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.
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.