These 6 Canadian Designers Are The Future Of Sustainable Fashion

In a world where fast fashion is literally choking the planet and costing us more than we think, it’s reassuring to discover young designers who love the planet as much as fashion. These Canadian Designers Are The Future Of Sustainable Fashion.


Designs his collections recycling top-quality vintage and thrift styles. He specializes in up-cycling his findings into newer and more edge-contemporary fashion garments.

Deemed an Eco-Friendly label creating 2+ collections per year since 2011, he upcycles his findings into newer and more edgy-contemporary fashion garments. In this process, he breathes new air into vintage clothing by refurbishing the original idea into a new piece.

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The beginning process with each piece typically starts off by basic pattern grading to suit in trend styles and 2018/2019 silhouettes. Further in the process, each garment goes through a complete 180° transformation using methods such as fabric dying, hardware embellishment, hemming, fabric-detailing, patchwork, embossing, other alterations, as well as collaborating with visual artists to produce limited edition prints and one-off bespoke creations.


Jakelia Elwood began her fashion journey at George Brown College at the Fashion Design Program. After successfully completing the program Jakelia launched Elizabeth Elwood a company she named after her mother.


She began her sustainable fashion journey by partaking in #MPGENE recycled denim eco-fashion design challenge at Catwalk For Water, where she was selected as a winner by one of the guest judges Mel Hwang. Shortly after Jakelia was introduced to sustainable fabric by Christina Abbott owner of Mont Pellier. As she learned more about the benefits that eco-fabrics have not only for the planet and the ecosystem but also for the skin, she was inspired. Her eco-chic SS18 collection is made from Tencel, one of the most environmentally friendly and sustainable regenerated fabrics, and is made in Canada at The Fashion Exchange.


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Is a Toronto-based fashion designer with a design degree from Ryerson University and a Fine Arts diploma from the Arts York program. She began her journey as an entrepreneur making custom wedding dresses; now, she works mostly on couture style gowns that are inspired by, or represent, social and ethical issues.

She advances her skills as a maker by practicing couture techniques while also engaging her Iranian, cultural roots through both the designs and statements of my pieces. She strives to push boundaries, makes the familiar strange, and illuminate and elevate marginalized narratives.


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Olivia Rubens is an eco-friendly womenswear designer from Canada, currently in London, UK attending the London College of Fashion in the MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course. Olivia uses natural dyeing, surface design such as hand painting and screen printing, novel upcycling techniques, and knitwear design to create a story and to make her sustainable pieces distinctive. Sustainability in many aspects is at the core of everything that she explores and creates through her design thinking.


Tanya Théberge is a Franco-Punjabi Canadian designer who is leading a responsible rebellion as she breaks away from the norms of fashion’s damaging practices. Théberge prioritizes sustainable sourcing and the creation of unique timeless designs.

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Tanya recently travelled to Haiti to see firsthand how the fabric for her collection, which is made from recycled water bottles, is created. It’s impact on the environment, the local economy and the communities of Port-Au-Prince.


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Sage Paul is an urban Denesuliné woman based in Toronto and a member of English River First Nation. Sage is an artist, designer and recognized leader of Indigenous fashion, craft and textiles, championing family, sovereignty and resistance for balance. Sage is also a founding collective member and Artistic Director of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto.

Some of Sage’s art and design has shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s First Thursday, Harbourfront Centre, The Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design (North Carolina, USA), and a curated program at Western Canada Fashion Week by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective.

Sage speaks about Indigenous fashion including engagements at Canada House (London, UK), The Walrus Magazine, Ryerson University, Toronto Women’s Fashion Week and South Africa Fashion Week. In 2018, Sage presented her collection “Giving Life” at Festival de Mode & Design (Montreal) and Ohtaapiahki Fashion Week (Calgary).

Sage received the Design Exchange RBC Emerging Designer Award (2017) in the fashion category and was recognized as a Woman of Influence (2018), a Changemaker by the Toronto Star (2018), top 100 talented & driven Canadian women by Flare Magazine (2017) and was honoured by the Ontario Minister of the Status of Women as a trailblazing woman who is transforming Ontario (2017).

Sage sits on the Ryerson School of Fashion Advisory Board, sits on the Board of Directors for Red Pepper Spectacle Arts and is developing an Indigenous Fashion elective course for George Brown College.

Final thoughts on Canadian Designers That are the  Future Of Sustainable Fashion

Canada has so much to offer when it comes to talent, we have so many ethical brands to choose from, no matter your budget and can find so many treasures online as well.

And, we have some of the best online stores for secondhand and thrift shopping.

Do you know an awesome Canadian designer? Tell me in the comments below.

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