Top 5 Canadian
Canada is becoming a hub for streetwear. With retailers like SSENSE selling dope brands from luxury to sportswear and homegrown brands slowly taking over internationally, there is no shortage of killer fits to be put together with just Canadian streetwear. IN THIS LIST, WE INTRODUCE 5 OF OUR FAVOURITE CANADIAN STREETWEAR BRANDS AMONG MANY THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW.
—By Luisa Tarantino
Montreal Artist and Producer Kaytranada and brother Lou Phelps, artist, modelling Dime
The quintessential skater brand and now streetwear staple, DIME was one of the first brands to put Canadian streetwear on the map. Based in Montreal, DIME is more than just a brand. It started as a chill, humorous collective of skaters posting skating clips online to an internationally known brand, being worn by the likes of local artists like Kaytranada and fashion icons like Virgil Abloh. Toted by some as Canada’s Supreme or Palace, with it’s Dioresque brand logo, the brand produces everything from classic pieces to limited edition objects like DIME’s branded toaster. Yet, key to DIME brand and designers is that DIME doesn’t take itself seriously, and doesn’t want you to either. Keeping to their fun and nonchalant roots, a DIME store can be found in their hometown of Montreal, but they’re also stocked internationally in streetwear and skate shops around the world, from London to Milan and from Australia to Japan.
Atelier New Regime’s Montreal store
atelier new regime
Founded in 2009 by trio Setiz Taheri, Koku, and Gildas Awuye, New Regime is best recognized by their vibrant signature colour – the New Regime orange. Drawing from streetwear, Atelier New Regime advances that it is not just a streetwear brand – it draws from the origins of streetwear, but it envisions higher fashion in its collections, wanting their pieces to stand the test of time. True to their roots, New Regime draws inspirations from its hometown of franglais and multicultural Montreal, a city that moves between cultures. From minimalist yet edgy t-shirts with printed messages, some political, to velour basketball bombers to bulletproof vests and orange jumpsuits, the brand sticks to a street savy aesthetic, drawing a refined inspiration from hip hop and from its working class roots with freedom through art as the underlying theme of the brand’s narrative . Seen on artists like EARTHGANG and 6lack and more, Atelier New Regime won an award for Top Menswear Designer at the 2018 Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.
hip and bone
Founded in 2010, founder Carlos Fogelman combines his extensive knowledge of textiles with his passion for functional quality designs. Hip and Bone aims to redefine what is “hip,” adding an elegance to streetwear that ‘resonates deep to the bone.’ With its signature edgy style, having both pieces that are statement pieces and basics, Hip and Bone revives the modern man’s wardrobe. Luxurious materials are paired with relaxed silhouettes, Hip and Bone pieces are refined, yet sure to stand out. The brand sources high quality materials such as exotic skins, pima cottons, linens, and various tech fabrics, paying the utmost attention to detail and design. Contemporary and edgy, this based in Montreal brand has been seen on a variety of Hollywood celebrities from Kanye West to Jared Leto. In fact, the brand even once designed a custom crocodile skin duffle for Kanye West.
Founded by Toronto-Montreal duo Nathan Gannage and Zach Macklovitch (Montreal nightlife and fashion entrepreneur who also happens to have A-Trak and Dave 1 from Chromeo as cousins), Saintwoods is a brand that encompasses more than just clothes. The duo are known for having brought dope parties and locations to Montreal and Toronto, such as SuWu, École Privée and both the Toronto and Montreal Apt 200 locations, on top of having their very own namesake brand of vodka. Their clothing started ass promotional merch, but turned into a more serious fashion business. Selling minimalistic and cozy yet fashionable, street style staples, Saintwoods has also collaborated with other dope brands like LuisViaRoma, Places + Faces and Nike. Saintwoods is more than just a brand – they push fashion, arts, and culture in their own cities and beyond, tying fashion, lifestyle, art, and culture together.
A truly unique brand that has a touch of the runway, 3.PARADIS is founded by Emeric Tchatchoua and Raymond Cheung and is based in Montreal. As the Creative Director of 3.PARADIS, Tchatchoua combines his philosophical ideals with a refreshing aesthetic, mixing exaggerated utility and collaged silhouettes in modern, new ways. Their pieces are inspired by pop culture and streetwear, pulling from both high-end and street style aesthetics, making for an aesthetic they describe as “disruptive, chic, and poetic.” For Tchatchoua, it’s important for the brand to create with meaning – the marriage of intellectual concerns and the creation of art.
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