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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, 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 ($68.97) – amazon.ca
- Horrockses Fashions: Off-the-Peg Style in the ’40s and ’50s ($36.68) – amazon.ca
- Philip Sparks Shirt Dress ($495) – Online and In store at 162 Ossington Avenue
- Moon Apparel Brocade Cigarette Pant ($89) – moonapparel.ca or 110 Bloor Street
- 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 ($265) – Holt Renfrew, Over the Rainbow and TNT – My go to denim brand
- Cat Ring from Lazy Oaf ($30) – Magic Pony in store and Online
- Givenchy Medium Pandora Bag ($1,850) – ssense.com, Holt Renfrew
- Krane Mirka Carpenter Bag ($680) – kranedesign.com
- 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 ($216) – clovercanyon.com
- Clover Canyon Galaxy Glass Pant ($215) – clovercanyon.com
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.
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 ($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, 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 ($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 ($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 ($395) northstarsportswear.ca
- North Star Great White North Sweater ($395) – northstarsportswear.ca
- Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara ($35) – Sephora in store and online – I’m famously a fan of another brand of mascara but Givenchy won me over this summer with Noir Couture
- 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 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
Phew, Part two done. Getting any ideas yet. There is more to come. Check back tomorrow for Part three!
Sometimes readers ask me questions. If they are of value to all my readers I post them online. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it using the contact form. I’ll definitely do my best to answer it.
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.
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.
UPDATE: The moron in me forgot a great Canadian Coat company, Smythe
Updates August 5, 2011
Stacey Zhang –
She also has a store on Queen Street West Store on Queen street has closed. Online Shopping available on her website.
CMFR Canada – T
here 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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
My favourite coats are a toss up between Comrags and Smythe.
It wasn’t just womenswear designers, Krane and Klaxon Howl created something for the guys.
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.