Men's suits and shirts at more accessible prices than brands like Samuelsohn.
For some years, these settlers depended for clothing on what they brought with them. New garb was expensive and the only clothing available was ready-made garments made locally from imported cloth or, sometimes, from dressed skins. Weaving did not become widespread in the new settlement until early in the 18th century; some local manufacture of fashionable shoes and hats had begun by the late 17th century. With the appearance of towns, affluent male and female inhabitants dressed in elegant clothing similar to that worn in France.
However, there was a time lag of at least a year between the initiation of a style in Europe and its appearance in Canada, since ships from the continent came only annually. In 17th-century Canada a fashionable male wore a wig, rich fabrics and elegant lace. Portraits of Jea Talon , the first intendant of New France , show him stylishly attired in a wig, brocade dressing gown, shirt lavishly trimmed with lace at the wrists, and lace cravat.
In Madame Riverin, wife of a member of Quebec City's Conseil Souverain, was painted in a stylish dress called a mantua and an elegant head-dress known as a fontange. Her daughters were dressed similarly and her son was garbed in a miniature version of fashionable male clothing. Such imitation of adult clothing was customary in children's attire. When the province of Upper Canada was created in , the newly formed governing class, as well as the other members of the elite, also attempted to maintain fashionable standards of dress.
These standards, like those of English dress, were generally more conservative than the modish styles of 18th-century Paris. The first Canadian fashion plate, a magazine illustration displaying the most recent fashions, which appeared in March in the Montreal Monthly Magazine , probably was inspired by one in an English or French publication.
With the improvement in overseas communication that occurred in the midth century, the time lag between new European fashions and their appearance in Canada was substantially reduced, becoming as short as two months. All but the wealthiest settlers wore clothing made in the home, often of cloth spun in the home and woven domestically or by professional local weavers. Styles tended to be conservative and to reflect rural French or, later, English styles.
In the midth century, as more ready-made clothing became available, fashion slowly became more accessible to the masses; however, most working-class attire continued to be made at home. Relatively small quantities of this clothing have survived because, as it wore out, it was recycled into quilts and rugs.
In the first mail-order catalogue, the T. Eaton Company pamphlet, appeared, making recent styles more accessible to everyone, even in remote rural areas. This important development decreased the difference between conservative rural and up-to-date fashionable dress.
In the early French colonial period, many of the garments worn by ordinary townsmen and male country dwellers mostly farmers were similar to those worn in France.
In the 17th and 18th centuries these settlers would have worn a variety of garments, sometimes broadly echoing fashionable ones but of a simpler, more utilitarian cut and fabric. During the 19th century, similar garments continued to be worn but variety was more limited; everyday clothes were principally reminiscent of fashionable garments.
Traditional breeches, which ordinarily reached slightly below the knee, were replaced by trousers, and waist-length jackets were common.
Beginning early in the 19th century, imported manufactured English cloth increasingly replaced homespun in everyday dress.
Certain types of non-fashionable attire for men, during both the French and English colonial periods and sometimes persisting later , were different from their counterparts on the continent. Everyday clothing had been influenced by Aboriginal garb, such as the French Canadian's domestically manufactured leather attire, including footwear with a moccasin shape bottes or souliers sauvages and leather or fabric leggings.
These garments were especially common among country dwellers and those actively involved in the fur trade eg, coureurs de bois.
They were adopted as protection against harsh weather and rough countryside. The moccasin-type footwear mandatory for snowshoes was used by all habitants. Also of interest were the decorative, high-crowned felt hats, trimmed with ostrich feathers, worn by the voyageurs during the early 19th century.
Voyageurs also frequently wore the ceinture fléchée , a woollen, finger-woven a manual technique of braiding or plaiting commonly used by Aboriginal people in North America multicoloured sash with arrowhead motifs. This characteristic French Canadian accessory first appeared generally in the early 19th century and continued to be finger woven in Quebec until late in the century.
The ceinture fléchée , or arrow sash, was also worn by habitants, used as a trade item in the fur trade and, eventually, adopted for sports and leisure wear by the bourgeoisie, especially with the blanket capot. It has undergone a revival and is again produced in Quebec. The Quebec capot in the 17th century the term generally referred to a cloak and, later, to a greatcoat or heavy overcoat developed slowly in response to the harsh winters.
Beginning in the second quarter of the 18th century, it could also have a hood. Often, for country wear, it was made from thick, grey, homespun étoffe du pays. From the s hooded capots were made in Quebec from Hudson's Bay Company blankets and became a typical costume for the rural Canadian.
Dark and solid colour palettes dominate, with their line encompassing sweaters, outerwear, and basics like t-shirts with unusual design flourishes. Not sure where made, exactly. Their boots, belts, wallets, bags, and other leather goods are made in Canada as far as I know. I had a pair of their boots one time. I treated them like shit and they still lasted me three Montréal winters and all the water and salt those entail. Himel Brothers Leather Company: Ruinously expensive leather jackets and some accessories such as bags and wallets.
Known for their bags and leather-based accessories. They also have a range of apparel. Made in Victoria, BC. They make boots and shoes, and are widely noted for their excellent quality, durability, and style. Manufactured in Montréal presumably and sometimes in Italy.
Women's leather shoes and boots, outerwear, and accessories. Made in Québec, QC. No-nonsense leather boots and shoes for men and women. Founded in , the company had a reputation for making boots that were often involved in fights, due to the bellicose natures of their owners loggers, motorcyclists, and shitkicker Canadians.
This led to their being banned in some establishments. Decent range of styles for men and women. Made-to-order is their bread and butter, and they frequently have one-off styles.
Hand-made cowboy and western boots for the discerning gentleman or lady. Made in Winnipeg, MB. Oddly enough also founded in Makers of western boots for men and women, as well as work and service boots. Parent company of Brahma Boots. No online or direct sales, retail only. Footwear company founded in that produces things like winter boots, rubber boots, and safety shoes, etc.
Many products are also made in the USA. Interestingly, they have a recycling program for their old boots. You can drop off old pairs at specific stores or chuck them in the mail and they will take them back to the factory for re-use.
They have small lines products for each gender of boots made for women and men. The boots are designed for harsh winters, and all are well-insulated and waterproof. Manitobah makes some seriously beautiful shoes and boots, and many of them feature a custom-designed Vibram sole by Cree artist Heather Endall. High-end sweats and shirts. Seasons usually offer a number of core garments that repeat in successive years, but with seasons often having an individual focused colour palette.
As the name implies, they make rugby-focused clothing including more casual, cotton rugby shirts those stripey, collared ones , as well as more modern sportswear for people who actually play rugby. They also make socks, shorts, and a few other items.
Clothing primarily for women but also featuring a decent range of products for men , clearly influenced by yoga and dancing. All garments seem to centre around freedom of movement and comfort. Most use organic or otherwise eco-friendly fabrics such as bamboo. An activewear company with a strong cyclist influence, Oöm makes clothing out of alternative and more sustainable fabrics for men, women, and babies. High-end techwear and urban-oriented outerwear. Designed and manufactured in Vancouver, BC.
Fleece, outerwear, and athletic apparel geared towards winter activities, for men and women. Founded in Toronto in Favourite of actual arctic explorers and trust fund brats the world over.
Legendary warmth and quality, not much intro needed really. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC. Legendary Canadian company that has its own line of products, and sells things made by others. Everything from ultralight camping gear to fuzzy socks. Only some items are made in Canada , but you can filter for it on their webstore. Not sure where the MiC items are manufactured, exactly, most likely a variety of locations.
Founded in , Baffin makes outerwear and apparel for extreme conditions, including jackets, boots, and a variety of thermal layers including socks and underwear. Not all production is in Canada, but the company has commitments to fair labour practices, involvements with charity organizations, and does strive to produce as much as possible here at home. They also make industrially-oriented products, including things like CSA safety shoes.
Founded in , Quartz makes parkas, and only parkas. They have several varieties, but all are crafted for harsh winters with fur lined hoods and lots of insulation. A company resulting from a successful Kickstarter campaign. Performance outerwear designed to withstand Canadian winters. Free shipping on orders within Canada. Founded in the s, Kanuk makes winter coats and warm accessories scarves, hats. They also make lighter outerwear seasonally.
They also make some sweaters and accessories like beanies. Their products have a lifetime warranty for craftsmanship. Most other products made overseas. Pajar primarily makes winter gear and outerwear, including boots, shoes, and coats. Made in Truro, NS. Founded in Truro in as Truro Woolen Mills. Interestingly, they made a particular long underwear that was popular with Klondike gold miners in the gold rush of Now they make a range of underwear, socks, and some basics like t-shirts.
For men, women, and children. Everything from work, dress, and sports socks to diabetes and compression socks, for men and women. Makers of bras and underwear for women. Not all items are made in Canada, but most are.
Not quite lingerie, but also not quite regular underwear. Small release sizes, so seasons sell out quickly. Modern and somewhat flashy eyewear including sunglasses and Rx-ready frames. Makers of fine bags in small batches. Sizes range from toiletry bags to duffel bags. Backpacks, totes, and toiletry bags made with a keen eye to detail and modern design.
Mostly simple colour palettes, and technical features like taped seams, water resistant fabrics, and 3M reflective nylon abound.
Similar in some ways to Mission Workshop from SF. High-end accessories and outerwear for men and women. They make a wide range of bags, as well as wallets and other accessories, as well as selling a variety of peacoats, bombers, and other jackets and coats.
Founded by artist Ken Chow. Another wool mill that primarily sells their yarn and fabric, but they also make some very nice wool blankets in a number of basic patterns. A family-run woolen mill that has been operating for a few generations.
They primarily sell yarn and wool, but also make socks, blankets, and bedding. Tuck Shop Trading Compant: They also make sweaters, t-shirts, and other apparel. They've been quietly making the same shoelaces since They also make playful lapel pins, bracelets, and pocket squares for the fellas. Headquartered in Toronto, ON. Not sure where manufactured, exactly. Known primarily for their hats, they also make shirts, underwear, and other accessories. They state that "everything with [their] name on it is made in Canada," with the only exception being one style of sock, which is made in Iowa.
Since his death in , the company has since been bought by a husband-wife duo in Nelson BC. Makers of hats, from toques to truckers. Lots have graphic prints on them, but they also make plainer ones in a variety of colourways. Many clothing labels don't actually manufacture their own products. They design them, and then contract the manufacturing. Below are a few Canadian companies that do the manufacturing bit, making what are called "blanks", or unbranded garments onto which a clothing label can affix their name and branding.
Knit, cut, dyed, and sewn in Scarberia Toronto , ON. Unisex, as well as male- and female-specific styles. Not sure if they do their own knitting etc. Knit, cut, dyed, and sewn in Caledon, ON. They make the sweats that Raised by Wolves use in many of their lines. Sweaters, t-shirts, and fleece. Garments featuring organic cotton and some recycled fabrics, with a focus on sustainability.
They make a lot of your basic items, like t-shirts and sweats, as well as some accessories like scarves, mittens, and toques. Company focus on sustainable practices and involvement with a number of green initiatives in Ontario.
So there you have it. That's my current list of known brands that manufacture in Canada. It's probably far from exhaustive, and I happily invite anyone here who knows of others to reply so that I can add to the list. People on reddit often state "vote with your wallet", but I rarely see anyone giving good advice on exactly how to do that. I want to help people to vote with their wallets, in favour of Canadian businesses and Canadian manufacturing.
I won't make this political, but I think in general that buying items that are local or at least more local is a good thing in many ways. I want to help people to do that, if that's their wish. Most clothing made in Canada is not cheap. Jerico's styles are very affordable, similar to a Canadian-made American Apparel. But most of the brands above cater to a slightly more specialized market, and as such they charge higher prices.
And clothing not made by outsourced labour has a cachet to it that commands a higher price. I can say from my experience with a few of these brands that it's almost always worth it. Better quality, better durability, and the knowledge that you're typically supporting a smaller business, closer to home, and helping just a bit to keep manufacturing alive here. Yes, the clothes can be expensive. Sometimes they might seem ruinously so. But my own particular strategy is to simply buy fewer items, and keep my wardrobe smaller.
And in fact, if you wait for sales, you can get the same great stuff for a more palatable price. One more little tidbit. If you've ever looked at a piece of clothing, you may have noticed that the tag inside the garment, usually on the left side of the body, though sometimes the label at the neck has something that looks like this on it:.
The last bit, the CA with five numbers, is a unique identifier for any business that "manufactures, processes or finishes of a textile fibre product, or is engaged in the business of importing or selling any textile fibre product in Canada". These numbers are searchable in the Industry Canada Competition Bureau database, which you can find here.
I find this interesting because it lets you find out more about the supply chain that your garments go through, and often allows you to know who actually made the clothes you wear. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
They would love it. I know Simons also sells jeans advertised as made in Beauce I have six pairs. Here are some other companies:. Best winter coat I've ever had, including the Canada Goose parka I had for field research.
I love that you can get them with or without the fur cuff for the fur-averse crowd. How do you find the durability of your Simon's jeans? I love that they have a made in Canada product, but any denim of theirs I've ever had didn't stand up too well to running around after my kids Awesome list, thanks for taking the time to put that together! I should note that Canada Goose jackets are made in both Toronto and Winnipeg!
At the time of the deal, there was some concern that that was just PR talk, but at this point it's pretty clear that they plan on keeping production in Canada for the foreseeable future the Winnipeg facility was opened under Bain's watch. I was at their store by their warehouse in mtl on Tuesday. Not sure if it's everywhere yet. The quality is notably better. The price is higher but I don't think they're making much profit on it either.
Good time to shop before they raise the prices. I've had a pair lasted me about 7 years and I'm hard on my footwear. Getting a new pair for next winter. Blondo brand is made by Regence based out of Quebec. They are now made overseas along with all other Regence products.
There are some years, entrepreneurs do not like talking about their offshoring strategies. Especially in a sector as competitive as that of the shoe. Regence Footwear boss, owner of Acton and Blondo brands, moving up a gear relocation by announcing the construction of a factory in Cambodia. In a year when operational, it will produce there the majority of shoes sold by Regency in North America.
Of the sole to the lining, one must import. Oh the very best part! This article was In we learn they were using child labor. This brand is only sold at Costco as far as I know but I like them a lot: You know, other than that time they ran a tribute to a anti-jewish racist that was brought before the human rights tribunal.
Video from Conan that tells the story. For the longest while, we made most Roots products in Canada but in recent years we have shifted some of our manufacturing abroad as a result of technical, economic and capacity challenges. In early , with great reluctance and much disappointment, we closed one of our own manufacturing facilities in Toronto where we made much of the Roots apparel line. For seven years, we tried to compete with offshore manufacturing companies. Unfortunately, it proved a largely unprofitable and unrealistic exercise.
The sad reality today is that there are increasingly fewer suitable suppliers in Canada, and certain products can no longer be made in Canada. Roots did not move all of their production out of Canada. At least some of their leather goods are still made here. Made in Montreal, PQ. Where'd you read that? I didn't realize they had a factory there.
I always assumed their high end stuff was made at their North Vancouver factory. Most of the gear now comes China. I just checked 4 items in my closet and they all say China.
The one that says Canada is 10yrs old And their highest end jacket the Alpha SV is made in Canada. I try to make a point of buying Canadian now that I make alright money, but its not always easy to know where to look. For some reason I thought naked and famous was Japanese, not sure where i picked that up.
I doubt I'll be a customer, i like my clothes as light as possible, and I'm not a fan of their stacking style I think its called, but still good to know. They use Japanese denim, but they're manufactured in Canada. That might be where the confusion came from. Which is why it's impossible to make "average' clothing in developed, first world countries at this point. Want to bring back garment manufacturing in Canada?
Be prepared to pay twice as much for that hoodie or pair of jeans. That's why Roots just gave up trying to make all of their shit here, it would have ruined them as a company. Please, stop using the abbreviation PQ when referring to Quebec, the official abbreviation has been QC since Here is the current official ISO list of abbreviations for all Canadian provinces and territories. These days"PQ" refers to the Parti Quebecois and I'd rather not attribute the entire province to them quite yet.
I have a quite a few items from Roots and none of it is made in Canada. Great logo and they sell mainly t-shirts, sweaters, hats and bracelets. Free shipping across Canada! Great list - have another to add 'maker of blanks, often other brands' Redwoodclassics. I would add to your great list Montreal's Frank and Oak and Quebec's Kanuk coats although, I don't know where the latter manufactures their clothes. Oh, I had no idea.
A quick internet search didn't give me any indication of where their clothes were manufactured. They have some of Naked and Famous' stuff in their line at the moment I live nearby their offices. Anyway, good to know, thanks. I saw a really good quote that summarizes up the importance of buying local. He puts on his slippers that were made in Pakistan, and his robe that was made in Singapore. He brushes his teeth this his toothbrush that was made in Korea, and checks his watch that was made in India.
He goes downstairs to sit at his table, that was made in China, while drinking a cup of coffee from a cup made in Thailand. He does this as he checks out the local paper's "help wanted" ads, and wonders why there are 'no jobs.
East Coast Lifestyle is based out of Halifax. I am not sure where all the products are manufactured. I will look at the tag from my T-Shirt when I get home and provide an update. Based on information on their website, only 26 items out of listed are made in Canada. My boots are by Baffin http: There should be a list of "Made in Canada, for Canadians" in the Wiki, could be something great for those of us who want to encourage our canadian entrepreneurs.
I personally don't mind paying "more" for something made in my country, and I believe it should not just be some sort of Marketing argument, but something to be proud of. Why is "Roots" on this list? All their fucking garbage is manufactured in China.
Covers all the brands I knew about, and much more. Well, BlogTO wrote about a few new up and comers, some of which manufacture in Canada, http: You know, some things are just expensive because they're fashionable or whatever, but sometimes it's worth paying more for something that will last longer, all other considerations aside. Since you seem to be the Jeans expert here, what would you suggest to do in cleaning them.
Heck I don't even think you're suppose to put them in the wash I remember watching something on Adam ruins everything on not to wash them For a small stain: Grab a rag, dampen it with water and just lightly dab it out.
If its raw selvedge denim its best you dont rub too hard as the ink might transfer. If your pants smell: It'll kill most bacteria. Which used to be made in Canada - not sure where they're made now, but I wore Kirkland jeans for a long time because of that. I'm not sure where their jeans are made. Kirkland jeans used to be made by Pimlico near Vancouver New Westminster but, after many years in business, shut their doors about 7 or 8 years ago.
Could no longer make money. LOVE my kirkland jeans. Kirkland saves the day, and my health. So, probably guys who want a quality product. I've been put off raw denim because they haven't lasted me nearly as long. Have had a few pairs of Naked and Famous and without fail the crotch blows out after months. Not once have I had a pair of Gap jeans do that even after years of wear.
The jeans will last, but the minute it gets a scratch on it it will stick out like a sore thumb. The expensive jeans don't have the cheap inside layer and can last up to 5 years with good care. Ten tree makes clothes domestically and plant 10 trees per shirt they sell. Just an FYI - tentree does not manufacture their clothing in Canada. They are owned and operated by a couple of young Canadians, but they have outsourced their production. However, they still plant 10 trees for everything they sell and their clothes are very high quality.
I have several items, and would highly recommend them. You can't even look at their products without signing up? What a silly way to do business. But maaaan, that means I have to like, look at the page longer than 2 seconds before I dismiss it. Not all of stanfield's products are made in Truro anymore. It would seem that some of the poly underwear at least are made overseas. Buyer beware, and ask about Country of Origin before paying. A little bit disappointing because I don't think any of their boxer-briefs are made in Canada: Very disappointed that their stuff isn't made in Canada anymore.
But they put a little leaf on the label to make it look like it's still made there. I haven't been able to find made in Canada stuff from them in a long time. Have a newer pair at home made overseas.
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