Rose Coloured World

Feb 27, 2015

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A lot of my time is spent roaming the Asia-Pacific region visiting quite a few countries and spending time with the talented individuals that construct many of our Casegoods and Accessory products. Aside from visiting all of my friends and overseas colleagues, I am the most excited when I have the chance to visit our ceramics supplier in Indonesia.

 

Ceramics are tricky to produce. Any small cracks or air bubbles in any one piece can wreak havoc (and cause a mini explosion!) when a large batch is fired. To help check for these imperfections the team we work with produces all of their pieces in shades of pink to highlight these potential imperfections. When speaking with the production manager he mentioned that as soon as they started leaving these pieces pink morale went up and productivity soon followed.

 

It’s hard to say for sure if this delicate hue was the sole cause of these heightened spirits but visiting this place it’s hard to see how it wouldn’t brighten anyone’s day. If Prada‘s f/w 15 collection is any indication –  all us girls might soon be traipsing around in two piece pink suits. I can’t wait.

 

Until then – here are some photo’s from my visit with our supplier earlier this month.

 

 

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Music Library: In Love // Out of Love

Feb 13, 2015

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PLAYLIST 02.13.2014

 

In honour of Valentine’s day, here is a playlist filled with songs perfect for falling in and out of love.
I searched my depressingly (impressively?) extensive list of first date and breakup playlists (as well as those of my friends) to piece together this eclectic bunch of songs.

Hopefully some will earn a coveted spot within your own collections of love songs that can only be listened to on repeat.

 

In Love

01. I Wanna Be Adored – The Stone Roses The Stone Roses
02. Well You Better – Yo La Tengo Fade
03. The Start of Something – Voxtrot Raised By Wolves EP
04. Everyday – Vetiver Tight Knit
05. Even In the Rain – The Fiery Furnaces I’m Going Away
06. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues
07. You and I – Wilco Wilco (The Album)
08. Sea of Love – Cat Power The Covers Record
09. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star So Tonight That I Might See
10. Baby – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes
11. Can’t Do Without You – Caribou Our Love

 

Out of Love

12. I Need Some Fine Wine and You, You Need to Be Nicer – The Cardigans Super Extra Gravity
13. I Don’t Want to Get Over You – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
14. Lost Cause – Beck Sea Change
15. I’m Not Through With You Yet – Sloan Navy Blues
16. F*cking Boyfriend (Live) – The Bird and the Bee Live At the Palms EP (E)
17. Paper Bag – Fiona Apple When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King…
18. Working Titles – Damien Jurado Maraqopa
19. Meaningless – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
20. Hellhole Ratrace – Girls Album
21. Hounds of Love – Kate Bush Hounds of Love
22. We Belong Together – Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi

 

Tony Chestnut

Dec 12, 2014

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CONFETTI

 

Jill Sawatsky is one of those completely magnetic people. Spritelike with contagious enthusiasm, she projects happy vibes. She lives in Winnipeg where she designs *and makes* a collection of clothing which is sold under the moniker Tony Chestnut.

 

Tony Chestnut was born in Vancouver with its’ first incarnation being a “mini collection” of items presented as a part of Jill’s graduation project from Fashion School. After moving back to Winnipeg in 2006 the collection has grown into season after season of pretty / pretty perfect pieces.

 

Winnipeg girls are the luckiest (for many reasons) the most of which is that we have first dibs on Tony Chestnut wears (for those who don’t have proximity on their side, Tony Chestnut is online). Many of us take full advantage – Jill has a very loyal following of girls and women that buy out her pieces as fast as she can make them. The best part about Tony Chestnut is that every item just works – works for every shape, every age and every style.

 

TUNIC

 

Do you consciously try to present collections of items that can easily fold into any woman’s wardrobe? Or is it an almost meta result of the effortlessness of your aesthetic?

i definitely try to put clothes together that can be folded into an existing wardrobe! it’s no secret that i like layers, and so when i put together the styling for a new collection, i’m always thinking of different ways to wear an item… which jeans to wear underneath, which mens shirt’s collar to have popping out, etc. I think that i always design garments around piling them up with peoples’ classics that they can’t live without. i don’t want to change the way people dress, i think i just want to enhance it and give it some attitude and a silhouette.

 

Where do you draw your biggest influence?

my biggest influences are drawn from watching people go through life. i love to watch (women, primarily) taking on challenges, orchestrating their priorities, learning, failing, kicking ass, and just expressing themselves. that makes me do what i do. i feel like i want to kind of help women feel a sense of capability in their day-to-day lives, and giving them great clothes to wear is a tangible and exciting way for me to do that.

 

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Are there any fashion designers that you’re currently enamoured with? What about from the past? Anyone who has really influenced your work?

hmmm, fashion designers. here’s my favourites:

marni for quirky textures/patterns
anne demeulemeester for interesting shapes and silhouettes
chloe for modest femininity
alexander wang for classic androgynous sexy
stella mccartney for being so damn smart

 

individual looks that i feel inspired by are the smart cosmopolitan women from the 70s that don’t wear makeup… the women in annie hall, manhattan (i guess most woody allen movies), but also my great aunts from that time. smart women.

 

i’m also incredibly inspired by old mennonite men and women. the uber modest colours and shapes mixed with the necessity for functionality just GETS me. i feel as though i’m always striving for ways to integrate those looks and the feeling of those people into something more high fashion and evolved. theres a humour in it for me, and i like a good dose of humour and irony in with my beauty :)

 

I have always been interested in fashion, because I truly believe that clothing has transformative properties. Do you feel this way or do you have a less weighty relationship to garments?

i definitely agree with your opinion of clothing having transformative properties. that is a well-put statement! i also think that i see the notion of fashion as a means of art inside a vehicle of necessity. it’s clothing! you have to wear it anyway, so treating it as a means of expression is just pragmatic. not many other mediums of art are also a basic necessity.

 

I love that the shapes you work with, for the most part, leave space between the garment and the body – what draws you to this silhouette?

i feel like there are lots of reasons why i make clothing with generous shape/volume. paramount, being that i just like how it looks. as i mentioned before, i love layers, and the look of textile falling off of a frame, creating movement, whether it’s rigid or fluid, equals beauty to me.

 

i also love the idea of a woman being able to wear a garment in a way that is only her own. it’s thrilling to me to see a garment really WORK on a size 0 woman, and then take on a different shape on a plus sized woman. fabric and volume allow this to happen. i like the idea of malleable clothing, and making a garment work in order to suit your body.

 

i have also come to terms with the fact that, although it seems brazenly cliche to say so, that i just like being able to prove that a woman can be dead sexy when she is covered up. women’s bodies have the most beautiful shape, and playing with the notion of showing parts of that shape, while hiding other parts underneath something beautiful– well, it goes back to what i said earlier about liking beauty with some irony.

 

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I must make it known that you have some of the cutest kids around. How has being a mother affected your work? Has it? Has your personal style evolved as you’ve grown up, had kids? Has Tony Chestnut evolved alongside?

my kids have changed everything about me! and that definitely includes my work and my personal style. as every mom will admit, when it comes to dressing yourself for a day with kids, functionality is key. pockets, easy fabrics, simple (forgiving) shapes, and easy care. really, these were all things that mattered to me before having children as well, but children have a way of amplifying EVERYTHING, including your daily dressing needs :)

 

so, as i design clothing, i have that in mind. whether your challenge that you’re considering in dressing for your day is children, or a rigorous commute, or a long and taxing day of work… whatever it is, i want to make clothing for these women. not just moms. women that work their asses off. and that definitely includes moms.

 

i have always had a very androgynous sense of style, and overall look, and actually think that I’ve veered even more that way since having kids. my body changed to become more feminine, and with that i almost fought harder to hold onto a boyish look.

 

Although I am sure you love it all, what is one piece from your most recent collection that you love to wear the most?

my favourite garment from the collection is definitely the sheer frock. i just think it’s the perfect marriage of quirky and impractical (a sheer, midi length, shift shaped romper? what?) and gloriously effortless. **EQ3 note – I too have this dress and wear it religiously – it’s fair to say every girl should own one**

 

the garment i’ve worn the most from this collection, however, would have to be the sweatsuit dress. the name says it all.

 

Do you prefer dinner, or dessert?

what is dinner without dessert?? you cannot have one without the other! just as i like my beauty with humour, i like my red meat with a healthy side of dark chocolate. xo.

 

For those living in Winnipeg make sure to check out Jill’s sale tomorrow!
Saturday, dec 13.
10am-5pm
In the luckygirl studio at 70 Albert st (above hoopers).

Music Library: Black Friday

Nov 28, 2014

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PLAYLIST 11.28.2014

 

Black Friday – a relatively new consumer based holiday for us Canadians – has come to represent for most, a loathsome display of consumerism, and for some, a really fun day at the mall.

 

Today’s playlist will appeal to those of you hunting down deals and stimulating the economy, as well as the rest of you stuck at home fighting your FOMO. This eclectic mix of tracks transcends genres and decades and has just enough to build you up and bring you back down gently. One thing you won’t need to stress about is what you’re listening to.

 

Keep your eyes on the prize and remember – there are only a few things worth losing friends over.

 

01. Big Game – Devonté Hynes Palo Alto (Original Motion Picture Score)

02. Save Me From What I Want – St. Vincent Actor

03. Harrison Ford Escort – Mac DeMarco 2 Demos

04. Spirit – Future Islands Singles

05. Kids In America – The Muffs Clueless (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

06. Wildcat – Ratatat Classics

07. Beggin for Thread – Banks Goddess

08. Customer – The Replacements Sorry Ma! Forgot To Take Out The Trash!

09. Valley Girl – Frank Zappa Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch

10. The Mall (ft.G-Dep & Shiggy Sha) (E)  – Gang Starr Moment Of Truth

11. Throw It in the Bag (ft. The-Dream) (E) – Fabolous Loso’s Way

12. Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division Substance

13. Move B*tch (ft. Mystikal & I-20) (E) – Ludacris Word Of Mouf

14. Monument T.I.E. Version (ft. Robyn) – Röyksopp The Inevitable End

15. I Cry – Flo Rida Wild Ones

16. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! – The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs Vol. 3

17. Oh! You Pretty Things – David Bowie Hunky Dory

18. Have You Got My Money – Jana Hunter Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom

19. Don’t Look Back in Anger – Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory

Klere

Nov 7, 2014

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Designing a collection of furniture is a challenging task to embark upon. Not specifically in relation to the sheer scope of work required (which is daunting) but more so the requirements of the project, constantly simmering in the back of your mind, that threaten to quash your ideas.

 

To make a real life comparison, designing such a group, comes down to balancing your metaphorical wardrobe in such a way that it includes those Céline shoes as well as a winter coat. You want the shoes but you need the coat.

 

The Klere collection was a lesson in said balance.

 

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The project brief requested a white collection that spanned from bedroom to occasional and would appeal to a teenager and her grandma – no unnecessary adornment, something beautiful yet affordable.

 

We wanted each piece in the collection to have a distinct point of view, while needing to produce a multi-sku collection that would embody that quintessential white group that can work for anyone in any space, anywhere. We wanted this group to sit easily alongside existing EQ3 pieces while needing it to look amazing together.

 

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Thanks in part to my love of  contradictions, I kept coming back to the idea of pairing stark white pieces with some of our heavy wood items. I loved the dramatic contrast between the two materials.

 

 

 

It was the latter want that became the starting point for the concept which grew into finding subtle ways to integrate introduce that dramatic quality into the pieces themselves. Opposing feelings, materials and forms create dynamic connections and we challenged ourselves to create such connections while working with the constraints of one color and two materials. Focusing in on creating interest through contrasting elements allowed us to achieve the elements we wanted while fulfilling our requirements.

 

We looked outside of furniture for images that captivated the feelings we hoped to exude.

 

Can we create a tactile dialogue without adding soft materials?

 

 

 

Custom drawer pulls with soft closing slides create a play between physical and mechanical interaction.

 

 

 

Can a smooth white surface be layered to simulate texture?

 

 

Layers of MDF and metal play with one another through relief detailing and set-backs creating shadowing and alluding to the textural component we desired.

 

 

 

 

 

Can something stark seem inviting?

 

 

 

 

How can we make something both serious and playful?

 

 

Off-kilter cuts and functional storage lend a dual personality to some of the otherwise serious elements of the collection.

 

 

 

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