Lesley Hampton is an Indigenous (Anishinaabe and Mohawk) womenswear designer based in Toronto. The label focuses on a size-inclusive assortment of pieces that range from eveningwear to athleisure—Lizzo recently worked out in one of her two-piece sets. Recently, Hampton has collaborated with other Indigenous designers in Toronto as well. Hampton and Scott Wabano created a bomber jacket that takes cues from traditional jingle dresses worn at powwows.
2. Fellow Earthlings (accessories)
Based on Prince Edward Island, Fellow Earthlings is a sunglasses brand that specializes in handmade, eco-minded frames. Founders Christopher and Sydney Seggie make everything in-house in their (very charming) studio. They recently developed an acetate recycling program, in which they repurpose would-be waste into beautiful acetate frames. Customers can also select their own shape, material, and lens combinations through custom orders.
3. Wolf Circus (jewelry)
Wolf Circus is a “demi-fine” jewelry line designed and made in Vancouver. Specializing in “attainable luxury,” founder Fiona Morrison makes everything using recycled sterling silver or bronze, which is then often coated in 14-karat gold plating. The unisex assortment includes dainty floral pendant necklaces, dangly pearl hoops, and chic signet rings.
4. Haven (menswear)
Founded in Edmonton, Alberta, Haven is a sleek menswear brand specializing in functional, no-fuss design. With pieces like cotton twill pants, khaki button-ups, and fleece jackets, the brand gives men the basic tools to build an impeccable wardrobe. In its retail stores in both Vancouver and Toronto, it also sells other international brands, with a strong focus on utilitarian Japanese labels.
5. Beaufille (womenswear)
Founded and designed by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon, the Toronto-born womenswear label Beaufille has quickly become a celebrity favorite Lady Gaga, Winnie Harlow, and Ashley Graham have all worn their designs. Its pieces play on juxtaposing a feminine-masculine aesthetic, always with clean lines and minimal adornments. As shown in a recent fall 2020 collection, its sharp blazers and well-cut trousers are indeed built to last.