The holiday season is in full swing and if you are like me, you are scrambling to think of great presents for your littles.
Kids only need so many toys, so I try for a combination of useful gifts and fun ones. Clothing sits high on the useful list and I use the holidays as a chance to splurge on items from some of my favourite shops.
Throughout the last few years I have found some awesome Canadian companies that sell gender-neutral clothing that is both stylish and ethically made. I feel good about supporting these shops and get compliments on my son's wardrobe often when he is wearing their clothing.
In the spirit of the season, I’m going to share them with you:
1. Mini Mioche
This company is based out of Toronto. Mini Mioche was founded by a mom who wanted to find ethically made clothes for her children. Not only are these clothes ridiculously stylish, they are certified organic and made from start to finish in Canada. I love so many of their items but for me their happy romper, biker romper and slouchy beanies are staples in my son’s wardrobe.
2. Whistle and Flute
This company is located in Victoria BC, just about an hour away from where I live. It doesn't get much more local than that. Plus, how can you not root for a mom and dad run company that was started on a few hundred dollars of savings. Every season they come out with new designs that keep me hitting the order button. Plus they keep the staples around that my son loves so much he will actually agree to get dressed in the morning. That alone is worth its weight in gold! And if you are a bit dorky like me, you can order the adult version to match.
3. Parade Organics
Another family run company with flagship stores in Vancouver BC. Their certified organic rompers and jammies, which can also be seen in the image at the beginning of this post, keep my little one snug as a bug and safe at night. And, looking super cute and cozy during the day when I am too lazy to change his clothes. Bonus, their two-way zippers make nighttime changes a breeze.
4. Wee Woolies
Keeping it very local again, Wee Woolies is based out of Victoria BC. Their products are made from New Zealand wool and are Canadian made. They also use safe dyes and because merino is naturally flame resistant there are no added chemicals left to sit on your babes skin. I love their bold colour combinations and have always had a zip sleeper or a base layer in my son’s size on hand since I found this amazing company.
5. The Wild Kids Apparel
This is another company that makes getting my son dressed in the morning a piece of cake. The Wild screen prints the cutest animals on tees, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters and more. All I have to do is ask my son which animal he wants to be that day and away we go. Oh, and as the son of a real lumberjack, Lars will always have a place in my son's closet.
Honorable mention: Olive Me Handmade
This is the epitome of a local small shop. She typically opens her shop once a month for a release that often sells out in minutes. If baby leggings and slouchy touques in soft materials and prints that will make you swoon is your thing, check out Olive Me. Set your alarm and use quick fingers to grab your favourites and you won’t be disappointed.
I wish I could fill my closet with all locally made clothing but I have to fill in the gaps with cheaper items from big box stores so my husband doesn't revoke my shopping privileges. I always try to follow the quality over quantity rule but I refuse to do laundry on the daily so there needs to be a compromise.
I find Zara makes the best staples at a reasonable price. My son lives in their leggings, simple tees and puffy vests. I also shop at the Gap and Old Navy and I like that they do heavy discounts as well as free shipping and returns. One of my goals for 2018 is to cut down on big box shopping and keep it even more local.
If I am missing one of your favorite companies, please comment and let me know. I will consider it research for my next post.
My husband may not appreciate you enabling me, but I will!