Vancouver craft shows have quality and unique accessory finds

This summer, we attended several craft shows, the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Circle Craft summer market. It is always a pleasure to find something that is wearable and has a unique quality that the artisan has incorporated into the piece. At the Vancouver Folk Festival I found three unique items. The first, were some … Continue reading

Is BC the artisan, shoe design capital of Canada?

We have come across some really interesting and well-made shoes crafted or designed in BC. When we started to see just how many there are, we found nine shoes designers. Is this all part of the returning manufacturing to our shores? A movement called re-shoring is taking place in the USA, and Europe. This is … Continue reading

Menswear Accessory Trends Spring + Summer 2014/15

Menswear accessories reflect the trends in the Menswear Trend Forecast for Spring/Summer 2014/15. Overall, accessories have changed with more creative touches, prints, rounded bag shapes, colour blocking and textures. Camping Trip with leather shoes (no socks) fishing bag or changeable bag with handles as well as backpack straps. Tropical Storm and flower motifs on bags … Continue reading

Womenswear Trends Spring/Summer 2014-15

The trends for women’s wear break all the rules for the Spring+Summer by using colours that work both for summer as well as Fall+Winter. Textiles, patterns and silhouettes also throw away the traditional and opt for a different approach. There are five major themes: Balance & Harmony, Dark Story, Warrior Queen, Graffiti and Sweetness. Balance … Continue reading

Men’s Fashion Forecast Spring/Summer 2014-15

Spring/Summer 2014-15 sees the classic men’s suit made modern and reconstructed. More workplaces are less formal but may still require a suit that is flexible and can be worn as separates or together. Monochromatic is a key feature in the forecast with both blue from head to toe in Summer Blue with sports inspired clothing … Continue reading

Fashion Notes from London

In a recent December trip to London, we were pleasantly surprised to find a number of fashion events that month. Everything from the British Fashion Awards to Isabella Blow exhibition. The British Fashion Awards on December 2 gave their votes to Christopher Kane for Womenswear Designer of the year, Christopher Bailey for Menswear designer and … Continue reading

Update to women’s wear fashion trends-Fall/Winter 2013/14

The Fall/Winter 2013 – 2014 women’s wear forecast features digital applications in printing and design but the mystic and the organic are also a trend that continues into 2014. Edgy but fluid with a water or night skies that reflect both science and mysticism. Colours are deep blues, greens, and purples. Design that creates an … Continue reading

Evening of Fashion and Entertainment at the Imperial

Garde entertainment put on an enjoyable event at the Imperial on Main Street. The old theatre has bee revamped and provided the perfect backdrop for the fashion event to benefit the charity “Out in Schools”. The evening started out with the couture Designer, Eva Chen. She showed a retrospective of some of her very detailed … Continue reading

PR Company adds Sales Agency services for “Made in Canada” fashion items

Sarah Murray of Fashion Capsule Communications + Sales Agency, has been an ongoing advocate for eco fashion and “made in Canada” fashion. She started her PR agency a few years ago, representing a long list of Vancouver fashion and accessory designers such as Jovani, Eliza Faulkner, Standing Armed, Voyou, Blank, Dahlia Drive, Roxanne Nikki, H … Continue reading

Got Craft had lots of summer accessory treasures

Got Craft held their April 26 show at Templeton High School gym. What a great space, high ceilings, hardwood floors and lots of quality and creative crafters. The first crafter we stopped at was Edit with their creative and wearable cowls and handbags made of recycled leather jackets. A cowl could be made of a … Continue reading

Diana Vreeland set the template for today’s Vogue

We were fortunate to see the Diana Vreeland documentary “The eye has to travel” last week and were quite surprised to learn that the great Vogue magazine innovator was Diana Vreeland. She was born in Paris and immigrated with her parents to the USA. She eventually became the editor of Harper’s Bazar where she introduced … Continue reading

Women’s Accessory Trends Spring/Summer 2013

Vintage influences are strong in the Spring/Summer 2013 accessories such as fruit inspired accessories to vintage motifs on handbags. Ethnic African craft and Marrakech tile patterns are reflected in bags and jewelry. A return to flats in both sandals and shoes will be a dominant shoe style to watch for this Spring.  Lace is also … Continue reading

Update to Menswear Spring/Summer 2013 Trends

The following five themes will be dominant in Menswear Spring/Summer 2013.  Vintage is still a factor in men’s clothing.  Fabrics continue to give Designers lots of creative tools. Prints, linen, summer wools and sun washed casual cloth as well as bold colors with both check and stripes for Summer 2013. It is important to also … Continue reading

Window display-Number one on consumer list of fashion influencers

In a survey of BC consumers, conducted by Ipsos Reid, consumers listed their sources of fashion information. The top four influences were: 1. Window-shopping 2. Street Fashion 3. Friends & family 4. Online research Window Displays being the number one fashion influencer, how do Vancouver’s fashion store windows stack up?  We were walking on W. … Continue reading

Vancouver Designer’s innovative, convertible two in one or three in one designs

Four Vancouver Designers have been thinking outside the box. Bronsino, Carnal Designs, Adhesif Clothing and Clutch Jewels have all designed something that is multi-purpose and can be worn several ways. Carnal Designs has designed a scarf print dress that easily converts into a skirt. It can be found http://www.etsy.com/shop/CarnalDesign. Bronsino,who designed the Vancouver popular Harrlem … Continue reading

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