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Artifact Masque in Moroccan Tangerine Clay, Brazilian Supermask and Egyptian Honey Rose, $52 each, artifactskinco.com. Necklace, $189, jenny-bird.com. Handbag, $79, nella-bella.com. Hudson's Bay Company + Lacoste watch, $95, thebay.com. Anointment Natural Skin Care Woodland Sage Soap, $7.50, anointment.ca. T-shirt, $42, roots.com. Saje Natural Wellness Arnica Rescue Acute Injury Ointment and Saje Natural Wellness Stress Release Tension-Reducing Mist, $20 each, saje.ca.
Strong and free
While Canada celebrates almost a century and a half, our red-and-white flag with a maple leaf at its heart is a mere 50 years old. To commemorate the design and the first use of our national emblem back in 1965, Roots has launched a clothing collection made entirely in Canada. If you're feeling particularily loyal to your hometown, choose a style with a city patch on the sleeve or back; the places represented are Victoria, Vancouver, Whistler, Banff, Calgary, Mont-Tremblant, Montreal, Quebéc City, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Halifax—each available only in its respective location.
Dress, $78, roots.com.
Under the sea
Montreal-based twins Dexter and Byron Peart of Want Les Essentiels de la Vie are known for their simple yet luxe design esthetic. Their latest collection, A Life Aquatic, features a colour palette inspired by the ocean and its creatures.
Shoulder bag, $650, wantessentiels.com. Painted ladies
Jolie handbag designer Ivy Chen first met illustrator Jocelyn Teng when Teng drew her portrait at a fundraiser. "I still have it framed in my house," says Chen, who approached Teng to collaborate on her Le Sac collection for spring 2015. "Illustration has always been my strong suit," says Teng. "My style is abstract and dramatic."
Tote, $295, and illustration, $60, worldofjolie.com .
Inspired by the shape of manila envelopes, these red vegan-leather handbags from Nella Bella by Tarek's Nu Essex collection are perfect for a working lunch or a boardroom presentation.
From left: Handbags, $139, $149 and $99, nella-bella.com . Canadian Maple
Beloved Toronto lippy brand Bite Beauty has finally launched a collection that's exclusive to its Canadian customers. The new limited-edition lipsticks, from bright orange to lush berry, are maple-scented and come in five shades inspired by the changing colours of maple leaves. Or try the Agave Lip Mask in Maple, which smells (and tastes) sweet and is perfect for rough, dry lips.
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipsticks, $28; Agave Lip Mask in Maple, $30; sephora.ca .
Whether you're planning your big day, leading the way down the aisle as a bridesmaid or simply attending as a guest, Canadian retailer Le Château now offers all the goods to get you dressed for a wedding from head to toe. The Wedding Boutique collection includes wedding gowns, flirty bridesmaid and guest dresses, jewellery, headpieces, clutches and shoes—all to make that special day easy and affordable (pieces run from $10 to $395). The online shop also features info on the latest in bridal hair, makeup, colour and decor trends from experts in the biz.
Shoes, $90, lechateau.com .
Beards are having a moment and, contrary to popular belief, they require a healthy dose of care (tell your man!). A high-quality beard oil can work wonders, balancing oily and irritated skin and softening tough bristles. This oil from New Brunswick's Anointment Natural Skin Care features certified-organic sunflower and jojoba oils to moisturize, plus sage, cedar and lavendar essential oils to calm irritated skin. The plaid packaging bursts with Canadian cool. "I drew inspiration from the men in my life," says founder April Mackinnon. "Almost every Saturday, my father and brother can be found cutting trees for firewood or planting to replenish the forest. My childhood memories of my father largely include him wearing a black-and-red plaid work jacket."
Anointment Natural Skin Care Beard Oil, $16.50, anointment.ca .
A graduate of George Brown College's jewellery-arts program, Sarah Dobranowski of SarahAnaDesigns makes beautiful baubles cast from moulds of intricate pieces of lace. Indulge your feminine side with a sterling-silver bracelet or embellish your wedding attire with a sweet pair of earrings.
Necklace, $125, etsy.com/shop/sarahanadesigns .
Vancouver-based Katherine Huie of Foe and Dear has always loved jewellery making but was especially motivated by a summer in Brooklyn, N.Y. When she returned to the West Coast, she took some classes and began designing refined minimal pieces in her Gastown studio.
Top to bottom: Choupette kitten ring, $33; Tiny sparkler point ring, $160; Point stacking ring, $30, all foeanddear.com.
Tressed to impress
When Toronto-born hairstylist Marc Anthony first launched his hair-care range, there were six products sold at just one Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada. Now, the line's 20th anniversary year, the wildly successful brand's more than 60 SKUS are available in 45,000 stores across 20 countries. One of Marc Anthony's oldest and most popular lines is Strictly Curls, including the iconic Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream, which is great for waves and soft curls. For women with tight, coarse spirals, the brand-new Kinky Girls with Wild Curls line features coconut, avocado and argan oils to nourish and hydrate while eliminating frizz.
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Envy Perfect Curl Cream and Marc Anthony Kinky Girls With Wild Curls Exotic Oil Treatment, $11, marcanthony.com .
Working for le weekend
Known for her colourful prints, Toronto's Virginia Johnson has released Le Weekend, a series of swimsuits, beach coverups, flip-flops and more, all inspired by her grandmother. "She is my biggest style inspiration—and she had a great sense of humour," says Johnson. "She loved polka-dots, Hawaiin florals and brightly coloured sunglasses." The collection honours her well. We're especially enamoured with the flamingo print and the fabulous price point—everything is $50 or less.
Swimsuit, $50, virginiajohnson.com .
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This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Canadian Living.
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