Five cool Canadian brands | Vancouver Sun


Whether you choose to celebrate or pay acknowledgements silently, it’s also worth calling out some of the Canadian brands and creatives that have found success on our shores and abroad.

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For all the people and nations we’ve wronged in the past, we as Canadians still have a lot to be proud of. Whether you choose to celebrate or pay acknowledgements silently, it’s also worth calling out some of the Canadian brands and creatives that have found success on our shores and abroad. Rebecca Tay showcases five pieces by born-and-bred Canadian brands.

TRUE NORTH

The Bay’s iconic five-point stripe is ubiquitous in Canadian cabins and cottages, and yet we’re still fans of it and snatch it up whenever we spot it in vintage and secondhand shops. This limited-edition collaboration with the Toronto Raptors, released earlier this year, features both brand logos and was created to accelerate racial equity: 100 per cent of net proceeds support the Hudson’s Bay Charter for Change, which works with community partners that serve Black, Indigenous and people of colour across Canada, with a focus on education, employment and empowerment opportunities.

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The Bay, thebay.com | $138

ALL BUTTONED UP

Arguably Vancouver’s most successful fashion brand, Aritzia has pretty much been going strong since day one back in 1984. Today, you’d be hard pressed to find a Canadian wardrobe without a piece from one of its in-house brands, whether it’s a piece of gym kit by Tna, a floaty dress by Wilfred, or an everyday blazer by Babaton. While there’s plenty each season to love, we’re into this “Proposal” button-up shirt by Wilfred, which is made from a soft blend of linen and Lyocell, an earth-friendly, wood pulp-based fibre.

Aritzia, aritzia.com | $98

SPLISH SPLOSH

Founded in Stoney Creek, Ont., Baffin has been manufacturing outdoor wear since 1979. Today, the company makes over 303,000 pairs of boots per year, including this cute, waterproof “Pond” style, which are just the perfect shade of bright, fire-engine red to help cheer you up in this perpetual wet weather.

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Baffin, baffin.com | $120

LITTLE BLACK SUIT

Vancouver designer Beth Richards has been making her well-made, well-designed swimwear for more than 10 years, and one of the things we love most about her fashion-forward styles is that they’re both comfortable and stylish, whether you wear them to the beach or out as daywear. Case in point: this “Ines” one-piece in black, a classic tank style that looks great with a summer skirt, is made from 78 per cent recycled polyamide and has a supportive V-wire front.

Beth Richards, bethrichards.ca | $250

COOL and HIP

Who wants to be bogged down with a big, heavy bag come summer? No one — which is why this “Fifteen” hip pack by Vancouver’s Herschel Supply Co. is perfect. The company, which was founded by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack in 2009 and is named after where three generations of their family grew up, is known for its backpacks and carryalls, which have become near-ubiquitous on planes and trains across the world.

Herschel, herschel.ca | $37.99

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