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Guest Post – 5 Canadian Clothing Brands You’ll Love (That Aren’t Lululemon)


This blog post originally appeared on The Map to Health and was republished with permission.

GUYS. Canada is so awesome. In general, but also Canadians are absolutely killing it when it comes to fashion & business.

In the past year I’ve been trying really hard to spend my money very consciously and not give in to fast fashion and all the negatives that come with it. I realized that something that is important to me is to support local (Canadian) businesses by buying from them & by spreading the word – so I’m doing both.

Arrow & Axe

Canadian owned and operated, designed in Canada, made in Canada, ethically made, uses eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton & bamboo.

Arrow & Axe makes cute t-shirts, tanks, and sweaters for men and women. I’ve never met the owners in real life but I imagine they’re lumberjacks or park rangers who ride moose and live in lean-tos because they, and their company, really are #mountainmade. I found out about this company after I saw a friend wearing the cutest sweater and she told me all about the company and how she got it from a fair where local businesses showcase their products. I had the best customer service experience with the owners after I saw their “Moon Child/Raised By The Sun” shirt on their website, and after less than 1 day of deliberation it SOLD OUT. So I slid into their DMs and asked when the shirt would be back in stock and they said that they checked the back room and found ONE shirt left and set it aside for me, gave me a discount (YA GIRL LOVES A DISCOUNT), and were just so incredibly sweet to deal with overall. A+ for customer service.

Arrow & Axe

Buttercream Clothing

Canadian owned and operated, designed in Canada, made in Canada, ethically made, uses high quality materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, leather.

I’ve been following the owner, Candice, on Instagram ever since her beautiful scarves caught my eye and although I haven’t bought anything from Buttercream Clothing yet, there are a few things on my wish list such as:

+ the Vest in Camel

+ the Butter Blanket Scarf in Ocean Stripe

+ the Lolli Leggings in Supplex

+ the Baseball Tee in Black/White

&& they carry men’s clothing now too so I can slip in some ethically made, Canadian clothing into my boyfriend’s closet unbeknownst to him (HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, MATT).

ALSO can I just say I hella appreciate that the girls modelling the clothing aren’t all 5’10”, 120lbs, and all leg? Seriously amazing.

Friday Sock Co.

Canadian owned, designed in Canada, made in Italy, uses OKEO-TEX®* certified Egyptian Combed Cotton, & they donate socks to those in need while also donating a portion of their net sales to charitable causes.

Firstly, made in Italy ⇒ how chic does that sound? I swear anything made in Italy is immediately cool as hell. Best of all they make the CUTEST socks, I kid you not. The designs are adorable and each pair is mismatched on purpose – cute, no? My fave designs are:

+ Sea to Sky + Henderson + Hearts Collab + Watermelons + Oh’ Canada (pictured in order)


Peace Collective

Canadian owned & designed in Canada.

Here’s an excerpt from their site that describes the brand & their goals:

“The Peace Collective is built on two ideas:

(1) We believe in designing products that allow Canadians to show pride in a modern, fashionable way. We found that a lot of the options for Canadians was stuck in a past and did not reflect the modern Canadian and their lifestyle.

(2) Our one-for-one model. From day one, every garment sold has gone to help provide meals to children in need. Today every garment sold provides two healthy meals and a snack to a Canadian child in need through our Peace Foundation.”

I love this sweater so much and wear it so often that Matt jokingly says that it’s all I wear. Only it’s no joke. If I had it my way, it really would be all I wear. It’s the perfect weight, the material isn’t that weird fluffy stuff that thins and pills after 3 washes, and it’s versatile enough to wear camping, to school, out grocery shopping, or on the couch without pants binge watching Friends on Netflix. I’m seriously having an embroidery moment so when I saw this super chic black & gold sweater I just HAD to have it to represent Canadian fashion. I’m all about the details so I just about melted when I saw the little gold embroidered maple leaf on the sleeve. SO CUTE.

Peace Collective

Poppy Barley

Canadian owned, designed in Canada, ethically made, transparent business practices, uses high quality leather.

I found out about this company because they came to my university as speakers for my sustainable business class. Let me just say that they had every single girl’s attention because Poppy Barley makes the most gorgeous leather shoes & bags AND they had every guy’s attention because they were cool and business savvy as hell. Their shoes are made to fit your feet, they offer sizes 5-12, going up half sizes, and offer widths ranging from narrow, standard, and wide. Their bags are also TO DIE they’re so beautiful and you know that they’re the kind of bags that will literally last a lifetime. Even better than just making quality leather goods is that the company is run by two straight up lady bosses who are killing the game and putting Canadian fashion on the map. My top three choices are:

+ the Cross-Strap Mary-Jane in Black

+ the Two Point Five Ankle Boot in Toffee

+ the Perfect Handbag in Black

I visited the store in Edmonton and immediately loved it because it was so incredibly chic and beautiful. The ladies working there were helpful (and very stylish – so on brand). I gotta say, before my visit to Poppy Barley I was not a heels person because I couldn’t justify looking taller for immense foot pain & other posture issues related to wearing heels. BUT I tried on the Cross-Strap Mary-Jane’s in a taupe colour they had and did not want to take them off! They were as comfy as they were gorgeous. If you’re a woman who wants a pair of comfortable, well-made, gorgeous heels then look no further! Poppy Barley’s got your back ♥

With love,

monika a.p.

About Monika

Monika Alysse Poon is the creator of the holistic lifestyle blog, The MAP To Health. She is a C.H.N. Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and attained her personal training certificate through Canadian Fitness Professionals. Currently, she is attending MacEwan University for her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management. She clearly has a passion for learning about all things health, wellness, & everything in between – you can say that it really tickles her fancy. But she’s also all about balance – think: a cronut in one hand and kombucha in the other 😉

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Life With Betty: Signs of Spring

Life with Betty | Signs of Spring

Hi Buttercream lovers! Are you as happy as I am that it’s spring? I’ve been waiting for what feels like an eternity for this glorious weather! Being cooped up in the house all winter has had its struggles and it is time to open up those windows, do some spring cleaning (well put away the kids’ snow pants at least) and welcome a new season with a fresh start!

If I’m going to be completely honest, handling multiple schedules, ensuring the house is clean(ish), getting the kids fed and arriving to work on time actually isn’t the hard part. The hard part is putting my needs in front of everyone else’s. Don’t get me wrong, being a mom is amazing, but what they don’t tell you in those glorified parenting books (I read them all) is that motherhood is the equivalent of doing the work of thirty people, for free. We’re basically superheroes.

When I do get free time (what’s that?), I often opt for Netflix and what I like to call “Mommy’s sippy cup.” You get the idea. So yes, there is nothing better than this moment of “me time.” The air is crisp, the baby is sleeping and, let’s not forget, my coffee is hot – which is a HUGE win in itself.

It’s so wonderful to actually have some free time. Well, I’m pretty sure I do, unless I’m forgetting something.

Remember ladies, take time to smell the tulips, breathe in the fresh air, and wear cute clothes.

Betty Buttercream, xo

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Introducing the Spring/Summer Men’s Collection

With all the fashionable men out there, it would be sad not to have a Buttercream Clothing line just for them. Thankfully, we’ve designed a men’s collection to appease their fashion needs and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

Men's long sleeve tee - black
Men's Baseball Tee - White with black sleeves 2

Now you can help your guy look as stylish as you without making him surrender his basic needs. Yes, his basic needs. Men may be a mystery in a lot of areas, but they are pretty transparent in at least one: they LOVE comfort. And comfort is what Buttercream Clothing does best.

Whether he’s on the go or relaxing at home, we’ve got a T for that: long sleevebaseball and classic. Our incredibly soft, high-quality, naturally antibacterial and breathable bamboo fabric will quickly become your man’s favourite go-to.

Refresh his closet with Buttercream Clothing. Together, you can enjoy Buttercream Clothing comfort.

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Treat Yourself this Mother’s Day

Being the great mom that you are, it might be tough to set mommyhood aside for a moment and treat yourself this Mother’s Day. But ladies: you deserve it!

And what better way to treat yourself than to be wined and dined all dressed up. Fortunately, Buttercream Clothing is tailored to outfit you for such an occasion, especially our many sweet dresses. By slipping into a Buttercream dress, you can step out (or stay in) feeling like a million bucks, without sacrificing comfort.


The Reversible Dress
Lightweight Campfire Cowl Neck Dress
Dream Boatneck Dress

Buttercream dresses are an ideal fit for any mommy date—whether it is to your favourite restaurant or your favourite spot in front of the TV. They are charming and oh so comfy. Plus, with our versatile patterns and colours, our dresses will go with any accessory you’ve stashed away for special occasions. But, most importantly, Buttercream dresses are fashioned to fit you in all the right places so that you can feel confident showing off your beautiful body.

Buttercream dresses are completely stressless—something any mom can appreciate. So treat yourself this Mother’s Day. It is worth it and so are you!

xo Buttercream Team

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