Workshop Studio & Boutique, Ottawa

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Workshop Boutique opened its doors amidst quite a bit of chaos at the end of April 2005. We had a great opening party, then we closed the shop the following day to get our tax returns done! It was a classic Bridget and Christina beginning.

It all really started about a year or so before that, when we met, happily hanging out in the middle of the night in a very long line up waiting for a table to sell our collections at the Byward Market on Canada Day. The day turned out pretty badly: there was a huge thunderstorm, we were soaked, and our tents traveled through the air. Some of our handmade pieces even made their way down the street with the floodwaters and into the City of Ottawa’s drainage system, where we think they still are, happily living in the mud. That day will always remain for us the day that set us on a path together.

We were both independent women designers who wanted to live and do our thing in Ottawa, a city not traditionally known for fashion. We wanted an outlet to sell our creations. We also wanted a place where we could spend our money according to our ideals. A place where you couldn’t go wrong: where everything was handmade, local, sustainable, made by women, fair trade or a combination of those things. And it also had to be crafty, unique and work with our personal style. We wanted a shop full to the rafters of things that make us smile, things that are fun and functional, and things that make us want to rip them off the mannequins, run into the change room, put them on, and take them home with us.

So, we decided to create that place. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Christina & Bridget
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  • I recently visited this shop while on a short trip to Ottawa and it's a gem. Super friendly staff, lovely local gifts, and a good variety of clothing, prints, accessories, etc. The screen-print...  more »
  • Workshop Studio & Boutique is one of a number of boutiques in downtown Dalhousie selling designer womenswear. Think yoga jeans, Chesapeake shorts, cowl linen wear shirts, eclipse jumpsuits and...  more »
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  • I adore this shop! The owners do such a great job picking amazing local and Canadian Designers for us to shop. If you are a big supporter of shopping local, this is a must for any fashionista.
  • I love the focus on Canadian designers and that the clothes are unique and original. Every time I wear something from workshop I get a compliment. Customer service is great - I always find they take the extra time to help me find pieces I'll love!
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