When I popped into the store this week to check things out I felt like I was back in the beloved indie store Nokomis: I kept running across the great Canadian brands that were Nokomis favs like House of Spy, Passenger Pigeon, Smoking Lily and even the Nokomis house brand!
Finding pieces from Canadian designers who are no longer producing under the brand, like Nokomis, is bitter-sweet. It sucks that they are gone, but then you know that the pieces which are left are truly unique and a great addition to your collection.
House of Spy has a new name: Maison Clothing, by the same designer. Check out the super cute teapots on this House of Spy tunic!
Sadly, Passenger Pigeon is no longer in production. Boo. So you can probably imagine what it sounded like as I hissed "NO WAY" when I found this one on the front dress-rack:
....They're bikes...printed on organic cotton...ethically made in Canada.....oh, come on!
Ever stalwart Smoking Lily has a special place in my heart as they were the first to pop up on my fashion radar many, MANY years ago when I first became conscious of indie-Canadian designers. I'm always happy to find Smoking Lily in the shop.
( Note: This looked like a pretty small medium to me).
Preloved is also a brand we often have in the shop that I just LOVE. Always well constructed, I love figuring out what the pieces were before, and then having that "But how did they do that?!" moment. I think this purple bolero was pants. Yes, pants.
Here's a brand I'm not familiar with, Snoflake, and there's not much I could find on them. But the tag says straight up "Made In Canada", and that's good enough for me! Check-out that awesome stitching detail at the bottom...
From our friends at Noul (formerly Loft 82), this paint-splattered shirt:
And one honourable mention: this skirt has no tag and looks to me to be hand-made by someone awesome who did a super pro job. I LOVE garments that are hand-made, and this one was probably made by someone in Edmonton, so it gets, like, double Canadian-content points.
But, what really blew my mind is that I believe the fabric itself is hand dyed! This type of me-made makes me swoon. Well done, fiber-artist who created this piece, whoever you are!
I was really excited about these finds; I'm so glad these brands get to live-on in our store!