Photography courtesy of The Second Co.

Including SophieGrace’s RBG tee.

From a fresh selection of lounge apparel by The Second Co. to SophieGrace’s RBG tee, catch up on the Canadian fashion news you might have missed.

Toronto’s The Second Co. introduces apparel next week

Photography courtesy of The Second Co.

After launching last May with a range of timepieces inspired by a desire to create what she couldn’t find on the market, Samantha Wilson II’s brand The Second Co. will offer an array of unisex, Canadian-made loungewear for the first time, starting March 2. “I have so much more time now to be creative and think about my designs, and edit them,” Wilson says of the new pieces, which include a barcode graphic-boasting hoodie, jogger pants, crewneck sweaters and a new style of beanie.

The offering augments the brand’s existing accessory options, as well as its core watch collection. For those currently in need of some positive reinforcement, The Second Co. also has a variety of supportive slogan phone wallpapers that are free of charge. “I don’t just want to sell things,” Wilson notes about the inspirational add-ons. “And I want to motivate people, especially at time like this, to focus on their goals.”

Wilson’s commitment to thoughtful community-building extends to The Second Co.’s give-back mission as well, which has recently focused on donations to Food For The Poor Canada. “I love what they do,” she says, highlighting its work in six different areas of need within several countries including her ancestral Jamaica. “I’ve always wanted to give back to Jamaica, and when I learned about their work, I was like, yes, this is it. We’re doing this.” Time is of the essence, after all.

Fashion Art Toronto has an open call out for designers

fashion art toronto open call
Photography courtesy of Fashion Art Toronto

With two digitally-driven fashion weeks now under its belt, Fashion Art Toronto is looking ahead to a new season of spotlighting local and international talent. The innovative and inclusive platform has put out a call for designers to take part in its next event, which is scheduled for late May/early June. Apply by March 15 to get your chance at following in the footsteps of labels like L’Uomo Strano, House of Mannon and Eight (I) Three.

SophieGrace made a t-shirt in honour of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

sophiegrace rbg shirt
Photography courtesy of SophieGrace

After recently launching a sustainability-focused capsule collection, Calgary-based brand SophieGrace has introduced a t-shirt inspired by the words of late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Produced in Vancouver and made from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 cotton jersey, the shirt is emblazoned with RBG’s wise words: “Do something outside yourself.” And SophieGrace founder has taken this idea to heart with 20 percent of proceeds from sales of the shirt going to Momentum, an organization that centres around offering economic development resources to people in low income and poverty circumstances.

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