The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by businesses across Canada. Non-essential brick-and-mortar stores have been forced to close up shop altogether and many online brands have felt the hit of reduced consumer spending.
Are you looking for a way to support Canada's small businesses and brands? If you're in a position to spend money during this time, here are some great brands you can support spanning fashion, accessories and beauty and wellness.
Part of summer 2020 may be cancelled, but that doesn't mean bikini season has to be. 437 is a Toronto-based luxury swimwear and apparel brand known for the versatility and luxury fabrics of their pieces. The best part? 437 offers virtual fittings, so you can buy with confidence.
Based out of Toronto, Uncle Studios is a lifestyle and apparel brand that creates everyday pieces for the modern human. They take a trans-seasonal approach to their collections and use eco-conscious fabrics in efforts to reduce carbon emissions and the number of clothes in landfills.
Need something to look forward to? Independent Toronto-based boutique Shop Thursdays drops new merchandise every Thursday, hence the name. Although they are well-known amongst Toronto fashionistas for their brick-and-mortar store, you can shop their entire collection online while staying safe at home.
Upgrade your scrunchie game with pieces from The Silk Labs. Handmade in Toronto, this luxury hair accessory brand has been featured in Vogue Italia and creates all their pieces using 100% silk.
Looking to gift yourself or someone else? Wolf Circus is a line of 'demi-fine' jewelry designed and handmade in Vancouver. The brand is entirely powered by women and all of their pieces are created using either recycled silver or recycled bronze that's coated in high-grade 14k gold coating.
Beauty & Wellness
Jumpstart your summertime glow with natural and organic serum, scrubs and masks from My Organic Zone. With facial kits in the ~$30 price range, this Canadian-based skincare company has the goods you need to pamper yourself while sticking to your budget. Winslow's recommendation? Try the Dead Sea Mud Mask!
Indulge your curls, kinks and coils with naturally-based products from Curl Shoppe. This woman-owned small business in Toronto understands naturally curly hair and has an extensive line of products for a variety of different types of curly hair.
Find inner peace and recreate the feeling of a 'spa getaway' at home with a range of high-quality essential oils and blends from Fern & Petal. This family-run Vancouver company not only strives to produce the highest quality all-natural products for their customers, they also make the world a better place by planting a tree with every order.