CHRISTOPHER KON handbags without borders

CHRISTOPHER KON is a name that every woman and man who love leather purses, bags, wallets or luggage should recognize. This talented Montreal-based designer creates beautifully crafted, contemporary leather handbags and accessories that will not only last a life-time but will also always stay fashionable.

Perfect metallic and snake skin.

More likely than not, you’ve already come by a Christopher Kon creation and you didn’t realize it. His bags are carried in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and a lot of trendy boutiques around some of the best shopping cities in Canada and US as well as online boutiques. I think that already says a lot about the indisputable quality of his handbags. A friend of mine swears by CHRISTOPHER KON wallets and bags.

They are made to last, to be strutted all over the city and to be enjoyed each and every day by the fast-paced, always on the go, fashion powerhouses. 

To me, this is the most ideal travel bag; pockets; adjustable strap; great colour accents

His latest Fall 2012 collection is a mix of colour, trend and glam with the signature thick zipper and heavy metal clasps. The bags and wallets are compactly designed with the end-user in mind, you! As such, they have plenty of compartments, pockets, zippers, and adjustable straps that all help you get more organized and get on with your busy day.

All Images from Christopher Kon’s Facebook page

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ANDREW FLOYD JEWELRY stops traffic

Alright all you Links of London‘ers and The Great Frog‘ers, you didn’t even know that you’re missing out on a new rock-n-roll, non-commercialized jewellery designer that would make even Ozzy squeal like a little girl. Did I get your attention?
ANDREW FLOYD is a Montreal-based, NYC and Montreal educated (Associate’s Degree in Jewelry Design from NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology and an MFA in Metals and Jewelry Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz) jewellery designer perfectionist. His jewellery is unisex and Andrew sometimes takes up to a year to design and craft a piece, depending on its complexity. For him, it has to feel right.
For you to feel like a rock-God, you would have to order a piece from ANDREW FLOYD collection and it will be hand-made in Andrew’s studio. I honestly can’t imagine this process being more rock-royalty like. Also, custom orders are welcome, especially if you’re looking for a detail oriented, progressive rock-n-roll piece with Andrew’s twist. Speaking of Andrew’s ‘twists’, the inspiration for his collection comes “from Native American art, rock’n’roll culture and historical jewelry design. Andrew also relies heavily on a lifelong fascination for animal wildlife to push his compositions to their fullest potential.”
FYI: Andrew is also half of the brother-sister designer duo behind ATELIER L.A.F. I already raved about them and you can READ HERE. I also been told hush-hush, more fun stuff is coming! Stay tuned
Images from Andrew Lloyd web-site.

SENTALER luxury coats

It is just right to have luxury coats designed in a city that lives for fall and winter, Toronto. SENTALER luxurious outerwear specializes in stunning, quality driven and perfectly crafted coats that are hand finished with alpaca, one of the world’s finest fabrics.

As much as I am a rock-n-roll type-a-gal, more so than not, I am drawn to elegant staples. Coats are a staple that I splurge on for a few reasons, including:

  1. it lasts longer than a season
  2. it has to complement what’s underneath and thus, should be versatile and elegant
  3. it’s worn a lot
  4. it can make you feel and look like a powerhouse.

Of course, no one says you should only have one coat but my rule of thumb is that YOU SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST ONE QUALITY COAT, and that means putting up a bit more cash than usual. If you’re in the market for a beautifully tailored coat that will make you happy, contemporary and confident, I highly suggest SENTALER.

Along with the beautiful designs of the Sentaler coats, comes a beautiful and intelligent designer, BOJANA SENTALER. It is truly important in any industry but in fashion especially, to have the right personality, smarts and creativity come together to form a successful business. Bojana has now been featured in a lot of magazines, TV shows and blogs but what I find most endearing about her is her personal sense of confidence and sophistication. She is a great role model for young women.

All images from Sentaler web-site.

ANNE SPORTUN EXCLUSIVE, part 2: custom jewellery

ANNE SPORTUN‘s design and creative process is unique, stylish and contemporary which is also embodied in her jewelry. In addition to the pieces you can find in the flagship store (742 Queen St. W., Toronto) and online, ANNE and her team also accommodate customers in one of a kind, custom jewelry. And, they have truly perfected the art of custom jewellery creation with utmost success.

Anne Sportun One of a Kind ring

Who wouldn’t adore a ring that combines the memories of your grandmother’s engagement ring, your mom’s elegant flare and your own personal style? However, looking for a trustworthy designer who can hand-hold you through the delicate process of creating something new from something sentimental is a thought not many of us are comfortable with.

Luckily, ANNE SPORTUN and her team have been assisting customers with designing pieces for their new beginnings (engagement, wedding, new job, tax-return, new wedding, divorce) for a long time. From the moment you walk into the flagship boutique, you will be accommodated by caring staff with in-depth understanding of jewelry as well as customers needs. They  are extremely accommodating, understanding and hard working. For example, ANNE SPORTUN’s team worked with a passionate, young professional on designing a ring that incorporated stones from the rings that she already owned. Completely understanding the monetary hardships of  a young professionals, ANNE’s team also credited the young woman for the precious metals in the rings that she no longer wanted (she actually got rid of all the rings from her previous boyfriends!).

Working with Anne Sportun was amazing. Fantastic experience for me the whole process. The ladies were always really helpful and always cheerful. It was a long process due to my end but they were never anything but amazing. I am really happy I had this experience with them and have an incredibly ring I havent taken off since I picked it up at their store. Couldnt have better things to say about a company.

Just one satisfied customer that was more than happy to provide feedback to me when I e-mailed her!

For those looking for the perfect engagement ring, ANNE offers something called a ‘Presentation Ring‘. The lucky guy is assisted in choosing an ANNE SPORTUN design that he believes his future wife would love. He proposes with the ring and, if the lucky girl believes that she would like something different, the couple can return to the store to either choose a different design or a custom order. Read further about the Presentation Ring on ANNE SPORTUN’s blog.

One of my favourite custom ring ideas is the “new beginnings” ring. The idea behind it being that a fashionable woman who passionately decided to move on with a new life after marriage, works with ANNE to design and create a new ring for herself from pieces of the old one! It’s brilliant to be this accommodating and understanding of today’s desires and needs of everyday women.

Ladies and gents, go mad with investing ‘portable wealth’ that will not only increase in value but will bring you joy!

Also, check out the original Anne Sportun post and Anne Sportun Exclusive, part 1.

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Images provided by Anne Sportun’s marketing team. Thank you!

ANNE SPORTUN EXCLUSIVE, part 1: drawing inspiration

ANNE SPORTUN creates a world beyond jewellery design. This world entails exquisite pieces of luxury, vintage glamour, distinctive taste and fine exclusivity. The talented and successful Torontonian and a fine jewelry designer, together with her business partner, Barb, have built a mini empire of talented goldsmiths, marketers and PR members that all share passion for stunning, nature-inspired and unique rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Wrap Bracelets have been incredibly popular with Anne’s customers.

It is highly admiring that Anne has created thousands of pieces of jewellery, and to this day, her every ring, bracelet, engagement ring, earrings, and necklace are as creative, contemporary, and wearable as the very first one. The shapes are organic and inviting, the precious and semi-precious stones are cut with care and delicately placed in their setting such that you don’t ever want to take ANNE’s jewellery off. The talent to connect with elegant and progressive women speaks volumes about Anne’s creative vision and ability to connect with her customers.

I haven’t seen earrings this stunning, elegant, intricate and unique in a very long time. My short hair would adore to accompany these pieces of art!

Unlike most designers, ANNE does not design and produce jewellery ‘collections’ in the traditional sense of the term. She wants to ensure that her stunning designs captivate the customer’s imagination in the same way that she felt when she was inspired to design a specific ring, earring, bracelet, and necklace. In this respect, her marketing team certainly have a challenge on their hands, none the less, her creative, untraditional approach ensures the pieces are at their best each and every time.

The closest ANNE has to a ‘collection’ is a number of pieces that share a cohesive idea and a vision. For example, the FLOW COLLECTION was designed with the following inspiration:

The Flow collection is smart, simple and distilled. The collection’s elegance reveals itself in a natural form with a delicate movement and sparkle, denoting the preciousness, and flow of everyday life.”

ANNE SPORTUN

The Flow Collection

The Flow Collection

Images provided by Anne’s lovely marketing team.

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WOLF CIRCUS badass jewellry

WOLF CIRCUS is jewelry made for the hobo-chic, a tad out there and certainly for the bad-ass gals. Based out of Vancouver Island, Wolf Circus was born in 2011 and has been featured in Canadian fashion mags and worn by money cautious trend setters. What’s money have to do with it, you ask? I say: everything! It’s hard to find something affordable and amazing that’s going to last. That said, Wolf Circus also has a higher-end line called GYPSY RIOT that utilized gold- and silver-plated materials but still has the same vibe to it and is very much affordable.

I think this is the most perfect summary of what WOLF CIRCUS is about:

It is jewelry for those without boundaries: tree climbers, ocean swimmers, and heartbreakers. The beautiful, brainy, badass, and bold. It is jewelry intended to help your inner light shine through.

Fishbone Bracelet

How stunning is this Quartz Cluster Ring and it’s only $45.00

Gypsy Riot - Leyla Cluster Crystals

Gypsy Riot – Leyla Cluster Crystals

This is one bada$$ ear cuff

All images from www.wolfcircus.com

SARAH PHELPS: abstract artist with flare

SARAH PHELPS is not just an artist, she’s an entrepreneur and she ensures that happiness drives her success in whatever she does, and she certainly does a lot! Sarah has been painting most of her life but she also made a number of interesting career choices including becoming a wildlife biologist, a personal trainer and a wellness coach. I believe that Sarah’s biggest achievement (thus far) is her ability to connect with and inspire people. These traits shine through her abstract paintings. Sarah told me a number of stories when people bought her painting on a whim while she was carrying them or just seeing them online.

“I want people to get something out of my paintings, I want people to love them” – Sarah Phelps

On the topic of where Sarah’s inspiration comes from:

It all happens at that moment, typically nothing is pre-planned. … [The] best pieces are created through frustration. Just when you think you’ve lost it, your frustration pulls you out of it, and a masterpiece is born 🙂 – Sarah Phelps

In the end, the best way to experience art is to check it out yourself. Sarah’s paintings are extremely affordable and, in addition, she commissions pieces to your liking. I also hear that she has very happy customers!

http://www.sarahphelps.ca

Sarah Phelps in her studio

JENNY BIRD: accessories to be proud of

JENNY BIRD  is a Canadian accessories sweetheart. The inspiration for her collections mostly come from the streets of NYC and Toronto (where her studio is located) and her personal love of the “indie-luxe” style. Most impressive is that she’s self-taught in jewelry design which shows how far passion and dedication can take someone.

It’s admiring that Jenny’s creations have been worn by supah-stars including Anna Dello Russo and Shania Twain. Her bags and jewelry pieces have been featured in numerous magazines as well. Although in today’s fashion business environment the survival of any brand is very much defined by its success in the media, to me, Jenny Bird is defined by world-wide sexappeal together with fabulous quality and its affordability. With Jenny’s passion driving the Jenny Bird brand bus, I hope to see the accessories become a staple in every woman’s jewelry box for ages to come.

It’s certainly an accessory brand that every girl would be proud to have in her collection.

Love these Earth Angel earrings! They are just darling

Chain mail bracelet – totally fits my style

All images from www.jenny-bird.com

MANDULA

I’ve always been the type to go against what’s popular in fashion. Currently, colour blocking is one of my biggest pet peeves. I love colour, don’t get me wrong, but when an orange top is combined with green pants, blue shoes, neon yellow bag and a fuchsia pink belt…. I want to poke my eyes out.

On that note, I am now more attracted to neutrals, shades and earthy tones. I also jump onto clothing that’s grungy and mysterious. Mandula, a Vancouver based label with a flagship store located in the historic Gas Town, is one of my latest favourite finds.I love MANDULA for a lot of different reasons.

Firstly, the all natural fabrics feel absolutely wonderful against your skin; a brand new shirt is already comfortable. Secondly, it is mysterious, independent, unique and creative. Thirdly, it’s timeless.

To become fascinated by Mandula is extremely easy, especially if you have a chance to visit the flagship store. I spent a couple of hours browsing and trying things on. The accessories that are made from reclaimed leather and such, are an absolute treat and a definite attention grabber. The baby clothes are also spectacular. They feel like an extension of mom’s skin: soft, warm and comfortable.

One bright colour makes a bigger statement than a rainbow of colours

Mandula reclaimed leather accessory

I love this shirt, the colours, the V-neck and the cut of the fabric are wonderful

A dress I’d wear everywhere and anywhere

This is the punk rocker in me…stared at this outfit for a while

* Images form Mandula’s web-site

ANASTASIA RADEVICH

 

I believe there are 3 levels of shoe aficionadas (aficionados). Level 1: Shoe crave – You no longer buy ‘basic’ shoes and begin exploring shapes and colours, you feel very comfortable wearing ‘unusual’ (to the general public) shoes in public and love it! Level 2: Shoe addict – your addiction reached a level where your shoe boxes have [a lot] of specially dedicated space, you take pride that you have a shoe for every possible outfit and/or occasion but you can’t stop buying more and save for designer pieces. Level 3: Shoeasidal – when buying shoes no longer means you need to wear them, collecting shoes becomes an addiction and an art source.

I am somewhere between Level 2 and Level 3.  Anastasia Radevich – Canadian native with international experience and an out of this world creative mind – is one designer that makes me shoeasidal.

All images from Anastasia’s Facebook