i want: Beau Coops x Karen Walker Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 Shoes

Daniela, owner of Chasse Gardee, is an accessories pusher. I was in the store one day and she showed me samples from the Beau Coops x Karen Walker Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 collection. They are now my newest obsession and I can’t wait till the shipment comes in so I can get myself a pair of the white leather brogues.  Shush now, I know I already own a pair of white derby shoes by Rokin.  Hmm, the Rokin’s were from Chasse Gardee too.

Beau Coops is a London based footwear label designed by Carrie Cooper. Cooper’s designs are influenced by unisex dressing, menswear and androgyny. The label produces sculptural platform wedges, lace-up brogues and contrast toe ankle boots.

I’ve always known Karen Walker for sunglasses. I’m going to own my first pair thanks to Moda Operandi sometime this fall. Karen is more than just sunglasses as she produces a ready to wear line and accessories.

images: stylebistro.com

Ela Handbags

Tan M.I.L.C.K. clutch

Ela is a new Canadian handbag line that I’ve just been introduced to. I met co-founders Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson at Dark Horse cafe where I got a chance to chat and see the line in person.  I really liked what they had to show me.

MILCK clutch in purple suede

The basis of ela is the idea of humble luxury, where refined and sophisticated silhouettes strive to showcase, rather than upstage, the wearer. From subtle asymmetry to luxe hardware and leather, every design element is infused with a high level of craftsmanship, materials and a signature aesthetic.

The collection is small but focused. The handbags are on the minimal side of things but they all share the signature Ela leather closure. The leather is lovely and there are a few different finishes to choose from.  I like the pebbled leather the best.

Clutch in pink

The MILCK clutch is a big enough for a night out that includes a camera and smartphone. It comes in a variety of colours and finishes.

Leather tote with detachable shoulder strap

Asymmetrical tote in burgundy

There are also some tote bags. I like the more masculine of the two.

Lady bag in navy chalk and brown trim

My favourite bag of the collection is the called Lady Bag. It’s a great small bag that is kicking my Manon Mini Bag by Tila March wants to the curb.

lady bag in black

Check out this crazy fur MILCK clutch for Fall Winter 2011 – 2012.  Maybe we’ll see some fun adaptations for fall 2011.

ela MILCK clutch in black rabbit fur

Ela handbags are available in Toronto at four different locations. I just saw the in Chasse Gardee this weekend.

The Narwhal
8 Prince Street, Suite 101

rac Boutique
124 Cumberland Street

Chasse Gardée
1084 Queen Street West

La Merceria
506 Adelaide Street West

images: courtesy of Ela

i got: Solvang Clog by Jeffrey Campbell

Solvang Clog by Jeffrey Campbell

When clogs came back into fashion I dismissed them. I’ll never wear these. It’s something I say to myself often and the opposite is usually the result. My thirst for platforms has brought me to Jeffrey Campbell and the Solvang Clog, which I bought at Chasse Gardee on Boxing Day. It’s a very comfortable shoe and gives me that extra height.

Chasse Gardée Spring 2010 Arrivals

I stopped in to Chasse Gardee over the weekend. It was a nice day and I was taking the Olympus E-PL1 for a spin. Outside of a runway room I seem too be doing alright with the camera.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - Jeffery Campbell and Eliza

There are a lot of new shoes in the store so I decided to go crazy with the camera and snap away.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - A Détacher

A Détacher” are some new additions. I love the lace up wedge sandals.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals

I didn’t remember to make note of the boot brand.  They are beautiful.  A more modern version of the Frye boot.  A little sleeker.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - LD Tuttle

LD Tuttle has some amazing shoes.   I really like the ribbon effect and exposed zipper details.  The grey shoes are pretty special.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - LD Tuttle

I’m not a feather or fringe shoe person but the Tuttle’s are damn hot.

Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals
Chasse Gardee Spring 2010 Arrivals - Keep

The jewellery pictured is from Eliza who is Toronto based.

After my Saturday shooting with the Olympus E-PL1, I’m in love. I don’t want to give it back, waaaa. 🙂
See all my photos from Chasse Gardee

Chasse Gardée
1084 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

Ask a Geek: Where to find Jeffrey Campbell Shoes in Toronto

Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell
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 Shop T.O. Live commented on my “i got: Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffery Campbell” post:

I see so many fabulous Jeffrey Campbell shoes/booties posted on style blogs around the world, but I can’t seem to find a lot of selection in Toronto. Can you think of other stores in the city that sell them?

I love Jeffrey Campbell and I’ve posted about my own collection. I only know of a few stores in the city that carry them so I contacted Jeffrey Campbell on twitter to verify. Little Burgundy, Browns, Urban Outfitters (store selection varies) and Chasse Gardée all carry JC shoes in Toronto. From my own personal experience the styles featured in all stores varies. Check them all when looking. The @JCShoes twitter account tells me more to come.

You can also purchase Jeffrey Campbell shoes online in Canada at ssense.com which is Canadian based. Other online retailers include Urban Outfitters and karmaloop.com.

i got: Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell

Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell

I got the Potion Ankle Boots by Jeffrey Campbell a few months back because they reminded me of the Chloë Sevigny for Opening Ceremony C02 Bucklet Boots. The Potion’s are the inspired version and much cheaper. I discovered that Chasse Gardee would be bringing them in, so I sent off a quick email to hold a pair for me. I haven’t gotten to wear them much because of the weather but I can see these being a summer staple.

If you are in Toronto you can see if there are any left at Chasse Gardée, 1084 Queen Street West or you can check online at ssense.com (Cdn) or Shopbop.com.

images: shopbop.com

Toujuours by FRANKE available soon at Chasse Garde

‘I Am’ Franke FW08 Fashion Film Video by Franke (fran.kee) – MySpace Video .
A new Spring 2009 capsule collection by FRANKE will arrive later this month (April 2009) at Chasse Garde. This collection is exclusive to the store.

Les rêves sont nécessaires à la vie

Since I don’t have any photos of the collection yet, I thought you might like to see the FRANKE Fall 2008 fashion film.

'I Am' Franke FW08 Fashion Film

i got: Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Bootie

Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Bootie

I wanted the Jeffrey Campbell Biz Belted Bootie. I figured nowhere in Toronto would carry this style but I was wrong. It figures a new store I’ve been hearing wonderful things about is carrying them, Chasse Gardee.

Chasse Gardee has been on my shops to visit list since I heard a friend gushing over this great new store in the West end; Queen and Dovercourt to be exact. I finally got that chance. Lining the exposed brick wall was shoes. The selection was unique and eclectic. You probably won’t find any of the shoes here in any other stores in the city.

They also carry handbags and jewellery. Some of the brands you can find are Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Hyde S.K, Jeffrey Campbell and Karen Walker Eyewear. I didn’t make note of any of the other shoe brands.

Chasse Gardee
1084 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario

You can find the < Jeffrey Campbell Biz boots online at Canadian retailer Ssense.com