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Canadian Female-Lead Brands To Shop On IWD & Everyday

  |  By Alison McGill

Photo courtesy of Ela Handbags.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we wanted to recognize some of our favourite Canadian female-powered brands. These cool companies offer some amazing things from gowns to jewelry, clothing, accessories and beauty essentials. Shop for yourself, your family and friends and support these amazing and innovative women-lead brands!

Ela Handbags
Designer Ela Aldorsson’s handbags are chic and sustainable—all made with cruelty-free vegan materials. For International Women’s Day Ela has launched a beautiful limited edition Editor’s Pouch (pictured) designed with Michif (Metis) Artist, Christi Belcourt for Holt Renfrew’s Project H. Proceeds from all sales will be donated to Oceana Canada, a registered charity focused on protecting and restoring the world’s oceans.

Photography courtesy of Ines Di Santo.

Ines Di Santo
Canadian bridal designer is quite simply a legend in the realm of bridal style. Her exquisite, romantic and fashion-forward gowns are the stuff of dreams. Di Santo is one of the most incredibly inspiring women you will ever meet and together with her daughter Veronica (who is a managing partner of the company) they continuously wow with extraordinary bridal collections. The pair has just launched a capsule collection exquisite of loungewear we love!

Photo via Instagram @biko_official.

This sleek jewelry line created by Toronto designer Corrine Anestopoulo is loved for its bold and unique statement pieces. Perfect for a bold look on your wedding day then wearing everyday!

Dress by NARCES. Model, makeup and hair, Aluad/Lang Models. Photography by Alvaro Goveia. Styling by Tara Williams. Makeup creative direction by Jane McKay, senior national artist, Canada for MAC Cosmetics.

Creative director and designer Nikki Yassemi is a style innovator, particularly in the category of wedding wear. Always bringing a sense of romantic glamour and elegance to her creations, Yassemi pushes the boundaries of bridal style with NARCES wedding gowns through her dramatic silhouettes and design details. She also loves nothing more than to create custom creations for clients—we are fans!

Photography via Instagram @celaskin.

Céla Skincare
Skincare pro Celine Tadrissi (she owns the award-winning Hammam Spas in Toronto) launched this beautiful brand three years ago and we love that it’s inspired by AND made in Canada. Tadrissi and her team endeavor to source all product ingredients—extracts, oils and butters—within Canada. Treat yourself to some self-care indulgence and gift your dearest with Céla too.

& For Love
Winner of the 2020 Weddingbells Wedding Awards Canadian Bridal Design category, & For Love was launched in 2014 by best girlfriends Angel Spend love and Lisa Blunt, & For Love. It has instantly become the go-to bridal choice for cool, alt brides looking to wear something a little bit rock and roll on their wedding day.

Photography via Instagram @ecksand.

This Montreal-based brand is founded on sustainability. Creative director and co-founder Erica Bianchini is committed to creating jewellery that is better for the plant and the people. Bianchini’s designs are chic and modern and Ecksand’s engagement rings truly offer something original. Meghan Markle is long-time fan and was spotted recently wearing an Ecksand pink sapphire and diamond ring.

Photography via Instagram @sidiathebrand.

This Canadian fashion brand by Erin Kleinberg has become the go to for It Girls who love their cool caftans (the just-launched Gold Dust caftan is everything!), Cloud Nine head wraps and just launched Sidia lounge sets.

Photography courtesy of Rebekah Price.

Rebekah Price
If you love mega-watt bling, one look at through the RP online store and you will know you’ve arrived at your happy place. Here you’ll find earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces that shine. We adore her signature, sparkling Rivoli collection—wear it layered to make a bold accessory statement.

Photography via Instagram @brunettethelabel.

Brunette The Label
This Vancouver-based line founded by Miriam Alden in 2014
has been a favourite for years, but their cool sweats have become a WFH staple. They have recently had some killer collabs with other female boss babes like Smash & Tess and The Bird’s Papaya; to mark IWD they have created a limited-edition Babes Supporting Babes collection with all proceeds going towards sponsoring the education of two girls in Kenya through the One Girl Can Society.

Photography via Instagram by @em_howes for @empathybrandinc.

Empathy Brand Inc.
This Canadian luxury skincare brand founded by friends Deidre Marinelli and Yvonne Xenidis is not only amazing, but they are making a difference. The brand’s social purpose is to give back to local communities: For every $50 spent, the company will donate two bottles of the multi-tasking bodywash to a Canadian family or shelter. The full lineup, formulated with the highest-grade natural ingredients, includes everything from face and body care to essential oils.

Model, makeup and hair, Aluad/Lang Models. Photography by Alvaro Goveia. Styling by Tara Williams. Makeup creative direction by Jane McKay, senior national artist, Canada for MAC Cosmetics. Bouquet by by Wild North Flowers.

Bride By Catherine Langlois
Toronto-based wedding designer Catherine Langlois of Bride by Catherine Langlois is renowned for her romantic and innovative designs using unexpected fabrics and silhouettes. The designer shares the love of her craft is about more than bringing beautiful gowns to life; it also brings a feeling of serenity to her days. “Designing beautiful things gives me a sense of inner peace, that all will be well with the world,” she shares. “To be able to give people a fragment of beauty is a truly a special gift.”

Photo via Instagram @erintracyjewellry.

Erin Tracy
Known for fashion forward fine jewellery designs, Erin Tracy loves nothing more than getting creative with her craft and produced some of the most incredible and striking engagement rings we’ve ever seen. Tracy plays with interesting stones, mixing metals and modern-meets-vintage inspired settings to create the most exquisite pieces.

This article was originally published on Mar 07, 2021

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