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11 Canadian Fashion Businesses Founded by Women to Shop Now

Emily Turner
Photography courtesy of By The Namesake

Celebrate Women’s History Month and show some love to local designers by supporting these Canadian woman-led brands.

This article was originally published in March 2021 and has been updated. 

In honour of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting Canadian female-led small businesses. From chunky necklaces to statement sweaters, you can find all your fashionable favourites close to home.

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If it’s self-care you’re after, look no further than Sidia. Fashion industry veteran Erin Kleinberg named her brand of body care and casual clothing after her beloved grandmother. For a slow fashion statement, check out architect-turned-designer Ashley Phillips’s handbag line, Azure Lazuli. Phillips’s structured bags are made entirely by hand in Toronto — we love the idea of treating a special handcrafted piece as a future family heirloom.

Channel your inner boss with Rosa Halpern’s leather jackets from her brand By The Namesake. Halpern’s collection of luxe leather jackets are named after influential women, including the Kamala leather blazer inspired by none other than the Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris.

Click through below for our top picks from Canadian fashion brands founded by women.

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