Since I started this sustainable/slow fashion journey, this is the question I get asked the most:
“where can I find Canadian/ethical designers all in one place?”
Aside from some of the great websites that I’ve mentioned, there is another awesome spot to find local designers all in one place – the Braderie de Mode Quebecoise! I happily promoted this event last fall, and am so excited to encourage you again, this season, to check out the Braderie from April 13th – 15th to discover new Canadian designers.
What I love about the Braderie is that it’s a fun way to discover Canadian designers who offer unique, beautifully made items and support Canadian talent. Although ethical fashion, “made in Canada” and sustainability is a hot topic at the moment, I’ve found that Quebec designers have always had a strong connection to their production and a pride in keeping it local.
This season the list of designers is amazing – you will find well known brands like Ca Va de Soi and Nadya Toto (both pictured below) offering great discounts on items that would normally cost a pretty penny. When I talk about slow fashion or saving money for a quality item instead of wasting money on several inexpensive garments, I get faced with objections that locally made or Canadian designers cost too much. I totally get it. But – now you have the chance to add some truly stunning pieces to your closet, boast that you’re wearing Canadian, and not break the bank.
This year, I worked with some really talented ladies to show off some of the designers that you’ll be able to find at the Braderie. Huge thanks to Esma for the photography and Klava on makeup. We shot this at Mostly Danish Furniture – thank you for having us!
I had the chance to meet Nadya Toto at her atelier in Montreal and totally understood where the ethos of her beautiful, feminine yet totally wearable clothing came from. A glorious soul and positive person with such great taste couldn’t be capable of creating anything else! Jacquard and high-end stretch fabrics are Nadya’s specialty, always adhering to feminine silhouettes while ensuring comfort and wearability is top of mind. This two piece ensemble is as comfortable as it is captivating. I love the exaggerated sleeve and peekaboo essence. I paired it with a double band ring featuring an aqua stone for a bit of colour from Anne-Marie Chagnon.
I wanted to show the versatility of Nadya Toto‘s pieces and the strength of a necklace by Anne-Marie Chagnon. I cinched a blazer without anything underneath (risqué!) and wore it with the Nadya Toto skirt from above. I find the blazer frames the mixed-metals and PVC from the necklace well.
There’s a reason why Anne-Marie Chagnon’s jewelery is so popular and coveted amongst the fashion set. Accessories set the tone for an outfit and these pieces are timeless but carry an indescribable edge. The mix of textures, raw and polished, is a truly magical touch that she executes with perfection. I’m so excited that you’ll have the chance to bring one of her pieces home with you after a visit to the Braderie – they really are a wonderful addition to your wardrobe.
As you may know, I’m all about versatility, so when showing one half of Nadya Toto’s beautiful two-piece ensemble, I wanted to show that it can be worn casually too – so I paired the top with a simple denim. I love hard-working clothes that are ridiculously beautiful!
Ca Va de Soi gets slow fashion – I wore one of their simple cotton shirts below and it literally felt like I was wearing pyjamas. I am not kidding – this garment is made with Egyptian cotton, but each item is made with the objective of having such longevity that it could be passed down from one generation to another. Since I’m in desperate need of warmer weather, I recreated a South of France vibe by keeping this look monochromatic and pulled from the lightness of the button down.
For more information on the Braderie de Mode, click here – or just join me from April 13th – 15th at the Hilton Lac Leamy – that’s where I’ll be – celebrating Canadian fashion! Thank you so much to the Braderie for letting me be a part of this awesome event again this year!