Canada Corner: The latest and greatest in Canadian products
Canadian brands are coming out with innovative products on the daily, and since we’re all about shopping local, we’ve started keeping tabs on what’s hot in the Canadian market. From luxe sweatshirt blankets for the home, to killer statement chairs and a Canadian-made tequila (finally), here’s our roundup of everything good from Canada.
Merchant Sons sweatshirt blanket:
Who needs athleisure, when you have homeleisure? Online housewares shop Merchant Sons makes everything good for the home, including an oh-so-soft fleece sweatshirt blanket that’s a simplistic, masculine take on a throw. It’s that favourite-hoodie feeling made especially for your digs. Serious brownie points due to the fact that the blanket is custom made in one of Ontario’s only remaining knitting and dye houses. (Merchant Sons opens their first brick and mortar shop in Toronto this summer.)
Christopher Solar's Alpha Lounge:
Peep Christopher Solar’s Instagram for a glimpse into the world of custom furniture (weaving a Danish cord seat is no easy feat). Every piece, from lamps to cabinets and mirrors, come out of Solar’s anti-assembly line shop in Ottawa, made to order. The Alpha Lounge is made from thick straps of vegetable-tanned leather, white oak and upholstered in pure wool felt; it’s the statement chair of the summer. (For super chill sitting sessions, one can also purchase the Alpha Lounge with a coordinating footstool.)
Concrete Cat ashtray:
There’s something nostalgic about having an ashtray in your home (even if you’re not a smoker). An Edmonton-based studio called Concrete Cat, explores the use of concrete through art, home accessories and sculpture. Their Europa ashtray is moulded from an antique ashtray found on one of four “Europa” German fleet from the early 1900’s. Rest your cigar, store small items like rings and jewellery, or make it a coffee-table conversation piece.
Toronto-based duo Alex Lacroix and Monica Sanita decided to quit their jobs in advertising to pursue their dream of making the first-ever Canadian tequila. What ensued? Siempre Tequila, a multi-award-winning spirit made from blue agave from Jalisco, Mexico. Lacroix and Sanita decided on a 50/50 blend of highland and lowland fruit, resulting in tequila that’s savoury, sweet and utterly smooth. At first sip (and we suggest you sip, rather than shoot), there’s a hit of black pepper, which mellows out into notes of cotton candy and fresh pineapple.
Mabrook & Co. dry shampoo:
As we become more attune to the irritants and hormone-alternating ingredients in skincare products (think: parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances), knowing what you’re putting on your body is the new normal. Meet Mabrook & Co., a Toronto company that makes small batch skincare and home accessories, from deodorants to odour-neutralizing home sprays. The star of Mabrook & Co.’s line is the dry shampoo, which contains raw silk protein and clay (for moisture absorption), as well as lemon and lavender essential oils.