I had the pleasure of attending Inland last weekend where 70 different Canadian designers showcased their latest collections. This event had a ton of great unique merchandise including, hats, bow ties, jewellery, clothing, leather bags, shoes and much more. All collections are Canadian designed and over 90% are manufactured or hand-made in Canada. There were so many great things to pick from but we had to narrow our list down to our top 4 picks!
Next pick was Opelle that featured leather and suede bags. These items were stylish and practical. It’s no surprise back packs are back in style. The backpacks were cute and simple designs that are perfect for the summer. If you’re planning on doing to do a lot of travelling or need a cute
Uppdoo featured a variety of leather hand bags designed and hand made in Canada. They offered a unique product called the “Mingle” bag in which a zip up pouch came out of the leather bag and could be easily transferred into a larger bag with all your belongings. The zip up pouch came in a number of different fun patterns for the summer and the leather cross body bag in which it goes into was offered in blush, cognac and black. This was only $180 but an excellent steal. This is the perfect bag for the summer as it is small light and festive and no one else will have it. It is perfect for travelling as well, you can just take your pouch and pop it into your work bag, carry on for the plane and you will have everything you need.
Then, we have Kania – a luxury sweatshirt design shop who stunned audiences during the last WorldMasterCard Fashion Week. That offered wrap or zip up sweatshirts made out of thick material that were not only cozy but fashionable. The colours included, red, black, cream and many more and could easily be dressed up or down.
Our next pick for the men was brodawka & friends that included footwear for both ladies and gentlemen. The designs were beautiful, sophisticated and a comparable price point to any quality shoe designer. If you’re looking for a pair of stylish shoes for your man for any event this summer – this would be our recommendation.
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