Vawk for eBay – August 12 – September 15, 2013

Vawk for eBay - August 12 - September 15, 2013
Vawk for eBay – August 12 – September 15, 2013

Sunny Fong of VAWK has teamed up with eBay Canada to launch a seven piece limited edition collection called Vawk for eBay on August 12, 2013. Everything will be priced under $120 and will be available at Buy It Now pricing until September 15, 2013. I got the scoop on inventory and it’s really limited, if you have some favourites you need to purchase on August 12th. An added bonus is that eBay is providing free shipping.

Vawk for eBay - August 12 - September 15, 2013
Vawk for eBay – August 12 – September 15, 2013
Vawk for eBay - August 12 - September 15, 2013
Vawk for eBay – August 12 – September 15, 2013 – Lizard embossed collar with fox fur $79, Lizard embossed cuff with fox fur $59, Manta caplet $69, Manta shift dress $119

The Manta shift dress at $119 is a steal and my favourite piece of the collection.

Vawk for eBay - August 12 - September 15, 2013
Vawk for eBay – August 12 – September 15, 2013 – Lizard-twig print silk-blend scarf $79, Duo leather skinny tie $69

There is something for the guys too with the Duo leather skinny tie at $69.

Vawk for eBay - August 12 - September 15, 2013
Vawk for eBay – August 12 – September 15, 2013 – Zebra-spiral print silk-blend scarf $99

images: courtesy of eBay Canada

Hermes Spring Summer 2013 – Long Live Sport

Hermès 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 Hermès 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.

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Rallye 24 Porcelain Collection: The new Hermès porcelain collection designed by Benoît-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: Hermès PR)

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Toolbox bag: A slight family resemblance… A cousin of the Kelly, with a vanity-case touch, this bag unites the Hermès spirit and the practicality of a surprisingly roomy “treasure chest”. Its swivel clasp, metal plate, snap hooks, lock and clo­chette 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: Hermès 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: Hermès PR)

Hermès Spring Summer 2013 - The Sporting Life
Herm̬s Spring Summer 2013 РThe Sporting Life

Croquet features their world famous ties and scarves.

Pétanque/No Sport shows off some Hermès cushions.

images: courtesy of Hermès

i got: Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD

Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD
Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD

I received this lovely Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD from the Caroline and Matéo, owners of Canon Blanc during a little MasterCard Stylicity shopping trip. Check out an interview with them both for the MasterCard Stylicity Blog. It’s pretty obvious that as a cat lover I’d appreciate a scarf of a cat wearing a scarf. Very meta. This cotton scarf is lightweight but massive at about 1 ft x 2 ft. Normally, I only use light cotton scarves in the summer but I think the length of this BECKSÖNDERGAARD one will allow for multiple wrappings for warmth.

Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD
Long Cat Scarf by BECKSÖNDERGAARD

BECKSÖNDERGAARD is a Danish accessory brand started in 2003 by Lis Beck and Anna Søndergaard. The line carries scarves with unique hand drawn prints, handbags, gloves and knits. The line is known for their eel skin leather accessories and the hand drawn prints. The scarves are hand made in India. BECKSÖNDERGAARD products are available in Toronto at Canon Blanc.

Canon Blanc
679 Queen Street West
Toronto

images: the-dressingroom.com

i want: Hermes Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

If had a few tens of thousands lying around, I’d be buying Hermès Editeur scarves by artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. Hermès Editeur is a limited edition collaboration with visual artists who take their craft and interpret it into a Hermès scarf. They are all very beautiful and expensive.

i want: Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

You are basically buying a piece of art on silk with the Hermès Editeur items. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s line is a limited edition run of 140 scarves at $7000 each. The colours are simple but so vibrant and stunning.

Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto is a celebrated artist from Japan.

Born in Tokyo in 1948, Hiroshi Sugimoto moved to the United States in 1970 to study photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, earning a B.F.A. in 1974. There he absorbed the tenets of Conceptualism and Minimalism that continue to inform the technical and intellectual rigor of his work. In 1974 he moved to New York City. In his photographic series, as well as his experiments with sculptural objects, architecture and exhibition design, Sugimoto attempts to highlight and expand our perception of such abstract qualities as time, light, space, movement, spirit – and the nature of reality itself. His work has been exhibited internationally in solo and group shows. He was the recipient of the Mainichi Art Prize in 1988, the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, and in 2009 he was named the Praemium Imperiale Laureate in the category of Painting.

Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

There is a long statement by Hiroshi about the work on the Hermes Editeur site if you are interested in reading more about the work. It’s way to long to recreate or sum up here.

Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

I love some of these behind the scenes shots that give you a look at the design and creation process. Look at this huge printing machine. Amazing!

Hermès Editeur Scarves by Hiroshi Sugimoto

I’ve only posted the scarves that attract my eye, but you can check them all out on Hermès Editeur On-line gallery for Hiroshi Sugimoto.

images: editeur-en.hermes.com

Final Fashion x Jabberdust Fall Winter 2011 – 2012

Leah Barrett, Jabberdust designer, emailed me to let me know that a little project she worked on with Danielle Meder of Final Fashion is available for sale. Last year, Leah approached Danielle about illustrating some design concepts for the company. Danielle explains the whole process in this snippet here from her blog.

Designer, entrepreneur, professor and blog reader Leah Barrett approached me with a project. Leah’s label, Jabberdust, is a line of scarves and accessories that features incredible handwork. Leah works closely with factories in India to showcase the possibilities of embellishment. Her background is in production management, and she surprised me with a rare proposal. I’m paraphrasing here – Leah said:

“I’m very comfortable with the production aspect of the business, however I find the conceptual aspect of design more challenging. Would you be interested in designing a number of concepts and illustrating them – it can be anything you wish – and I will take those ideas to the factories and handle the technical development of the samples, and if they’re successful, the production?”

Danielle’s only condition was that she wanted to blog about the experience. You can read the posts here.

The Ice Shrug and Feather Hooded Cape are part of the four piece Final Fashion x Jabberdust Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection.  There are two additional pieces (Reversible Tabard and the Tuck Scarf)  that you can see on the Jabberdust website.  My favourite piece of the collection is the Ice Shrug myself.  The Feather Hooded Cape has a hand made feather fringe and is made from wool silk jersey.   There is also and all black version.  The Ice Shrug is made from nylon mesh jersey with hand sewn crystals and beads.  It has an alternate colour too and that is offwhite.

You can contact Leah through the Jabberdust website if you’d like to inquire about purchasing any items from the collection.

images: courtesy of Jabberdust

i want: Douglas Coupland x Roots

I like a few items of the Douglas Coupland x Roots collaboration.

The ROOTS X DOUGLAS COUPLAND collection includes apparel for women/men/children, accessories, leather goods, design items, furniture, limited editions, original art and a series of pop-up stores. This is the first time Douglas Coupland has designed fashion wearables. He is best known as the internationally best-selling author of “Generation X”, “JPod” and “Generation A”.

“For more than 10 years I’ve been intimately exploring what it means to be Canadian,” says Coupland. “This partnership with Roots is an amazing opportunity to keep that dialogue going with an even wider, more diverse audience.”

The theme created for the ROOTS X DOUGLAS COUPLAND collection is “Canada Goes Electric” and brings together Douglas Coupland’s recognizable perspective with the Roots reputation for quality goods and craftsmanship.

“For the first time in our history, we stepped back and left the design to an outside designer,” explains Don Green, Co-founder of Roots. “Visually the collection is strong but beyond that, Douglas Coupland has once again shown his trademark humour and brilliance in exploring a new medium, in this case fashion. He has put forth a hopeful and positive message about this great country of ours and the results are impressive.”

The Holy Grail is this duffle bag that I spotted on Lisa Tant’s twitpic stream. I can’t find it on the website so it must only be in the pop-up shops that are happening in Vancouver and Toronto until July 24th. The collection will be available to all stores after the 24th.

EDIT: I found out details about the Toronto Pop up Shop
Toronto Location: 680 Queen Street West
Date: July 8th until July 25th
Open: Thursday through Sunday
Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11am-7pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.

images: roots.com, twitpic.com

i got: Hermes L’air de Paris Gavroche

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche
This beauty was a birthday gift. You really should have seen my jaw hit the ground when I saw the orange bag.

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The packaging is divine.

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche

I love the horse and carriage detail.

Hermès L'air de Paris Gavroche

Thank you for such an exquisite gift. I’m trying to figure out how to wear it.

i got: Lumieres de Paris a Scarf by Hermès

So I’ve been drooling over Hermès scarfs for a long time on I want – I got.

Containing 65 grams of silk from 250 cocoons, 90 centimetres square, the Hermes scarf has become a standard for good workmanship and discreet luxury. It requiring up to two years of work to produce one of these wearable art that is an expression of its style and luxury.

From 1837, Thierry Hermès made harnesses and saddles for a privileged clientele. Boots, jewelry, home decor items, and silk scarves were added to the company’s range. In 1920, his grandson Emile included luggage.

The first scarf square to accompany the Hermès collection was produced in 1928, inspired by that worn by Napoleon’s soldiers. It was a big success that resulted in a workshop, then a factory, for scarf production being set up at Lyon in 1937.

Each Hermes design requires:

* nine to twelve months of research and development;
* fifty-odd designers,
* ideas drawn from styles such as baroque,
* contributions from artists such as Matisse.

Six to eight weeks are required to meticulously prepare as many silk-screen printing frames as there are colours.

The printers prepare their pigments to make a palette of tonnes of printing inks. The Brazilian silk is spread out on heated tables 150 metres long. This allows a batch of 100 squares, comprising forty colours, to be printed. After printing, seamstresses roll and stitch the hem of a square, by hand, in 30 to 45 minutes. Hermes can produce 40,000 scarves in a week. Every year, there are two collections, each of a dozen designs, of which four to six are re-issued classics with the colours updated.

Since 1937, Hermès has marketed 25,000 scarf designs. The absolute record, attained at the end of the 1980s, was 1.123 million scarves bought in one year with, at times, one scarf being sold every 20 seconds somewhere in the world.

I decided that I would take advantage of the Hermès special Silk and Accessories Sale. It’s a biannual event that is in support of Multiple Sclerosis research at St. Michael’s hospital. The main thing about this sale is discounted ties and scarves.

I didn’t want to brave the crowds and crazy fighting womens so I hit up the sale at the end of the day and took my chances. I had a friend contact me during the day telling me to get my butt to the Metro Convention Centre so I could get in line with her. It didn’t work out so I arrived after work to a very quiet sale.

I checked out the scarf table and there was a lot of the Indian Rain prints from Spring 2008. They were quite pretty but nothing I really wanted to spend my money on. I wanted something that was intricate and colourful. I wanted it to know that a lot of silk screening went into the scarf. I was ready to call it quits and make plans for the sale in 2011 when a random women returned this beauty to the sale table.

Lumieres de Paris a Scarf by Hermès

The style name is Lumieres de Paris and it’s by the artist Natsuno Hidaka. It was originally issued in 2006 and also came in a blue version. This stained glass reproduction was definitely something I could see myself spending money on.

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So I bit the bullet and fulfilled one of my fashion fantasies. I now own an Hermès scarf at 52% off. That discount comes at a price, there were no iconic orange packaging to be found. Everything was put into discreet white paper bags. This again goes to my theory about luxury packaging making up half the price of goods.

i got: A Necklush

Necklush.com

Me in my Necklush

I was browsing through Etsy one day and discovered the Necklush. It’s part scarf and part chunky necklace. I needed to have one. So, I put in my order. I also found them on twitter and told them I was excited to receive my Necklush. They told me that each one is made to order and that I should expect it soon.

I kinda wish I bought a thicker stranded Necklush. I would suggest that anyone who is interested in buying one to get the thicker versions. The colour schemes are varied enough to suit everyone’s taste whether it’s a neutral or a bright colour. I had a very, very hard time deciding which one to choose. So hard, that I’m already scoping out my next purchase. Perhaps the Supreme Necklush :). The Necklush can be worn in a number of ways and they even produced a video for customers.

Necklush is made from cut cotton loops. We screenprint the designs ourselves, making the multicolored ones very limited. Necklush can be worn as a cowl neck, or long, or as a choker. Necklush is unisex, for women or men.

Necklush is available at the online shop.

i got…

I got a scarf sourced from Pakistan from the new shop off Queen West called, cat tilt

scarf sourced from Pakistan - Cat Tilt

Cat Tilt
1-198 Walnut Ave, Toronto at Queen W beside Tealish
Phone: 416-519-5189 Email: alison@cattilt.com
Hours: M W-F 11-7, S 11-7, S 12-6

The easiest way to my heart is through a Hermes Scarf

I posted about my lust for Hermes scarves way, way back in 2006 and I’ve decided to revisit that. The Fall Winter 2008 – 2009 collection is influenced by India and there are lot of elephant motives everywhere. My Mom would be dying, she loves elephants.

I’ve reposted the history of the Hermes scarf and some facts. It takes 2 years and 250 silk cocoons to make a 90 centimeter square scarf. The details are behind the cut if you are interested.

i want: Night City Scarf by Gillian Rode

A Night City Scarf by Gillian Rode
Night City Scarf by Gillian Rode blackNight City Scarf by Gillian Rode Gold

The fabric is brass that has been enameled and it’s unbelievably flexible and fluid and will last a lifetime. It is not rigid and moves just like fabric. Each hexagon is 1/8″ in diameter and they are machine linked together.

Yay, more local goodies. This time we have Toronto resident Gillian Rode. I do believe that someone wore the Night City Scarf at the Buy Design for Windfall photoshoot last weekend. Can you spot it? It looks like the model from the above shots.
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Available in Toronto at:
Anti-Hero 113 Yorkville Ave
D’Lightful 202 Augusta Ave
Fawn 967 Queen West unit 121
Georgie Bolesworth / Model Citizen 913 Dundas St. W
The Pink Heart 482 Eglington Ave
Ukula 492 College St.

For you non-local types, you can make your purchases via etsy. Click the link.