On Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, premium fashion marketplace INLAND is hosting its sixth annual pop-up event at Queen Richmond Centre West (you know, where Ricarda’s is serving southern European hospitality). Showcasing independent Canadian designers and ethical fashion, it’s the destination for emerging contemporary fashion and apparel. The best part? One hundred percent of all collections at INLAND are ethically made or manufactured in Canada.
We’re all consumers in one way or another, and in a world of excess and fast fashion, many of us want to improve our purchasing decisions. Whether you’re an experienced sustainable shopper or trying to adjust your lifestyle to incorporate local, ethically made or eco-friendly products, it’s not always easy to find trustworthy, well-crafted brands that make you feel good. For some, the thought of shopping with a conscious can seem like a daunting task. Not anymore!
Similar to previous years, INLAND is transforming the open-concept lobby at 134 Peter Street – a modernized heritage building – into an almost open-air marketplace for shoppers and designers. It’s more than a pop-up – it’s a shopping experience which equally values people, planet, and personal style. The intimate market setting also means you’ll get the chance to meet with and buy directly from designers and makers from Vancouver to Halifax. This future-focused event features over 70 brands, including collections from students at OCAD University and Seneca College. Fitting rooms and free Wi-Fi will also be available!
With so many vendors, opportunities to learn about the latest in sustainable fashion and potential to snag those key fall pieces to add to your wardrobe, you might be wondering where to start – so we’ve narrowed down a few designers to look out for!
*Note: This year’s INLAND experience doesn’t stop with sustainable fashion. This year, it is introducing a Clean Beauty series with select vendors showcasing naturally-made and ethically-sourced cosmetic products. Big win!
Bringing an alternative to fast fashion by creating wardrobe staples for both men and women in the form of the iconic leather jacket, each jacket is a result of fair-work opportunities in disadvantaged communities around the world. The label also carries jackets and trousers made from other materials alongside a collection of vibrant scarves made by in-house designer Aleem Arif.
The Toronto Entertainment District’s very own! Azure Lazuli handbags provide a refined design mixing bohemian detailing with architectural structure. Each handbag is made by experienced leatherworkers opting to use traditional hand-tooling techniques an alternative to machines. The handbag designs are a perfect combination of sophistication and sustainability.
The Canadian lingerie designer wants to empower women to lean on their individuality and confidence. With designs inspired by French fashion; Parisian designer Laure Stromboni has created lingerie to encourage women to break societal beauty standards and embrace the body they have with love and pride. Lorette Lingerie is a female-led business, from embroidering designers to seamstresses with production taking place right here in Toronto.
Always a highlight at INLAND is the range of jewelry brands – some of which are mixing and soldering metals, and others are using materials like solid wood to create standout pieces. This brand is proudly slow made in Montreal, drawing from inspiration from the natural warmth of wood and leather to produce bold accessories.
This small-batch vegan handbag brand will have its impeccable designs available. The family-run business is based out of Toronto, maintaining international partnerships with skilled artisans in Seoul to deliver handcrafted sustainable luxury. The diverse range of bags are tailored for everyday use, PETA-approved and comprised of recycled plastics.
New to INLAND, this ethical beauty brand aims to provide uncomplicated everyday beauty essentials. Its products are locally-sourced, sustainable, and most fittingly – made in Canada. The brand’s products are consistently composed of 90% natural and organic materials and are becoming vegan-certified.