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Style Guide: Maple Leaf

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While American-made products tend to garner a particularly strong following in these parts, fashion enthusiasts would be remiss to overlook the style that is connoted with prominent Canadian brands. After all, who is better to trust with crafting premier garments for the winter more so than those who know the cold better than anyone else?

Surely, countless other frigid regions throughout the world boast a parallel standard for low-temperature style, but none of them reside as close to home as our friends up north. With the country having an immense influence on pop culture over the course of the past decade, a similar sign of recognition deserves to be handed over to what Canada has done in fashion across the board.

Moose Knuckles Saint Ulric Parka

Design-centric and unbelievably warm, Moose Knuckles’ Saint Ulric Parka is a contemporary take on the ideal winter jacket. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s roots, their Saint Ulric takes from its predecessor in the Stirling Parka and checks all the boxes necessary to craft the perfect parka. While it is as toasty as it looks, its lightweight composition doesn’t reflect that in the slightest as a result of its 650FP 80/20 down insulation. Additionally, it features a removable shearling hood, allowing you to remain as warm (and chic) as you like to be.

Purchase: $1,045

The Stylish Life: Skiing

While it is one of the most accessible winter sports this season has to offer, there are far more aspects to skiing than merely hopping off the lift. Donning a variety of proper, comfortable garments out on the slopes is integral, and the same can be said as far as making sure they are equally fashionable. This book from Gabrielle le Breton shares incredible photos from around the world filled with the most stylish outfits you can find on the slopes.

Purchase: $55

Reigning Champ Pelican 1050 Micro Case

Carrying all your gear out in the snow can be a total hassle, especially when it’s some delicate electronics we’re talking about. Whether companies claim your phone to be water-resistant or not, why risk it? With that in mind, the Vancouver-bred Reigning Champ’s joint effort with Pelican gives the latter’s staple 1050 Micro Case a sturdy new look with even sturdier security. Boasting a crushproof exterior and watertight chassis, this polycarbonate case is great for all your gear.

Purchase: $70

Roots Deerskin Gloves

Roots is one of Canada’s most renowned heritage brands, having come about in Toronto back in 1973. Optimizing comfort through a variety of their garments, their deerskin gloves manage to check that off, while also guaranteeing warmth and authenticity. Crafted from 100% Deerskin leather and finished off with a wool-cashmere lining, these handsome gloves are as impeccably warm as they are subtly chic.

Purchase: $124

Moose Knuckles Kingsbridge Toque

To accompany the enviously cozy Saint Ulric Parka, Moose Knuckles manages to pull off the same sense of warmth with their Kingsbridge Toque. Crafted from nothing but alpaca, this is sure to serve as the ideal upgrade to even the absolute best beanie in your closet. Available in a pair of colors, so just make sure it matches your parka.

Purchase: $128

Lululemon More Miles Active Backpack

Providing premier athleisure wear for over 20 years, lululemon is yet another Vancouver-based name that has developed immense popularity over the past decade. With yoga pants and shorts galore, they still manage to offer great accessories on top of that, with their More Miles Active Backpack stealing the spotlight. Tailored to be carried around on the open trail (or slope), this water-repellent bag is overflowing with pockets both inside and out and can hold up to 5 gallons worth of material.

Purchase: $128


Want Les Essentiels Montoro High Leather Derby Boots

Few things are more important to trudge through the cold like a viable pair of boots. Luckily, Want Les Essentiels has covered ground in that department since hitting the scene in 2007. The Montreal-bred minimalist designers’ calf-leather constructed Montoro Derbys are one of their inaugural staples and provide immaculate insulation to boot, going to show they remain practical. Surely, the Montoro proves to be as stylish as the Derby silhouette has timeless.

Purchase: $460

Canada Goose Tundra Pant

Weighing at the third tier of Canada Goose’s Thermal Experience Index, their Tundra Pant is an ideal pair to wear in the coldest of mountains — and may look even cooler when simply rocking them on a frigid night on the town. Utilizing the brand’s patented Arctic-Tech, these pricey pants offer stability in the most unfathomable terrain, as well as warmth thanks to their down-insulated lining.

Purchase: $525