Whether you’re living in the city, or out in the country, you want apparel that can handle the daily rigours of an active lifestyle. For hot summer days at the country club, or cold winter days in the city, you want to stay comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you should have to compromise on style. Blending the avant-garde design of luxury brands with the latest technology and craftsmanship, we bring you 12 high-end clothing brands you must know.
Born in Montreal in 1999, Mackage‘s designs have quickly crossed the Canadian borders to shine internationally. The brand offers clothing and accessories that combine elegance and function with its selection of premium materials. For Mackage, a coat is not only useful: it is an integral part of your outfit.
Vallier is a Montreal-based brand with real international appeal. Their motto, ‘Look closer’ gets you checking out the finer points of each garment. Hidden gems like luxurious machine-washable merino wool, super lofty and warm goose down fill (800 fill power), and rugged Cordura-knit sweaters built to last years take detail to a new level. Absolutely everything is already timeless, classic urban apparel. Better clothes are an investment, and Vallier is an investment that is well worth it.
A British namestay and family business since 1894, Barbour has an array of tops and accessories, but their reputation was earned on their famed waxed cotton jackets. The royal Family, the British military, even James bond can’t resist the jackets replete with the best of English country life. The epitome of the sporting class, check out all of Barbour’s offerings—and look out for their beloved Christmas animations as well.
In 19th Century Normandy, Saint James was born. Over the years they’ve become synonymous with the horizontal striping so beloved by French casual style. Long sleeve tops, shirts, and sweaters made of Normandy-sourced wool are the thing for comfortable casual wear with Gallic style and flair – or chic, as they say.
A sister to Canada’s acclaimed Arc’teryx brand accessible within the outdoor industry, Veilance was launched in 2010. From ultra-trendy minimalist raincoats to GORE-TEX blazers, Veilance offers outdoor clothing and accessories with minimalist elegance and superior technical efficiency. For gentlemen with an active lifestyle who do not want to compromise their style, Veilance is a perfect choice.
At the time of its founding, Woolrich sold woollen socks on a cart so we can easily say that the brand has considerably evolved since that time. Over the years, Woolrich has always managed to offer products of impeccable quality, varying the range of its inventory to provide a beautiful collection of high-end clothing and accessories. Woolrich products reflect the brand’s historical identity, which they have adapted to blend into modern fashion.
Through their contemporary cool-weather coats and luxury seasonal accessories, Montreal’s SOIA & KYO has quickly carved out a niche in the international world of women’s fashion. Forward-thinking cuts with the best in materials are what founder Ilan Elfassy had in mind when launched in 2004.
The rainy climate and Italian geography along Lake Maggiore inspired Giuseppe Marenzi to begin developing the first Herno raincoats. Now, more than 60 years late, these products are well-loved and worn around the world. The brand, now run by the son of the founder, has carved an advantageous place in the world of fashion. Known for his coats combining technical fibres and urban style, Herno has become a master in the art of combining classic and modern in Italian high-end clothing.
Norse Projects has to be on the list of any serious urban fashion fan. The Danish company has a finger on timeless style and simple lines that work in any season. Minimalist is a word used a lot in the fashion world, but Norse Projects are one of the few who have minimalism down-pat. Wear it as streetwear, techwear, or just as great-looking clothes that work – the label will lead urban contemporary fashion for years to come.
They may have chosen a Latin name, but the approach to designing clothes is very modern. Designed in Canada, Nobis makes luxury apparel for the four seasons. From their latest collection inspired by classic retro space films to their everyday apparel, they combine premium materials with classy urban designs that can take on arctic conditions.
Another Canadian brand making it big on the world’s stage. Montreal born Quartz Co. brings years of textile and design knowledge to the forefront of their premium winter apparel. Made for winter in the city, Quartz Co. combines the latest technical know-how with sleek minimalist designs that will help you beat the cold in style.
Now known to all, the French brand Lacoste has a well-established reputation in the world of high-end ready-to-wear apparel. Made famous for its polos, Lacoste was founded in 1933 by the tennis player René Lacoste, whom an American journalist called at the time “The Alligator” for his aggressive playing style. Since then, the famous animal has been adopted as the logo proudly seen on all Lacoste products, which are now appreciated internationally.
Who said that an active lifestyle could not mix with a sought-after urban style? With hundreds of urban and technical brands available on our website, Altitude Sports offers a host of products of exceptional quality, including many high-end clothing and luxury accessories. Stay tuned: several new brands will soon be added to our collection.