The top 10 made in Canada brands in Toronto
The top made in Canada brands in Toronto will infuse your home, wardrobe and lifestyle with locally sourced goods. While there are many Canadian designed items on the market, few are actually created in the true north strong and free. If you're looking to add some homegrown charm to your life, these are the brands you may have heard of.
Here are my picks for the top made in Canada brands available in Toronto.
Outclass has created streamlined and stylish menswear pieces that are distinctly Canadian. The brand prides itself on having "longstanding relationships with some of Canada's best manufacturers" and even sources some its fabrics from local mills. You can find its goods at Muddy George, Good Neighbour, Gerhard Supply, Gotsyle, Annie Aime and The Future of Frances Watson.
Mountain Equipment Co-Op
MEC is known for stocking a bounty of top notch clothing, sporting goods and accessories made in Canada. While not all their pieces are sourced from this great nation, a fair few are. If you're looking to stock up, there's a massive Mountain Equipment Co-Op shop on King West.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably familiar with Canada Goose. It has proven to be a celeb favourite, with A-listers like Daniel Craig, Emma Stone and Jimmy Fallon sporting its parkas and even had a design collab with our hometown hero, Drake. Toronto stores like Over the Rainbow and Sporting Life carry pieces from the made in Canada brand.
If you're tired of your tacky IKEA furniture, why not spruce up your living situation with some Canadian made home goods. Sure, they may be a little pricier, but the quality is much better and they won't have you struggling with instructions. Pieces can be purchased at Stylegarage and Up Country. Note: Some of their goods are made overseas but all the design is made in Canada as well as some of the manufacturing.
Naked and Famous
While a good pair of Levi's is never a bad idea, why not infuse your wardrobe with some Canadian made finds? Naked and Famous sources its fabrics from Japan, but all its goods are proudly made in Canada. A ton of Toronto stores carry the brand, including Nomad, Muttonhead, Northwood General, Due West and The Future of Frances Watson.
Wings + Horns
If you're into the sleek styes sold by major retailers like COS, Wings + Horns will be right up your alley. Its pieces are inspired by trips to Tokyo and are crafted with "a japanese approach to detail" but are 100% made in Canada. You can find it at stores like Haven, Nomad, Gravitypope and Uncle Otis.
Roots is undeniably one of the most famous brands to come out of Canada. With such status, it's no surprise that the company has outsourced some manufacturing to the U.S., Asia and South America. However, many pieces (like the leather goods) are still produced within the country. Roots stores are peppered across the GTA, so you should have no trouble hunting one down.
In need of a new sofa, throw or ottoman? Head to EQ3 to snag some Canadian made pieces. Much of the brand's stock is crafted in the company's Winnipeg-based factory and can be found at EQ3 stores on King East and in Liberty Village. Dining tables, office storage and rugs are manufactured abroad, so steer clear of those if you like to keep things strictly local.
If you're in need of a new six-string, forget turning to international brands and go local instead. Godin crafts the necks and bodies of all its guitars, electric basses and ukuleles at its original location in La Patrie. While some pieces are made in Richmond, Berlin and New Hampshire, a bulk of the work still takes place in Quebec. Head to The Twelfth Fret or Long & McQuade to get your hands on one.
For all the cyclists, there's Devinci. Aside from being the sole manufacturer of Bixi bikes, the brand makes mountain, hybrid and electric bikes at its facility in Quebec. It holds the "Made in Canada" stamp near and dear. Its bikes are available at Dream Cyclery and Cyclepath in Toronto.
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