“What’s in a tee? Everything”BBxCollection
If you had asked me 5 years ago to name an Ottawa-based clothing brand, I would’ve stared at you blankly. Unfortunately I was not very “locally aware” when it came to fashion at the time, I’ll admit it. Fast-forward to two years ago, I made an important discovery; Ottawa brand BBxCollection. What I remember most vividly is the first time I saw the brand; it was a t-shirt worn by Katie of YOW City Style, a top Ottawa Fashion Influencer. As a result, I was intrigued.
So I began to follow them; loving their empowering message, their white and black tees with cheeky messages and their spot-on brand aesthetic. After a few months of Insta-stalking them I placed my first order, grabbing two tees saying, “Let Sh*t Go” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$” and my fate as a supporter of BBx was sealed.
Getting Down to Business
Last summer the owner of BBxCollection, Megan Racicot, put out the word that she was looking for Ambassadors. These women would help to support her brand and spread the Girl Gang love on social media. I applied with the hopes of being selected and sure enough I received the good news while I was on vacation in Amsterdam, I was over the moon.
Megan just might be the hardest working woman in Ottawa because while managing a full time job, she has built her side hustle from sparkly holiday tees sold online to opening her very own boutique in Ottawa’s Byward Market offering tees, tanks, sweaters swimsuits, accessories and skincare. We can’t forget her team, Megan has a solid girl gang of friends, family and local influencers who share her vision for local success.
Shop till you drop
The shop, which opened for the first time Saturday, June 1, is located at 31 York Street. A flight of stairs take you up to what feels like a cozy second floor apartment. This space is impeccably decorated with white, black, blush and gold accents. Cacti art adorns one wall and the colours perfectly compliment the rack of blush and peach sweaters hanging below.
Beautiful green plants jut out against the back wall with its large picture window, letting in plenty of natural light. Tucked neatly in the corner, is one large changing space behind a heavy blush curtain. A comfy round chair offers a place to sit for anyone waiting for you while you shop.
New & exciting
On top of introducing her own line of hair accessories, Megan has teamed up with some other local brands GHG (Glass House Goods), vintage and Sunday Skin. They offer beautiful bangles, statement earrings, and a curated collection of natural skin care products.
This may be a bit biased because of my affiliation with the brand but I must say the shop exceeds expectations. BBxCollection is exactly what Ottawa needs in a local clothing store. It’s certain that this brand will continue to churn out new, amazing, quality items for us to drool over and hopefully buy.
Important to note
Hours of operation are Thursday and Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 – 6:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 – 5:00 PM in case you want to check out the merchandise in person. Their online shop is available 24/7 and they offer free standard shipping in Canada and the US on orders over $100 CAD. Local pickup is available during business hour for Ottawa Babes. Signing up for their newsletter will earn you a 15% off promo code and you can use ERIN15 for 15% off any order. Are you looking for a fun way to celebreate Canada Day? BBxCollection are hosting a Canada Day party at the Shop 9 AM to 9 PM and have added Canada Day tees to their collection.