Canadian Online Shopping: the Sites We *Always* Bookmark

A quick and dirty list of all the online department stores, membership sites and boutiques we love (and no over-the-border shipping duties!)

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With an increasing number of stores launching easy breezy online shops, you no longer need to scour racks and trudge through malls to find the goods you’re lusting after. Homegrown online fashion retailers are a great way to avoid unnecessary duties and support our country’s fashion industry, too! Plus, many offer free shipping and returns are made so much easier without tricky duty fees. Here’s a definitive list of our fave online shopping destinations.

Boutique & Independent:

6 By Gee Beauty: What started as a tiny shop in Toronto’s midtown is now one of our go-to online retailers for a perfectly curated collection of luxe knits and tees, one-of-a-kind jewellery, edgy outerwear and select activewear pieces from homegrown line Michi. Even better? You can show shop their enviable Insta feed.

AugustinaThe Yorkville, Toronto–based boutique hunts for rich-colored clothing and sophisticated designs by labels like Loeffler Randall and Rebecca Minkoff.

Aritzia: Born in Vancouver, this brand’s bread and butter is well-made, affordable staples. And aside from the actual items, the packaging is extra special, with each piece individually wrapped in the prettiest paper.

BonLook: Vertically integrated and highly self sufficient this Montreal Eyewear company creates high quality and fashion-forward frames for your everyday wear. Working with Essilor they strive to create your dream pair of handmade prescription glasses or sunglasses.

Boutique 1861: This Montreal-based, fully bilingual site offers feminine and affordable fashion from smaller labels. Check out their prom and bridal sections for sweet special occasion items, and don’t miss the vintage accessories. New items are added daily. Visit the storefront on Saint Laurent Boulevard if you’re in Montreal!

Dutil: Having opened its flagship location in Vancouver a few short years ago, Dutil has quickly become a Canadian favourite for premium denim, offering an impressive selection of coloured, printed, distressed and raw selvedge varieties.

Fellow Earthlings: Giving customers the freedom to design their own glasses, founders Christopher and Sydney Seggie created Fellow Earthlings, Prince Edward Island’s go-to spot for custom handmade eyewear.

Fortnight: Made in Canada, Fortnight hails from Toronto and is passionate about celebrating women’s curves through timeless lingerie. Their pieces are tailor made with precision to ensure maximum fire! Catch us sporting the Ivy classic bodysuit year-round.

Frank + Oak: F+O started as a menswear retailer in Montreal just four years ago, and earlier this fall, they took the plunge into womenswear. Now, ladies can get the same outfit-building service, or just shop individual pieces.

Gravity Pope: Established in Edmonton in 1990, Gravity Pope is one of Canada’s top high-end footwear boutiques. The brand has since added a carefully curated selection of contemporary clothing to the mix, selling labels like Acne and Maison Kitsuné online and in stores.

Jonathan + Olivia: J+O offers a beautiful selection of edgy and innovative contemporary fashion designs. Style-savvy shoppers from across the country have come to love their online shop, snatching up labels like Helmut Lang, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant and Pamela Love.

Judith & Charles: A womenswear brand that combines a mix of feminine flare with a touch of structured menswear. This Montreal based company is known for it’s amazing fits and quality, all while being 80% locally manufactured.

Kit and Ace: Lululemon’s sophisticated younger sibling launched two years ago, and they’ve been serving up the softest cashmere ever since. Their pieces are made to be worn by those on the go, and they took their knowledge of workout wear to create the perfect marriage of function and design.

KOTN: With a focus on selling ethically sourced Egyptian cotton basics, Toronto-based cofounders Mackenzie Yeates, Benjamin Sehl and Rami Helali work directly with cotton farming families in Egypt to produce the coziest garments for both men and women.

Lululemon: This Vancouver-based brand made all non-yogis realize how comfortable and functional yoga pants are (duh).

Melanie Auld: Melanie Auld’s motto is simple: create amazing jewellery that women want to wear every damn day. And with stones sourced from around the world, these are lived-in jewels that can be layered, stacked and worn day-to-day

New Classics Studio: Blogger Alyssa Lau, who runs the Edmonton-based site Ordinary People, started this e-commerce site that specializes in locally sourced, sustainable and fair trade products. You’ll find minimalist, ethically-created pieces that are designed to remain in your wardrobe for years.

Oak + FortThis Vancouver-based boutique has expanded, with stores in Alberta, Ontario and NYC. Think well-made, Japanese-inspired basics that will pair with just about everything in your closet. A fashion editor fave!

Rent Frock RepeatTwo Torontonians started the site that allows women to rent dresses for special occasions and parties, an economical way to get that perfect dress for a one-time-wear event.

The Stowe: Founded by designer Molly Spittal in her Montreal Studio, The Stowe produces luxe bags that serve functionality and fashion. Spittal now has a team of professionals spanning across Canada and Europe to aid in her ever-expanding production of the most refined and unique bags.

Unicorn Boutique: This Montreal shop has an amazing online selection of clothing, lingerie, artisanal beauty products, minimalist jewelry and those perfect black Chelsea boots you’ve been searching for all your life.

VSP Consignment: Owned by Britt Rawlinson, VSP is an exceptionally curated vintage Toronto boutique that offers both contemporary design and rare classics. The shop is our go-to for a killer vintage fit, selling everything from a gorg Chanel suit to a killer Acne leather jacket.

ZaneThe Queen West-based shop offers a diverse assortment of bright and bold accessories, specializing in hard-to-find handbags and jewellery.

Designer & Department

Beyond the RackKnown for its 48-hour flash sales, the membership-based online shopping destination offers big deals on designer labels.

Hudson’s Bay: The Canadian department store has plenty of stylish stock for sale online (and web-exclusive sales, too.) Some offerings from The Room are also available on their website.

Joe Fresh: Whether you’re replenishing your basic white Ts, testing a trend or buying a head to toe outfit for less than $100, Joe Fresh has plenty to offer in its online store.

Simons: A Quebec-City institution, the 175-year old, family-owned department store offers an easy-to-navigate site with brands for every price point including designer labels like Carven, Elizabeth and James, and Theory.

SsenseThe online shop carries an impressive roster of high-end and luxury designer labels like Alexander McQueen and Saint Laurent. As a destination for all things cool, Ssense also treats shoppers to a selection of fashion editorials, music playlists, and trend reports.

The September: Shop designer shoes from cult faves like Aquazzura, Tabitha Simmons and Vince—plus exclusives like Sarah Flint—but skip the duty fees and hefty shipping costs when you order from this Canadian-owned e-boutique.

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Beauty & Wellness

Clementine Fields: Hit up this Canadian e-tailer for all your green beauty needs—they stock all our favorite natural, and many locally made, brands like Crawford Street Skin Care, S.W. Basics, Kjaer Weis and Tata Harper.

Consonant Skincare: The chemical conscious can shop here for products that are 100 percent natural and free from all the nasties.

DECIEM: “The abnormal beauty company” that prides itself on it’s simple and natural ingredients, all while owning and operating 10 different brands ranging from skincare and makeup to hair and body. Not to mention the amazing prices and sleek, modern aesthetic.

F. Miller: Fran Miller— former FLARE 30 under 30 superstar, is the Toronto darling behind F. Miller. Her holistic and natural approach to skincare is second to none, free of fragrance, parabens and all that chemical nonsense. Each potion is blended by hand to help soothe, rejuvenate and balance all skin types.

Holt Renfrew: The OG Canadian luxury store carries super fancy brands like Christian Louboutin, La Mer, and Sisley.

Kaia Naturals: The no-frills makeup and skincare retailer. Shop here to satisfy your desire for healthy, fuss-free products.

Lise Watier: Pioneered by Canada’s Lise Watier herself, this brand is known for its high quality and innovative products and has become one of the largest players in the Canadian beauty market. Shop it now for all your cosmetic, skincare and fragrance essentials.

M.A.C Cosmetics: Shop M.A.C for a wide range of makeup that blends street savvy with glamorous style—these products were made for selfies.

Saje Natural Wellness:  This Canadian-owned and operated powerhouse should be your go-to for 100 percent natural skincare and wellness products.

This article was originally published on December 19, 2017

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