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Krane End of Summer Pop Up Shop – August 31 – September 1, 2013

Krane End of Summer Pop Up Shop - August 31 - September 1, 2013

Krane End of Summer Pop Up Shop – August 31 – September 1, 2013

Krane End of Summer Pop Up Shop – August 31 – September 1, 2013

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I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 3

So, part 1 and part 2 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for Part three.

This is the part three of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the third part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote

JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings, Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote

  • JdJ Studio collection Clover gemstone, sterling silver braided band or yellow gold band in blue topaz, amethyst or citrine ($375-$675) – 60 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West
  • Jenny Bird Earth Angel Earrings ($125 USD) – jenny-bird.com
  • Gap Camo Calf Hair Tote ($158.40) – Gap In Store and Online
Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the '40s and '50s

Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent, Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s

  • Carine Roitfeld: Irreverent ($68.97) – amazon.ca
  • Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s ($36.68) – amazon.ca
Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant

Philip Sparks Shirt Dress, Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant

Ruffian Women's Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress

Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf , NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Set, Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1, strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress

  • Ruffian Women’s Silk Ruffle Scarf ($95) – eBay.ca
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Photoboot Gift Set ($40) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • Tokidoki Unicorno Series 1 ($10 Each) – Magic Pony in store and Online, mindzai.com – I’m obsessed with these Unicorn figures from Tokidoki. I’m close to collecting them all
  • strangebeautiful Volume 7 The Inept Laundress ($85 USD) – LuckyScent.com – My favourite indie nail polish brand.
Hudson Jeans Leeloo

Hudson Jeans Leeloo

  • Hudson Jeans Leeloo ($265) – Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and TNT – My go to denim brand
Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag

Lazy Oaf Cat Ring, Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag, Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag

Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi

Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit, Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holt Renfrew Candle, Kobo eReader, Micro Pedi

  • Dermalogica Smooth and Renew Skin Kit ($72) – dermalogica.ca – Great introduction to my favourite skin care brand
  • Sir Elton John and David Furnish for Holts Candle ($50) – Holt Renfrew
  • Kobo eReader ($79.99 – $299.99) – Chapters Indigo in store and online
  • Micro Pedi ($49.99) – Shoppers Drug Mart
Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant

Clover Canyon Chantilly Lace Dress, Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant

Can you believe that there is a part 4 of gift ideas? Well, check back tomorrow for the final installment of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series.

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2

Yup, this gift guide madness is continuing. I’ve got three more days of I want – I got Gift Guides. You might want to take a look at Part 1 of the I want – I got Gift Guide series.

This is the part two of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the second part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket

Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket

  • Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress ($238) – Net-a-Porter
  • L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar ($395) – designedbylindalundstrom.com
  • RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler ($795) – RIMOWA’s flagship store, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto
  • Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket ($595) – eluxe.ca – The most perfect little jacket, must have in any closet
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring

JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring

  • JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, sterling silver braided band in green amethyst, citrine or amethyst ($695) – 61 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Toronto and Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
  • Moonrox Treasure Bracelet ($95) – moonrox.ca, One of a Kind Show – This bracelet is made to order and you have a choice of colour schemes.
  • Dean Davidson Castle Ring ($170) – deandavidson.com, Holt Renfrew
1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress

1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress

  • 1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat ($2,400 USD) – ShrimptonCouture.com – I love browsing the 20s fashions on Shrimpton Couture dreaming of one day owning a piece
  • Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress ($299) – Danier in store and online
Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top

Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top

  • Krane Jonas Officer Coat ($1,175) – Kranedesign.com – Krane is a menswear company but I love his aesthetic and would love to get my androgyny on in his stuff.
  • Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops Earrings ($65USD) – Jenny-bird.com
  • Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant ($50) – Holt Renfrew in store and online – Adorable elephant for a great cause. The best offering of all the charity products over the years at Holts.
  • Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top ($69) – moonapparel.ca or 110 Bloor Street
North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara

North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara

BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps

Balmain red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps

  • I’m obsessed with everything that uses Anita in the style name. It’s total narcissism but it’s the easiest way to get my attention.
  • BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots ($1,068) – Net-a-Porter
  • Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps ($945) – Net-a-Porter
  • Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps ($1,395) – Net-a-Porter
Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes

Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes

  • Chanel Malice Nail Polish ($27) – Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Phew, Part two done. Getting any ideas yet. There is more to come. Check back tomorrow for Part three!

Ask A Geek – Canadian Brands Making Winter Coats – Updated November 13, 2012

Cdn Spirit Down Jacket
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I want – I got reader @ThebergeSwim tweeted:

@ThebergeSwim - @geekigirl I’m looking 4 a warm winter coat Preferably fashionable & NOT black. Would like to support local designer #ThebergemovestoToronto
Me – @ThebergeSwim budget?
@ThebergeSwim - @geekigirl four to six hundred. Possibly a lil more if totally awesome.

Fashionable and functional are trade off that has to be made for a Canadian winter. I tend to side with function during this time of year. My recommendation is buy a long down jacket so you don’t have to layer as much. However, here’s a selection of Canadian companies with winter jackets and coats that will cover both spectrums and between.  Some of these companies might not have fall offerings online yet, but should soon.

RUDSAK – Lots of leather options here. Montreal based but has a store on Queen Street West.

Moose Knuckles Canada – Moose Knuckles is outside of your budget but I included it because it’s Canadian.

Canada Goose. – I bash the Canada Goose a lot.  Not because of it’s function, I can say that it’s a great winter jacket.  My problem is that it seems like everyone in Toronto has one.  I call it the Toronto uniform.  I guess I just have a problem with conformity.  However, many Retailers carry the Goose including sportinglife.ca, Canadianicons.ca, Holt Renfrew and Over the Rainbow.

Downtown Down – Both Cdn Spirit and Johnny Yiu can be purchased on Downtown Down. I purchased a Cdn Spirit down jacket a few winters ago and it’s amazing.

Mackage – Montreal based but they are carried at Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and online at ssense.com

Orb Clothing – Vancouver based clothing company. Makes great winter jackets for snowsports as well as more casual options. I wore an Orb jacket during my trip to Whistler this year.

Mountain Equipment Co-op - Definitely more on the functional side but affordable.

TNA – TNA down jackets were the Canada Goose of their time with young women and teens. They aren’t as popular anymore but you’ll still see a lot of people with them. You can get these at a TNA store or Aritiza.

Soia & Kyo – More fashion than function here. If you aren’t looking for a down jacket there are lot of options here.

m0851 – Another company with great leather products. They have a store in Yorkville.

Danier – Can’t forget Danier, they’ve really upped the style quotient of late.

Joe Fresh – I don’t know how warm their down jackets are but they do make very affordable ones in bright colours. Store at Queen and Bathurst

Krane – Amazing menswear by Toronto based Ken Chow. I think women can pull the jackets off too.

Philip Sparks – I’m currently dying over this Philip Sparks coat.

UPDATE: The moron in me forgot a great Canadian Coat company, Smythe

Updates August 5, 2011
Stacey ZhangShe also has a store on Queen Street West Store on Queen street has closed. Online Shopping available on her website.

CMFR Canada – There are no retail outlets for these guys listed on the site and no online store as of yet. They have a ton of stockist now. Due West, Sydney’s, Ssense.com.

LUNDSTRÖM

Updates August 6, 2011
Ewanika – She usually has 1 or 2 styles of coats in her fall collection.

Update May 1, 2012 – This post is in dire need of a update.

Sentaler Luxury Alpaca Outerwear – Thanks for nudge to update this post

Company of Adventures – This link is dead but it’s sold at The Bay.

Toast Skirts – Not a coat really but still good for cold weather

Update November 4, 2012

OSC Cross – Designed and made in Canada. Available online

PDG by Plenty – West coast retailers house brand. Available online. Retail locations in BC

Nobis – available at The Show Room and online.

Fadedsoul.com – Just discovered this Canadian online shop where you can find brands Nobis and Moose Knuckles

Jacob – Has a selection of wool and down filled coats. Available in store and online

Update November 13, 2012

A reader let me know about Montreal based Sicily Clothing. I never heard of them before but they look like another good alternative to the Goose

Well, I think I’m tapped out of ideas but I feel I’m missing companies. Let me know in the comments!

Krane Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

Krane Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

Hands down favourite of LG Fashion Week is Krane.  This show had it all, from the amazing Krane clothing and accessories to the killer runway presentation with great music.  It’s was the most enjoyable show of the week for me.  I remember a Krane show I covered for blogTO way back in 2007 where designer, Ken Chow, cleverly used a bodybag in the finale of his fashion show. That guy has always been impressing me with his work and presentation skills. As someone who loves military details, it’s pretty hard not to be crazy in love with Krane.
Krane Fall Winter 2011 - 2012
Ken Chow continued on his exploration of the military theme with officer’s coats, aviator jackets, bombers and pea coats. He combined his signature waxed cotton with vintage military blankets in many of the jackets. Lambskin, wool, cotton and shearling rounded out the fabrics in the line. Bags came in different styles like duffle bags, carpenter bags, laptop bags, rucksacks and briefcases. They came in either suede or a washed leather. The lambskin jeans stood out the most in the amazing pant lineup. Other options included wool ponte di roma trousers and waxed cotton jeans. When the male models were wearing shirts they consisted of henleys and button ups. I’ve followed Ken for a while and the workmanship on Krane garments and accessories continues to be impeccable. Ken made a smart move including a female model in the lineup since women by 10% of menswear sold. I’ve always wanted to wear Krane and it works very well on female body.

See the entire Krane Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 show

Krane Fall Winter 2011 - 2012

See the photos from the Krane Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 show on lgfashionweek.ca.  Also check out filmmaker Ron Wan’s Krane Fall/Winter 2011 – 2012 video.

images: George Pimentel

The Blanket Statement by The Hudson’s Bay Company

The Blanket Statement by The Bay

I was invited to the preview of  The Blanket Statement in the Hudson’s Bay Company Shop on Queen Street.  The Blanket Statement is a collaboration that saw 10 Canadian designers rework the traditional Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket into coat. In addition to unveiling the 10 one of a kind coats, the event also showcased new items created for the Hudson’s Bay Company Shop.

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Erdem

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Harricana par Mariouche

Harricana par Mariouche

Specialty items from fashion to home to collectibles have been created by several Canadian fashion designers and artisans — encompassing everything from organic T-shirts to artisanal maple syrup cubes to women’s recycled fur accessories.

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Todd Lynn

Todd Lynn

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Lida Baday

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Jeremy Laing

Jeremy Laing

My favourite coats are a toss up between Comrags and Smythe.

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Comrags

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Smythe

It wasn’t just womenswear designers, Krane and Klaxon Howl created something for the guys.

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Krane

Krane

IMGThe Blanket Statement by The Bay - Klaxon Howl

The new collection at the Hudson’s Bay Company Shop included custom made canoes, canoe paddles, Pink Tartan Hudson’s Bay Point cardigans, $75 pure maple sugar cube (I was astonished at this item to be honest. I even had to twitpic it.), specially made tshirts from Shared, chocolates, chunky sweaters, Virgina Johnson printed scarfs, Point blankets, fur hats and stoles.

The Blanket Statement by The Bay - Pink Tartan