This gift list of Ottawa-designed womenswear is bound to bring joy on Christmas morning. Not only are these thoughtfully constructed garments stylish, but they can be traced back to a local, fair-paid sewing team or even a solitary designer-maker herself. Many of these designers make their items to order, and it doesn't get more slow fashion than that.

10 November 2020

▪️ Underwear – made in Ottawa!
The Calita lingerie line of bikinis, thongs, and briefs is constructed of sustainable Tencel, and is comfy, breathable, and beautiful. We know this because we bought a pair.

▪️ Midnight Knits hand knit toques, headbands, and mittens from cotton and wool.

▪️ Stephanie Davis is a womenswear and costume designer who makes many of her collection pieces herself. Her website and blog contain lots of useful information about fabric and its proper care. We love the “Stretchy Tucks Pant,” which is fitted, high-waisted, and stretchy. $189.

▪️ Blondie Apparel. Based in Almonte, you’ll find women’s dresses, tops, and accessories in cozy fabrics at Blondie Apparel. We bought the toque, which is one-size-fits-all and comes in your choice of four colours for $35.

▪️ Twiss and Weber. They closed their Sussex Drive bricks and mortar shop in October, but you can still shop online, where you'll find one of a kind, handmade womenswear that will travel from your 9am Zoom meeting to a quick trip to the grocery store.


▪️ Tangente. Think jersey tunics and knit kimono cardigans in dreamy florals (from $90). You can buy Tangente from their website, at Workshop and Flock stores (see below), or online.


▪️ Studio D clothing is designed and manufactured in-house in Ottawa. Top picks: the knee wrap dresses, cozy bamboo tunics, terry joggers, and stretch cord pants. Available online and at Flock Boutique.

▪️ Muriel Dombret [Clothes] The eponymous Muriel was born in Belgium but moved to Canada and opened her boutique in 1992. She says she makes "Timeless minimalistic designs for the modern woman.” We're saving up for the “Emily” cardigan with pockets, in grey $208

▪️ You'll discover sweatshirts with cute elbow patches, reversible bomber jackets, and personalized sweaters at Copious. Even better, until December 20 shipping is free on orders over $70 in both Ontario and Quebec .

▪️ If you want an in-person shopping experience, head to Workshop Studio & Boutique or sister store Flock Boutique, both of which stock fashion by designers from Ottawa and further afield in Canada. They also stock own-brand Christmas ornaments, jewellery, and prints. Workshop Studios + Boutique 242 1/2 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, K1N 7E2 Flock Boutique: 1275 Wellington St. W., Ottawa, K1Y 3A6

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