Clothing is power. Your wardrobe choices are part of a lifestyle, an identity, an expression of art…a message to the world without even saying a word.
The clothing you purchase goes hand in hand with the industry that provides them. Many of the fashion industries around the world are supported and regulated by fashion councils and non-for profits. Not the case in Canada. In fact, some might argue that the fashion industry maybe one of the most neglected and undervalued in our homeland.
Recently, I’ve had the incredible honour of taking part in some projects that shine the spotlight on Canadian Fashion. In every corner of this vast country, fashion designers are pushing the boundaries of innovation and modern fashion. That’s no easy feat. Being a designer in the True North takes way more than passion and …it takes skill, money, and a whole lot of determination.
We must do our part to help the fashion industry in Canada. If clothing is power and expression, let’s send a message of Canadian pride, support, and unity by purchasing pieces by Canadian designers.
I’ve teamed up with local photographer, Jessica Hobin, and the Andaz Hotel for a photo shoot featuring 100% Canadian pieces. Each blog will focus on a different Canadian designer. The Andaz Hotel is a proud supporter of Canadian artists, as most of their furniture and décor is crafted right here in Canada.
CANADIAN BRAND SPOTLIGHT: L’INTERVALLE
L’Intervalle is Canada’s not-so-best-kept shoe secret. With focus on quality and craftsmanship, the trendy shoe “boutique” has a something for literally every type of fashionista. They’ve been called “Canada’s second hottest export [after Justin Trudeau]” by one of our Canadian embassies, and I totally stand behind that statementJ.
Not only do they have a team with over 20 years of international footwear experience, this company offers exclusive and ethically sustainable products. They have managed to position themselves between high end and low end fashion, redefining the term “fast fashion” by offering a good quality, comfortable and trendy shoes. I am literally living between a pair of their pumps and silver sandals this summer.
It doesn’t hurt that the owners of L’Intervalle happen to be the sweetest couple. The shoe designer is originally from Lebanon and has worked with some of the best designers out there, and believe that the woman in the right shoes can do anything. “We are proud to be a Canadian brand. We are inspired and empowered by the Canadian woman, She is fierce and strong yet kind and generous”. – L’Intervalle.
Visit L’Intervalle in the new expansion of the Rideau Centre, or on line at www.lintervalleshoes.com.