12 Canadian Shopping Sites You Need to Bookmark Now
Online shopping has changed the game. With anything and everything suddenly at our fingertips, and delivered directly to our doors, instant gratification is only a quick click away. Now it becomes more about which sites and where to shop. New Canadian-based e-tailers have been popping up giving us a uniquely Canuk perspective on the digital boutique. Whether it means saving on shipping and duty cross-border costs, finding unique and local treasures or just not having to do mental currency conversions, our list of the best homegrown web stores check off your every need from beauty and baby to home and fashion.
See the best new sites below.
Who: Produced in small batches, Sara Duke hand cuts each piece from locally sourced fabrics to create simplistic clothing that you won’t be sick of next season.
For: The no-fuss modern woman
What they carry: Functional clothing with a throw on and go aesthetic featuring clean dresses, breezy blouses and graphic tee’s perfect for lounging or hitting the town.
Price range: $60
Who:A new skincare line offering custom-blended beauty products crafted with organic ingredients and blessed by Canadian Shaman and founder, Mimi Young to help enhance the experience of every user.
For: Holistic beauty enthusiasts
What they carry: A wide range of skincare products including facial cleansers, toners, serums and moisturizers.
Price range: $36 – $138
Who: Founded in 2011, Desiree Girlato is a self-taught jewellery designer and conceptual artist who creates beautiful statement jewellery, featuring cool Arizona sourced stones, for everyday wear.
For: Jewellery lovers looking for affordable handmade and one-of-kind pieces.
What they carry: Statement-making brass and sterling silver necklaces, bracelets, rings and body chains that feature beautiful gem stones.
Price range: $10 – $200
Who: Started by Toronto-based Nicki Podvalej, Curriculum is focused on directional, young designers (including some North American exclusives). The shop only sells brands that are relatively new to the scene, moderately priced and have cool factor.
For: Modernists on a budget.
What they carry: Relatively unknown brands like Anna Quan and Celeste Tesoriero, and bags from Exocet Paris. Think exaggeratedly long sleeves, sliced skirts and grommet laden mini dresses.
Price range: $60 – $600
Who: Frank & Oak is the brainchild of childhood friends and Montreal-bred Ethan Song and Hicham Ratnani. Not only do they design and produce high-quality pieces for men, but also have personal shoppers on standby to answer questions, offer tips and select pieces that adhere to your taste.
For: Modern day men looking for quality and tailored garments at reasonable prices
What they carry: Men’s basics, from clothing to tech accessories to grooming products
Price range:$20 – $475
Who: Embracing the slow fashion movement, Alyssa Lau founded New Classics to bring light to environmental issues and social responsibility often left out of the fashion conversation. She steadfastly supports local designers and checks every detail all the way down to green packaging and shipping.
For: Conscious consumers and social champions who don’t want to give up aesthetics for ethics.
What they carry: Easy dresses, cozy neutral coats, vegan metallic lunch bags and frayed hem denim.
Price range: $80 – $550
Who: Adele Tetangco and a team of curators joined forces with independent designers and small boutiques to bring great finds together under one URL.
For: Hunters of the unique and seekers of special.
What they carry: Urban men’s and women’s clothes and accessories from a massive roster of new and established labels.
Price range: $40 – $1,000+
Who: Sustainable, fair trade and artisan advocacy are Hedvig Alexander’s buzzwords. Far & Wide Collective gives talented craftswomen in developing countries a platform (and retail space) for their wares.
For: Shoppers with an eye for the handmade and a heart for those in need.
What they carry: Home décor (like place mats, baskets, pillows and throws), jewelry, scarves and bags.
Price range: $15 – $525
Who: Founded by Shane Vitaly Foran and Jason Readman, Vitality is a unisex jewellery line featuring architectural pieces made from unique materials like wood and ceramic at a affordable price range. They were contestants on Season 8 of Dragon’s Den.
For:Skateboarders, tattoo artists and DJs and any others seeking minimalist jewellery with a cool, edgy twist
What they carry: Contemporary jewellery pieces including chain bracelets, rose gold square-shaped ceramic rings and arrow-shaped double-finger rings.
Price range: $30 – $80
Who: Sashion is the brainchild of Sasha Xiao who launched the site in 2015 to bring emerging and independent international designers to her hometown.
For: Fashion forward girls looking for classics with an edge.
What they carry: A mix of Chinese, Canadian and French designs with plenty of shoulder cutouts, shirtdresses and culottes alongside veiled hats, bags and little leather pouches.
Price range: $20 – $675
Who:Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, the makeup, brow and skincare studio, Gee Beauty recently launched its e-comm site to offer its loyal customers a place to browse their fave brands from the comfort of their own home. They also are the creative team behind 6 By Gee Beauty, a lifestyle and travel essential boutique/modern apothecary.
For: Cult beauty brand seekers
What they carry: Aside from its own beauty line, they also carry cool brands like Tata Harper, Sunday Riley, Skinceuticals and Canada’s only Le Labo fragrance bar.
Price range: $20 – $400
Who: Well known fashion blogger Gracie Carroll founded the site dedicated to all things Canadian. Supporting local businesses and homegrown brands, every item hails from the true north.
For: Patriotic lovers of “Made in Canada”.
What they carry: Everything from baby moccasins, candles and lip balm to jewelry, accessories and hand printed pillow cases.
Price range: $10 – $200