It’s mid-November and the holiday season excitement is growing! Naturally, the question on everyone’s mind is — where can I find the best gift ideas?
Following the success of our guide last year, we decided to making shopping easier for all our readers.
Below is our hand-picked list of some of our favourite fashion and beauty brands, perfectly suited for your family members, friends and colleagues.
What makes it even better? All of these companies are Canadian! So by buying from them, you are supporting local talent.
And, to top things even further, some brands are also offering very special discounts, exclusive to FAJO’s readers. Check out the full list below.
Blanc de Noir
Why we love Blanc de Noir: This lovely, gender-neutral fashion label is based in Toronto. Blanc de Noir creates versatile minimalist pieces that are understated and elegant.
Recommended product: The Dundas boot lends itself to endless stylish pairings. This boot looks as great running errands as it does going out for the night. It is available in grey leather and suede, or all-black leather.
Retail price: $275.
Why we love Hym: HYM is his, hers, yours and mine. The purpose of the brand is to inspire unity through fashion open to everyone. Created by Canadian designer Christina Di Pede, HYM is based in Toronto and made in NYC, using supple Italian leather and calf hair.
Recommended product: This envelope portfolio doubles as an oversized clutch and measures 13.5″W x 10″H. Available in 5 brilliant colour ways, including a mesmerizing hot pink calf hair, it is perfect for carrying folders and documents to meetings, and is also designed to fit inside HYM’s complementary Tote.
Retail price: USD$518 (CAD$668).
Shop the product at: www.HYMonline.com
Why we love Patricia Wong: Patricia Wong is a Toronto-based jewellery designer, who creates statement-making yet timeless pieces of wearable sculpture by combining traditional handcrafting techniques with 3D-printing technology. Through experimenting with unconventional forms and juxtaposing precious gemstones, each piece is designed to emphasize architectural qualities.
Recommended product: As a route into designing the Jewellarium collection, the Monument Ring is created to emblazon a material that introduced the designer to jewellery-making as a child: the gemstone beads. Drawing inspiration from architectural forms and sculptural qualities, the Monument Ring is designed to stimulate from all perspectives and is encouraged to be worn in multiple ways.
Retail price: $375-$425. Available in 18K Gold Plated Sterling Silver, Green Garnet, Green Tourmaline, Peridot. Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver, Peach Moonstone, Pink Tourmaline, White Topaz. Sterling Silver, Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Amethyst. Sizes 6, 7 and 8.
Shop the product at: www.patriciawong.ca
Why we love Bano eeMee: Bano eeMee is a proudly Canadian luxury label, recognized for its hand-distressed supple lamb leather designs that are unique, fit conscious and timeless. Bano eeMee is committed to sustainability and using fashion to make a difference.
Recommended product: Antwerp by Bano eeMee is designed to be worn as a cardigan to work, or can be zipped into a cowl neck for a night out on the town showcasing the versatility of Bano eeMee’s leather designs.
Retail price:$558 (use Discount Code “FAJO15” for 15% off on all online orders, conditions may apply).
Shop the product at: www.BanoeeMee.com
Why we love CB1969: We love Carineh Babayan, who is the lovely owner and designer of CB1969. Her company focuses on design and fabrication of handmade ties, accessories and home decor products.
Recommended product: Hand-pleated and sewn from ribbon tie.
Retail price: $525.
Why we love Maya Charbin: Maya Charbin marries global textile traditions with unconventional materials. Her current womenswear apparel collection is a play on structure and fluidity, with many of the pieces transformable and reversible. Details are subtle, yet structural!
Recommended product: Reversible skirt back detail can be transformed into a multi ways wearable top. Fabric used is Cotton Sateen and Silk.
Retail price: $640.
Shop the product at: www.mayacharbin.com
Schaf Skincare Inc
Why we love Schaf Skincare: Formulated for women, and for men, Schaf products contain a unique blend of plant extracts formulated to clean, nurture, and protect your skin, utilizing natural and organic ingredients that perform exceptionally well, without the harsh, harmful, synthetic chemicals, irritants, and fragrances commonly found in commercial brands. All Schaf products are based on the science of hydration, with an oil-free moisture binding component that is equally effective on oily or dry skin, and also for those with sensitive skin. Natural and organic botanical extracts further enhance performance.
Recommended product: Schaf Nutritive Daily Eye Cream blends science and nature to restore and renew the eye area with a blend of hyaluronic acid and peptides to protect against environmental damage. It provides an anti-aging solution, smoothes and reduces the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles, firms and lifts the eye area with peptides and stimulates healthy collagen production. It is also suitable for vegans.
Retail price: $40.
Shop the product at: www.schaf.ca
Why we love Mondselle: Mondselle is a contemporary jewellery brand, offering a subtle yet sexy alchemy of style catered towards many sides of today’s modern women. In this collection, classical forms of architecture collide with the latest trends of fashion.
Recommended product: Delicate pieces mixed with bold designs to deliver a modern outlook that is striking yet timeless.
Retail price: $390 (left), $275 (use Discount Code: Grand25 for 25% off storewide).
Shop the product at: www.mondselle.com
My Mane Care
Why we love My Mane Care: This brand is spreading the love one mane at a time for natural beauty, for conscious choices, for labels that you can understand, for change, for health and feeling at your best. The company was made by free thinkers who believe in true beauty from all things natural. They are dreamers, explorers of the world, who believe that change is good.
Recommended product: My Mane Care Hydrating mask is an all-natural, coconut-oil-based, hair and scalp treatment. Its unique formula helps target everything from brittle, damaged hair to dry scalp, and protection against environmental elements. Best of all, it’s designed for women, children, and manly men alike!
Retail price: $15.50.
Shop the product at: www.mymanecare.com