Category Archives: Canadian dress

Joseph Carrier with sample shoes, Carrier Shoes, Toronto, 1949

Posted in Canadian dress, fashion industry, Photos, Shoes | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Lola Leman

Little is known about this Canadian knitwear designer/retailer. Olga was born in Yugoslavia on July 29, 1924 and came to Canada with her family sometime before the mid 1950s when her mother opened a knitwear shop in Toronto. By 1980, … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress | Tagged | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection: Milli Gould (1935 – 2019)

Hamilton retailer Milli Gould passed away October 13 after operating one of Hamilton’s premier women’s clothing stores for more than half a century. With a $5,000 loan, Milli opened her first shop in Hamilton in 1964, moving to her present … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection: D. McCall & Co.

The wholesale millinery business of D. McCall & Co., was established in 1879 by Dougald McCall and William Blackley (Blackley had immigrated to Montreal from Scotland in 1860 and moved to Toronto in 1866.) The business was originally located at … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress, millinery | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Kates Boutique

The Montreal millinery company Kates Boutique was founded in December 1969. Kates was a supplier of basic fashion headwear to bridal shops, department stores and hat salons across the country. The company was incorporated in March 1993, at which point … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress, millinery | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Ida Desmarais

The Musee McCord just released EncycloModeQC – a comprehensive online resource of the Quebecois fashion industry. This is a great resource for finding more about Montreal designers and manufacturers of clothes we have in the collection. The first designer I … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Rosbergs

Jacob Wolfe Rosberg and Mary (Mindel) and their four children emigrated from Kielce, Poland to Toronto in 1913. After a few years, the family moved to Niagara Falls to open a menswear shop that supplied workers at the Queenston hydroelectric … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress, Retailing | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Norma Lepofsky

Toronto knitwear designer Norma Lepofsky was well known in the 1980s, but there is very little written about her or her business, including when the business began and closed. I have pieced together what I can and hope readers will … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Woods & Taylor

James MacDonnell Woods was born in 1833 in Tulloch, Ireland and married in 1854 before immigrating to Canada the following year. By 1860 he had settled in Galt and was working as a store clerk. His business partner Alfred Taylor … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress | Tagged | Leave a comment

Canadian Fashion Connection – Peerless

Peerless Clothes was founded in 1919 by brothers Moe and Phil Segal. In 1951, Alvin Segal joined his stepfather’s (Moe) business. At that time, the company employed almost every extended family member of the Segal family in either the cutting … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian dress | Leave a comment