In the past few years, emerging independent designers have been stepping in to fill the gap. A few of my favourites: Buttercream Clothing
, an ethical clothing brand based in Calgary with sizing up to 3X; Mettamade
, a mother-daughter run slow-fashion clothing line from Hamilton with sizing up to 5X; and Vancouver-based Free Label
, which designs up to 4X, and Nettle's Tale,
a crowd-funded swimwear and apparel brand. Then there’s Lesley Hampton
, a womenswear designer from Toronto with sizing up to 4XL, Hayley Elsaesser
, a streetwear designer known for her hyper-eccentric prints, with sizing up to 6XL, and Hilary MacMillan
, a cruelty-free womenswear brand based in Toronto with sizing up to 4XL — to name just a few. All of these brands have e-commerce platforms and ship across Canada.