Canadian designers we’re watching

Canadian designers we’re watching

  • 06 Jan 2020
  • Arlene Wolbaum

One of our goals has always been to bring you flattering styles and inspired looks “from Paris to the prairies.” However, while we’ll always be on the hunt for the latest looks from international lines, we also love to support designers who are creating inspiring lines right here in Canada.

Canadian design landscape

How well known are Canadian designers? The answer can vary widely. Some are very successful here in Canada, others have made a name for themselves in international markets as well. While some may think our fashion landscape is relatively young, the first all-Canadian fashion show took place in Montreal in 1954.

After describing some of the designs on display, CBC’s Shirley Brett, who reported on the event, expressed her thoughts on what Canada's fashion world was all about. ‘I had the feeling that Canadian fashion designers - like our diplomats - can compromise, can adapt and co-exist,” said Brett. Canadian designers continue to show adaptability and inspiration as their fresh take on women’s fashion builds in reputation.

Canadian designers we love

What Canadian lines should you be watching for in our store? A few of our bestselling Canadian lines include Joseph Ribkoff, Lisette, Uchuu, Sympli, and Jag Jeans.

We know you love Joseph Ribkoff, and we love bringing this well-known name right to your closets. Joseph Ribkoff has been designing collections for women since 1957, for women who lead busy lifestyles and want fashion that stands out. They are one of the leading designers in the Canadian fashion industry, and their collections are sold in over 60 international markets.

Women love their denim, and we pay close attention to lines that fit well and help women feel great in their jeans. At Jag Jeans, fit and comfort always come first, and we love how their styles always make women feel their best. Launched in 2003, the Jag Jeans line was created to fill a gap in the market for high-quality denim for women that would fit and flatter. The collection has grown to include a wide range of styles to ensure they have something for every shape and season. Customers loyal to the brand know they can count on jeans that look and feel fantastic, with special attention to fit and comfort.

Lisette Limoges has been designing women’s pants with a particular focus: ensuring a perfect fit for all women and body types. This approach helps them include all women in their styles. Their goal is to create effortless and comfortable styles that help women look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. Lisette L Montreal was launched in 2001.

Sympli was created out of its founder’s search for a perfect tee back in 1999. As Jan Stimpson learned, this would be easier said than done. She was inspired to create a fashion collection that would place its focus on a simplicity of style and straightforward fit. Her mission is to fit every woman - all sizes, shapes, ages, and styles. Her vision for Sympli was a collection that would deliver effortless fashion and impeccable fit to every woman they serve.

Uchuu is a young brand based in Montreal, founded by designers Suzanne Foucault in 2016. Uchuu offers a feminine wardrobe with simple and fluid lines that flatter. These are pieces with unique movement and energy, with a focus on natural beauty and confidence for women of any age and body type. 

Why support local designers

We love to be inspired by fashion-forward lines from across the globe, but always have a soft spot for local designers who are working to make a name for themselves from right here in Canada.

We know how challenging it can be for Canadian brands to win recognition worldwide, and we love to offer our support, especially when we see just how fantastic some of the pieces can be!

Do you look for Canadian brands when you shop? What lines do you love? Be sure to drop by the store to try on some of our favourite Canadian fashions!



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