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23 Canadian Brands You Probably Didn't Know Were Founded Right Here At Home

From shiny jewelry to firm mattresses and everything in between! 🇨🇦

Staff Writer, Studio
23 Canadian Brands You Probably Didn't Know Were Founded Right Here At Home

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Canada is known for its crazy winters and mega-artists like Drake and Justin Bieber, but one thing it doesn't get enough recognition for is its amazing roster of lifestyle and apparel brands.

There are some names that we immediately associate with, like Canadian Tire, but did you know that these 23 brands were also founded right here in our own backyard?

Mejuri

Based out of Toronto, Mejuri makes beautiful and minimalist jewelry without the price markups you'll find from other brands. Check out some of these dreamy pieces, which are totally timeless and affordable.

Mejuri

SSENSE

Located in Montreal, SSENSE is the go-to place for Canadians to shop their favourite luxury brands like Alexander McQueen and Louisa Ballou. You can find fancy home goods too, like this Barisieur coffee alarm clock.

SSENSE

Arc'teryx

Canada is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and it's no wonder Canadians love exploring the mountains and lakes around them. Arc'teryx is a Vancouver-based company that specializes in outdoor apparel made for every climate.

Arc'teryx

Endy

You might have seen them on Dragon's Den, but Endy has come a long way since the mattress company was pitched on the show. The brand's memory foam mattresses and pillows will help you get the best sleep of your life. You can try any of their products and return them within 100 days if you don't love them.

Endy

Umbra

Stylish home decor that fits your budget can be hard to find, but Toronto-based Umbra was created to meet that need. Every piece is designed by a team of genius designers from around the globe.

Umbra

Sheertex

There's nothing more annoying than when your tights run or snag. That's exactly why Montrealer Katherine Homuth created Sheertex's virtually indestructible tights from a material used in bulletproof vests. You can use the code MTLBLOG15 to get 15% off all orders until April 30, 2022!

Sheertex

Frank And Oak

Frank And Oak is based out of Montreal and makes fashionable clothing and accessories for everyone. The brand is all about sustainability and supporting local artists.

Frank And Oak

Herschel Supply Co

The Vancouver-based backpack brand, founded by two Canadian brothers, makes functional and stylish bags for all ages. Fun fact: did you know the brand's name is based on a Saskatchewan village of the same name?

Hershel Supply Co

Saje Wellness

Saje is a Vancouver-based wellness brand that sells aromatic and therapeutic essential oil blends. You can find anything from stress-relieving to sleep-inducing mixes, usually around the $30 mark.

Saje Wellness

Linen Chest

Even though Linen Chest has over 30 stores across Canada, the brand is still family-owned and sells everything you need to make your house a home.

Linen Chest

Dynamite Clothing

Dynamite Clothing is part of Montreal-based Groupe Dynamite, which also owns Garage Clothing. You can find their cute and trendy stores coast-to-coast and even in the United States.

Dynamite Clothing

Knix

Knix is known for its leak-proof underwear, which will give you some peace of mind while you're on your period or healing from giving birth. The brand also makes bras and apparel that are so buttery smooth it'll feel like you're not wearing anything at all.

Knix

Simons

Simons is a Quebec-City-founded store that's been around since 1840! They sell everything from designer duds to affordable items under $30.

Simons

DavidsTea

DavidsTea is a Montreal-based brand that sells delicious blends of tea in any flavour you can dream of. The company decided to close a bunch of their brick-and-mortar stores, but you can shop for your favourite mixes online.

DavidsTea

Jenny Bird

Jenny Bird is a self-taught Toronto designer who creates bold and intricate jewelry that you can find in stores like Nordstrom, Indigo and Simons. Her pieces won't cost you an arm and a leg either; you can buy lots of items for $100 or less.

Jenny Bird

Joe Fresh

Joe Fresh was founded by fashion magnate Moroccan-Canadian Joe Mimran (who also founded Club Monaco). You've probably seen the brand while buying food at your local Loblaws but you can also shop their affordable and comfortable clothes online.

Joe Fresh

Indigo

It started as a bookstore in Burlington but now you can find home decor, kitchen appliances, clothing and accessories and an abundance of gifts all across Canada.

Indigo

Lululemon

The fitness apparel company was born in beautiful British Columbia and is probably one of the biggest brands to come out of Canada. Their comfy clothes are staples in every athleisure lover's closet, especially now that we're dressing for that WFH life.

Lululemon

Matt & Nat

Montreal-based Matt & Nat makes vegan leather bags with 100% recycled water bottle linings that are just as beautiful as they are eco-friendly.

Matt & Nat

Ardene

Ardene is another Montreal-based fashion brand that started as a jewelry and accessory store. The brand has over 300 retail stores around the world. If you're looking for super cheap and cute apparel, Ardene is the place to be.

Ardene

ecobee

This Toronto-based smart thermostat and home monitoring company makes devices that'll take your smart home to the next level. You can finally use your voice to change the temperature in your house when it's too sweltering or freezing to move and change it yourself.

Ecobee

Harry Rosen

A good quality suit is so essential to have on hand as you or your friends get engaged, married or host a special event. Luxury menswear company Harry Rosen, headquartered in Toronto, will have you looking and feeling your freshest.

Harry Rosen

Kotn

Based in Toronto, this clothing company is all about making ethical clothing available to the wider public and sources all of its materials sustainably. The brand's leadership invests a lot of their efforts into creating schools and jobs abroad.

KOTN

The Quarterly

​Founded by two friends and colleagues, The Quarterly is another awesome activewear brand for women on the go. Here, you can shop snazzy sets or buy separates to mix and match.

The Quarterly
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