Canada Day: 8 homegrown designers that celebrities love

By Sarah Walker

Canada Day: 8 homegrown designers that celebrities love


Rachel McAdams, Evangeline Lilly and Kim Cattrall aren’t the only Canadians to grace the red carpet. As it turns out, designers who were born or raised north of the 49th are also mainstays at big A-list events.

Though they may not make an appearance themselves, the creations they’ve crafted and customized for celebrities do. And when actresses are asked the proverbial question of “who are you wearing?”, this country’s design talent takes centre stage.

CLICK TO SEE WHICH CANADIANS ARE BELOVED BY THE A-LIST: Kate got sporty at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in her Smythe blazer. Photo: © Getty Images

Take, for example, Smythe Les Vestes, the formidable blazer company based in Toronto. The Duchess of Cambridge, (née Kate Middleton) has become a devoted fan of the line and when she showed up wearing a navy jacket from the label at several events in 2011 and again in 2014, their wares were sent flying off shelves.

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The same can be said for Jason Wu, who was hand-picked by Michelle Obama to design the dresses she wore to President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Balls, one in 2009 and another in 2013. Naturally, the 32-year-old became a household name.

CLICK THE IMAGE FOR OUR GALLERY OF CANADIAN FAVOURITES: Michelle Obama dazzled in red Jason Wu at the 2013 Inaugural Ball. Photo: © Getty Images

Other Canadian labels that are beloved by many an A-lister include Pink Tartan, Erdem and the budget-friendly Joe Fresh. Their pieces have been spotted on everyone from Blake Lively and Reese Witherspoon to Katy Perry and Kate Hudson.

The famous face who wins the award for wearing the most Canadian designers? That would be Kate, who is a fan of several of our born and bred talents.

Wondering who she, and other celebrities, love to wear? We've rounded up the most beloved Canuck designers. Click any image to see the gallery.

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