If you’re looking for a fresh wardrobe upgrade, what better way to do it than by supporting local Canadian Toronto designers and labels? Canada is full of incredible, talented designers creating unique pieces that you won’t be able to find anywhere else! From celebrity-approved labels to designers you may have never heard of before, we’ve rounded up 7 Toronto brands that you should definitely have on your radar!
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Toronto designer Ross Mayer founded MAYER in 2018, fuelled by his passion to create collections that meld masculinity and femininity, without restriction. At MAYER, you’ll find everything from sequin cardigans to luxurious shirts, perfect for special occasions. All of its pieces are made to be unisex, and you can shop online on in-store on Bloor Street West in Toronto.
Ellie Mae founded her self-labeled brand in 2014 with the goal of creating effortless one-of-a-few pieces, designed to remain in your wardrobe season after season. The brand began with a fringe leather jacket with the phrase “This morning, with her, having coffee”, famously spoken by Johnny Cash, and has since grown into the brand it is today, offering seasonal collections featuring Ellie’s unique and recognizable luxury flare. Shop the collection online or in-store in Toronto!
Growing up in St. Luca, Sanya was always surrounded by the tropical landscapes of the island. Sparking her appreciation for beachwear. Now the swimwear designer is based in Toronto, having founded Sandy Bottom Swimwear with the vision to make women feel fashionable, radiant, and sexy through her swimsuit designs. The swimsuits are made by master artisans from around the world, making every piece feel like you’re wearing actual art.
Founded in 2012 by best friends and novelists Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka, Horses Atelier built a name for itself thanks to its perfect-fitting jumpsuits, quality wardrobe staples, and artful designs. Every piece is ethically and sustainably sewn in downtown Toronto, and you can experience the label’s designs in person at its Walnut Street location!
Lesley Hampton is an Indigenous-owned, women-led, size-inclusive, Canadian clothing and accessory brand based in Toronto. Founded by Lesley Hampton herself! The self-titled brand is known for creating high-quality fashion of eveningwear and occasionwear as well as athleticwear and leisurewear. Often highlighting Indigenous design elements.
Sid Neigum is a Canadian fashion designer who lives and works right here in Toronto! Sid’s designs have notably been spotted being worn by Kylie Jenner and Hailey Bieber – so it’s safe to say it has a celebrity stamp of approval. While shopping the Sid Neigum website, you’ll find everything from red-carpet-worthy dresses to state-making wardrobe staples.
Once upon a time, Hayley Elsaesser had a boutique on Queen West in Toronto. Although the store itself has closed, you can still shop Hayley Elsaesser online, worldwide! Hayley’s designs are known for their unique, bold prints, loud colours, and nostalgic references. The brand strives to be inclusive, body-positive, and artistic, all while not taking itself too seriously.
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