If Canada had to pick a designated fashion capital, it would be a tough competition between Toronto, Vancouver, and Montréal. Home to some of the country’s best designers and brands, these vibrant cities tout completely different sartorial aesthetics. No wonder Hollywood A-listers and royal celebrities feel drawn to the diversity of Canadian fashion.
From supermodel sister duo Bella and Gigi Hadid to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, take a peek inside celebrity wardrobes to discover the best Canadian fashion brands that should be on your radar.
Toronto-based, self-taught designer Jenny Bird launched her eponymous label in 2008, and today her jewellery is loved by leading celebrities like Bella Hadid, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Céline Dion and more. The luxury label’s minimalist and contemporary designs are crafted in 14k gold and sterling silver. Their iconic hoops are their most popular style, followed by custom chains, earrings and anklets.
Founded in Montréal in 1972, high-street fashion brand Aldo has steadily taken over the world with its fashion-forward footwear and accessories. Celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Claire Danes, Kacey Musgraves, Lucy Hale, Camila Cabello and Kate Middleton have been spotted wearing Aldo for both everyday wear and red carpet events.
Turkish-Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu is renowned for his dreamy and ethereal collections. The label launched in 2005, and its flagship store is in London, UK. Over the years, Erdem has built a strong following with the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Karen Elson, Keira Knightley, Claudia Schiffer and Lena Dunham sporting his edgy designs. For Marie Claire UK’s 25th anniversary cover, Dunham wore a stunning black gown handcrafted by the designer. She thanked Erdem in her Instagram caption for making flattering dresses for women of bigger sizes, not making them look like a “gang of art teachers” wearing “a belted sack”.
Launched in 2004 by co-founders Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe, the brand is best known for its fitted blazers and tailored jackets. The label’s modern cuts and stylish silhouettes make it a celebrity favourite, with Jamie Chung, Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman and Amber Heard counted as fans. Their ready-to-wear outfits are effortlessly chic, making for perfect additions to your year-round wardrobe.
Shweta Gandhi | Contributing Writer