Canadian Pyjamas and Loungewear to Help You Step Up Your Lockdown Wardrobe
Step up your lockdown wardrobe and support local business with loungewear and pyjamas from Canadian brands that focus on sustainability. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Working from home or not working at all, most of us are living in loungewear these days. Luxury silk to biodegradable bamboo, ZOOMER rounds up the best Canadian brands to snooze, chill, or Zoom in, focused on eco-friendly, small businesses so you can support local labels—and the planet.
The Sleep Shirt
This Vancouver label specializes in beautifully tailored pyjamas and nightshirts so lovely, they multi-task as sleepwear, casually chic housedresses, summer frocks, and poolside coverups. With sustainable packaging, an ethical supply chain, and employees paid above minimum wage, the company’s products are 100% manufactured in Canada with high-quality, all-natural cottons, linens, flannels, cashmeres, and silk-blends sourced from the best mills in Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and Portugal.
Full Length Sleep Shirt
Various fabrics: cold water hand wash, hang dry. $280 to $370
With semi-fitted bodice, three-quarter length sleeves, and side slit, A-line skirt, these maxi nightshirts are comfortable when you’re sleeping and nicely swish when you’re not.
Long Sleep Shirt
Various fabrics: cold water wash, hang dry. $230 to $265
Inspired by a vintage men’s chemise, these classic nightshirts with wide armholes hang off the body. Perfect for bed, a mandarin collar and detailed front placket make them pretty enough to wear out.
Long Sleeve Shirt & Lounge Pant
Various fabrics: cold water wash, hang dry. $260 to $430
A button-down, slightly flared shirt with elasticized, tie-waist pants, pyjamas don’t get more sophisticated than this.
Maylyn & Co
This family-run Aurora, Ontario company specializes in high-end organic lounge and sleep wear, as well as ultra femme, lace-trimmed slips. Beechwood modal to their trademarked ‘lotus flower silk’, each piece is cut from skin-friendly, plant-based fabrics sourced from Persia, Morocco and India. A certified organic label that’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free, garments are produced in small batches for less excess stock and shipped in low-waste, eco- packaging with a portion of the profits donated to Random Acts of Flowers a charity that delivers bouquets to seniors in hospitals and nursing homes.
C’est Earl Grey Minimal Set
Beechwood modal: handwash, hang dry. No bleach. $295
Cut from soft, breathable beechwood Modal with roomy armholes and drawstring pants, this wrinkle-free duo offers easy chic and comfort, in or out of the sheets.
Lotus flower silk: handwash, hang dry. No bleach. $228 to $379
Edged in floral embroidery, this bias-cut slip cut from the label’s exclusive plant-based lotus silk is designed to flatter curves.
This popular Toronto brand expands from its namesake linen separates into cosy, sustainable sleepwear with this soft pyjama set made from a pesticide-free, biodegradable bamboo grass textile that requires no irrigation and is easily replenished. With the stretch and drape of jersey, they’re ideal for dreaming or streaming and offer the surprise advantage of being completely repellent to pet hair. You can cuddle a shedding white dog all day in these black jams, then answer the door without looking like a yeti.
The Piped Pyjama
Bamboo fabric: cold wash, hang dry. $165
Available in classic black with white piping, notched collar, and logo-inscribed, mother-of-pearl buttons.
Headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, TAGMA launched in 2014 when its owners, then working for the UN and various NGOs in Bangladesh, witnessed a garment factory collapse that claimed over a thousand lives. A pile of fashionable clothing brands amidst the rubble, they were inspired to start their own line centred on green materials, non-toxic, water-saving dyes, dignified working conditions, plastic-free packaging, and signature, hand-drawn prints. Produced in Indonesia, they’ve partnered with rainforest protection advocates like the Sumatran Orangutan Society and Canopy Style to help conserve this biodiverse home to endangered orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinos.
Claire Maxi Kimono
EcoVera: Cold wash, air dry $105
This silky, wildflower-printed robe with side slits lends bohemian glam to hanging around the house. You can also toss it on over jeans or a bikini. Comes with a detachable leather belt that you can keep or swap out for a classic Obi style sash, like this one from Etsy; $43
This high-quality baby brand was developed by the mother of a child with a synthetic fiber allergy. A National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Honor winner for its innovative design, this earth-friendly collection is centred on functional design, cool signature prints, and all-natural, hypo-allergenic fabrics, soft bamboo rayon to organic cotton.
Easy Zipper Bamboo Footie
Bamboo rayon with 3% spandex: machine washable $31
Breathable and absorbent, this jersey knit footie with top-to-bottom zipper and no-slip feet is the Silkberry’s best seller in the US and Canada.
This Is J
Manufacturing everything in Canada, paying employees above minimum wage, recycled cardboard packaging, eco-friendly bamboo textiles, this Toronto company produces a truly home-grown product and maintains a small carbon footprint. With signatures prints designed by the owner—the J (for Joanna) behind the brand—this body positive brand offers size 0 to 22.
Tank + Harem Set
Bamboo Viscose Spandex blend: machine wash and dry. $148
Striped harem pants with wide stretch waistband and tank top in the label’s soft, moisture-wicking bamboo fabric.
Relaxed Long Sleeve Top + Harem Pant
Bamboo Viscose Spandex blend: machine wash and dry. $153
Tie waist, cuffed harem pant and long sleeve top in the label’s ‘Floating Venus Flower Blush’ print.
Men’s Long Sleeve Shirt + Lounge Pant
Bamboo Viscose Spandex blend: Machine wash and dry. $164
Sleep/lounge set in a silky stretch with raglan sleeves, side seam pockets, and dropped crotch.
Located in Toronto’s Junction district, comfort, ease, and an artsy vibe are keynotes of this clothing and accessories brand known for its colour, signature prints and graphics, humour and detail. Sourcing end of rolls and dead stock for one-of-a-kind pieces and limited-edition collections, and using locally milled fabrics, they also boast a minimal carbon footprint.
French Terry: wash cold inside out, tumble dry $110
High-waisted, above the ankle, wide leg, this modern-cut lounge pant can be dressed up with a jaunty sandal, or down with tees and sneakers. On-site reviews extol its virtues for dinner parties or Pilates class. Gratis hemming for shorter ladies who prefer the higher hem.
Cotton Jersey: wash cold inside out, tumble dry $49
Pre-shrunk with nice detailing, this semi-fitted dropped shoulder top with bracelet length sleeves is a durable, handy basic.
Toronto’s coolest custom atelier, Michel’s is the bespoke choice of dapper local gents and celebrities passing through town, model Paul ‘Fashion Santa’ Mason and Drake, to author Douglas Coupland, Brad Pitt, Elon Musk, Benoit Louis-Vuitton, and the late Kobe Bryant. Renowned for their suits and shirting, Michel’s also does perfectly tailored pyjamas, smoking jackets, and classic robes, in a range of all-natural, in-house fabrics, colours, and prints; sumptuous 19mm 100% silk to crisp cottons and lightweight linen.
Custom Pyjamas & Robes
Silk, Linen, and Cotton; machine or hand wash, hang dry.
New clients require two appointments, one for measurements, a second for fitting. Prices vary by fabric. Cotton pyjamas; $700. Silk pyjamas; $900. Silk smoking jackets and robes; $1,800.
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