Canada turns 150 this year, and there are plenty of things to celebrate for our country’s monumental birthday, including Canadian fashion. 

Canada is home to some incredible designers, brands and retailers, including well-known labels like Marie Saint Pierre, Lucian Matis, Wayne Clark, Smythe, Canada Goose, lululemon and Aritzia to name a few. And these brands aren’t just gaining popularity on home turf – celebs and notable figures like the Duchess of Cambridge, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Meghan Markle have all been spotted wearing Canadian. Now that’s something to be proud of. 

Fashion and lifestyle writer, Madelyn Chung, talks with four notable Canadians to discuss their take on the nation’s fashion industry and what makes them Canada150 proud. 

Bojana Sentaler
Designer and Creative Director, SENTALER @sentaler

Bojana Sentaler

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN FASHION DESIGNER?

BS: I grew up in Canada, and my brand’s focus is outerwear. It is Canada’s climate that inspired me to create the brand, so I have a lot of pride in being Canadian.

HOW DO YOU THINK THE CANADIAN FASHION INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS?

BS: Canadian consumers seem to be more aware of Canadian designers and also Canada is finally gaining international acclaim for its fashion. There are more organizations and supporters that are helping designers get recognized.

DESCRIBE CANADIAN STYLE IN THREE WORDS.

BS: Fashionable, sophisticated and smart.


Glen Baxter
Fashion and Design Journalist @glenbaxterto

CANADIAN DESIGNERS HAVE ROSE TO PROMINENCE, BOTH INTERNATIONALL AND LOCALLY IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?

GB: Canada is definitely having a fashion moment. Now more than ever, our designers are being recognized globally. Nothing has done more to highlight our industry than the Trudeau Obama State Dinner in Washington last year, when Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wore Canadian head-to-toe for three straight days and commanded the attention of the US and world media.

WHO ARE SOME LOCAL DESIGNERS YOU LOVE?

GB: I love Greta Constantine and Christopher Bates!

DESCRIBE CANADIAN STYLE.

GB: Canadian style is as diverse and eclectic as Canada itself.


Talia Brown 
Stylist @talia_stylist

Talia Brown

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN STYLIST?

TB: Canadian designers are really trying to push boundaries. They are eager… What I love most about being a Canadian stylist is Canadian people all work together. We all boost one another; we work as a team. Everybody is more than happy to give their opinion and their advice and help each other grow. 

WHO ARE SOME DESIGNERS YOU SEE BEING WORN ON THE STREETS REGULARLY?
 
TB:
I feel like I see Aritzia and Aldo everywhere I look! In the winter, I was noticing the Sentaler signature ribbed sleeves EVERYWHERE. I loved when the Duchess of Cambridge wore their coat. I was blushing for Bojana!

DESCRIBE CANADIAN STYLE IN THREE WORDS.

TB: Fresh, functional and easy.


David Dixon
Designer @daviddixoninc

HOW DO YOU THINK THE CANADIAN FASHION INDUSTRY HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS? 

DD: In the past five years, the Canadian fashion industry has been gaining tremendous support from consumers who want to buy and support local. We are also in a virtual world now. Through all sorts of social media, we, as designers, are reinventing how we manage, distribute, and get attention from a global audience.

WHAT MAKES YOU PROUD TO BE A CANADIAN FASHION DESIGNER?

DD: Having been born here in Canada and first generation as well, it gives me great pride when I am travelling with my collection to say that I am from Canada. For such a young country, we have so many components and diversity to give us inspiration and to be influenced to design great clothes.

DESCRIBE CANADIAN STYLE IN THREE WORDS.

DD: Diverse, modern, and individual.
 

Authors
Madelyn Chung

Madelyn Chung is a fashion and beauty writer and editor based in Toronto. Formerly Style editor at HuffPost Canada, she specializes in written and video content surrounding the latest trends, industry news and celebrity style.