Tuesday, September 18, 2012

nature X fashion: Natural Style

Animals afford us visions of how our lives could be if we lived more simply and lived with purity of thought and emotion. By focusing on the attributes of our animal spirits, we internalize these traits and thus begin to externalize the very character we connect naturally with, and bringing to life your authentic natural style.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Local Wildlife: Love Jules Leather Co.

On our recent west coast buying trip Josh and Jules from Love Jules Leather were kind enough to invite us into their workshop and let us take a look around. The Love Jules Leather Workshop is located in beautiful Whistler, BC. Here Josh and Jules handcraft one of a kind leather shoes and other unique leather products. It is clear that their inspiration comes from the beautiful environment that surrounds them in Whistler, and is channelled through to their designs.  They aim to blow minds, and they have. Their success has snowballed since they first started 5 years ago including a on-going collaboration with Sitka (another Canadian company we love). You will find their boat shoes and other exciting products soon on our online boutique!

Below are some pictures we snapped on our visit to their Whistler workshop. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek into their world and they just joined instagram @lovejulesleathr..follow them for daily inspiration!

Pendleton fabric for daze! Many of their shoe designs feature mixed materials, and hand-drawn art making them each truly unique!

The Guns are boss!


We are super excited to work with this talented duo! Stay tuned for our unique Love Jules Leather selection (very soon) !!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Buying Season: wild times and building dreams...

A few weeks back we went on our first buying adventure and attended a couple of tradeshows; Canada's Know?Show and Sin City's Magic. It was nice to attend Know?Show and use it as a bit of a warm-up before Magic. There we got to see a lot of talented Canadian lines which we are very excited to share with everyone shortly. Look for them soon in our store opening!

Lots to look forward to for Spring 2013, and you can shop (soon) assured we try all the style SAMPLES on at the tradeshows to make sure they are amazing for you:)!!
(especially sick suede caps from Lifetime)

Half our team made it on the know style blog on knowshow site in her amazing paisley skirt!
Next, we head to Las Vegas, the ultimate adult playground, for the Magic tradeshow. We immediately hit the pool for some hard work...;)


I’m not sure if it was the sun and heat of the desert or the fact that we had been up since 5am (for our flight) or maybe it was the combination of both, but either way the next day certainly was a write-off. We managed to register and that is it. Moral of the story, we always have a good time!

Day 3, Tuesday, was a full day.  We had mainly scheduled ourselves for seminars all day, but in between each we had about 30 to 60 minute breaks and we were running around checking out new lines, setting up appointments for the next day to review brands lines and so on... 12 hours later we finally had a glass of wine and a chance to get horizontal.

Day 4, was yet another busy 12 hour day.  We met with a few new brands and designers, such as the Stone Cold Fox, and a few more yet to be released. Today was also crazy because there was a serious rain storm, and flash flooding, the hotels had water dripping from the ceilings and windows, who knew it could rain so hard in the desert!
Day 5, it was our last day here and we had a few more appointments and lines to review.  Almost ended up in the hospital as a clothing rack fell over and cut the back of my (Diane's) leg open.  I didn't know shopping was so dangerous! But in the end, we both made it home safe.