It’s raining on Edgardo Osorio’s first visit to Vancouver. “I think even on a rainy day, you can spice things up with a great pair of shoes,” says the founder of the glamorous women’s footwear brand Aquazzura. Osorio creates shoes that are as comfortable as they are sexy.
After seeing a 19th-century cotton chemise at a vintage menswear stall in London’s Spitalfields Market, Alexandra Suhner Isenberg, a Central Saint Martins graduate, was hooked on the product and, in 2012, started her made-in-Canada sleepwear label, the Sleep Shirt.
In 1990, Métis entrepreneur Sean McCormick opened a trading post in Winnipeg with his sister, Heather, specializing in tanned leather for mukluks and moccasins. This culminated in the creation of Aboriginal-owned contemporary footwear brand Manitobah Mukluks.
Design team and twins Byron and Dexter Peart know that travelling can be a chore—airport check-in, security, compromised cabin leg room. The Ottawa natives created Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, a line of voyageur bags and accessories, in 2006, and this fall, the duo added an accessories collection.
The legendary French maison has welcomed six creative revolutionaries from varying fields to give their interpretation of the signature LV monogram for a series of bags and trunks in celebration of the brand’s 160th birthday.
Mountain Equipment Co-op has cemented its place in outdoor brand history thanks to 43 years of expertise.