I am a big fan of locally made products. I buy a lot of things that are made in both Canada and at home, in the province of Quebec. Dressing my son as the mini model that he is in locally produced clothing however, is not always possible because of my budget.
A trick that I use to keep my son on trend all while buying local is to buy accessories. Accessories are usually more affordable. I buy items such as baseball caps and toques from local companies as much as possible.
My son also loves to wear t-shirts all year round, which is also very affordable from local merchants. I combine his t-shirts with a long sleeve to make them four season appropriate.
Either way, if you follow my mantra - never buy items that are boring - you’ll have cute outfits for your little ones all the time.
Now, read on to discover three Canadian childrens' brands I really love:
P’tit Mec P’tite NaNa
I’m going to start by sharing with you my favourite kids fashion brand: P’tit Mec P’tite NaNa. It’s my favourite clothing brand by a long shot (and not just because I have worked with the founder), but because their clothes are produced from A to Z in Quebec, by a team that works with organic materials and environmentally friendly dyes for screen printing. Their t-shirts for kids are very simple and clean. I often combine them with printed shorts and pants. My must-have of the moment is the unisexe LouLou t-shirt.
BlackSnaps also screen prints its clothes in Montreal, directly at their workshop. In the past, they have launched a number of collections made in collaboration with local artists and even children. If you have your eye set on an item you have to buy it right away because they sell out quickly! The Black Fox T-shirt is a hit with all kids because of its fun graphic. I often combine this shirt with denim.
Whistle & Flute
Finally, my son Elliott is absolutely in love with his trucker cap from Canadian company Whistle & Flute, so I have to tell you about them. This brand’s clothes are also unisexe and are all made locally.