Fashion may be the last thing on your mind right now, and we completely understand that – the world at large has more pressing matters than what we’re wearing each day. Having said that, we also know that for those of us who live and love fashion in our everyday lives, this can be a strange time. We fundamentally believe in the power of clothing to change our perceptions – fashion is an expression of individuality, an art form. Style is unique to every person and offers a canvas for us to show who we are to the world, and we know that for many of you, fashion offers a creative outlet for self-expression.
For those of you who are missing this aspect of daily life, we know how tempting it is to browse online stores for hours – and we’re right there with you. So we’ve compiled a list of sustainable, Toronto-based stores that you can shop online – and feel good about purchasing from. Not in the shopping mood? Check out their social’s and show some love for Toronto’s small business community.
@unclexstudios is a sustainably-sourced and ethically produced clothing line, manufactured and sold in Toronto. Their slogan “Be good. Do good.” speaks to their business model, and their elevated basics are a unique mix of utilitarian influence and cozy materials. Shipping is available worldwide and more information on their sustainability practices can be found via their Instagram. Shop the collection at https://unclexstudios.com/
@peoplesproduct create ethically-produced, artisanal quality garments. With an air of vintage decadence, each carefully crafted piece is made from high-quality materials like handwoven silk and cotton. Their mission statement is to empower both their customers and producers – recognizing the amazing work of international artisans. Shop People’s Product at https://peoplesproduct.ca/
House of Ell
@house.of.ell specializes in small-quantity vintage and upcycled jewelry collections. Each item tells a unique story, and the one-of-a-kind pieces are incredibly reasonable in price. These beautiful finds make the perfect gift to yourself. Follow their social media to be updated on future drops and shop the current collection at https://houseofell.bigcartel.com/products
We can’t get enough of Toronto-based fashion hub @KOTN. Offering ethically-made, sustainable basics at a reasonable price – KOTN is a one-stop-shop for a sustainable closet revamp. Every purchase made helps fund schools for the children of the cotton farmers in the Nile Delta, where KOTN sources their materials. Shop the collection at https://kotn.com/#
Coal Miner’s Daughter
@coalminersdaughter is a female-owned and run business with six locations in Toronto. They offer a platform for Canadian artists to showcase their work, with 80% of their in-house brands being national. Their collection’s, as well as the collections of the affiliated Canadian designers, are available to shop at https://www.coalminersdaughter.ca/
@hey.okayok does it all. Offering men’s, women’s, and children’s modern apparel, focusing on well-crafted basics and fun patterns and prints. Priding themselves on local manufacturing, their pieces are created with care in the GTA, much of this being made in their studio on the West End. To learn more about their practices, and to shop their collections, visit them at https://okayok.ca/
@thewanderly is a Toronto-based curated collection of interesting and unique pieces from local artisans and creatives. Specializing in home goods and apothecary, their online store also sells textiles, garments, and vintage/upcycled pieces. Browse their current collection at https://www.thewanderly.com/
We’re always looking for new sustainably sourced and ethically manufactured local brands – have one in mind we didn’t mention above? Send us a message and we can chat sustainable fashion – we’d love to hear from you!
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