Ottawa 2017 x Roots: a match made in made-in-Canada heaven.

To celebrate 150 years of Canada, Ottawa 2017 has teamed up with iconic Canadian retailer Roots to release a special collection of clothing that will keep you stylish no matter what the Canadian seasons throw at you.

Toronto-based clothing manufacturer, WS & Co., is proud to have helped produce some of the pieces in this collection.

Read more from Ottawa 2017 on this one-of-a-kind collab:

Ottawa – Ottawa 2017 and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to announce that Roots is the Official Apparel & Leather Goods Retailer of Ottawa 2017.

Innovative, quality and stylish Ottawa 2017 Roots merchandise will be developed and made available by Roots online and in their Canadian retail stores this fall. The products will also benefit from exposure to Roots’ worldwide retail network.

“We’re proud to have a highly respected, Canadian brand like Roots team up with us for Ottawa 2017 celebrations,” said Mayor Watson. “Ottawa 2017 Roots gear will help promote Canada’s 150th anniversary across the country and will offer Canadians an opportunity to connect with the celebrations in a fashionable way and to show their pride.”

Michael Budman and Don Green created Roots in 1973. They were inspired by their passion for Ontario’s Algonquin Park and everything it represented for them.

“As Canada has always been an inseparable part of Roots, it’s only natural that we’re involved in this great initiative,” said Michael Budman, Co-Founder of Roots. “We’re proud to celebrate this wonderful milestone for Canada in a partnership with Ottawa 2017 which is very much in keeping with our passion for this incredible country.”

Roots will also help to outfit the hundreds of volunteers who will be donating their time to enhance the Ottawa 2017 experience for residents and visitors, demonstrating one of the company’s core values of community involvement.

“CIBC is thrilled to have a great Canadian company like Roots join the dynamic and growing group of Ottawa 2017 partners,” said Monique Giroux, Vice-President, Sponsorship Marketing & Strategy, CIBC. “We welcome Roots to the family and look forward to creating memorable experiences for Canadians together.”

The lifestyle brand, known around the world for its quality leather goods, apparel, accessories and home furnishings, will develop a custom and unique product line for Ottawa 2017. Made mostly in Canada, it will include a collection of men’s, women’s and kid’s apparel, headwear, accessories, leather goods and blankets.

“The unique souvenir merchandise that will come as a result of the partnership between Ottawa 2017 and Roots will contribute to the identity and positive reputation of the nation’s capital in 2017 and create keepsake memorabilia for years to come,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

A portion of proceeds from sales of Ottawa 2017 Roots products will be returned to Ottawa 2017 and be invested in enhanced programming for the celebration. Canadians and visitors from all over will have a chance to experience Ottawa like never before.

About Roots
Roots has more than 240 retail stores in Canada, the United States and Asia, in addition to a successful e-commerce business. Employing more than 1,500 people in Canada, Roots also has a state-of-the-art factory and distribution centre in Toronto, both located near the company’s headquarters where all Roots products are designed.

Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your little ones? Thankfully, Joanne Sallay of Teachers on Call has assembled the 10 best and brightest gifts over on the Huffington Post.

Naturally, giving a made-in-Canada gift is the diverse list. As Sallay notes, “There are teachable moments in everything, even in fashion.”

The Redwood Classics Apparel Brantford Hoody is named for Wayne Gretzky’s hometown and is the perfect companion piece to celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday next year.

Read Sallay’s full gift-giving list on the Huffington Post here, and check out the entire Redwood Classics lineup on their website.

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) has invited Canada’s leaders to contribute to an enlightening publication for Canada and the world by writing a letter to the future leaders of Canada. Kathy Cheng, President of Redwood Classics Apparel, knew exactly what she wanted to say.

Below, an excerpt from Kathy’s moving letter that will serve to inspire generations of Canadians:

It’s no secret that I’m a proud Chinese Canadian. As we stand by our neighbours to the south, here’s what it means to me to be Canadian.

Growing up, I took public transit from the suburbs to Toronto’s Fashion District to meet my parents at their respective factories. My mother was a seamstress and my father worked three jobs: he was a cutter by day, and in the evenings and weekends, he would wait tables at a Chinese restaurant or deliver pizza. Without surplus resources for daycare or summer camps, my father took me to work, housing me between rolls of fabric where I could overlook the factory’s production area.

In the late 90s, I joined a global financial intelligence firm, and worked my way up to becoming the Project Manager for one of the firm’s most notable Institutional Equity Market studies. After a year and a half of working an average of 14 hours a day (including weekends), my father asked me to join the family business. He said, “If you’re going to work so hard for someone else, why not work this hard for our family and all the families this factory provides for?”

Read the rest of Kathy’s moving letter here.

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