Haven’t you heard? The One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale is back in town, fellow Torontonians, and with 800 artisans offering thousands of unique stocking stuffer and gift ideas for everyone on your list, it’s the perfect place to kick off your holiday shopping. That’s exactly what we Backseat Stylers did this past weekend, spending a delightful afternoon strolling aisle upon aisle of Canadian-made fashion, art, housewares and even food.
Planning a trip yourself this week? Because we know #OOAKSX13 in all its glory can be a bit overwhelming to a first-timer (and even the seasoned shopper!), we’ve gone ahead and rounded up 10 of our favourite vendors (including their mini bios) to help you hone in on the must-visit booths:
Biko (Toronto) - Biko is a ‘modern nostalgic’ jewellery brand. Each piece is hand-crafted in Toronto, with love by designer Corrine Anestopoulos. Born in 2004, Biko draws inspiration from memories of the past and translates such ideas into wearable, contemporary silhouettes. Biko marries vintage inspiration with metals, charms and natural stones to create versatile pieces that tell a story.
iDENTITY (Vancouver) - Identity is a brand based on the ideals of the Canadian identity. It begs the questions- who are Canadians and what does it mean to be Canadian? Identity takes a sophisticated, yet amusing approach on iconic Canadian images, producing a fresh and stylish product. Images are clean, modern and fun.
LOVEFRESH (Toronto) - Lovefresh is a yummy line of natural body goodies that are fun, effective and packaged with style. Every recipe is formulated with the best ingredients from local and global sources, including layered notes of beautiful, fresh-smelling scents.
CcommeÇa (Montreal) - Ccommeça is a concept born from the desire to combine design, ecology and everyday living. Designer Cindy Cantin has made felt, a material used extensively by our ancestors, her material of choice. Cindy combines felt, recycled leather and other diverse materials into clean streamlined designs. Playing with the modern as well as the traditional, she has developed a unique, timeless style; simplicity married with classical, or sometimes even vintage.
Skinny Sweats (Toronto) – Designer Adrienne Butikofer started in 2012 with the basic skinny cut sweat pant and has since evolved to include other Lazy, Sexy, and Cool styles. Adrienne has been an indie designer in Toronto for almost 10 years, and in addition to the Skinny Sweats line, Adrienne also creates one off tops and dresses that play on contradictions. Her strength is in designing understated statement pieces with a vintage modern feel.
TOODLEBUNNY Designs (Vancouver) - A unique handcrafted collection by jewellery designer Trudy Wynans, TOODLEBUNNY is an imaginative jewellery collection with feminine yet edgy pieces. Clean lines and bold simplicity are combined with whimsical charms creating modern adornments. The pieces vary from being simple and pretty to ones that are a bit more rock n’ roll…something for every woman.
Engine No. 9 (Montreal) - Engine no. 9 specializes in revitalizing vintage ties with ultra-cool silk-screened designs. Each is one of a kind, and a definite conversation piece. A fun holiday gift idea for the fashion-forward gentlemen in your life.
Philo-soapy (Quebec) - Allison Desouza started Philo-soapy as a hobby back in 1999, handcrafting funky designer glycerin and all natural soaps. Philo-soapy’s soaps are playful and original in design, bright, colorful and smell delicious – so much so you may be tempted to take a bite.
Hoi Bo (Toronto) - To wear, to use, for days, for years. Hoi Bo clothing and bags are made by hand, in-house, in micro runs of four to six pieces only. It’s an intimate focus that allows for an exceptional level of quality and integrity in each and every detail.
Tickleberry’s (Okanagan Falls, BC) - The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is well known for growing great tasting fruit. Tickleberry’s makes something good even better, by drying the fruit and then covering it in really good milk or dark chocolate. Need we say more?