By Lori Bosworth
Torontonicity was invited to the launch of the Parks Canada Original collection at Dundas Street West’s Hudson Kitchen on July 23, 2014. Parks Canada has licensed the casual clothing line, created by Canadian designer Roger Edwards and made in Canada, to be sold exclusively at Hudson’s Bay as of July 23, 2014.
The pieces feature the original Beaver logo used on Parks Canada signs, as well as graphics of well-known Canadian icons such as a canoe and moose. The collection includes 100 per cent cotton t-shirts, longsleeve shirts, pullovers, hoodies, half-zip, full-zip jackets and caps.
Eight percent of the wholesale price of products will benefit Parks Canada programs and places. This is great news considering that Parks Canada’s 2014-2015 budget was recently cut by $27.2 million or just over 4%. You will also be able to buy the collection at Toronto and Vancouver International Airports.
Here are a few of my favourites from the Parks Canada Original Collection.
This Women’s Canoe Logo Tee, $39, is shaped for the female body, features the original Parks Canada logo and comes in a lovely shade of Periwinkle blue.
This white Women’s Split Neck Hoodie, $99, is another one of my favourites. The blue piping gives this hoodie some extra style. The material is also light enough so that you won’t feel bulked up or shapeless.
Hudson Kitchen, which recently opened at 800 Dundas Street West, served up some tasty appetizers to guests at the Parks Canada Original launch including these Spring Vegetable Tostadas. These were so yummy that I’m thinking of making them for our upcoming family barbecue.
The Franks ‘n’ beans appetizers perfectly enhanced the campfire theme of the evening. This is a super-tasty hors d’oeuvre featuring spicy sausage, dollops of cheese and great texture.
The Filipino Fried Chicken with Adobo mayo on homemade brioche is a must order if you’re visiting Hudson Kitchen. I’ve never tasted fried chicken this tender and I loved the accompanying mayo.
What a great addition to a campfire menu…S’mores! These were creamy and sweet with a satisfying crunch.
What a great introduction to the new Parks Canada Original clothing collection! What do you think of the pieces? Will you be purchasing Parks Canada Original clothing for your casual wardrobe?