Toronto: Luxuriously green

Bamboo beauties: Deux FM's Evie blazer (left) and a shirtdress by Thieves

Fashion isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bamboo. Pandas love it, but more and more designers do too. With the sheen and softness of luxurious silk, bamboo fabrics feel like a million bucks (only better–it’s washable!).

Bamboo fibers are wrinkle-resistant, so they keep sharp after a long day. Witness the Scarlett skirt and mini Evie blazer by Nova Scotia’s Deux Fm (–both made from 100% bamboo. The line is available at Heart on Your Sleeve (61A Bellevue Ave. 416-999-2197, and Green is Black (624 Yonge St., 416-454-5650,–FYI: major sale currently at the online store).

For that dash of effortless cool at the office, go with the bamboo selections by Thieves (, another sleek Canadian label. Relaxed yet professional, the shirtdress or denim pants for guys are available at Thieves Eco Boutique (1156 Queen St. W., 647-435-4880,

Fabrics made from the quick-growing grass are inherently antibacterial, so they keep you fresh and odor-free after yoga. EcoKashmere by Jonäno (, available at Organic Lifestyle, 87 Avenue Rd., 416-921-7317,, offers the indulgent feel of cashmere through an ultra-comfy selection of basics that range from yoga pants to jerseys and robes. The same features that make bamboo good for sports, makes it ideal for summer traveling, plus it provides UV protection and it’s more absorbent than cotton.

Bamboo thrives in the absence of pesticides and fertilizers and unlike trees, they are highly renewable and one of the fastest growing plants in the world. This luxuriously green fabric tops my “must-have” list this spring.