Canada is home to more than a handful of amazing eco designers and last week I got the chance to see some of their work. In Ottawa, designers Bridget and Christina found it challenging to find suitable venues to sell their own handcrafted products and they opened Workshop Boutique. The store offers handbags, accessories, clothing, home accessories and giftware from local designers. With my pants becoming too tight, I was delighted to find Hug me bamboo and organic cotton cropped leggings to give space to that growing belly.
In Montreal we had a lot of fun in the many vintage boutiques on Boulevard Saint-Laurent where they serve you tea and funky artifacts to escape from the outside cold (and make you buy!). On Saint-Denis we discovered eco fashion store Rien á Cacher founded by Danny Lourenço. He was discussing sales with Oliberté’s Tal when we came in and we had a lively discussion about how the ethical fashion movement is growing in Canada. Ethical sports clothing are still hard to find so it was great to indulge in the Respecterre collection from which I picked up a bamboo sports top. While M.A. was being unhappy about the lack of color in men’s eco fashion, he spotted this stunning red silk Deux FM dress. This had to become my outfit for his best friend’s wedding, so we walked out with big smiles.
Quebec City doesn’t have the same cosmopolitan flavor so it was a surprise to bounce into an eco fashion store on Rue St. Jean outside of the old city walls. By that time, it were the historical buildings that enticed us and we walked around enjoying the festive activities of the famous Wintercarnival. At night, the bonus was the big parade that put a crown on our three-in-one city trip that showed us more of Canada.
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