12 made-in-Canada t-shirts to wear this summer and year-round

Perhaps the most comfortable way ever to support Canadian fashion.

Perhaps the most comfortable way ever to support Canadian fashion

A comfy, well-made t-shirt is an essential that gets put on heavy rotation in the summertime. Year-round, every wardrobe requires a healthy selection of tees in a number of colours, cuts and prints — something for each mood and occasion. After all, your favourite t-shirts for the gym or beach might not perform as well for the office, and vice versa.   

Whichever the occasion, for your next t-shirt purchase, may we suggest one of these stylish, made-in-Canada designs? While most tees on the market are made overseas (likely because of their lower price points compared to other apparel items), a number of Canadian fashion labels big and small do continue to produce great separates locally. 

Here are 12 handsome t-shirts that are designed and made in Canada.

The good news is that the t-shirts in OKAYOK's patchworked tie-dye collection come in both adult and children's sizes; unfortunately, there's only one of each made-in-Toronto top available as they're also one-of-a-kind creations. 

Block Party Tie Dye, $85, OKAYOK

Many pieces in Laura's Plus collection are made in Canada, including this tropical-print top made in a comfy, polyester-blend fabric. 

Asymmetric Leaf Print Blouse, $78, Laura

Linen is a great fabric choice when it's really hot out. This boxy tee, by Montreal-based designer Amanda Moss, offers a roomy fit and flattering pale-pink hue. 

Noah, $155, Amanda Moss

The shape of this oversized, boxy tee is inspired by a men's large t-shirt, but abbreviated and made in a 100% linen fabric. Available in only one size, it's handmade-to-order in Vancouver.

Linen Cropped T-Shirt, $160, Lloyd

Montreal-based retailer Tristan offers a selection of made-in-Canada menswear and womenswear garments in stores and online, including this bamboo-blend, striped tee. 

Bat Sleeve Striped T-shirt, $65 (on sale for $29.99), Tristan

Elisa C-Rossow's chic designs — favoured by Canadian celebs such as Karine Vanasse and Cœur de pirate — are all designed, cut, and sewn in Canada, and only available in black or white. This minimalist t-shirt, also knit in Montreal, is made using a luxurious merino wool and silk yarn from Italy. 

Knit MS5, $375, Elisa C-Rossow

Priory garments are made in Vancouver, and its fabrics — including this lightweight, textured linen  — are all sourced from "the west coast of North America," according to the company's website. (Note: You can currently get 30% off this t-shirt by using the discount code noted on the site.)

Loose Tie Tee, about $407, Priory

Available in three fruit-inspired hues, this cropped, polyester-blend tee by Montreal designer Eve Gravel is machine washable, and looks great with jeans. 

Cèdre Top, $134 (on sale for $120.60), Eve Gravel 

This crewneck tee from Toronto-based label 18 Waits features a screen-printed illustration of Bob Dylan. Made with 100% cotton, it's sold twice-washed for extra comfort. 

Graphic T-shirt, $80 (on sale for $48), 18 Waits

Vancouver's Wings + Horns offers a wide selection of stylish men's t-shirts. This relaxed-fit tee stands out for its breathable linen-and-cotton blend fabric, and the interesting sleeve and shoulder seams. 

Knit Linen Short Sleeve, $155 (on sale for $93), Wings + Horns

Made in the Greater Toronto Area using fabric knit in Scarborough, ON, and dyed in Ajax, ON, this cotton henley top by Outclass makes for a versatile wardrobe essential. 

Olive Slub S/S Henley, $85 (on sale for $69), Outclass

Calgary retailer North American Quality Purveyors (NAQP) focuses on menswear that's ethically made in Canada and the United States. This pre-shrunk pocket tee from their in-house label, available in a few fashionable colours, is produced domestically.   

Wildwood Pocket Tee, $65, NAQP

Truc Nguyen is a Toronto-based writer, editor and stylist. Follow her at @trucnguyen.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?