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Five Homegrown Canadian Companies You Need to Try now

 

A regular roundup of our favourite homegrown companies.

 
 

Written by Ross Dias

NEEDS&WANTS Studios heritage varsity jacket

 
 

Re-live your glory days with this varsity jacket from Toronto-based NEEDS&WANTS Studios. The jacket, made of 100 percent wool, is a stylish upgrade that can easily be worn by any gender, making it a versatile option for couples that likes to share. Furthermore, the brand’s signature contrast sleeve is just the right update on a sartorial classic that will have you looking fresh for seasons to come. $425

Leaves of Trees hand and body lotion

 
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For centuries, frankincense has been a popular ingredient in perfumes and incense, with references hailing from the Old Testament to Ayurvedic medicine. Made wholly of natural, clean ingredients like grapefruit seed extract and cocoa seed butter, this lotion will not only keep your skin feeling great but your conscience as well. The brand, founded by Toronto doctor Roohi Qureshi, emphasizes sustainable production by working with, in this instance, a women’s cooperative in Morocco to source their organic argan oil, which directly benefits female employment in the North African nation. $25 for 150mL

Sloane tea

 
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There’s tea and then there’s Sloane tea. Unlike most companies on the market, the Canadian tea brand approaches its craft like a painter to canvas, each cup an artful result of painstaking attention to detail and top-notch ingredients. So committed are they to an elevated experience, they’ve enlisted the assistance of a team of experts (from Certified Tea Sommeliers, to gourmet chefs, to the Head Nose of a major French perfumery) in order to deliver a product worthy of even the most discerning of palates. Their Marrakesh Mint is a fan favourite made of peppermint leaves and South African green rooibos for a refreshing beverage rich with antioxidants. $20

Us et Costumes storage bench

 
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Design solutions for small spaces don't always have to fold onto walls or fulfill a myriad of purposes to be justified. Take this simple storage bench from Montreal-based Us et Costumes that can be customized to give you the right shelf space and length for your entranceway, study, or whichever room you see fit. Subtle roped shelving provides the right touch of ingenuity to transform your space from cookie-cutter to unique. $450 for 36” in walnut

Georgian Bay Vodka

 
 
 
 

Efforts to consume more local products might be marred by the scarcity of commendable alcoholic beverages from the region, for example a drinkable vodka from outside the Eurasian vodka belt. That changed with Georgian Bay Vodka, winner of the best vodka prize at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the oldest competitions of its kind. Purity is a defining characteristic of the brand, which is helped by water sourced from wells just outside Elmvale, Ont., known to be among the purest on earth. But the accolades would mean nothing if it weren’t for the superior taste of this creamy and gentle vodka that truly embodies strength in simplicity. $40

 
The ReportRoss Vernon Dias