Northern Exposure: Nine Obsession-Worthy Canadian Labels

I grew up in a cottage on Lake Michigan, just hours from the Canadian border. As a Midwestern girl, I appreciate unassuming, practical clothes. My boots should keep my toes warm and I want to wear the same shirt twice a week, without anyone noticing. This is why I'm a little obsessed with clothing designed by our neighbors to the North. The Canadian brands I love are simple and sophisticated. The outerwear blocks the weather and the under layers are beautiful and basic. Perfect for the cottage or the city: I swear.
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I grew up in a cottage on Lake Michigan, just hours from the Canadian border. As a Midwestern girl, I appreciate unassuming, practical clothes. My boots should keep my toes warm and I want to wear the same shirt twice a week, without anyone noticing. This is why I'm a little obsessed with clothing designed by our neighbors to the North. The Canadian brands I love are simple and sophisticated. The outerwear blocks the weather and the under layers are beautiful and basic. Perfect for the cottage or the city: I swear.

Mackage

Pajar

Joe Fresh

Obakki

Christine Vancouver

Allison Wonderland

Naked & Famous Denim

Dace

Thieves www.thieves.ca Toronto-based Thieves was founded in 2006 by Sonja den Elzen. The designer merges high-end fashion with nature by using clean lines, classic cuts, and sustainable fabrics. Den Elzen’s last name must inspire her work; Thieves reminds me of the Dutch fashion I love. It’s always practical and easy to layer, yet cut in a distinctive way.