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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canada Day - Spotlight on Canadian Designers

What do you know about style up North? You might recognize some of these brands, but never knew about their Canuck heritage...

A regular at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Ports 1961 was founded in Canada. It is currently designed by Vancouver native Tia Cibani. The collection is a mix of fashion forward, but wearable pieces. Like much of Canada, the collection is infused with the rich influences of other cultures.

Montreal-based Simon Chang is the go-to designer for chic executives. His company also provides a stylish alternative to corporate wear. Simon Chang as a brand has already been licensed into eyeglasses, fragrances and denim. However, his legacy may be his charitable foundation that benefits medical research, education and cultural institutions to improve the lives of Canadians.

For accessories, designers Jeanne Lottie and label Matt & Nat bring a sense of fun and style to their handbags. Jeanne Lottie is a Toronto-based designer without formal training. She sold her affordable handbags at a popular Yorkville area boutique. Matt & Nat’s creative director Inder Bedi set out produce chic, vegan-friendly bags for men and women. The eco-aware pieces have been made from fabrics like felt made from upcycled water bottles.

Photos: Marcio Madeira/FirstView.com, Abir Shah

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