Montreal is THE city for all things cultural. It’s a haven for artists and creatives, and is home to many indie brands. The fashion game is legendary, and I always joke that as soon as you see “Made in Montreal” on a tag, the garment instantly becomes cooler. Here are 10 indie and sustainable fashion brands from Montreal that prioritize ethics and quality without sacrificing style.
About: Eliza Faulkner Designs was launched in 2012, with a capsule collection of beautiful linen dresses. All pieces are manufactured in Montreal by local sewers and makers, with fabric sourced in the region.
Style: Classic feminine silhouettes with contemporary bold shoulders; crisp fabrics in neutral, pastels and floral prints.
Where to buy: Items are available for purchase online (shipping is free in Canada!)
2. Betina Lou
About: Looking for simple but well-made basics? Betina Lou offers quality pieces with a feminine touch. The collections are designed in Montreal and sewn in Quebec.
Style: Essential basics and layering pieces, for both men and women. They also sell accessories from several other sustainable labels. If you’re looking for a gift, the handmade soaps and skincare would be a perfect choice.
Where to buy: You can purchase online, or if visit the store in La Petite-Patrie on Beaubien.
3. Eve Gravel
About: For 15 years, Eve Gravel has been designing minimalist and feminine pieces, ranging from essentials to dramatic statement garments. Everything is designed inhouse and brought to life by local craftspeople.
Style: Classic but still playful. The pieces have timeless shapes with contemporary colours and details.
Where to buy: You can purchase online, or make an appointment to visit their workshop in Mile End. Keep an eye out for their items in select US and European boutiques.
4. Belle et Rebelle
About: Since 2007, Belle et Rebelle has provided a marketplace for Quebec designers to share their unique and high quality pieces.
Style: The boutique has an eclectic vibe, reflecting the amazing collection of local creators and artisans. In general, the boutique embodies the classic yet sophisticated Montreal style.
Where to buy: You can purchase online, or instore at their boutique in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie.
About: Since 2009, atelier-b has been designing collections with minimalist longevity in mind. All garments are made within the workshop, or within 10 kilometers of it. Fabrics are sourced worldwide from ethical suppliers, and they also collaborate with local designers for capsule collections.
Style: Handcrafted classic shapes with natural fibres for women, men and children.
Where to buy: Items from atelier-b are available online and in boutique in Canada and the US.
About: Meemoza was in 2011 created with sustainability as a core value; local production with highly skilled Canadian seamstresses results in durable, ethical garments that you can feel good wearing.
Style: Simple, casual, chic. Classic shapes are mixed with feminine prints and colours to create unique and timeless pieces.
Where to buy: You can purchase online, or visit their boutiques in Mile End and Old Port.
About: Audrey Cantwell founded Ovate in 2010. The line is entirely designed and handcrafted in Montreal with natural materials. It is truly sustainable: leftover pieces of fabric are used for small pieces and handmade paper. Select vintage pieces are also available.
Style: This line is minimalistic, muted and gentle. The silhouettes emphasize the natural textures. This is the place for monochromatic and elegant garments.
Where to buy: Items are only available online.
8. Jennifer Glasgow Design
About: Designed and created in Montreal, Jennifer Glasgow Design emphasizes sustainability and ethics in their work. And nothing goes to waste: post-production materials are available for other creators to repurpose. JGD also collaborates with Les Affranchies, a non-profit dedicated to ending human trafficking in Quebec.
Style: Classic clothing for the professional women to wear at work and on weekends.
Where to buy: You can purchase items online or instore. Their current collection is available at General 54, another Montreal-based shop focused on sustainability.
About: Melow has been designing and creating cleanly casual garments in Montreal since 2007. All production takes place in Quebec, and preference is given to local and organic fabrics.
Style: The pieces are structured but comfortable, in a variety of colors and patterns. If you like modern shapes in playful colours, check them out!
Where to buy: Available online, and in select boutiques across Canada.
10. Judith Desjardins
About: Judith Desjardins launched BODYBAG by Jude in 1998. All parts of the collection are produced in Montreal with high-quality fabrics.
Style: Simple, contemporary pieces for young professionals with a chic style.
Where to buy: Available online (with free shipping over $200) and boutiques in Canada and the US.
There you have it, 10 sustainable fashion brands from Montreal! Leave a comment if you love any other indie and sustainable fashion brands.
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