Toronto based Iris Clothing is a locally made menswear label that is available online and at Uncle Otis in Yorkville. Merv Maranan is the man behind Iris Clothing. Merv cut my hair once. I cheated on my first and long-term barber with Merv because he was way closer to home at Mike Scissor’s. He’s also a friend of my brother’s who facilitated my infidelities. I attended the Spring 2010 launch party at Uncle Otis earlier in the year and really liked his collection of well crafted classics.
My brother is a big fan. I’m tempted to call my brother a muse to Iris Clothing as he gets special one of a kind styles that aren’t available to the public. That seems pretty muse worthy to me. My brother has great style and is immaculate in his dress. I’m sloppy while he is perfect. He’s a jeans, t-shirt, button up, hoodie, hat, jacket and sneakers person but looks really good.
Merv directed two short fashion films for the Iris Clothing Fall 2010 collection and they are amazing.
Directed by: Merv Maranan
Video by: Ian Schwaier
Performance by: Marcel Da Costa
Music by: IRIS 88 by Gameboy
Directed by: Merv Maranan
Video by: Ian Schwaier
Featuring: BJ Diona and George Carijutan (Inner City Circle BMX)
Music: Dream by Gameboy
The Hudson COLLECTION launched at Holt Renfrew with a Social that included a DJ, mocktails and models. Hudson reps were on hand to talk about this exclusive to Holt Renfrew collection with customers and help them discover the perfect pair.
It was my first time seeing the collection in person and I’m a fan. I even purchased a great tank top with an asymmetrical tail on it. It reminds me of coattails and I can’t wait to bust it out. I’m thinking a pre-LGFW debut or perhaps during LGFW.
My favourite pieces of the collection were the D.I.Y style denim that incorporated leather into waistbands and hems. Of course these were the most expensive denim pieces, ha. My eyes and hands are drawn to expensive. There are lots of skinny leg options in the collection. The tops were versatile. The cowl neck long sleeved top and the tank can be worn in many different ways. I live for stuff like that.
I loved the jackets, in particular the wool jacket with the large cowl that doubled as a hood. It also can be worn multiple ways. The beautiful models posed for photographer extraordinaire George Pimentel and even took photos with fans. I don’t know how they managed to do all this in those crazy platform heels. I love heels but even they made my feet hurt just from looking at them.
I was there live tweeting the event. You can view those posts if you search for #hudsonCollection on twitter. I tried to showcase as much of the product on and you can find many images with me playing dress up. I didn’t try on any of the denim though and I kinda regret it now. I did have lots of fun with the jackets.
Here’s my Hudson COLLECTION Social Outfit Breakdown: Denim by Hudson, Zara tshirt, Dean Davidson necklace, Aldo Shoes, Juma blazer and scarf.
I took a little video with my Blackberry Torch of the Hudson imagery at the store. The video quality isn’t bad at all.
The Hudson COLLECTION is still available at Holt Renfrew and is available at the Bloor, Yorkdale and Vancouver locations. Prices for the line range from $145 â€“ $995. Jeans average around $400.
Fall 2010 – 2011 is now available on complexgeometries.com. I’m really loving the sheer pieces this season. Fawn (my favourite store) has also seen some fall delivers, I wonder if Kasha bought any of the sheer pieces this season.
bamjamz send me a tank top in the Sweet Dreamz print from their new line of sleep/lounge wear for review. The line consists of tanks, tunics, shorts, leggings, tshirts and pants. I was interested because bamjamz is Toronto based and they use bamboo fabric. I’m a big fan of bamboo.
bamjamzâ„¢ is the latest concept from GUATS Soft Goodsâ„¢ founders Brad Rudin and Adrian Kraizel, that has redefined the concept of “pyjamasâ€ through a fun, sexy and adventurous concept designed to fit the lifestyle of the modern woman â€“ urban, active and spiritual. Made from the softest, coziest bamboo stretch blend fabric, bamjamzâ„¢ delivers a new dimension in natural comfort and performance. This remarkable sustainable and easy to care for fabric breathes, regulates temperature, wicks moisture, controls odour and is hypoallergenic. Sourced from organic and FSC certified bamboo, bamjamzâ„¢ is an all-Canadian collection, having been created in Toronto, designed by Vancouver’s Carol Fergusson and manufactured in Vancouver, with fabric knitted in Montreal.
Bamboo is a soft fabric and it’s one of the reasons why I like it so much. I’ve never slept in bamboo so I expected the experience to be like my usual tshirt and sweatpants routine. It’s true the bamboo regulates temperature. This was the first thing I noticed after the first sleep. In the winter I’m either too hot or too cold. I didn’t wake up cold and sweaty with bamjamz, I really liked this about the garment. The small fit perfect too and then I washed it. I should have hanged it to dry but I threw it into the dryer and it shrunk a bit. I did want to see how the tank would stand up to wash and dry cycles. The tank was just as soft.
The only complaint I have is the Sweet Dreamz print. I reminds me of Ed Hardy and it really turns me off.Â Even the use of z instead of s irks me.Â The fabric, fit and function are great but I wouldn’t purchase anything with this print on it. I wouldn’t wear it outside my home either.Â Ed Hardy is quite popular so my dislike of this print might just be a case ofÂ I’m not the target demo. Thankfully there is another print called Bella Donna which I think is much superior when compared.
bamjamz is available exclusively at Holt Renfrew. The Sweet Dreams tank is $74. Prices range from approx $65 – $100.
This image is a little different to most of the i got posts I make. I decided to switch it up and add an action shot. I’m wearing a Raglan Printed A-Line Tunic by Juma. I’m wearing it as a dress here, but it would look great with skinny pants or leggings.
My friend Naomi is wearing a cute Tshirt dress and belt from the Gap. The ring is Toni Cavelti. Since she was in the photo I thought you’d might like to know what she is wearing too.
I was very impressed with my Buy Design Outfit that I thought I should dedicate a post to it.
This the best full body shot I have at the moment. I happen to love this photo also.
The fur caplet is Bear. Yes, you read that right Bear. I don’t own it. It was rented from a great vintage shop call The Refinery (588 Markham St.). I enjoyed every second wearing that caplet. It also was the focal point of my outfit.
The top is Greta Constantine. You can’t see the back, but it’s basically non-existent on this shirt.
Anzevino & Florence black oversized silk jersey cardigan
I love the volume of this cardigan by Anzevino & Florence . It’s made of silk jersey so the drape would be perfect. Fawn in Toronto carries Anzevino & Florence clothing. They may even have this cardigan.