Impeccable tailoring and a classic sartorial sensibility have made Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe’s jackets an instant hit since their first collection back in 2004. The brand got a global boost recently when HRH Kate Middleton wore Smythe to several high-profile events. Find it in fine retail outlets such as Holt Renfrew and Simon’s at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.
Line the Label
The white wrap coat by Line the Label sold out within minutes of the soon-to-be royal, Meghan Markle, wearing it for her official engagement announcement to Prince Harry. The label’s co-founder and president, John Muscat, has renamed the piece “The Meghan” in the princess’s honour. It, and oodles of other gorgeous coats and knitwear, can be found at the Hudson’s Bay Queen Street store.
Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan
Joseph Mimran is one of Toronto’s style patriarchs—high and low. He founded the budget-friendly Joe Fresh label, sold in stand-alone stores and select Loblaws locations. On the luxe end, he contributes to Pink Tartan, womenswear designed by his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran. Pink Tartan exudes a chic elegance and can be found at its tony Yorkville boutique and in upscale department stores Holt Renfrew and Hudson’s Bay.
A Canadian heritage label proven in some of the coldest places on earth— from Antarctica to Mount Everest—Canada Goose keeps Canadians toasty throughout winter. Score your own at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre mall (Saks Fifth Avenue and Harry Rosen carry the label), where you can take a gander at artist Michael Snow’s artistic installation, Flight Stop, a collection of soaring Canada geese.
The iconic Canadian brand is renowned for its leather goods and cottage country-cool casual wear. Its flagship store is on the “Mink Mile” on Bloor Street and shops can be found in Yorkdale Shopping Centre and many other locations.
The Romanian-born, Toronto-educated and -based fashion designer hit the international stage when Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, wore his creations during official visits to Washington and Tokyo. Find your own Matis showstopper at Holt Renfrew.
Despite the name, Greta Constantine is actually the work of two men. Designers Kirk Pickersgill and Stephen Wong, based in Toronto, paired the names of Wong’s mother, Greta, and Pickersgill’s grandfather, Constantine. Their collection of luxe ready-to-wear is available at Holt Renfrew.
A more recent addition to the Toronto scene, Sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon’s line of jewellery and ready-to-wear captures a modern, effortless style with a tomboy vibe. Nordstrom’s Space and Hudson’s Bay are your go-tos for this line.
Founded by Toronto twins Dean and Dan Caten, Dsquared2 is a mix of irreverent Canadian wit and refined Italian tailoring. Their line, carried at Canada’s iconic menswear retailer, Harry Rosen, features modern tailoring, statement-making denim and slimmed-down leather jackets.
Counting celebrities like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez as fans, Kale’s line subscribes to plenty of high-watt finishes like leather and sequins, or cutout features. Find Kale’s and many other Canadian designs at Yorkdale’s FashionCAN pop-up store.