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Canada Goose Opens First Flagship Store in Toronto

If you live someplace where you must endure freezing cold temps between the months of December and March, you have probably become very well acquainted with Canada Goose. I’ve collected various styles from the Canadian born Arctic luxury apparel brand over the years that has allowed me to survive some of the coldest winters in history and brisk spring weather without sacrificing style.

Canada Goose opens its doors in the city it calls home (CNW Group/Canada Goose)

Canada Goose Flagship Opening

Canada Goose Flagship Opening

Canada Goose Flagship Opening

Last night Canada Goose opened the doors to it’s first flagship store at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto’s premier retail destination, which is getting a ton of press lately for it’s highly anticipated luxury retail expansion. About 10x’s larger than it may have appeared on my Insta and Snapchat stories, the 4,500 sqft space features Canadian design elements that help to bring the brand’s story to life. Canada Goose Canadian roots are clearly on display in the store with bespoke design elements that connect the space to it’s Canadiana roots; like the ridiculously stunning, oversized single piece marble desk, which was commissioned all the way from B.C. Plus the handmade, down filled upholstered furniture from Montreal based company, Montauk Sofa. And there is no shortage of options to choose from inside – trust me! With well over 100 different styles in 40 colour ways, Toronto’s flagship will house the largest variety of product anywhere in the world.

Canada Goose opens its doors in the city it calls home (CNW Group/Canada Goose)

Canada Goose Flagship Opening

Canada Goose Flagship Opening

And if you’re going to drop upwards of $1000 on a winter jacket, you deserve a first class shopping experience, right? If you’re in the market for premium outerwear this season, you can expect nothing but first class service from the store’s brand ambassadors; who are also more than happy to hold your purchases while you continue to shop the mall and will give you store carry-out to car or ship-to-home service if requested.

Canada Goose Flagship Opening

Opening Ceremony for Canada GooseWearing Opening Ceremony for Canada Goose exclusive black Chilliwack bomber

Photos by Jess Baumung

And I’m sure you’re all wondering whether or not special collaborations will be available in store. Everyone has been chatting about the brand’s recent work with Opening Ceremony and star Blue Jay player José Bautista and lucky for us Torontonians, both are expected to be available here in addition to exclusive in-store only styles, prints and colours. Get a glimpse at vintage pieces from the Canada Goose six decade archive and purchase both classic collections and new pieces at the flagship, which is open to the public now!

Vince Camuto Flagship Grand Opening | Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Vince Camuto Toronto

I’ve been a fan of the Vince Camuto brand for quite a while and last fall I had my first experience working with their New York team when I did a style contribution on their digital publication The Crest  (which can be viewed here). Oddly enough, I just noticed that it was published on the one year anniversary of SoSasha.com and fast forward one year later, I am excited to be named one of their Canadian Brand Ambassadors. In case you missed my first outfit post featuring the brand’s Klayton open-toe booties, you can find it here.

Vince Camuto Toronto

Last week I joined fellow Toronto media personalities to celebrate the grand opening of Vince Camuto’s flagship free standing store located inside of Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Canada’s premiere shopping destination. The beautifully designed and merchandised store houses Vince Camuto’s latest footwear, accessories and key outerwear pieces from their collection, but unfortunately no ready-to-wear just yet, however rumour has it we may be expecting it in the Canadian market in the near future.

Vince Camuto Toronto

I got a chance to chat with the man behind the brand, who I am now fondly calling “Uncle Vince” to discuss his passion for creating luxurious looking footwear that won’t break women’s wallets or ankles and how the company has grown to include 30 different categories from; shoes, handbags, outerwear, clothing, watches, accessories, fragrance and even menswear.

Vince Camuto Toronto

Vince Camuto Toronto

Photos by George Pimentel Photography

If you’re looking for the perfect fall footwear, I promise you, there’s a shoe for everyone – and the accessories are pretty killer too! For more information on Vince Camuto or to shop their full collection on VinceCamuto.com. Be sure to also follow them on Twitter and Instagram for updates and style inspiration. *Please note, online shopping is available for U.S. residents only!

 

Getting To Know Ann Taylor’s Creative Director Lisa Axelson

Lisa Axelson

Not too long after launching my site I was blessed with the opportunity to partner with Ann Taylor so the company is very near and dear to my heart. Living in the U.S. for several years I was already familiar with the brand but became an official part of their family when I was named a Brand Ambassador a year and a half ago. Over the course of this time, I have seen the brand transform from creating classic workwear collections for the mature career women to really providing chic and comfy separates that fits into the lifestyle of every woman, of any age. Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the woman that dresses America (and now Canada), Ann Taylor Creative Director Lisa Axelson, and got to pick her brain as to what inspires her day -to-day, insight into her personal style, current obsessions, things she can’t live without and a sneak peek at the upcoming holiday collection!

SE: Each season I look forward to seeing a new twist on the brand with the launch of each collection, with of course a few classic mainstays. What can women expect to see with your upcoming Holiday collection?

LA: I grew up between Seattle and Vancouver and there’s something about the holidays that get me nostalgic about home. Rustic and authentic rugged textures are the main theme but it was important that we made it really modern and urban for today’s woman while keeping it comfy and chic. It is all about bringing the texture into the brand that was inspired by mountains and tress. You will really see my love of knitwear this season. Taking traditional woollens and tweeds and transforming them. We have a plaid coat in black, grey and white, very traditional colours, but the wool is brushed at the mill, pressed and the inside is bonded to neoprene. Neoprene is really huge right now and gives the jacket a really great sculptural look.

Ann Taylor Winter Holiday Collection 2014

SE: Let’s chat about fabrics. There’s seems to be a wide variety of them in your upcoming holiday collection. Probably more than I have seen in any of your past collections…

LA: I love fabric in general and doing new things with fabric, especially at our price point.  You always see fabric experimentation at the high end and I feel that it’s so hard to get that level of experimentation at a lower price point. You will see quite a bit of vegan leather next season…animal friendly AND at a great price point.

SE: I took a sneak peek of the holiday collection before our chat and clearly have my faves. What pieces are near and dear to your heart that you feel will be must-haves?

LA: We have a white textured sweater that I adore and I feel resembles cracked snow. There is also a backless tuxedo jumpsuit that I wore to this year’s CFDA’s. Olivia Palermo was my date for the evening and I felt so cool and chic in my look beside her which is amazing. The bootie is my absolute hands-down favourite shoe from the entire collection. You name it; the “Biker” bootie, the “Quilted” bootie…I love them all. The leather jogger will be my go-to travel pant this Fall with a cashmere sweater and trainers. I am not schlepping around Paris in high heels…I’m just not! *laughs*

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

SE: I love how passionate you are about these items. What are some of your other current obsessions these days?

LA: I am obsessed with all things comfortable. Sweatshirts in brocade fabrics, leather that is comfy and not restricted and outerwear. No closet is truly complete without a few key outerwear pieces!!!

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

SE: I have to be completely honest, I really love your style. You seem to have perfected the “Effortlessly Chic” vibe. Can you share more on your personal style?

LA: Some days call for me to be a bit more formal, so I’m more tailored and pulled together, while on other days I’m the happiest in jeans, a cool top, a jacket over top and some sneakers. I show up to the office looking different every day depending on my work day. There are those days where I have to dash off to a dinner party afterwards in which I throw on some jewellery and exchange the sneakers for a pair of heels.

SE: In the last year or so I have noticed the brand has gone from workwear for the corporate woman to now creating chic and comfortable separates that fit into every woman’s lifestyle for a much wider age demographic. Do you feel pressure to keep up and top every season?

LA: Yes and yes. I don’t know if any of us would be any good if we didn’t feel some sort of pressure. I’ve always felt some sort of pressure since my days at design school.  I frequently have that moment and say to myself, “Oh my God, what if I don’t have the next idea? What is I can’t come up with that moment, that colour, that something that lights my fire?” To help with the design process my team and I  frequently go through the different scenarios of a woman’s life to help in developing a collection that mirrors today’s woman’s lifestyle…which is a bit of a challenge with there being little separation between work, home life and social. And it can be daunting because the deadlines come faster and faster and there’s pressure to deliver for a brand this big but we just have to get passed it and not dwell on it so we can find the inspiration.

SE: Speaking of inspiration, I have always wondered how designers and creative directors do it; find inspiration that is. Do you go out of your way to find it or do you just let it come to you?

LA: I think every designer is different, but for me I almost always have to be out of the office, like away from deadlines, tasks, like out of the work environment and from people asking me questions. *giggles*

SE: That’s pretty funny…but I am guessing you are being dead serious…

LA: Yes…it could be 3am and I’m half asleep and something hits me, a trip to Europe or a week off on Summer vacation. I just find that I have to get away from it and let my mind relax and the ideas just float to the surface. Interior design and architecture tends to flood my inspiration a lot in credit to my parents. My Dad was an Architect who owned his own firm and my Mother worked for him. I was always around it so I often look to that to get my first spark of inspiration. I actually love starting with something that’s non-fashion related because it forces you to think more openly, instead of combing the catwalks because then you are just repeating something someone already did. So I prefer looking to art, books (I love to read) that get me thinking about a storyline. Hemingway’s Moveable Feast was the inspiration for a Fall collection a few seasons ago.

Ann Taylor 2014 Holiday Collection

SE: Outside of the collection, what are three things that you just couldn’t live without?

LA: Ha…there are quite a few things that I can’t live without. First, maybe Summer vacay. Family…because without them I would never get through the hard times and my iPad – the device for all things inspiring. It’s single handedly changed my life *laughs*. Maybe not for better because it’s with me all the time. Between blogs, shopping, email, music. I do so much research and get really inspired. I mean…forget about it…Pinterest! Once I start, I can’t stop. It is like the rabbit hole.  If it’s 3am and I can’t sleep, there I am tapping and pining my life away.

After viewing some of the key pieces and what Axelson believes are the pillars to the upcoming 2014 Holiday Ann Taylor collection, I am convinced that they will have all your office party, cocktails with the girls, date nights outfit needs and everything in between covered this holiday season. I will be sure to give more updates before the collection hits stores and online. For more information on Ann Taylor and to view their current collection click here – and make sure to follow the brand on Instagram and Twitter for some style inspiration!

Feminine Floral Footwear

DSW Canada

I’m afraid to admit it, but another Summer is almost over and with that in mind, I will be wearing as many warm weather inspired pieces as possible until Labour Day weekend. Last week I made a special announcement about DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) coming north of the border and opening stores in Canada, which probably excited you hardcore shoe lovers. Last Tuesday, I got the opportunity to check out the gigantic flagship location which houses 20,000 pairs of men and women’s shoes at the brand’s media preview and to say it was shoe heaven is a major understatement!

DSW Canada

I managed to peel myself out of the event without going too crazy (and by crazy I mean departing with 4 pairs of shoes) and these Ivanka Trump floral print pumps had no choice but to come home with me that night. Both the Canadian locations (Mississauga and Newmarket) are open for business now and trust me, you won’t find a footwear selection and savings like DSW’s anywhere else. Plus, so many brands to choose from, there is literally a shoe to satisfy everyone. What can you expect to find inside the footwear mecca? Shoes from Alice + Olivia , Badgley Mischka, Birkenstock, Converse, Diane Von Furstenberg, Timberland, Dr. Martens, Nine West, Lacoste, Nike and much more.

DSW Canada

7 for all Mankind

What I’m Wearing: Heels c/o DSW Canada // White Denim c/o 7 for all Mankind  // Sweater (old) c/o Gap // Sunnies by RayBan // Clutch (old) c/o  Forever 21

For more information on DSW, store locations and more head to DSWCanada.ca and stay up-to-date on discounts and featured items by following them on Instagram and Facebook

 

 

What’s Trending | Bad Etiquette’s Capsule Collection

Bad Etiquette

Graphic tees are nothing new to the fashion world and since it’s arrival on the scene they have only continued to gain in popularity. With most logo tees these days using a play-off of a logo or fashion brand name, Toronto based company Bad Etiquette caught my eye several weeks back and I have been dialed into the brand ever since.  With a simple black and white palette, clean aesthetic, and dope logos found on their tees, hoodies, and snapbacks – inspired by the Designer Lionel Wong’s ethos, I think the Bad Etiquette team is definitely onto something here.

Bad Etiquette

Bad Etiquette

Bad Etiquette

Within seconds of checking out the brand’s website, you will immediately understand Bad Etiquette’s vision and hopefully like me, fall in love with their dedication to “always keep shit f*ckin’ real!”.  With clever street influenced product descriptions and a hip hop themed sizing chart – (“Biggie Smalls”, “Middle Man”, “Livin Large”, and “XL Baby” are the sizes available to chose from) confirmed that Bad Etiquette was not just your run of the mill street label. I had an amazing chat with Wong a week ago, who also happens to be the Associate Creative Director at one of the city’s leading ad and creative digital agency’s, One Method. During our talk he explained a bit about his obsession with creating and love of community, which was the catalyst for the line. Although Bad Etiquette’s first capsule collection is men’s…it’s slim fit and super luxe cotton makes it easy for us ladies to rock them as a tee or a dress.

Bad Etiquette

Bad Etiquette

Photography by Tiffany Sin – TiffanySPhoto.ca

What I’m Wearing: White “Dope & Diamonds” Tee c/o Bad Etiquette // Black “Hoodlm” Tee c/o Bad Etiquette // Sunglasses by Rayban // Shoes (old) by Aldo *Both tees shown here are size medium aka “Middle Man”

To view the full collection, which also includes hoodies, and to order online head to their website here  and please remember to exercise good social etiquette and follow them on Twitter and Instagram!

 

The Return of the Power Suit in Spring/Summer 2014 Caitlin Power

Caitlin Power Skirt Suit

It’s been approximately twenty four years since Vogue declared the era of power dressing over…but based on trends seen in fashion over the last couple of seasons, the “Power Suit” is starting to make a return. The strong jackets that became iconic in the 80s with tailored pants or skirts is slowly being reinvented and updated to appeal to the young and middle aged women of today. The women’s power suit has taken many forms over the years and was formally characterized by masculine lines, oversized shoulder pads and boxy silhouettes, however fast forward to present day, this suit has become more sophisticated, sleek and sexy!

Caitlin Power New York Blazer

Caitlin Power Rome Skirt

I’ve always had an affinity to this particular style of dressing because it reminds me of my Mother’s “Boss Lady” attire during her magazine editorial days. She always that the most beautiful suits, most of the time custom from popular Little Italy boutique “Gente” that was uber popular in the 80s and closed down a decade later. Mum always exuded strength in her office attire and from a very young age I knew that it provided her with a sense of power. Ironically when it comes to Canadian designers, nobody does a power suit like Caitlin Power. Over the last several years, I have watched the designer grow and each season she never fails to blow me away with her creative use of leather and architectural details, “tailoring is important within the brand. I focus on sophisticated, classic silhouettes, but make them youthful with edgy details. I use leather in unexpected places and focus on the female form, making style lines accentuate a women’s curves. My woman commands attention and dresses sharp to receive it!” – says the Calgarian born designer.

My obsession with both Caitlin and her label reached an all time high after watching her Spring/Summer 2014 Collection at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Power’s fierce collection left show goers breathless at David Pecault Square as models traipsed down the runway in chic short and skirt suits, beautifully structured leather dresses and sharp tailored outerwear. This white skirt suit was a standout from the collection in my opinion and makes me think of Kim Cattrall’s character Samantha Jones on Sex and the City. The colour blocked blazer with plunging neckline and chic pencil skirt can be worn from work to evening events, with the former most likely paired with a cami (unless you work in the fashion industry).

Caitlin Power Skirt Suit

What I’m Wearing: “New York” Blazer c/o Caitlin Power // “Rome” Pencil Skirt c/o Caitlin Power // Bag by Chanel // Shoes (old) c/o Aldo // Nameplate Necklace c/o Jewlr // Watch c/o Caravelle New York

To view and shop Caitlin Power’s collections head to CaitlinPower.com and follow the brand on Twitter and Instagram or using the hashtag #PowerWoman

Blue is the Warmest Colour | What I’m Wearing

Phillip Lim Tuxedo Jacket

There once was a time where under no conditions was black and navy blue to be paired together – but thankfully times have changed. Roughly two years ago designers including Celine, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Rachel Zoe, and Gucci begun to send looks that incorporated the combo down the runways and the trend carried through to this year and was seen all over red carpets during awards season!

7 for all Mankind Skinny Jeans

Phillip Lim Tuxedo Jacket

Phillip Lim Tuxedo Jacket

Taking fashion cues from some of the men that successfully rocked a midnight blue tuxedo jacket this season such as; Kevin Spacey and Amar’re Stoudemire, I paired my menswear inspired navy tuxedo jacket by Phillip Lim with classic black 7 for all Mankind black skinny’s (that I have been religiously wearing to evening events lately) – and somehow was lucky enough to find a beautiful shoe that elegantly worked the colour combination into the design.

What I’m Wearing: Midnight Blue Tuxedo Jacket (old) by Phillip Lim  // Black Skinny Jeans c/o 7 for all Mankind //  Watch c/o  Caravelle  New York // Sunnies by Rayban // Shoes by Zara

Collabo Alert: Banana Republic x Marimekko Capsule Collection

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection

Known for their ultra iconic textile designs, Finnish design and fashion house Marimekko has teamed up with Banana Republic for a limited time only capsule collection which I personally believe will be the brand’s best collaboration to date! Whether you have a penchant for prints or a bit print shy, I am certain that there is something for you in this 25 piece apparel and accessories collection.

The collection boasts 5 featured patterns which was created by three of the Marimekko’s designers. My favourite hands down is the Kivet polka dot print designed by Maija Isola, which you will find in the iconic Hampton pant, mid-length patio skirt and ballet flats.
Marimekko Banana Republic
Keeping in line with the Finnish brand’s respect to the environment, each apparel piece was developed with a blend of natural fibres.  I am so happy to getting an opportunity to view and pre-shop the collection this evening and with the reasonable prices; apparel (including petites) $50-$175 and accessories $69.50 – $98, I am certain I will be rocking Marimekko prints for the rest of the Summer! Here are are few of my fave pieces from the BRxMarimekko Lookbook:
Banana Republic Marimekko Kivet Print Skirt
Banana Republic Marimekko Collection
Banana Republic Marimekko Collection
Banana Republic Marimekko Collection
Banana Republic Marimekko Collection
Banana Republic Marimekko Collection
Beginning May 22nd, 2014, the Banana Republic x Marimekko Collection will be available for purchase both at BR locations across Canada and online at BananaRepublic.ca  Click here for more information on the collection, the story, and the designers. Make sure to follow @BRStyleCA and @MarimekkoGlobal on Twitter and follow the conversation using the hashtag #BRxMarimekko. Happy shopping!!!

The “Not-So-Basic”…Basics | What I’m Wearing

7 for all Mankind

It’s officially Spring and a staple in my warm weather wardrobe (how’s that for alliteration) this time of the year is white denim. If it weren’t for Toronto’s horrendous slushy and snow filled winters, I would be hard pressed to wear them year round.  A flattering pair of white denim should be a basic in everyone’s closet – no excuses. It is what I like to refer to as the “Not-So-Basic” basic item that allows for a very casual daytime Summer look but if paired with a few statement pieces, it can quickly be transformed into a chic evening outfit.

7 for all Mankind

Aritzia Moto Vest

7 for All Mankind

7 For All Mankind

If you took a peek inside my closet, my obsession with white denim would be clear; you would find several pairs from Boyfriend, Distressed, Relaxed Fit, Cropped, Shorts and of course the Classic Skinny in my denim dossier. On a recent day date with my bestie Shane, I paired a classic moto vest, an athletic inspired trapeze tee and my go-to pair of second skin white jeans from 7 for All Mankind.

7 for All Mankind

Wilfred Moto VestPhotos by Tiffany Sin www,tiffanysphoto.ca

What I’ Wearing: Skinny White Denim c/o 7 for All Mankind // Moto Vest similar here // Shoes by Manolo Blahnik // Carros T-Shirt by Wilfred // Phillip Lim for Target // Watch c/o Caravelle New York

Style in the City in 424 Fifth with Style Blogger Monica of AwedbyMoni

424 Fifth

Warm weather, sunshine, chic outfits and a day spent with my gal pal Monica Awe-Etuk of style blog Awed by Moni, pretty much sums up the perfect day for me. I’ve known this special lady for years but our bond grew stronger when we both entered the Blogsphere together roughly a year and a half ago. During her recent visit to Toronto, we headed to our fave stomping grounds in the city, Yorkville, for a proper girl’s day out in our rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch” attire.

424 Fifth Collection

424 Fifth

424 Fifth Leather Laser Cut Skirt

424 Fifth Leather Laser Cut Skirt

After being introduced to 424 Fifth a couple months ago, I have been lucky enough to acquire some fabulous pieces from the brand’s Spring collection. In my opinion, one of the highlights of the line is this leather skirt that I paired with their grey Summer cashmere sweater. With a cheeky slit in the back, this form flattering skirt with laser cut details is the perfect update to the pencil skirt – not to mention a good juxtaposition to Monica’s beautiful tulle skirt. Guaranteed…it will be on repeat this season!

424 Fifth

424 Fifth

424 Fifth Leather Laser Cut Skirt

424 Fifth

Le Chateau Pumps

424 FifthPhotos by Shola Awe

What I’m Wearing: Leather Laser Cut Skirt courtesy of 424 Fifth // Boyfriend Cashmere Sweater courtesy of 424 Fifth // Shoes courtesy of Le Chateau // Bag (old) Banana Republic // Sunnies by Marc by Marc Jacobs // Jewelry courtesy of H&M // Watch courtesy of Caravelle New York

What Monica is Wearing: Biggie Mustache Tank by Eleven Paris // Organza Midi Skirt by Chic Wash // Striped blazer by Smythe // Pumps by Christian Louboutin // Bag by Celine

Make sure to check out Monica’s chic style on awedbymonica.blogspot.ca

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