WE BELIEVE IN SUPPORTING CANADIAN PRODUCTS, NOT FOR THE SAKE OF IT, BUT BECAUSE OUR NATION BOASTS SOME OF THE MOST TOP-NOTCH BRANDS AND DESIGNERS IN THE WORLD. HERE, OUR REGULAR ROUNDUP OF GLORIOUS DOMESTIC PRODUCTS.
Written by Jordana Colomby
Cartel FootwearNothing represents Montreal style better than something sleek and chic. Cartel hits all of those criteria. The Canadian footwear brand aims to produce beautiful shoes made from quality materials. Their wide range of leather slides are classic but unique, with pops of metallics and texture to give each pair its own character. We’re digging these leather slides as a summer essential. $120
ILIA Cucumber Water StickBeauty ingredients should be simple, clear and easy to understand; that’s what ILIA believes. Born and raised in Vancouver, Sasha Plasvic founded ILIA Beauty with a West Coast philosophy in mind. They focus on sustainable products made from pure ingredients that customers can actually read. They’re effective, too. Take ILIA’s cucumber water stick, which tones, hydrates, and refreshes the skin with its fresh blend of cucumber pulp, aloe extract, and chicory roots. $42
Bather TrunksFashionable bathing suits are hard to come by, especially for men. Bather was founded in Toronto in 2013 with a unique goal in mind: bringing streetwear and beachwear together. The swim trunks are made to be comfortable and flattering, all while pulling inspiration from the beach and streets of Toronto. Consider it an injection of charm and personality to a summer staple that we can’t wait to use. $95
Spirit of York VodkaToronto has made a name for itself as a lively cultural hub constantly rolling out high-quality products. And Spirit of York honours that status with their premium vodka. Located in the city’s historic distillery district, the brand is meticulous in its grain-to-glass approach, using only 100% Ontario-grown Rye, a specially sourced strain of distiller’s yeast, and water from Springwater, Ontario — known to have some of the purest water in the world. With hints of spice and butter, the vodka is encased in a bottle that could easily double as a crystal vase, should you be in the market for one. $50 for 750 mL
Taikan DuffleSimple silhouettes define Vancouver-based bag company, Taikan. The name is pronounced “taken” meaning “to carry or bring with one.” Their totes, backpacks, and belted bags are simplicity at its core. Designed for work, travel, and everything in-between, Taikan wants to be the new standard for the professional on the go. The suede prowler duffle’s exterior pockets and internal compartments make it the ideal carry-on for a weekend getaway or business trip. $530