Canadian Design, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

 

At Andrews our heritage spans 30 years, and during that time we have grown and evolved with our home, the city of Toronto. We are proud to be a local independent retailer who supports designers within our own hometown, and have been doing so long before #shoplocal was a hashtag. As we look ahead to the holidays, we are shining a spotlight on just a few of our favourite Canadian designers.

Line is a contemporary womenswear label based in North York, founded in the year 2000 by long-time friends John Muscat and Jennifer Wells. The label produces cozy knitwear and outerwear ranging from oversized sweaters, wrap cardigans, and the finest cashmere. The brand has a strong and loyal celebrity following, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Meghan Markle. (Who famously wore a Line white wool coat for the public announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry.)

Biko, established in 2005, draws inspiration from global treasures from around the world. Biko designer Corrine Anestopoulos creates contemporary jewellery that tells a story. Born and raised in Toronto, Corinne is continuously inspired by contemporary design and exotic heirlooms. Her artistry combines attention to detail, assorted materials and symbolic design elements. The designer travels often, constantly hunting for new sources of inspiration for her jewellery line. She takes these inspirations and translates them into wearable, modern silhouettes.

Greta Constantine is a Canadian brand based in Toronto, founded in 2006 by designers Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill. Each piece is produced in Toronto. The line is a red carpet staple thanks to its formal dresses, skirts, and gowns. The silhouettes are timeless, and the colours are vibrant. Actresses like Angela Bassett and Mindy Kaling have rocked the red carpet wearing these figure flattering gowns, producing some of our favourite Greta moments.

We hope you join us in shopping local this Holiday season and give a gift that keeps on giving.

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