Similar to how a new piece of running gear can motivate you to get back on the trail or a new lipstick can get you glowing on Zoom again, a matching suit can set the mood for a comfy yet productive day of work. But recycled WFH wear?These practical, cosy and eco-friendly pieces made by small-batch Canadian brands are sure to spice up your WFH routine in more ways than one: you can feel good about the impact of your pandemic splurge, too. —Anastasia Barbuzzi
LEZÉ the Label turns coffee waste into workwear that feels like pajamas. Made from an assortment of eco-friendly materials to promote functional fashion with integrity, Karen and Tanya Lee founded LEZÉ so that women could navigate their career journeys freely. The duo joins forces with Tobimax Textiles, a Taiwanese-Canadian family that’s been in the textile business since 1988, to create their clothing. Their Soul Sister collection in collab with @cliodelallave and @rawbeautytalks offers flattering cuts and bold colour statements that are needed for spring, and you can even match the pieces to scrunchies.
Olive + Splash’s exclusive selection of soft, eco-friendly bamboo apparel is made in Canada and perfect for the warm weather. The brand’s high-waisted joggers and matching bomber hoodie are temperature controlling, keeping you warm in the cold and cooler in the heat. Plus, their breathable materials are UV resistant, hypoallergenic and have a 99.98 per cent antibacterial rate that staves off odour, to boot.
Aleur by Al Hutter provides sustainable loungewear made with natural fabrics to empower customers “to feel confident and beautiful at home”. All orders are sewn and shipped from Hutter’s Montréal studio where she focuses on local production and fabric sourcing. Out of her lounge sets, the canary yellow Butter Waffle turtleneck and matching sweatpants are a home run in our books.
When In Soft Focus founder Sammi Smith left her nine-to-five behind to branch out on her own, she found herself contemplating the practicality of the standard home office uniform. So, she set out to design her own; a line of stylish, contemporary essentials made out of quality, natural fabrics. Smith’s lilac-dyed Cozy Set (including her best-selling terry combo, Zero-Waste Scrunchie and Scrunch Socks) has “spring” written all over it.
FRÈRE DU NORD’s unisex short sleeve Sweat Tee and 4-Pocket Shorts are what the warm weather calls for. Stationed out of their factory in Oshawa, Ont., brothers Milena and Duey have always stayed true to their brand’s founding pillars; integrity and innovation in design with beautiful sustainable materials and caring for the people who make them, which makes their recycled French terry clothing even more special.