Each spring and fall, we look forward to INLAND — a pop up market that features emerging Canadian talent in design and fashion. The names here are not your common everyday labels. They don’t have the marketing machines behind them and the pieces are not mass produced. I like that, personally. Designers have incredible attention to detail and quality. This is not fast-fashion. The collections here are meant to last and sometimes even conversation pieces in themselves! It also feels great knowing that the designers will be at the two-day pop up and are always happy to chat about their inspiration and process with you. Understanding where and how clothes are made before you make a purchase is always eye opening.
Since 2014, INLAND has showcased over 400 Canadian labels. 95% of all collections at the show are ethically made or manufactured in Canada.
INLAND will feature 57 designers at the upcoming pop up that takes place in Toronto on April 28 & 29, 2018 at 134 Peter Street. Free Admission. See www.madeinland.ca for details.
Here are some of the designers that have caught our attention:
byINABE: designer Beverly Wang’s mission is to create leather bags that are sophisticated, versatile, and functional. It’s function meets minimalism but don’t be fooled! Although it the design is very clean on the exterior, the inside is lined with compartments to help organize every aspect of our daily lives. The bags are also lined with a water resistant lining making them durable and easy to clean. This “Day Bag” shown is made to order including colours and hardware. Beverly is passionate about socially conscious and ethical design. She sources all materials and labor locally. She completed her degree in Fashion Design from Ryerson in 2013.
HOUSE OF SURI: Founded based on Leila Zadeh’s vision to create a clothing line that was fluid and minimal in design. Items feature many detachable and attachable accessories that make the pieces more personalized. Designed and manufactured locally in Toronto. This beautiful “Dew Top” gauzy linen top has four front pockets and a drawstring neckline that makes it a versatile top or light jacket. Perfect for city exploring and travels.
PILAR AGUECI: This Goldsmith creates contemporary jewellery. Based in Montreal she grew up in a professional metal shop that has influenced her craft. With a Bachelor of Design degree from OCADU, Soon after graduating, Pilar was a resident artist at the Glasgow School of Art. She then further her studies with designer Ruudt Peters and at intuitions including Alchemia Contemporary Jewellery School. She refined her skills with several notable designers. This understated, yet highly designed, “Sora Ring” features three delicate twists the can be worn alone or stacked. Pilar can also custom to include diamonds.
RACHEL SIN: I’ve been keeping a close eye on Rachel as her designs seem to transition well from work to evening outings. Her designs are confident and clean cut for the modern day woman. Rachel began with a degree in Architecture and had a successful career in the industry. She then made a switch over to fashion and no surprise that her precision in detail and lines have translated well into her other love for design in apparel.
SELFISH SWIMWEAR: Naomie Caron obtained her degree in fashion design in 2011. After her travels in Asia, she moved back to Montreal and launched brand Nam Nam that included ready-to-wear, evening and swimwear. In the meantime, she also honed her skills as a costume designer in the North American film industries. Then in 2017, she launched her first swimwear line. The name? She chose “selfish” because the pieces are designed with every woman’s comfort, esteems and pleasure in mind. She values different body types and the activities swimsuits are used for. Asymmetrical lines emphasize the uniqueness of each woman. Shown here are from her latest SS18 Havana collection.
HILARY MACMILLAN: This designer makes fashion for the adventurous and fashion aware woman. She’s also made a commitment to focus on being a cruelty-conscious brand no long using leather, fur, exotic skins or feathers in any of her garments. Each collection is designed and developed in Toronto and she aims to be completely transparent with specific labelling on each garment. Her designs have been worn by Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau Kim Cattrall, Cheryl Hickey, Tessa Virtue and many more.
ANU RAINA: After graduating from the Textile program at Sheridan College with several awards under her belt, Anu has quickly become a designer to watch. Her work has appeared in exhibits including Pearson Airport and she debuted her collection at Toronto Fashion Week in 2010. She’s also collaborated with several prestigious organization such as eBay, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Keilhauer and Art Gallery of Ontario. One of her prints was also elected by the Textile Museum of Canada for a contemporary art exhibit in NY and London. Her collections are true works of art in design and textiles. I personally love her ode to Toronto collection and her patterns are stunning. This Fig Jam Scarf is 100% silk chiffon.
AMEVIE: This first collection by this stylish suncare line for the eyes was made with sustainable bamboo. With the support of dermatologists, chemists, the line is manufactured in Canada and the US. They also have partner with charity Seva Canada – when you purchase a pair of sunglasses, they give a pair of eyeglasses to a child in need.