The shirts and phone cases are great too but the A Clockwork Orange Canvas Book Bag is calling my name. Now, I have no damn need for another canvas bag, I have a closet shelf full of them but I just can’t resist the all over print of this bag.
I almost walked away from the Bookhou Totem Dopp Pouch. I was visiting City of Craft for the first time with Monique from MoonRox and we both had our eyes on it. Why the hemming and hawing? Well, I really like cross body bags. They are my staples as they are versatile and easy to carry. Pouches and clutches are kinda a pain in the ass and I only really use them when going to something formal. That being said the Totem Dopp Pouch print was gold and I really liked the oatmeal linen it was made from. So, I spent the 30 bucks and picked one up, at that price it was hard to say no.
Totem Dopp Pouch measures W 25.4 x H 17.78 cm. It’s large enough to carry the essentials (Wallet, Smartphone, Keys, Gum, Mascara and Lip Balm) and it’s not bulky. The print placement varies on each pouch due to its handmade nature. The outer material is 100% linen and the lining is 100% cotton.
The Totem Dopp Pouch has served me well already. It was the perfect accessory to pair with a recent wedding outfit I put together. The gold dress is complexgeometries, the platforms are Aldo and the earrings are by Jenny Bird. You can see how the Totem Dopp Pouch fits in perfectly! And with that, the purchase was justified.
You can get your own Totem Dopp Pouch via the new One of a Kind Online shopor directly from Bookhou. On both sites the pouch retails for $30 plus applicable shipping.
Bookhou is a Toronto based company and all merchandise is handcrafted in Toronto.
I’m having an intense love affair with a handbag right now. It’s the Loeffler Randall Rider Bag in black lizard printed embossed leather. This bag came into my life with the help of eLuxe’s great personal shoppers. I made a comment on the eLuxe Facebook page when they posted a preview of the beautiful Neon Red and Bubble Gum Loeffler Randall Rider Bag. It seems my Internet squeal of a comment prompted a mental note for this personal shopper. I soon received an email telling me that the Rider Bag was in stock and ready for purchasing.
The Black Lizard Loeffler Randall Rider Bag is sold out on eLuxe but the Neon Red and Bubble Gum version is available. Augustina also carries the Rider Bag and they have a few great colours like white, natural and cobalt. They are also sold out of the Black Lizard style. The Rider Bag retails from $535 – $595.
Mary Katrantzou is releasing her first line of leather handbags. The stamp and currency prints of the Spring Summer 2013 collection are perfect for the Wristlet Pouch Clutch and Leather Pouch styles.Â You can pre-order the collection at saksfifthavenue.com with an expected shipping date of April 14, 2013. The collection comes out March 11, 2013 in Europe. The handbags priced at $681 and $854. Saks also delivers to Canada.
EDIT: I’ve just found out from Mary Katrantzou herself that these leather pouches will be available at The Room by The Hudson’s Bay!!
Kara Ross is Queen of the exotic skins. This award winning designer is known for her luxury clutches made of out of a colourful assortment of skins like lizard, python, alligator and ostrich finished with a clasped made from coloured stones. Kara is a certified GIA gemologist and she puts that experience into her handbag and jewellery designs.
To compliment the skins, Kara uses mother-of-pearl, labradorite, black onyx, rock crystal and hematite gemstones. Kara by Kara Ross jewellery uses alternative materials like jet, marcasite, lava, wood and chalcedony to create her statement making jewellery in addition to traditional materials like resin, crystal, Malachite, Lapis, Tiger’s Eye, Amethyst, Turquoise and Onyx.
I attended a preview of the Spring Summer 2013 Kara Ross Handbags and Kara by Kara Ross Jewellery. It was the first time I got a look at the product in person and I’m such a fan of the handbags. I love the Art Deco inspiration in the shape and the clasp design. The skins are so unique and colourful with all kinds of colour combinations including neon available. I’m the lucky owner of a neon pink python Electra clutch (thanks to Kelly Claman Company) and I love it. It’s the perfect statement piece for a completely black outfit but I’m also looking forward to doing some crazy colour blocking in the summer. I’m thinking of paring it with my neon yellow dress and pink cork platform heels.
Kara by Kara Ross is available online at eluxe.ca and The Bay or in store at Holt Renfrew (Made a mistake about Holts, Ursula B in Montreal also carries Kara Ross).
HermÃ¨s does an incredible job with their product videos. They are extremely well done and hit that sweet spot of cute and whimsical that wins me over every time. The Sporting Life is the theme of the 2013 for HermÃ¨s and this set of four videos does a terrific job of conveying the theme. Each video takes items from the spring summer 2013 and incorporates them into sporty vignettes.
Ping Pong features the Toolbox bag and the Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection.
Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection: The new HermÃ¨s porcelain collection designed by BenoÃ®t-Pierre Emery and Damian O’Sullivan will be available in Canadian boutiques in May 2013. Rallye 24 has the emblematic anchor chain caught up in and propelled along by a new story on porcelain. It is playfully reworked as a car race track with its straight lines and oval corners, all short-circuiting with their foot to the floor.(source: HermÃ¨s PR)
Toolbox bag: A slight family resemblanceâ€¦ A cousin of the Kelly, with a vanity-case touch, this bag unites the HermÃ¨s spirit and the practicality of a surprisingly roomy “treasure chestâ€. Its swivel clasp, metal plate, snap hooks, lock and cloÂchette give it an urban and casual look. Made of soft and supple Swift calfskin, it can be carried by hand or on the shoulder thanks to its removable strap.(source: HermÃ¨s PR)
Leap Frog features the Grass Shoe.
Grass Shoe: With its two-tone contrasts and pairing of precious materials, smooth alligator and nubuck, this high sandal adds a touch of sports chic to the spirit of golf.(source: HermÃ¨s PR)
Croquet features their world famous ties and scarves.
I’m excited about Philip Sparks’s new lines of accessories for men and women for Spring Summer 2013. Right now I have my eye on this leather and canvas mens Accordion Briefcase. I love the colour combination. It’s available for pre-order right now at philipsparks.com or at the Ossington Shop until Sunday. It retails for $395.00 and will ship on March 15, 2013s ship March 15, 2013,
I attended the launch of the Porsche Design’s latest product, The TwinBag. This is the company’s first handbag and Thomas Steinbruck, Creative Director was on hand. Thomas is the Porsche Design’s first creative director joined the company in 2012. He has an extensive background in fashion industry as well as a bachelor’s from Studio Bercot and a Masters from the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris.
When I first received the invitation I was a bit sceptical of the handbag. I’m not honestly sure why since Porsche Design already has some classic luggage and briefcase designs. I was pleasantly surprised after some Internet investigation. Porsche Design managed to create a classic looking satchel handbag that converts to a shoulder bag when the clasps on the handles are released. I wanted to check the handbag out in person so I decided I would attend the launch.
The Porsche Design TwinBag is beautiful. It’s a great size and well constructed. It sits perfectly on the shoulder when converted. The Italian manufactured handbag is constructed from a single piece of leather. Customer can choose from 10 colours in leather, crocodile and ostrich. The skins are tanned using ecologically sound methods. Prices start at $1990 and go up to $28,900 (crocodile with 18k white gold hardware). The TwinBag will be available beginning in March 2013 at Porsche Design Toronto, 77 Bloor Street West.
Everyone has been buzzing about the new Miu Miu mini boutique that opened up in Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street location. This is Miu Miu’s first Canadian point of sale.
Architect Roberto Baciocchi designed space that is dedicated to Miu Miu handbags and accessories collections. No clothing folks and shoes are still available in shoe department. The space is very Miu Miu with damask finish covered in crystal and studs, small display windows and polished brass backlit logos.
Miu Miu can be found on the first floor of Holts in the handbag section. It occupies the space where all the Balenciaga bags were hanging about. It’s like walking into a gold box. I stopped by today. It’s not very big and I didn’t see much jewellery but there were a ton of handbags though. It was super busy too. The space looks pretty slick and makes the product so desirable looking.
Miu Miu Toronto,
50 Bloor Street West
Cue the new handbag obsession, the Givenchy Antigona. Ricardo Tisci introduced the Antigona in 2010. This boston style bag comes in a variety of skins and colour combinations. Right now the above blue and black combination is my favourite. It’s $2300 at Bergdorf Goodman.
I’m on the hunt for a great all around bag. Ideally it would have a messenger strap but I think I can overlook that it’s missing from the Marni Flap Bag. It’s a great size and comes in colours to match many outfits.
The form is reduced to its pure essence, laid bare to expose the precision of the cut and beauty of the leather. The material used is fine calf leather on a monocolour or bicolour panel. Studs decorate the bag leaving its shape clean and graphic.(Source: press release)
The photos show styles from the Resort 2013 collection and the Spring Summer 2013 Marni fashion show.
It’s always funny how everything runs in circles. The backpack was my staple bag during high school and university. The thought of using a traditional bag was absurd at the time. After finishing my school years, I ditched the backpack and never looked back. Now backpacks are everywhere and I’ve been broken. I want in on this action. Enter the Raya Backpack in fall’s trendiest colour, oxblood. Rimanchik is a Montreal based accessories brand that started in 2003. They keep things local and they also manufacture their products in Montreal.
I like how streamline and sleek this backpack is. It’s the size of handbag but gives you the hands free advantage without resorting to something messenger style. The Raya Backpack is available online at Rimanchik.com for $260.00.
So, this year I lost my mind and I decided to create a holiday gift guide. I’m usually anti-gift guides because I’m not much of a Christmas person and gift guides are a shit ton of work. I don’t know what made me change my mind this year but here we are. People have told me this is a good idea, so I hope you find it helpful or amusing.
This is the part one 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.Â Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up.Â 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 on this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.
complex geometries Coma Sweatshirt ($240) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto
complex geometries Long Turtleneck Dress ($262) – online at complexgeometries.net and Fawn (967 Queen Street West, Toronto) carries complex geometries in Toronto. Looks like the gold turtleneck is sold out folks. There are grey and navy options.
Synergy Jem & The Holograms doll collection ($125) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto)
Dean Davidson Plaza Ring ($185) – Holt Renfrew (50 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at DeanDavidson.ca
HermÃ¨s Clic Clac H Bracelet ($645) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
HermÃ¨s Brazil Enamel Bracelet ($565) – HermÃ¨s (130 Bloor Street West, Toronto) and online at Hermes.com
Backpacks are such a huge trend right now and I’ve been overloaded with backpack pitches. Now I’m interested in backpacks. I have an MEC pack that’s very good but not stylish in any way. It’s also too big. I’m currently enjoying a Nella Bella backpack from the Fall Winter 2012 collection but I could use one a bit smaller. Baggu creates simple cotton handbags in vibrant colours. I love the simplicity of these packs and the colour schemes. The Duck Bags are really cute too.
I just love Dealuxe. I’m a customer and fan. The company is making all the right moves with hires like the amazing Susie Sheffman (formally of FASHION Magazine) and Amina Said (formally of Holt Renfrew). So I was pretty happy to hear about the Roots x Dealuxe handbag collaboration.
“We are so thrilled to welcome Roots to Dealuxe and collaborate with such a quintessential Canadian brand. The bags are bursting with colour and style and work perfectly with spring’s top trends. Best of all, I love that they are made with the highest quality leather, right here, at home!” Susie Sheffman, Fashion Director, DEALUXE
The collection is right on trend with the candy coloured bags with styles for a variety of uses.Â It’s a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit if you are colour phobc.Â It also makes a great addition to a colour blocking outfit just to make it over the top obnoxious (in a good way).
The Roots x Dealuxe handbags can be purchased online at dealuxe.ca. Prices range from $78 to $298 and you get a free cellphone case with purchase.
Holt Renfrew’s latest charity collaboration brings Tory Burch together to benefit Lauren Bush Lauren’s FEED Foundation and the Tory Burch Foundation. FEED was created to help fund the United Nations World Food Programme’s school feeding efforts stateside, abroad and during humantiarian disasters. The Tory Burch Foundation, together with partner ACCION USA, provides microloans in women-owned small businesses in the United States.
“FEED is thrilled to partner with Tory Burch and Holt Renfrew to create and sell a product that will provide much needed food and nutrition to children around the world through the FEED Foundation as well as empower women through the Tory Burch Foundation. This bag is a fashionable do-gooder’s dream come true!â€- Lauren Bush Lauren
“I am so thrilled to partner with FEED on this initiative,â€ says Tory Burch CEO and designer Tory Burch. “I have always admired the organization’s mission to help children around the world. When this opportunity came up we didn’t have to think twice â€” the collaboration between Holt Renfrew, FEED, our brand and our foundation was a natural fit from beginning.â€
“The story behind this exclusive product is as exceptional as is the tote bag itself. Holt Renfrew is proud to bring this project to life and to support such important causes,â€ said Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew’s Director, Brand Strategy.
I’m not a fan of the Tory Burch brand but I have to admit that I like the tote. Holt Renfrew sent me a sample with the press kit and I find myself using it quite a bit. The tote would be perfect if the Tory Burch logo was just a bit smaller IMHO.
The Tory Burch + FEED tote bags exclusively for Holt Renfrew comes in 3 different colour combinations and will retail for $50. Holt Renfrew hopes to raise $100,000, to contribute to 500,000 meals for children and $50,000 in microfinance and mentoring support. The bags will be available for purchase online at holtrenfrew.com from April 30 and in stores across Canada May 10. Lauren Bush Lauren will be at the Holt Renfrew Bloor Street on May 10 at 10:00am to celebrate the launch of the bags.
I’m liking the new H&M Conscious Collection Fall Winter 2011 â€“ 2012 collection. I picked up a few pieces from the Spring Summer 2011 collection and I see a few fall pieces that I like.
This season the H&M Conscious Collection takes influences from romanticism and Swedish folklore.Â The collection features recycled wool and organic fabrics like cotton , linen and hemp.
The Conscious Collection collection uses embroidery and lace this season and I’m hoping they look good in person too.
I’m never into H&M shoes but I love, love, love these booties.
The Conscious collection will be available staring October 6, 2011 at the Eaton Centre, Yorkdale and Bloor Street locations in Toronto. Other Canadian locations are Downtown Montreal, The Pacific Centre and Metropolis at Metrotown.
Aldo used to be my inexpensive shoe fix years ago and then I discovered the joys of Nine West. For the last couple of seasons, Nine West hasn’t produced styles that I’ve been interested in so I’ve switching my fix to Aldo has once again.
Here are my top shoe and handbag picks from the Aldo Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 lookbook.Â My top pick is the mustard tassel wedges.Â So cute.
I tend to like the non-faux leather handbags at Aldo but these ones look good in photos and I love a structured bag.Â Lots of animal print choices in this lineup.Â It took many years for me to appreciate the style and I prefer to incorporate it via accessories.
Lanvin is making some fun bags this season. I posted about some useful convertible options previously. The Lovely Leopold style is another useful shoulder bag that can double as a cross body. It’s a little like the school boy satchel with a modern spin.