Edmonton shops that support local designers and WCFW

Western Canada Fashion Week features shows from local and international designers, plus emerging talents. From September 15 to 24, 2016, fashion shows will take over the Arts Barns in Old Strathcona. Whether this influx of chicness inspires you to buy pieces from local fashion brands or shop at stores that support WCFW, you’ll be sure to end the week a little more stylish than you began.

The Bamboo Ballroom

8206 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4E6

This Alberta-based store (there’s also a location in Calgary) carries collections from multiple local designers. They stock items from Amor Jewellery, Axis Mundi Artistry, Cinder + Smoke, Cloud + Lolly, Eve & Enoch, Heirloom Vintage, Larque, Karma Victoria, Kiko, KimDer Handbags, Majesty Industries, Plum Tips, Saraswati, Sessa Wearables, Smithstine Copper Design and more. Among the local brands they promote are Serendipity by Kelsey McIntyre and Suka Clothing, both of which have previously appeared at WCFW. Everything they carry is fun and funky, so you’re sure to find a new favourite piece of clothing here.

Workhall Boutique

B-10137 104 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Z9

Workhall Boutique is the brainchild of Edmonton designer Nicole Campre, who sells her own pieces, as well as those of other local designers in the store. In fact, they only carry pieces from designers and brands based in this area, so, if watching the shows at WCFW inspires you to add more locally designed pieces to your closet, this shop is a great place to start. They stock beautiful, well-made pieces of jewellery and clothing. Plus, the designers usually do small production runs, meaning whatever you purchase will be fairly unique!

gravitypope Tailored Goods

10414 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Design goddess Malorie Urbanovitch is based in Edmonton but boasts a global following. She’s always a major pull at WCFW, and her designs never disappoint. If you like what you see during her show, her high-end pieces, including coats, dresses and skirts, can be found at Gravitypope Tailored Goods and online at her website.

The Briefing Room

10151 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z5

The Briefing Room’s show at WCFW always causes a stir, simply because of the nature of what they sell. The store carries men’s underwear, swimwear, loungewear and accessories, including socks, shaving products, wallets and ties. While they don’t carry locally designed underwear, they are one of the best independent shops for men in the city. The Briefing Room is usually part of WCFW’s Whyte Avenue retail showcase, featuring shops from the iconic shopping district.

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