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Canadian-Made Clothing to Beat the Cold

by Michelle Little

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean we have bury our sense of fashion under shapeless jackets and frumpy hats.  Nor does it mean we have to go cold, because nothing is more out of style than frostbite.  We’ve found the best winter accessories and clothing from right across Canada to keep you stylish and warm this winter.  Oh, and one from Iceland… because we just couldn’t resist.

Self Made Co. Sleeve Scarf

This stylish Sleeve scarf is handmade right here in Montreal from Self Made Co.  We love how it’s both casual and unexpected.  There is both a long version ($40) and short ($35), and multiple colours.  We’ll take one of each please!

Available from Self Made Co. online and in store.

 

 

Westlake Designs Headband

Toronto resident Kerri Westlake has been knitting since her grandma taught her when she was young, and in 2010 she decided to take it up full time.  Her creations from Westlake Designs offer an updated take on classic design and come in a range of beautiful hues.  We are especially taken with this braided headband ($38.41).

Available from Westlake Designs online and in store 

 

 

Phanion Recycled Fur Scarf

How can we resist this beautiful recycled fox fur scarf ($180)?  It’s glamorous, warm and practical for our cold winters.  This gorgeous piece comes to us from Montreal label Phanion, specializing in giving a second life to old fur coats.  Each piece is carefully thought out to offer something unique, accessible and authentic.

Available from Phanion online and in store.

 

 

Au Coeur de la Laine Mittens

These cute mittens ($35) are much more than they seem.  Each one is made with 100% recycled and felted down wool sweaters.  The cuffs are from the sweater’s ribbing, and the mitts are lined with polar fleece.  On top of that, each pair is reinforced with either recycled leather from old leather jackets, or thicker wool patches.  They come to us straight from the Montreal label Au Coeur De La Laine, and are hand made right here in our city.

Available from Au Coeur De La Laine online and in store.

 

 

Granted Sweater

This cute retro sweater ($370) from Granted is sure to keep us warm for years to come.  Granted offers woolen goods hand-knit in their community on the southwest coast of British Columbia.  Each sweater takes about 10-15 hours to knit by hand, and the zipper pulls are made from salvaged wood.  Designs range from the classic jumping deer to a little David Suzuki number.  Clever and quirky – just like us.

Available from Granted online and in store.

 

We present to you… The Beardcap ($79) from Icelandic company Vik Prjonsdottir.  Coming in a variety of colours, this cap will keep your face warm and your facial hair frost free.  We suppose it’s a bit of an Icelandic balaclava.  Whatever it is, we are sure that when it’s cold and dark outside all you have to do is slip this on, take a look in the mirror and it will surely bring a smile to your face.  It’s not Canadian by design, but it’s certainly fit for our Canadian winters.

Available from Vik Prjonsdottir online and in stores