I recently discovered Birds Of North America at ‘White Elephant’ boutique in Hamilton, ON, before their departure. I’m someone who would never spend much money on clothing but BONA is one of the first brands where I didn’t think twice about the splurge. I know each piece will last me a lifetime and fit like a glove. BONA is ethically made in Toronto, Ontario, using high-quality fabrics. They also carry a wide variety of patterns, cuts and sizes.
Mettamade is a mother-daughter slow-fashion brand based out of Hamilton, ON. Their small-batch clothing is produced, designed and made by hand from high-quality, eco-friendly bamboo with a minimalist capsule wardrobe approach. I love Mettamade because their clothing is easy to move in, carries a body-positive message (they carry inclusive sizing from XS-5X) and each piece can be worn in a variety of ways.
Suzie Blue is a jewellery and clothing company out of Ottawa, ON. Their products are handmade by talented artisans in Bali who are paid a fair wage. Suzie Blue jumpsuits offer beautiful tie-dye designs and wide flowing pant legs. They’d look beautiful belted in the fall with booties and a wool fedora hat! You can find Suzie Blue at select boutiques throughout Canada.
If your goal in life is to look good but feel like you are wearing pyjamas, Smash+Tess carries the perfect clothing for you! Produced in their own back yard or Vancouver, BC, these best-selling rompers are made from a sustainable rayon-bamboo-cotton blend that will stand the test of time. Ethically made by talented seamstresses making a fair wage, you can feel good about looking good.
Pippa & Peach is a Niagara, ON, based business that was inspired by brand owner Browyn’s desire to create clothing and home decor for her children (nicknamed Pippa and Peach). In 2019, Bronwyn collaborated with the Niagara Folk Arts Festival to teach women in Niagara to sew. Not only does this support a growing number of local businesses but it also provides a sustainable income for newcomers to Canada. Pippa & Peach produces clothing for both children and adults.