In 2012, Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka took their 30-year friendship to the next level when they started Horses Atelier. The goal? To create slipdresses and feminized workwear they love. “When designing, we enter a cave—we don’t look at trends; we make what we want to wear,” says Sopinka. “It comes from a completely personal place, and it’s founded on 30 years of friendship.” When asked what makes the brand distinctly Canadian, Dey and Sopinka responded that they hoped that there was a frontier quality—“a pioneering independence”—to the pieces, all handsewn in Toronto.
Button-front tie dress, $475, horsesatelier.com.