Canadian designers to watch for

It’s easy always to look to Europe or the U.S. for great style, but how about appreciating homegrown designers? Canada has a blossoming fashion scene, with an abundance of talent. Don’t be afraid to support it.

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Franco Mirabelli

Franco Mirabelli

The man behind the Mirabelli line and stores is in fact Canadian, ladies! This Toronto-based designer creates beautiful, sharp business looks at rather affordable prices. The advantage of buying a Canadian designer’s clothing is that he understands, for example, a woman’s need for a stunning coat in the winter — one that looks gorgeous but that also keeps you from shivering in the blustering cold. Mirabelli has stores all across Canada, so check out his designs for your next office wardrobe update.

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Kimberley Newport-Mimran

Kimberley Newport-Mimran

Lady power! Kimberley Newport-Mimran (yes, she’s married to Joe Mimran!) launched Pink Tartan in 2002, and it can now be found at Holt Renfrew, The Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue. The line combines flirty, fun silhouettes with luxe fabrics to create a deliciously gorgeous women’s wear line. The clothing line aims to be versatile, livable, sensible and effortlessly chic, and judging from the label’s success, Newport-Mimran is living up to that image. If you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe, just head on over to the nearest Bay store or Holt Renfrew, and check out this brand.

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Smythe

Smythe

This fashion brand somehow effortlessly combines business and casual in a beautiful clothing line. Smythe takes classic silhouettes and updates them through patterns, colours, fabrics and innovative adjustments to suit a modern woman. A Smythe article will fit you like a glove, so why not update your office or casual look with a mint-colour lace blazer or a detailed leather jacket? You can find Smythe collections at your local Holt Renfrew.

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Rad Hourani

Rad Hourani

Hourani is a true Canadian gem. Born in Jordan, raised in Canada and now based in Paris, France, this unisex fashion designer is not one to be idle. Hourani runs an eponymous haute couture line as well as a ready-to-wear line called RAD by Rad Hourani. His silhouettes are clean and sharp, with a reliance on darker tones. Since all his creations are unisex, the clothing lines do not have definitive traits of femininity or masculinity and therefore can be incorporated as basics in any wardrobe. Hourani is a high-end designer (with high-end pricing), but his style and uniqueness can almost be appreciated as art forms — even if you won’t be wearing them.

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Joe Mimran

Joe Mimran

Maybe you’re not familiar with his name, but you must know the brands he represents. Mimran is the magical being who launched Club Monaco and Joe Fresh. Having decided to cover a larger demographic, the designer creates fashion for the extravagant and for the sensible, so to speak. Club Monaco does not shy away from bright colours, intricate patterns and flowy, silky silhouettes, but everything comes with a three-digit price tag. Joe Fresh (distributed by Loblaws) offers vibrant colours and patterns in more traditional formats but at criminally affordable prices. Mimran is an irreplaceable figure in Canadian fashion.

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