Yay for Canada Day!

As many of you may know, today is Canada Day, which is often referred to as “Canada’s birthday.”  Kinda cute, eh? I promise that will be the single Canadian joke of this post.

Fun fact for us non-Canadians.  While Canada Day is officially on July 1, in the event July 1 is a Sunday, Canada Day is observed on July 2.  This is rather clever, as you ensure a day off work. #ilikethewaytheirbrainworks

In honor of today, I want to celebrate two Canadian designers that have influenced global fashion: Smythe and Pink Tartan.


If the name of this designer is unfamiliar to you, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ve seen a Smythe creation in mainstream media. Smythe jackets were featured on numerous television shows such as Gossip Girl (granted I’m really not a fan of that show).  Canadian actress Rachel McAdams is frequently pictured sporting Smythe style.

I love the fact that Smythe was started by two friends who decided one day to go for their dreams.  I have on several occasions dreamed up great business ideas with my closest friends.  Perhaps now is the time to be inspired by Smythe creators Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe??  Jackets are an essential part of my work wardrobe, so I LOVE this line.  Here are some cute Smythe pieces in stores now.

Pink Tartan

Like Smythe, Pink Tartan is also a relatively young brand.  Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran has stated that one of the most important components of her designs is comfort.  Yes, comfort.  What a refreshing idea?!?!  Designers should take note!

I love the fact that Newport-Mimran finds inspiration in her grandmother’s classic elegance, yet her style has a youthful and fun twist.  Pink Tartan is all about color and femininity, and so many of her designs can transition rather easily from day to night. Here are a few of my favorite Pink Tartan pieces in stores now.

The Canadians are definitely getting it right when it comes to fabulous style. Granted, I wish these two designers were cheaper!

Since today is also the late Princess Diana’s birthday, I’ll end this post with a pic with Lady Di taken on a visit to Canada in 1983.

Princess Diana

4 thoughts on “Yay for Canada Day!

  1. A Hepburn says:

    Please check out the likes of Mikael Kale (he’s been dressing Beyonce for years), Caitlin Power, and Vawk are just a few of my faves. Unfortunately because the Canadian industry is such a limited market designers like the incredible Jeremy Laing ( cool, modern style and a really nice guy) get pushed out of business. Thank you for featuring a couple of Canadian designers, it’s hard to make a living in fashion in the Great White North, unless you have Joe Mimram money to back you up. LOL I’ve tried and so have many other good friends and we all have different jobs now or left the country.

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    • admirablylegal says:

      Thanks for sharing! I will definitely check them out. It seems nearly impossible to succeed as a Canadian designer. Canada is full of talent, and you would think that with the pool of people there would be a strong showing; yet, countries like Lebanon that are tiny in comparison have several high power designers.

      You are absolutely right though. It really does take money to make money. I look forward to seeing more Canadian designers succeed. 😉


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