Over the past couple of years we've had several requests for Canadian made men's clothing. I always say the same thing.......we just don't have room! And it's true that our little store is too small to expand into men's. However, Identity Tees, which are Canadian identity themed men's tees made by Meghan Irish (the same lovely and talented designer behind Dru's Design) seem like such a good fit for our store that we've made an exception. So please tell all the guys you know that we now have some limited edition, Canadian Identity Tees just for them!
So strange to have a guy on the blog! And yes, that is a plaid curling rock........Canadian identity themes for sure. I love the wood grain beaver below!
Don't worry we still have lots of women's tees at the store too. Here are a few of the prints still available.....
Just a reminder that we'll be closed Friday, July 1st, for Canada Day, but open Saturday and Sunday from 11-5. Have a great long weekend everyone!
It's always so exciting to receive a package from cinder+smoke. I rarely know what Janna is sending and can't wait to see what's inside! Here are some of the pieces that came in the latest package...... two new Alex tops made from vintage fabrics! This first block print fabric has a production date of 1967....
We received a few other pieces by cinder+smoke as well including the tencel Alice t-shirt and Delia dress below. The dress is made of a soft and stretchy organic bamboo french terry.
Some colourful new Santa Morgie bags have also arrived at the store. Handmade right here in the Comox Valley by local artist Morgen Parkin, these vinyl bags are perfect for our rainy climate and come in several different sizes, styles and colours, not to mention a whole variety of creative designs!
I try to keep this blog strictly store related but I'm writing this post anyways because it's local art and fashion related.....and was such a great show! The 3rd annual Wearable Art Show and competition took place this weekend at the Comox Valley Art Gallery. I was at the show last night - the third of 3 sold out evenings - and was totally blown away by the creations and the performances of our local artists!
The show combines visual art, fashion, dance and theatre. Artists create a wearable work of art and their chosen performer wears it while performing to music on a runway set up in the CV Art Gallery. A panel of judges awarded several prizes last night such as 'best use of recycled materials', 'best performance', etc. and there was also an 'Audience Choice' award that we had to cast our ballots for. Let me tell you that was one tough decision. There were so many amazing entries!
The piece below by Kari Glass is made of silk neckties and called "Hecate Queen of Night". The music for this piece by Jacob Lenc and the performance by Taelor Pelusey were fantastically eerie and won the award for 'Best Performance'.
One of my favourites was "Enlightened Woman" below by Roberta and Tamara Ling which won the award for 'Best Use of Textiles'. Sadly, my photos of this piece turned out the worst......maybe because Tamara kept shedding layer after layer - essentially showcasing at least 5 completely different pieces! Here are just 2 of them.....
The "Beach Bride" below by Joanne Pringle was made entirely of clay and won an award for the 'Wow Factor'!
June Savage created "The Masquerade" below out of hundreds of toilet paper rolls and coffee cups....
"The Bevan Road Princess" below by Zabie Perry was made entirely out of things found in the dump and Shiva Perry performed a related poetry piece. They won the award for 'Most Poetic'.
Winner of both the 'Audience Choice' award and 'Best Use of Recycled Materials' was the amazing creation below by Amanda Smetana. Performed by Sherry Couzens, "The Paper Bag Princess" was made out of recycled pattern paper and it was truly stunning!
Congratulations to all of the artists involved and a huge thank you to the CV Art Gallery and sponsors for putting on such a fantastic show!
"Meet the flirt of sustainable fashion" is how our newest line is often introduced. Lav & Kush designs are made in Vancouver from eco-friendly fabrics with luxurious textures, feminine and "flirty" styles from which a percentage of revenues is directed towards various non-profits (see their website for more info).
The dress below by Lav & Kush is made of organic cotton and hemp and it manages to have an incredibly flattering fit as well as being extremely comfortable (it's not as short as it appears - this model is very tall!). As a bonus it also looks pretty great over jeans.
We have it in the khaki colour above and also the blue below....
We also have this gorgeous Lav & Kush O Ring Top....
The Lav & Kush Flutter Sleeve top is made of a silky soft hemp fabric in vibrant teal...
Come in soon to try on the flirt of sustainable fashion and don't forget that we're now open on Sundays from 11am - 5pm!!
Our newest jewellery line, Spruce Design, is wearable art handcrafted by Meagan Schafer in Vancouver. Her designs are inspired by the naturally occurring grain patterns in the wood she uses to create her unique pendants and earrings.
Meagan uses two different design techniques which create really distinct looks. The first process she uses involves cutting spaces in the wood which are filled with hand coloured resins that are semi translucent and catch the light beautifully.
The second technique Meagan uses is to carve designs into the wood by laser creating beautiful silhouettes in negative space.
All of the Spruce Design earrings are on a sterling silver pull through chain so they can be worn long or short by pulling the chain through more or less. These little acorn earrings are too adorable!
Spruce jewellery is made of gorgeous woods like walnut, fir, zebrawood, and maple, and whenever possible the wood is sourced from cutoffs that would otherwise be wasted. Another fantastic example of conscious, creative, Canadian design!
With summer dress weather scheduled to arrive any day now (I wrote this post yesterday and now it's here!) I thought I would offer some inspiration. We have the Jennifer Glasgow wrap dress below in both coral and black. It's incredibly soft and comfy - perfect for those warm summer days that absolutely must positively be coming our way.
Also by Jennifer Glasglow is the gorgeous dress below that's made of a light grey silk and cotton blend. It has a small tree branch print on the underskirt that just subtly shows through the silk/cotton skirt.
This next summer dress by Rita Di Cesare is just begging to be taken out and worn in the sunshine!
Another lovely dress by Rita Di Cesare (it has pockets!).....
Also by Rita Di Cesare, the dress below has a fine light blue pinstripe and a matching jacket too. Wedding or tea party anyone?
Last but not least we have some new dresses in by Wanda June - our first and only designer in Manitoba!
It's definitely time to break out the sandals and summer dresses!
We finally got some more of Cathy Terepocki's gorgeous bowls, mugs, tumblers and jewellery!
The pendants are on antique brass chains of various lengths including this long one below. Also shown is one of the new screen printed tops we have in in several different colours, styles and prints. The tops were screen printed by a fabulous artist who also happens to be my sister - April Dean.
I hear we might be in for some t-shirt/tank top/maybe even summer dress wearin' weather this weekend. Bring it on!!