Oh, Canadian fashion, how do we define you? What does it mean to be ‘Made in Canada’? And what is it really like to work in the fashion industry now that we’re having “a moment in the sun”? That high praise came from a New York Times article about this year’s Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards—the gala’s biggest iteration to date. And the NYT story was followed by an even more glowing Business of Fashion piece that referred to our homegrown talent as “visionaries.”
With this newfound spotlight in mind and a few days before we celebrate the country’s 150th, FLARE asked some of the most prominent Canadians working in fashion—both at home and internationally, or, more commonly, some combination of both—about what it’s like to make a living in the industry, what the rest of the fashion world thinks of Canada, and whether homegrown talent needs to move abroad to truly make it.
Click through the slideshow to find out why living in Canada is the only option for fashion bloggers Samantha and Cailli Beckerman (“When people hear we are Canadian, we get hugs!”) and why a “superstar salary” made celeb hairstylist Harry Josh leave Vancouver for New York.
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Samantha and Caillianne’s assessment: “The Canadian industry is amazzzzing! We love how Canadians stick together: designers, bloggers, models, media, musicians—it all goes hand in hand. We all support each other and it’s really amping up the industry.”
Why they’ve always stayed in Toronto: “Toronto is the best hub for us. It’s home and we are third generation Torontonians. It sets us apart that we are Canadian. When people hear we are Canadian, we get hugs! Canada has stayed true to who it really is: a multicultural home for everybody. The fashion industry has always been so supportive. It was supportive when we were fashion designers and supportive when we made the change to fashion bloggers. Canada has always had our back to be creative and free.”
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This post is part of The Canada Project, a representative survey of Canadians from across the country. You can find out more right here.