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The 7 Canadian Fashion Brands You Need to Have on Your Radar

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While it may get a tad overshadowed by all the red-white-and-blue, rah-rah America festivities happening this weekend, today is in fact Canada Day!

And as STYLECASTER’s resident Canadian correspondent, I feel it’s my duty to show you that my homeland has more to offer than just a hunky prime minister, crazed hockey fans, and cultural oddities like bagged milk. In fact, for anyone still considering defecting to the North if Trump wins in November, keep in mind there is a fashion scene that may just tip the scales in favor of a move.

So, in hono(u)r of the country’s 149th birthday, I’ve compiled a quick-and-dirty guide to the Canadian fashion brands you should be shopping now, whether you’re a Phoebe Philo–worshipping minimalist or a mixed-print aficionado—hey, even if you’re just on a quest for the perfect white tee.

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Eliza Faulkner

Where: Montreal, Québec (born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

What: Feminine, sophisticated, and never fussy, every last piece by this Central Saint Martinstrained designer is proudly made in Canada. (Just like Drake! But even cuter.)

Lola Top, 5; at Eliza Faulkner

Markoo

Where: Toronto, Ontario

What: Sleek and minimal, but not unapproachably so. I tried on one of the brand's jumpsuits last season and fell in L-O-V-E—and word on the street is its leather is pretty damn good, too. Plus, designers Tania Martins and Mona Koochek were born in Portugal and Iran, respectively—which, not to get too kumbaya on you, is a quintessentially Canadian heritage.

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Markoo A-Line Zip Dress, 9 CAD (about 5 USD); at One of a Few

Horses Atelier

Where: Toronto, Ontario

What: I may be biased, but Canucks have a knack for the chic, laid-back look, and no brand nails it quite like Horses Atelier. Launched in 2012 by best friends and former writer/editors Heidi Sopinka and Claudia Dey, it now boasts an impressive list of stateside stockists including Kick Pleat, Totokaelo, and Goop.

Backless Dress, 5; at Horses Atelier

High-Waist Overalls, 9 CAD (about 6 USD); at One of a Few

Noémiah

Where: Montreal, Québec

What: Dreamy-pretty dresses, mixed-media jewelry, and novel accessories like scallop-trimmed backpacks and Gatsby-esque sisal visors: these are the brainchild of designer Noémie Vaillancourt, who got her start selling feather jewelry on Etsy and launched her first ready-to-wear collection last March.

Girls Illustration Cotton Two-Tier Dress, 6; at Noémiah

Rose Quartz Ring Necklace, .72; at Noémiah

Frederique Chambray Maxi Dress, 0.76; at Noémiah

Tanya Taylor

WhereNew York, NY (born in Toronto, Ontario)

What: With a regular slot on the New York Fashion Week calendar, a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nod, and stockists like Neiman Marcus and Shopbop, Tanya Taylor isn't exactly an up-and-comer anymore—but I'd be remiss not to give a shout-out to our homegirl repping Canada on the major stage. Her colorful prints, feminine silhouettes, and signature offbeat styling have made her a fashion-industry darling on the both sides of the border with good reason.

Irene Dress, 5; at Tanya Taylor

Kotn

Where: Toronto, Ontario

What: The perfect cotton T-shirt. (No, really.) The brand is hyper-focused on elevating the most basic staple in your closet, using the highest-quality Egyptian cotton and developing sustainable production practices along the way. Choose from one of four women's styles, or raid the men's section for an oversized sweatshirt or crew-neck tee.

The Relaxed V, ( for a pack of three); at Kotn

The High-Neck Tank, ( for a pack of three); at Kotn

The Fitted Crew, ( for a pack of three); at Kotn

Malorie Urbanovitch

Where: Edmonton, Alberta

What: With a few clever twists—a ruffle here, an asymmetrical hem there—Urbanovitch makes easy-to-wear silhouettes like silk slips and button-downs feel special. Plus, even the gowns have pockets (a woman after our own hearts).

Hand-Knit Stripe Tank, 0 CAD (about 4 USD); at Malorie Urbanovitch

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