runner up for the prestigious Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey  (LVMH) Award. Based out of Toronto’s downtown Chinatown  and designed by 19 year old Vejas Kruszewski who grew up in Montreal.   Known for gender fluid streetwear, the Canadian response to Vetements. He has found a friend and fan with prominent actor, model, and transgender activist Hari Nef.  The brand is still young but has already achieved international recognition and acclaim and is carried by Nordstrom in Canada in The Space (curated by Olivia Kim) and Opening Ceremony in New York City. We can't wait to see what's in store for Vejas in the next couple years!

Canadian Babes
Canadian pride isn’t just buying and supporting local brands. It's also shouting it out the the world. Toronto lingerie designer Mary Young collaborated with Peace Collective (the creators of the “Home is Toronto” and “Toronto VS Everyone” tops and accessory) to bring us lingerie. Made with 95% bamboo you can be comfortable and cute at the same time.

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The Perfect Shade
Stocked exclusively at Sephora and BITE Beauty stores this brand offers a multi stick, lipstick, lip crayon, and lip pencil; all made from food grade natural ingredients. If you still can't find the perfect shade shade BITE Beauty Lab on West Queen West is the place to go. You can get customized handmade lipsticks with a choice between 200 different shades or even a completely personalized shade, different finishes and even scents!

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Make Space
Arc Jewellery was founded in 2014 by Linda Hu. Hu’s jewelry is hand crafted in a studio collective in Montreal and her geometric designs is a minimalist’s dream.  You can see architectural influences in the sculptural elements of her designs. Her latest collection is entitled, Vacancy in which she experiments with the utilization of negative space and the power that it can bring.

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14 Dinners = 1 Bag
It seems almost worth it to abandon Tim Hortons and going out for dinner in exchange for an Eleven Thirty bag. Alexa Schoorl and Mariel Gonzales are friends and self taught designers. Eleven Thirty makes beautiful minimalist bags made to order. Their bags are handcrafted in their Toronto studio/store with traditional leather working techniques and they use 100% Italian leather. The large Katie in black leather ($352)  is on the eye of many fashion trendsetters, but they would also kill for the black shearling version. When there’s this many great bags it makes it impossible to pick favourite. 

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