Leaning towards streetwear in their aesthetic. A good general indicator of their modern streetwear aesthetic. High-end accessories and outerwear for men and women.
They were adopted as protection against harsh weather and rough countryside. The moccasin-type footwear mandatory for snowshoes was used by all habitants.
Also of interest were the decorative, high-crowned felt hats, trimmed with ostrich feathers, worn by the voyageurs during the early 19th century. Voyageurs also frequently wore the ceinture fléchée , a woollen, finger-woven a manual technique of braiding or plaiting commonly used by Aboriginal people in North America multicoloured sash with arrowhead motifs.
This characteristic French Canadian accessory first appeared generally in the early 19th century and continued to be finger woven in Quebec until late in the century. The ceinture fléchée , or arrow sash, was also worn by habitants, used as a trade item in the fur trade and, eventually, adopted for sports and leisure wear by the bourgeoisie, especially with the blanket capot.
It has undergone a revival and is again produced in Quebec. The Quebec capot in the 17th century the term generally referred to a cloak and, later, to a greatcoat or heavy overcoat developed slowly in response to the harsh winters.
Beginning in the second quarter of the 18th century, it could also have a hood. Often, for country wear, it was made from thick, grey, homespun étoffe du pays. From the s hooded capots were made in Quebec from Hudson's Bay Company blankets and became a typical costume for the rural Canadian.
They were white, with blue bands from the blanket near the hemline and matching bands near the wrist. They had an upright collar and were closed in front by a series of ribbon ties in red, blue or both colours. A coat could be trimmed with ribbon rosettes in red or blue. This picturesque dress was usually worn with a multi-coloured wool sash, a red wool toque lined in white or fur cap, leggings mitasses and bottes or boots. In the 19th century, the blanket capot changed slightly to echo broadly the fashionable greatcoat of the time: During this period, the bourgeois adopted the capot for winter sports and leisure wear, and women began to wear a version of the garment.
The attire, especially in white, remains a characteristic one for Québec. Now known as the Hudson's Bay Company coat, it is manufactured in Canada for both sexes. Fur was also important to both men and women for combatting the winter cold. From the midth century on, it was generally worn fur side out, creating a luxurious effect. For ordinary and rural wear during the 17th century, and through to the late 19th century in Quebec, women generally wore separate tops and skirts.
In the 17th century and until the second half of the 18th century, corset bodices approximately waist length and usually sleeveless , chemises knee-length undergarments which could function for the working classes as blouses , petticoats skirts , aprons and caps were worn. This costume resembled attire seen in France and throughout Western Europe.
With the appearance of hand-weaving, which used manually operated looms, in New France, plain and checked or striped homespun cloth prevailed.
Sometime during the midth century, the traditional corset bodice was replaced by a sleeveless one extending beyond the waist. With its possible stylistic variations, unknown today, it was referred to at the time as a short gown or jacket, and was worn primarily to create the impression of a slim appearance.
In the late 18th century, Lady Simcoe found the iron ring pattens wooden clogs with iron rings affixed to the bottom she brought back from England useless on muddy, unpaved roads; she replaced them with the flexible moccasins worn by Indigenous people. Through the 19th century, the attire of women of wealth and position closely followed that of Europe.
As the 20th century progressed, the dominant development was the gradual change in the supplier of clothing from the dressmaker to the department store. Yet, for wealthy clients, high-fashion dressmakers continued, for a time, to operate successfully in large cities. Such clients were served in the post-WWII period, in Montreal, through couturiers stylish, high-quality dressmakers running expensive establishments , who modelled their operations on those of French couture salons.
In Canada this type of operation persists, but in a reduced form. Distinctively Canadian design began later in the 20th century, when local manufacturing facilities began to make use of their own designers.
See also Fashion Design ; Uniforms. Assomption Sash An article about the Assomption or arrow sash, a symbolic piece of clothing associated with traditional French-Canadian and Métis cultures.
Search The Canadian Encyclopedia. I forgot my password. Accessed 16 October In The Canadian Encyclopedia. All their clothes are designed to be unisex , and most are entirely manufactured in Toronto. Some are made in the USA hats and baseball shirts, for instance.
Recent lines have begun to incorporate more technical fabrics, like their waterproof camping hoodies and some of their jackets. Forward-thinking men's apparel, including jackets and flannel button-downs with unique silhouettes and patterns. Basics like slacks and button-downs, as well as more casual wear, all often with unique prints and cuts. Some of their garments are a bit more on the flamboyant side, but they also make clean, solid-coloured styles as well.
Simple garments, generally made from organic fabrics. High-quality shirts, primarily tees of several varieties and henleys the shirts with a few buttons in the centre of the neck. Tristan some items made in Canada: Headquartered in Montréal, QC. Broad array of clothing and accessories for men and women. Not sure where the MiC stuff is actually manufactured. North American Quality Purveyors: NAQP is an online shop that has a lot of made in Canada and made in USA brands for sale, but they also have their own small line consisting of sweaters, button-downs, and some accessories like hats and gloves.
This company does a little bit of everything, from unisex apparel to apothecary products to accessories and leather goods. Far from being a surfwear company, Sitka makes a wide range of apparel for men and women, from button down shirts to sweats to outerwear.
Many of their products are made in Canada, though it seems that the outerwear is not. Brand is based out of Halifax, NS. Sweats, tees, some accessories such as hats and bags. Leaning towards streetwear in their aesthetic. The made in Canada items are predominantly sweats and t-shirts.
Basic stuff like t-shirts and sweats, some of which feature Chris Hadfield like a skateboarding astronaut graphic tee. Some garments made in Canada, most made overseas. Quebecois outerwear company, making everything from winter jackets to underwear and accessories. Not easy to tell which garments are made in Canada on the website, but if you live in near a store, go check it out. Beautiful hand-knit wool sweaters and accessories with lots of interesting patterns including things like owls and CBC logos.
Parent company that manufactures under several brands, both created by them and acquired from other companies, spanning regular apparel to winter-oriented outerwear. Their website suggests that they do some manufacturing overseas, but this could be in reference to the sourcing of their fabrics, as opposed to the actual construction of garments.
Modern and semi-high-fashion-ish clothing for women. They used to make menswear as well but they stopped a few years ago. You can still occasionally find men's pieces on sites like Grailed, but they're expensive to begin with and they're now limited edition, so you can only imagine. Described as "travel wear for women". The theme of their garments is comfort and ease of movement. They also make some accessories. Made in Kitchener, ON. Set of several brands under the Spanner name who make various lines of women's clothing.
Two brands, Pillar and Allison Wonderland, made by the eponymous designer. Everyday wear for women. Founded by designer and native Montréaler Melissa Ferreira. Clothing for women with emphasis on sustainable and recycled fabrics.
Women's clothing and accessories, simple pieces with emphasis on sustainable fabrics. Women's apparel, primarily sweaters and shirts, made from less common fabrics. Mostly designed with women in mind, but their catalog has a few items that are unisex, such as t-shirts and sweatshirts.
Shorts, sweats, tank-tops, tees, tights, etc. They have a lot of tights and sports bras in wild colours and prints, but also more basic solid-colour garments. The brand is primarily known for their blazers, which feature interesting cuts and patterns.
Activewear line for young girls. Not all of their stuff is made here, but they suggest that most of it is. Nicole previously partnered with lululemon to create their ecologically-focused brand Oqoqo now defunct , before striking out on her own. Could not be verified but many sources suggest this is the case.
Many of the products feature graphic prints, interesting patterns, and diverse colour combinations. Looks vary significantly from season to season, but looser-fitting, drapey styles seem to be de rigueur. Made in Toronto, ON, in the Junction neighbourhood.
Tailored and bespoke formalwear, as well as more off-the-rack products for everyday wear. No online shop any more. They also make some products for women, including outerwear or they did, the last time I checked.
I visited the shop a while back and met Philip. He's a pretty chill dude. Founded by an emigré from New York in High quality suits and shirts.
Suits and shirts for men, ranging from formal to more casual cuts and styles. They source their fabrics primarily from Italy. A wide range of dress shirts and other button-down styles in numerous cuts and fabrics.
Founded in and featuring rather distinct branding that involves a replica of Alexandre Dumas' sword. Headquartered in Hamilton, ON. Men's suits and shirts at more accessible prices than brands like Samuelsohn. Their company history makes some spurious claims to "family coats of arms", despite such a thing not technically existing in Canadian heraldry.
Forsyth Shirts possibly defunct: Made in Cambridge, ON. There were many stories about them closing shop a few years ago. It's possible that they only do commercial orders now. Their original website has a "copyright " blurb on it, but the website linked above seems up to date.
Their main business is the Oxford shirt in its many varieties. Headquartered in Mississauga, ON. Custom made dress shirts with lots of colour and fabric options. Headquartered in Ville St. Some items made in Canada, however most are not. Not sure where exactly the MiC stuff is actually manufactured. Bit of a younger look to most of their clothing, and generally they put more emphasis on their women's line.
Ties and formal wear for men. As far as I know, all they make are ties. Nine Vancouver hats primarily, and streetwear-oriented clothing: Generally small releases of tees, sweats, and especially hats in interesting fabrics. Their signature product is the "Perfect Tee", an elongated tee shirt with raw seams and a loose fit. A good general indicator of their modern streetwear aesthetic. Clothing line owned by the same folks as Livestock, a chain of clothing stores across Canada.
Streetwear with a heavy techwear influence, featuring a lot of waterproof and breathable fabrics, and an emphasis on functionality. Lots of outerwear, t-shirts, sweats, dress shirts, and accessories. Not all products appear to be made in Canada but most are. Raised by Wolves streetwear-oriented apparel and accessories: Headquartered in Montréal, QC, garments made in various locations by different manufacturers, almost always in Canada a few are made in USA.
Very popular with the streetwear crowd. Their line consists entirely of single-season releases, so every product is essentially limited edition. They tend to do a mixture of in-your-face branding and more subtle pieces, as well as collaborations with brands like Ebbets Field Flannels, Vans, etc. Broad mixture of apparel and accessories, even socks and incense. The Nowhere Fast Brand: Made in Edmonton, AB. Athletic-ish apparel including baseball jerseys, sweats, tees, 5-panel hats, and tank tops.
Founded by Wes O'Driscoll. Some items made in Canada. Mostly sweats and tees. NYC streetwear brand, oddly enough some of their garments are made in Canada. Legendary hype surrounds this company.
Favourite of some of the fellas in Odd Future. No-nonsense modern streetwear with a slight varsity vibe and small flourishes in design. Likely manufactured in Toronto, ON. Dark and solid colour palettes dominate, with their line encompassing sweaters, outerwear, and basics like t-shirts with unusual design flourishes. Not sure where made, exactly. Their boots, belts, wallets, bags, and other leather goods are made in Canada as far as I know. I had a pair of their boots one time. I treated them like shit and they still lasted me three Montréal winters and all the water and salt those entail.
Himel Brothers Leather Company: Ruinously expensive leather jackets and some accessories such as bags and wallets. Known for their bags and leather-based accessories. They also have a range of apparel. Made in Victoria, BC. They make boots and shoes, and are widely noted for their excellent quality, durability, and style. Manufactured in Montréal presumably and sometimes in Italy. Women's leather shoes and boots, outerwear, and accessories.
Made in Québec, QC. No-nonsense leather boots and shoes for men and women. Founded in , the company had a reputation for making boots that were often involved in fights, due to the bellicose natures of their owners loggers, motorcyclists, and shitkicker Canadians. This led to their being banned in some establishments. Decent range of styles for men and women.
Made-to-order is their bread and butter, and they frequently have one-off styles. Hand-made cowboy and western boots for the discerning gentleman or lady. Made in Winnipeg, MB. Oddly enough also founded in Makers of western boots for men and women, as well as work and service boots. Parent company of Brahma Boots. No online or direct sales, retail only. Footwear company founded in that produces things like winter boots, rubber boots, and safety shoes, etc. Many products are also made in the USA.
Interestingly, they have a recycling program for their old boots. You can drop off old pairs at specific stores or chuck them in the mail and they will take them back to the factory for re-use. They have small lines products for each gender of boots made for women and men. The boots are designed for harsh winters, and all are well-insulated and waterproof.
Manitobah makes some seriously beautiful shoes and boots, and many of them feature a custom-designed Vibram sole by Cree artist Heather Endall. High-end sweats and shirts.
Seasons usually offer a number of core garments that repeat in successive years, but with seasons often having an individual focused colour palette.
As the name implies, they make rugby-focused clothing including more casual, cotton rugby shirts those stripey, collared ones , as well as more modern sportswear for people who actually play rugby. They also make socks, shorts, and a few other items. Clothing primarily for women but also featuring a decent range of products for men , clearly influenced by yoga and dancing.
All garments seem to centre around freedom of movement and comfort. Most use organic or otherwise eco-friendly fabrics such as bamboo. An activewear company with a strong cyclist influence, Oöm makes clothing out of alternative and more sustainable fabrics for men, women, and babies. High-end techwear and urban-oriented outerwear. Designed and manufactured in Vancouver, BC. Fleece, outerwear, and athletic apparel geared towards winter activities, for men and women.
Founded in Toronto in Favourite of actual arctic explorers and trust fund brats the world over. Legendary warmth and quality, not much intro needed really. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC. Legendary Canadian company that has its own line of products, and sells things made by others. Everything from ultralight camping gear to fuzzy socks. Only some items are made in Canada , but you can filter for it on their webstore. Not sure where the MiC items are manufactured, exactly, most likely a variety of locations.
Founded in , Baffin makes outerwear and apparel for extreme conditions, including jackets, boots, and a variety of thermal layers including socks and underwear. Not all production is in Canada, but the company has commitments to fair labour practices, involvements with charity organizations, and does strive to produce as much as possible here at home. They also make industrially-oriented products, including things like CSA safety shoes.
Founded in , Quartz makes parkas, and only parkas. They have several varieties, but all are crafted for harsh winters with fur lined hoods and lots of insulation.
A company resulting from a successful Kickstarter campaign. Performance outerwear designed to withstand Canadian winters. Free shipping on orders within Canada. Founded in the s, Kanuk makes winter coats and warm accessories scarves, hats. They also make lighter outerwear seasonally. They also make some sweaters and accessories like beanies. Their products have a lifetime warranty for craftsmanship.
Most other products made overseas. Pajar primarily makes winter gear and outerwear, including boots, shoes, and coats. Made in Truro, NS. Founded in Truro in as Truro Woolen Mills. Interestingly, they made a particular long underwear that was popular with Klondike gold miners in the gold rush of Now they make a range of underwear, socks, and some basics like t-shirts.
For men, women, and children. Everything from work, dress, and sports socks to diabetes and compression socks, for men and women. Makers of bras and underwear for women. Not all items are made in Canada, but most are. Not quite lingerie, but also not quite regular underwear. Small release sizes, so seasons sell out quickly. Modern and somewhat flashy eyewear including sunglasses and Rx-ready frames. Makers of fine bags in small batches.
Sizes range from toiletry bags to duffel bags. Backpacks, totes, and toiletry bags made with a keen eye to detail and modern design. Mostly simple colour palettes, and technical features like taped seams, water resistant fabrics, and 3M reflective nylon abound. Similar in some ways to Mission Workshop from SF.
High-end accessories and outerwear for men and women. They make a wide range of bags, as well as wallets and other accessories, as well as selling a variety of peacoats, bombers, and other jackets and coats. Founded by artist Ken Chow.
Another wool mill that primarily sells their yarn and fabric, but they also make some very nice wool blankets in a number of basic patterns. A family-run woolen mill that has been operating for a few generations. They primarily sell yarn and wool, but also make socks, blankets, and bedding.
Tuck Shop Trading Compant: They also make sweaters, t-shirts, and other apparel. They've been quietly making the same shoelaces since They also make playful lapel pins, bracelets, and pocket squares for the fellas.
Headquartered in Toronto, ON. Not sure where manufactured, exactly. Known primarily for their hats, they also make shirts, underwear, and other accessories.
They state that "everything with [their] name on it is made in Canada," with the only exception being one style of sock, which is made in Iowa. Since his death in , the company has since been bought by a husband-wife duo in Nelson BC.
Makers of hats, from toques to truckers. Lots have graphic prints on them, but they also make plainer ones in a variety of colourways. Many clothing labels don't actually manufacture their own products. They design them, and then contract the manufacturing. Below are a few Canadian companies that do the manufacturing bit, making what are called "blanks", or unbranded garments onto which a clothing label can affix their name and branding. Knit, cut, dyed, and sewn in Scarberia Toronto , ON.
Unisex, as well as male- and female-specific styles. Not sure if they do their own knitting etc. Knit, cut, dyed, and sewn in Caledon, ON. They make the sweats that Raised by Wolves use in many of their lines. Sweaters, t-shirts, and fleece. Garments featuring organic cotton and some recycled fabrics, with a focus on sustainability. They make a lot of your basic items, like t-shirts and sweats, as well as some accessories like scarves, mittens, and toques.
Company focus on sustainable practices and involvement with a number of green initiatives in Ontario. So there you have it. That's my current list of known brands that manufacture in Canada. It's probably far from exhaustive, and I happily invite anyone here who knows of others to reply so that I can add to the list. People on reddit often state "vote with your wallet", but I rarely see anyone giving good advice on exactly how to do that.
I want to help people to vote with their wallets, in favour of Canadian businesses and Canadian manufacturing. I won't make this political, but I think in general that buying items that are local or at least more local is a good thing in many ways. I want to help people to do that, if that's their wish.
Most clothing made in Canada is not cheap. Jerico's styles are very affordable, similar to a Canadian-made American Apparel. But most of the brands above cater to a slightly more specialized market, and as such they charge higher prices. And clothing not made by outsourced labour has a cachet to it that commands a higher price. I can say from my experience with a few of these brands that it's almost always worth it.
Better quality, better durability, and the knowledge that you're typically supporting a smaller business, closer to home, and helping just a bit to keep manufacturing alive here. Yes, the clothes can be expensive. Sometimes they might seem ruinously so. But my own particular strategy is to simply buy fewer items, and keep my wardrobe smaller. And in fact, if you wait for sales, you can get the same great stuff for a more palatable price. One more little tidbit.
If you've ever looked at a piece of clothing, you may have noticed that the tag inside the garment, usually on the left side of the body, though sometimes the label at the neck has something that looks like this on it:. The last bit, the CA with five numbers, is a unique identifier for any business that "manufactures, processes or finishes of a textile fibre product, or is engaged in the business of importing or selling any textile fibre product in Canada".
These numbers are searchable in the Industry Canada Competition Bureau database, which you can find here. I find this interesting because it lets you find out more about the supply chain that your garments go through, and often allows you to know who actually made the clothes you wear.
A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet. They would love it. I know Simons also sells jeans advertised as made in Beauce I have six pairs. Here are some other companies:. Best winter coat I've ever had, including the Canada Goose parka I had for field research.
I love that you can get them with or without the fur cuff for the fur-averse crowd. How do you find the durability of your Simon's jeans? I love that they have a made in Canada product, but any denim of theirs I've ever had didn't stand up too well to running around after my kids Awesome list, thanks for taking the time to put that together!
I should note that Canada Goose jackets are made in both Toronto and Winnipeg! At the time of the deal, there was some concern that that was just PR talk, but at this point it's pretty clear that they plan on keeping production in Canada for the foreseeable future the Winnipeg facility was opened under Bain's watch.
I was at their store by their warehouse in mtl on Tuesday. Not sure if it's everywhere yet. The quality is notably better.
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