We are, after all, the True North. When it comes to making coats that can both outwit and out-chic winter, Canadian designers and makers are where its at. Here are our favourites. —Noa Nichol
sentaler. This luxury outerwear maker’s Suri alpaca wrap coat ($2,495), with the brand’s signature ribbed detail on the sleeves, has microscopic air pockets in its fabric which act like natural thermal insulators to keep you warm and cosy.
smythe. The structured and super-feminine Birkin coat ($1,695) is one to love now and for years to come. Named after 1970s style icon Jane Birkin, this coat suits a flared pant or jean.
moose knuckles. The Gold Stirling parka fur ($1,524) is this brand’s iconic Stirling parka with an auric makeover. The silhouette’s signature warmth and timeless appeal have been complemented with gold-tone hardware, a matching polyester “down-proof” lining, a removable hood with a golden Blue Fox fur ruff, and a gold-plated Icon logo.
canada goose. This maker of extreme outerwear has been in the biz since 1957. Among its bestsellers, the Lorette Parka Heritage ($1,550) lets you conquer fluctuating temperatures in style with a sophisticated parka with elaborate quilt-through detailing. Tighten the adjustable drawcord hood to keep brisk winds out. Customize your parka and extend the coverage of your hood with a variety of our interchangeable hood trim accessories.
kanuk. Handmade in Montreal since 1974! The latest edition of the label’s Mahikan jacket ($1,700) has a brushed wool and cashmere shell that offers unparalleled softness. This jacket will serve you well even on the coldest days thanks to its Kanuk Thermo+ insulation and 100 per cent recycled polyester lining. The hood can be adjusted with a strap and is lined with soft touch synthetic sherpa for optimal warmth. The jacket’s multiple pockets will keep your essentials safely within reach.
cape de coeur. The Artiste women’s poncho ($1,595) pays hommage to the free-spirited bohemians of the early 20th century. Featuring a striking bow, a classic poncho silhouette and a shorter length for freedom of movement, this style is traditionally modern and effortlessly eclectic.
vallier. Crafted in soft and cosy Sherpa fabric, the Valby coat ($260) is the ideal layer to wear on chilly fall evenings. This mid-length drop shoulder style features a soft polyester lining, two zippered front pockets and a hidden button closure on the front. Its elastic storm cuffs protect you from the cold wind and its interior pocket keeps your essentials nice and secure.
quartz co. The St-Moritz down wrap jacket ($1,299) is a modern take on the down coat, designed in collaboration with Marie-Ève Lecavalier. This wrap-style parka features an oversized silhouette and is made to deliver warmth and style, in even the most extreme cold.
soia & kyo. The Sabine ($395) is a sustainable straight-fit quilted nylon and sherpa combo puffer coat that sits right above the knee. This fall and winter style features a 100 per cent recycled nylon shell, fill and lining as well as a ribbed collar, and nylon patch pockets at the chest. Wear it for a quick walk around the city or cosy up on your weekend getaway.
mackage. The fabulous Bailey ($1,650) is a two-in-one leather nano down bomber for women with removable sleeves for jacket-to-vest construction. A funnel neck collar and drawcord-adjustable hem emphasizes the oversized cropped silhouette. A modern and modular layer for sleek styling.
nobis. The Jem women’s long puffer ($1,395) ticks all the winter coat boxes: minimalist modern design, exposed zipper and seamless puffer channels to lock in the premium Canadian-origin down.
hilary macmillan. Back again in a hot new colour, this Faux Fur Teddy Coat ($350) is another Hilary MacMillan staple. It features a button closure, pockets and a luxe faux fur finish. We love this piece as a statement piece, that keeps you warm all winter long.
luxton. Forget a traditional jacket. This Quilt Dress ($895) will keep you warm on its own, with a slight flared sleeve, pockets and an abundant skirt.
noize. The Bonita bomber ($331) is cut for an oversized fit and can be cinched at the waist with the detachable buckled belt. It is filled with cosy padding, fitted with a fixed hood and detailed with a row of tonal buttons. Wear yours on long weekend walks.
elisa c-rossow. This standout bespoke winter coat ($1,745) boasts a uniquely shaped structured collar. Mid-calf length. Slit at bottom sides and sleeves. Two exterior hip pockets and two inside pockets. Hidden button at the waist. Will keep you warm on most winter days in Canadian cities, including Montreal.
rudsak. Discover the Joellie ($795), a super-soft plush women’s teddy puffer that features a metallic back and reversible hood option. Insulated with premium RDS-certified ethical down, this cosy puffer will take you through winter in style. High-gloss waterproof zippers add further weather resistance and the brand’s iconic logo makes a sleek statement.
freed. This show-stopping style with contrast vegan leather belt and sleeve straps is both flirty and glam. Whether choosing an all over animal print or a solid the Violet ($425) is perfect antidote to your winter blues. Tie the removable sash snug and secure the high neck closure for a true polished look or wear it open for a more casual feel. This style is double-breasted, there is a single hook on the inside, two outside and one on the shoulder for those extra cool winter days!
ahiri. Take your look to new heights in the premium double-breasted oversized trenchcoat ($279). This piece has everything for the classic Canadian chill, giving you comfort and a unique pattern style with every stride. It also brings intricate details that catch your eye with our signature logo buttons and storm flap at the back.