This is my 9th season attending Toronto Fashion Week. What began as a simple love for fashion and support for local design talent has grown into a lifestyle choice for me.
But a big question loomed as this season approached "Does Toronto Fashion Week Care about Sustainable Fashion?" Thankfully, the answer is YES.
I'm pretty sure you'll love shopping one of these local brands:
It's kinda freakin' awesome that this Toronto company is celebrating 20 years designing and producing Made in Canada clothing. Preloved creates on one-of-a-kind beauties by combining reclaimed vintage fabrics with other quality accents, deadstock, and surplus materials. And to celebrate, it's SS16 collection (named Twenty of course), will be comprised of 3 capsule collections: Scouts Honour; Staycation; and Desert Rock - promised to embody elements of Canada's landscape all pulled together into chic, wardrobe essentials.
OMG! That's so neat! Yes, yes it is.
The nice thing about PreLoved is that pieces look original, are packed with character and uniqueness, and all materials are amazing quality. You'll never look at a patchwork sweater the same way again.
Shown here: Robson Sweater in Dark ($145)
Laura marches to the beat of her own tune, and is unapologetic about her approach to fashion. She's devoted to ethical fashion, and works personally with artisans in India to build her pieces. The documentary Traceable was a labour of love for Laura, in which she encourages consumers and viewers to be more in touch with the supply chain attached to their clothing. Laura's pieces are effortlessly elegant, comfortable and thoughtful in their attention to detail. Her fabrics are quietly luxurious.
Shown here: Sleeveless Blouse Dress ($355)
Malorie designs in Edmonton and works closely with her Romanian manufacturers to produce clothing using ethical fabrics and methods. Simon's of Quebec, the fashionable retailer, has recently picked up her collection. Her SS16 collection is based on a collaboration with another canuck artist and painter Bernadette Paetz. The work of a talented Canadian painter on the clothing of a talented Canadian designer is like dessert with a side of dessert. I can't wait! I love that Malorie is not shy to use bold, warm colours in her collections, with substantial knits and retro shapes.
Shown here + in feature image: Pieces from last season's collection.
The countdown to fashion week has begun. Grab a ticket and get thee to a show!
See you there?
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