August 5, 2015
Even as an experienced fashion editor, I can admit that shopping local is a serious commitment. You have to track down where things are sold, how the hell to get there (many designer outposts are on the outskirts of town) and then pray that what you want is actually in stock. Not everyone is down for this time-consuming, sometimes futile treasure hunt across Toronto.
To make the process easier, we've compiled a list of amazing e-commerce sites that sell locally designed wares. Some curate their stock from multiple brands; some are owned and operated by our favourite creatives themselves. We promise you'll find plenty to love… all without leaving your couch.
The site jenny-bird.com
The goods We can't get enough of Toronto-based jewellery designer Jenny Bird's edgy accessories for downtown cool girls. Standout enough to guarantee compliments but minimalist enough for everyday wear, Bird's designs clock in at reasonable prices considering their high quality, and are worth every penny.
Our picks Celestial-inspired Nova Backdrop Earrings ($65) and the trendy layered Moonrise Collar ($295).
The site illburyandgoose.com
The goods Illbury + Goose is a local lifestyle start-up with an ever-growing fan base. Its artisanal apothecary products, including beard oil, organic bug spray and craft beer soap are stars of the show. Every item is completely manufactured in Canada, and the site offers free nationwide shipping on orders over $75.
Our picks Blackout Bingin swim shorties for men ($64), The Greatest Lake tanks ($40) and artisanal honey ($12) from the brand's very own adopted beehive.
The site thechiccanuck.com
The goods We've covered this curated site full of Canadian goods before and can't stop coming back. The Chic Canuck sells some of the best products our country's creatives have to offer, from housewares and aromatherapy to jewellery.
Our picks Blackbird Jewelry Ritual bracelet ($78), Takeout plate by Said the King ($25) and Quill & Tine touchscreen gloves ($145).
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