Studio Intent : Ethical Shopping On A Budget

 Left to Right: Yoga Jeans Pencil Skirt (Regular Price: $88 - Purchased on sale for $26.40), Melow Par Mélissa Bolduc Twisted Top (Regular Price: $110 - Purchased on sale for $93.50), Nicole Bridger Cindy Skirt (Regular Price: $112.00 - Purchased on sale for $39.20) Total Savings: $150.90.

Left to Right: Yoga Jeans Pencil Skirt (Regular Price: $88 - Purchased on sale for $26.40), Melow Par Mélissa Bolduc Twisted Top (Regular Price: $110 - Purchased on sale for $93.50), Nicole Bridger Cindy Skirt (Regular Price: $112.00 - Purchased on sale for $39.20) Total Savings: $150.90.

From the perspective of a budget shopper, one of the most difficult things about shopping ethically is definitely the price tag. If you're used to fast fashion prices (think Forever 21, H&M, Zara) the ethical sticker shock can be pretty overwhelming.

Studio Intent was my first "Canadian made" shopping experience. We had just interviewed Chantal and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and texture of most of the pieces in store. Each piece felt made to last through many wears and washes (unlike several pieces I have purchased in the past). The store happened to be having a summer sale with fantastic mark downs and I joyfully left with three pieces that felt perfect for work AND the weekend!

Since purchasing, I have found the pieces versatile and incredibly comfortable for work wear. If you're contemplating beginning your ethical shopping journey, ethical sale shopping is a great place to start. It felt great to know I was supporting a local designer's hard work and dedication to quality without breaking the bank.

Read our interview with the owner of Studio Intent here.

Take a closer look at  the Canadian-made brands pictured above:

Yoga Jeans

Melow par Melissa Bolduc

Nicole Bridger