5 of the Best Canadian Designers we Discovered at Toronto Fashion Week
Toronto Fashion Week is renown for showcasing world class Canadian fashion, hugely in part to the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI). TFI is an unparalleled hub for Canadian talent and is the driving force behind the success of many emerging designers. We had the pleasure of witnessing some of these talented, homegrown designers at the fifth instalment of the TFI Buyer’s Brunch – a boutique style tradeshow hosted in the tents at David Pecaut Square on King West.
Check out our a few of our favourites below:
Montreal-based Lamarque produces luxurious, modern ready-to-wear pieces with a heritage in leather goods but a reach that extends beyond that. Lamarque also works with shearling, suede and wool to create timeless, yet fashion forward pieces and most recently launched an accessory collection.
With a background in visual arts and sound design, Oscar Mendoza is truly a creative spirit, bringing a multifaceted aesthetic to his designs. Reminiscent of Alexander McQueen, Mendoza crafts alluring dresses and evening wear with a dose of fantasy. The embroidery, paired with sheer cutouts in his collection exuded a dark romance.
This collection was a refreshing breathe of fresh air, with an almost all white palette and use of organic Cotton and natural fibers. Peggy focuses on brand transparency and believes luxury lies in things ethically sourced and produced – all sourcing and manufacturing is done within North America (an incredible feat!). Peggy proves ethical fashion doesn’t have to forego style!
4. Bano eeMee
Bano eeMee was another noteable designer working with leather goods – you can never have enough leather jackets! Founder, Aleem Arif, switched from an unlikely career in finance, finding his calling in fashion. His creative talent is apparent through immaculately tailored blazers and jackets. In this seasons collection a hole punched leather jacket caught our eye (the prototype taking hours to make by hand).
Of course we have to include something for the gents. PARC City Boot designs classic footwear that can go from work to play. Using only the highest quality leathers, the footwear line boasts functionality at its finest. The rugged earth tones, paired with quintessential tailoring is a perfect juxtaposition for the modern man. The brand also just launched a women’s line (holla!).
This season’s TFI Buyer’s Brunch once again did not disappoint, reminding us that the Canadian fashion scene is full of homegrown talent!