If there's one thing to know about me, it's that I'm a sucker for supporting Canadian products, designers, creators, you name it! Ever since I was young, I'd come up with design ideas and scope out various local seamstresses to work with. I wouldn't say I'm proud of them now but my elementary graduation dress and high school prom dress was by me and made in Toronto. As I got older, I started shopping for exclusive, one-of-a-kind pieces by Canadian designers from local boutiques. Unfortunately, these boutiques no longer exist, which is why I'm such a strong believer in shopping local, supporting Canadian designers, and keeping their passions alive.
I've recently covered a local event entitled, INLAND, a platform for Canada’s contemporary and next generation fashion designers to connect directly with shoppers, retail buyers and press. The weekend long event connected clientele directly with the designers behind the labels, closing the gap between design and commerce in Canada. It was genuinely such a treat to attend and cover INLAND because it aims to encourage consumers to not only shop local, but also discover and meet new designers, learning about their stories and journeys into Canadian apparel, accessories and jewelry.
The two pieces I picked up are from Canadian designers, Mary Young and Tala Kamea. Mary Young is a lifestyle lingerie and loungewear designer and Tala Kamea focuses on minimalism and articulation in elegant design to her collections. I picked up Mary Young's 'Contrast Bra' in mesh and pink as 10% of all of her pink items are donated to Rethink Breast Cancer. In addition, I paired it with Tala Kamea's pink neoprene/mesh constructed crewneck. These two items are hands down my two new favourite pieces and they're not only super comfortable, they're made local right here in Toronto!