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The best Mother’s Day gifts from Canadian clothing and fashion brands

Support well-known brands and hidden local gems

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Canada is our home, and from coast to coast, we love supporting our neighbors – spelled with a “u”.

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When it comes to Canadian businesses, we have great little family stores and international giants like Canada Goose. We’ve also recently discovered some great finds from companies that we didn’t even know were Canadian.

All this to say that it’s good to support the local in any way you can. Here are some of our favorite Canadian fashion brands, where you can find a gift for that special someone in your life.

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Smash + Tess
Roots
environmentalist
Canada Goose
Kotn
Surrounded
Lesley Hampton
jenny bird
Numi
lululemon
Tempted
Knix
Monaco club
fresh joe
Sorel
Herschel
Etsy | Made in Canada
Amazon | Made in Canada

A handful of wonderful Canadian brands

Smash + Tess

On: Smash + Tess was founded by the classic mother-daughter-best friend trio. The brand focuses on sustainable materials like bamboo rayon and cotton blends. He makes “Everywear” pieces that are great for lounging around but can also be dressed up.

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Place of creation: Vancouver, BC. Made in North America.

Favorite item: Romper. We love the brand’s styles, materials, and durability, but it’s definitely best known for its rompers.

Roots

On: Roots was founded by Michael Budman and Don Green, who met at summer camp in Algonquin Park, Ontario. The brand began by creating leather goods, which continues to be part of its personality, but is now best known for its sweatpants and sweatshirts.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont. Leather goods are still made in Toronto, Ontario.

Favorite item: Salt and pepper sweatpants and sweatshirts

environmentalist

On: Ecologyst is all about buying less high quality items that will last. The brand uses natural and biodegradable materials like organic cotton and merino wool. The styles are simple and casual. The materials are high quality and comfortable.

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Place of creation: Victoria, BC Made in Canada and USA

Favorite item: The Henley merino 195

Canada Goose

On: Sam Tick founded the company in 1957 as Metro Sportswear Ltd. The brand first started out producing wool vests, raincoats and snowmobile suits and evolved into the coat and outerwear brand we know today.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont. Down jackets are made in Canada.

Favorite item: Chilliwack Bomber Jacket (Women’s | Men’s)

Kotn

On: Kotn is all about organic Egyptian cotton. The brand focuses on simple, classic and comfortable cotton clothing. Kotn sources and manufactures its products in Egypt and supports the community in which it operates. You can find out more about its factories on the website.

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Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: Terry Hoodie

Surrounded

On: Encircled focuses on ethics, durability and comfort. Styles are mostly flowy and come in a range of sizes (from XS to 4X, varies by product). Encircled is certified B Corpmeaning it’s governed by the nonprofit that puts people, communities and the environment first.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont. Made in Canada.

Favorite item: Dressy track pants

Lesley Hampton

On: Lesley Hampton founded her eponymous brand in 2016. The brand is Indigenous-owned, women-led, and inclusive. Lesley Hampton is known for her luxury sports and evening wear.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: Embroidered T dress

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jenny bird

On: Jenny Bird founded her eponymous brand in 2008. The brand offers simple and classic jewelry. Jenny Bird jewelry began in Canada and can be found on ears, necks and wrists around the world, including celebrities like Selena Gomez and Mindy Kaling.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: Doune Hoops

Numi

On: Numi started out as a solution for sweat stains. The founder worked in finance and didn’t like wearing her favorite shirts because they were prone to sweat stains. They also needed a dry cleaning. The brand was launched with an undershirt to solve the problem of perspiration, but later expanded to create products that were easy to wash and wear.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: Essential undershirt

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lululemon

On: Although lululemon is now a globally recognized brand, the company is a Canadian success story. When the brand’s first store opened in Kitsilano, British Columbia, the company said it would provide a free outfit for those who came in naked, and it’s been a brand in the news ever since. The company is best known for its sportswear.

Place of creation: Vancouver, BC

Favorite item: Align leggings

Tempted

On: When you buy a product, the company plants 10 trees. The mission is in the name. Tentree is an Earth-first clothing manufacturer. It is B Corp certified and on a mission to plant one billion trees by 2030.

Place of creation: Regina, Sask.

Favorite item: Classic T-Shirt

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Knix

On: Joanna Griffiths founded Knix to solve the problem of period leakage. Although the brand started with waterproof underwear, it has expanded into other categories including activewear, swimwear and loungewear.

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Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: Underwear

Monaco club

On: Club Monaco was founded in 1985 to establish the concept of “best bases”. The brand strikes a happy medium between fast fashion and couture, accomplishing what it set out to do. Club Monaco styles are both contemporary and classic.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: wear to work (less an article, more a useful section)

fresh joe

On: Joe Fresh was founded by the same person who created Club Monaco, Joseph Mimran. The brand also offers basic clothing, but at a much more accessible price (and sold in grocery stores). Joe Fresh also offers a wide range of sizes.

Place of creation: Toronto, Ont.

Favorite item: Packable jacket

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Sorel

On: Sorel was founded in 1962 and originally focused on winter and work boots. The brand was acquired by Columbia Sportswear and expanded its product offering to now offer a range of footwear including boots, walking shoes and sandals.

Place of creation: Kitchener, Ont.

Favorite item: Lennox Women’s Street Boots

Herschel

On: Brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack founded Herschel Supply Co. in 2009, naming the company after their family’s hometown. The company makes bags and accessories and is probably best known for its backpack with the iconic Hershel patch.

Place of creation: Vancouver, BC

Favorite item: Herschel Classic Backpack

Etsy | Made in Canada

On: Etsy is a central platform for artisans. The site offers the possibility of selecting Canadian artisans and contractors. We love the platform because we can access smaller, more diverse artisans across Canada.

Amazon | Made in Canada

On: Amazon has pages dedicated to Canadian manufacturers. Double Homemade in Canadathe category also includes artisans from coast to coast.

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