Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buy Local! Buy Local! Buy Local!

While caught up in Derby Madness, I missed Buy Local Day this past Saturday April 25th. But it's not too late. Now is the best time to go out and support your local stores carrying local designers.

Photo by Montreal Photographer Extraordinaire Nancy Beaton.

Here are my top 3 reasons for buying locally made.

1. Stay ahead of the rat pack.
Local designers don't have the pressure of following global fashion trends so you end up with timeless and unique pieces that no one else has.

2. Quality over quantity.
Local designs tend to be of much much higher quality which means your clothes won't fall apart and will wear better. You may only afford to buy a few things, while expanding your wardrobe's potential.

3. Good Karma.
You'll be stimulating the the local economy while minimizing your carbon footprint. Good brownie points.

Don't know where to start? Check out General 54, Unicorn, Headquarters, Lustre, Body Bag, L'Arterie, and Marche MTL, Tavan & Mitto... to name a few.

Designers to look for: Eve Gravel, Anastasia Lomonova, Valerie Dumaine, Jennifer Glasgow, Main & Hastings... to name a few of my favourites.

One last tip: don't assume it's locally made - always check the tag or ask any of the lovely boutique owners to inform you.

P.S. Buying vintage is good karma too. Check out this event, Try Me On For Size, happening this Saturday May 2nd at Vinyl Lounge.

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