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Although Calgary might bring visions of cowboy boots and jeans for most people, it’s a surprising location for a quickly growing fashion industry. Calgary’s reputation as a small western city is evolving as local designers are starting their own brands within the city instead of moving out as most would have in the past. Designers are putting the city on the map with boutiques and brands popping up and ensuring that it’s just the beginning for the fashion and beauty industry in Calgary.
In downtown Calgary you’ll want to visit The Core; it’s the ultimate luxury shopping experience with popular high-end flagship stores. For more hipster local fashion and beauty boutiques check out Kensington Village, Inglewood, or Stephen Avenue Walk. A new addition to the Calgary shopping scene is the Style District in the Deerfoot City – an impressive open-air mall focussed on reinventing retail in Calgary and offering an eclectic collection of shops showcasing both emerging designers and established international brands.
Calgary’s style scene is just beginning to bear fruit and there are plenty of local fashion and brands that are helping catapult this city into Canada’s fashion industry. Ironically, in a province full of big oil, ethical and sustainable fashion is one of the most thriving new trends burgeoning into the area; a number of sustainable clothing brands such as Kotn, Kit & Ace, Anneke Forbes, Field Study, Local Laundry, and Faun are showing the rest of Canada that Calgary is the new kid on a block and is playing for real.
It’s not just clothing that Calgary designers have to offer – if you’re looking for some beautiful jewelry then be sure to check out BluBoho, Flint & Feather, and Laughing Sparrow for local handmade gems. For beauty brands made in Calgary there’s Routine, Ellie Bianca, and XO Skincare. Looking to really ramp up your funky side? Look no further for affordable runway style clothing than Calgary’s Kate Hewko where you’ll find fashion-forward styles worn by celebrities and everyday fashionistas.