The arrival of Spring brings fresh colours, fabulous prints and a style sensibility that promises fun in the sun. Visit us to see the best of Canadian and international collections for women.
Tiger of Sweden
Tiger of Sweden lives by the motto “a different cut.” This identity describes more than the brand’s innovations in tailoring, lines and details. It’s an attitude—minimalistic and modern—that has shaped the women’s collection since its 1997 debut. What begins in each design season as a concept of fabric, threads and stitches is transformed into feminine, naturally fitted attire. Consider the body-conscious fit of the season’s suits and the luxurious fabrics that allow Tiger of Sweden’s memorable pieces to enhance every wardrobe. Just ask a woman who owns a piece of this affordable luxury.
Danish designer Karen Simonsen has created this stunning capsule collection called Moroccan Sands. Wide-legged pants in spicy mustard, a gardenia print blouse with three-quarter-length sleeves and coordinating Ibbie dress all scream laidback luxury for any hot-weather occasion. The cropped pant has a subtle tone-on-tone horizontal stripe, while the one-size top features gold lurex detailing on the neckline and hem.
Sisters Charna Zucker and Jacqueline Harris have combined their education in business, fashion and psychology to create a self-affirming line of sportswear for young women called I Love Tyler Madison. If you think the business is named for a singer in a little-known boy band, guess again. Zucker and Harris are animal-lovers, and their beloved rescue canines, Tyler and Madison, inspired the moniker and serve as lead dogs, so to speak, on the Montreal-based company’s active support of the SPCA and ASPCA. The spirit behind the line is the unconditional love Zucker and Harris receive from their four-legged friends. In response, the designers create simple, funky, pull-on pants they hope will allow each woman to express her individuality and, thereby, will reinforce her self-acceptance and self-worth. “The same pair of pants can look completely different on five different girls—and we love this,” the owners say.
Ted Baker began modestly in 1988 as a men’s specialty shirt manufacturer in Glasgow. There is no “Ted Baker,” but company founder and guru Ray Kelvin has turned his vision of a totally English, retro-chic fashion line—which reflects his values of quality, style and attention to detail—into a global success. Each season, the women’s collection showcases a delightful range of figure-flattering dress, skirt and top designs. For Spring 2018, Ted’s characteristic subtle accents, stunning fabrics and one-of-a-kind details once again set the collection apart. “I always wanted to create great clothes that were affordable,” Kelvin told U.K. Vogue in 2013. “Most people can make nice clothes that are expensive, it’s more of a challenge to make good quality products that people can afford.”
Everyday staples made magnificent. Autumn Cashmere brings a fresh and innovative style to traditional luxury knitwear with pure cashmere, cashmere blend and cotton sweaters. Beautiful designs. Flattering fit. Luxurious feel. Deliciously comfortable.
The Blæst line was born in rainy, coastal Bergen, Norway, when local designer Lisbeth Lillebøe asked herself: Must women endure the region’s 200-plus days of rain and wind dressed like fishermen on the high seas?
Since 1994, Canadian designer Brenda Beddome has been creating fashion that moves in harmony with the female body. “Style that fits your life” is the vision behind her jackets, pants, dresses and tops—key pieces that are destined to be wardrobe favourites for every woman. The Brenda pant, which is available in skinny and straight in ankle and cropped lengths, is the backbone of each seasonal collection and a game-changer for women who haven’t experienced the joys of flattering, comfortable and well-fitted clothes. The Brenda Beddome Collection provides a fashion foundation that allows each woman to build her individual style. Canadian-made clothing you’ll love for work and for play.
Easy to wear, easy to love. That’s the motto informing Cream’s boho line of women’s attire. Feminine and chic, the eclectic designs blend an attention to detail with a cool, youthful spirit to create whimsical looks that are fun to wear. Don’t sweat the small stuff. With Cream, there’s always something new and exciting just around the corner.
The second season of DeSoto ramps up its collection for women. In addition to its basic never-outs, the brand has added new colours, prints and collar designs that increase the versatility of these exceptional cotton-knit shirts. For more information about DeSoto innovation, see A New Shirt for Summer. Additional styles and colours are available by special order.
Intricate. Intriguing. Individual. Elisa Cavaletti is a collection of wearable art. Since 1982, its creator, Daniela Dallavalle, has designed clothes for women who embrace life as an adventure and who want sophisticated, comfortable and feminine clothes that invite personal expression and the freedom to reinvent their style. Unique and easy-to-wear, Elisa Cavaletti pieces incorporate mixed media of overlapping fabrics and prints, contrasting textures and artfully chosen buttons and details. Every garment has its own story to tell. The Italian handcrafted beauty of Elisa Cavaletti is appropriate for women of every age and for any occasion, from casual and business to festive events.
Gorgeous leather bags! Enright Cattle Co., known for its role in our sustainable local food web, is now creating high-quality leather bags that are tanned and produced in Ontario. Designed by Canadian James M. Brooks, each bench-crafted piece is made in the artisanal style with a minimum number of stitched panels and limited hardware. Check out the clutches, purses, totes and school bags and wrist wear. Enjoy the simplicity, form and function of fine craftsmanship for years to come.
Founded in 2001, Montreal-based Iris Setlakwe creates superior-quality clothing made from select European fabrics that have been tailored to perfectly fit women, as the designer says, “in all the right places.” Season upon season, the Iris vision evolves, but the aesthetic is timeless. By combining simple lines and elegant feminine detailing, Iris consistently produces a versatile mix-and-match wardrobe for work and casual occasions. The company is also a strong supporter of community-based economies and draws on the local workforce to produce 90% of its clothing.
Since 1993, KAFFE has produced contemporary classics for the modern woman. Influenced by timeless Scandinavian style, the KAFFE collection offers a refine look that revolves around great fit, quality fabrics and versatile feminine styling.
Scarf prints are huge this season. But the designers at Le Galeriste are never content merely creating beautiful clothing. They’re redefining functional fashion with this simple pull-over tops, tunics and dresses that gives you four looks in one. Choose your piece, and wear it forwards, backwards, turn it inside out and start all over again. Brilliant for travel.
Since 2000, Line has revolutionized the design possibilities of knitwear with its exaggerated draping and exquisite detailing. A rare combination of funky and feminine, Line’s elegant sweaters feel dressy without being fussy thanks to the masterful design skills of John Muscat and Jennifer Wells. Their use of quality yarns and architectural silhouettes—the “line”— add a distinctive edge to every piece in this evolving collection.
The new season of Marc Aurel feels like a vintage Carnaby Street flashback. It’s loaded with pink, red (and pink and red together) paired with lots of denim and classic houndstooth check. Beautifully brash, the collection is flush with flattering fits and exquisite tailoring thanks to the design team’s clever use of stretch fabrics. Showy, fun, carefree—a shift we all crave at this time of year.
These handcrafted bracelets will complete any outfit, whether it’s special-ocacasion dressing or your daily boho-chic. Dubbed “jewellery with a conscience,” Mishky supports women and children through its “mi mama para mi” (my mom for me) program that trains women living in low-income conditions with the techniques and skills to be artisans. This allows them to engage in dignified work from home, which allows them to support their families and care for their children.
Moment By Moment was created with one goal: the design of luxury scarves for the fashion-conscious and contemporary woman. Each season, the Moment By Moment design team creates a new scarf collection—using cotton, viscose and wool—that I on track with the latest style trends.
Mos Mosh’s first collection in 2010 featured well-cut pants and jeans made from high-end fabrics, and it quickly expanded to include tops and jackets. The company focus is fit—flattering and feminine—with an eye-catching twist and tasteful details that make each piece stand apart from other designs. See for yourself.
Part Two is for women who want to look great and want fashion that effortlessly enhances their lives. Beautiful designs and fabrics, great attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship make Part Two a favourite women’s brand at Chris James.
With its finely balanced composition of styles, colours, patterns, materials and silhouettes, Sandwich offers countless possibilities for mixing and matching elements across the seasons, from jacket to dress or blouse to pants. Once you discover Sandwich, you’ll be hooked for life.
Smashed Lemon was born in Amsterdam in 2007. Emphasizing the power of prints, the company has created a energetic and joyous signature look that finds a place at nearly every occasion and mood from casual outfit to an evening out. With a keen eye for feminine detailing and a commitment to the perfect fit, Smashed Lemon inspires a strong following of enthusiasts who look for this easy style of dressing again and again.
The fabrics are luxurious. The designs are simple yet refined. Pair a Soia & Kyo coat in stunning fashion to complete your best dress clothes, or effortlessly wear it to elevate your casual jeans and sweater. For Fall, we have gorgeous leather and lightweight wool and puffer coats. For Winter, choose from topcoats in dressy wool blends and winter-hardy down.
Designer Suzi Roher creates belts for women who appreciate an element of attitude and fantasy. Both a classic in style and cutting edge, these accessories invite you to embrace and express your unique qualities.
Montreal-based Volt Design has been creating ready-to-wear fashion art for women since 2010. Brightly coloured graphic prints are Volt’s signature design statement. The collection contains simple dresses in a variety of silhouettes (straight, A-line, narrow, tunic or loose), plus skirts, leggings and jackets. This fun and eye-catching clothing is made from comfortable wrinkle-resistant, machine-washable fabric. Each garment is reversible and features a different print on each side. The limited-edition Volt collection is designed and manufactured in Quebec.
Comfort and style should live harmoniously in every closet. Z Supply is a line of easygoing essentials that seamlessly work with any wardrobe. Laid-back and relaxed, these basics make the smooth transition from day to night in any season.
A beautiful jacket over a beautiful dress is a no-brainer for the office or a night on the town. Need convincing? Here are our Top 5 reasons why dress suits make killer looks: Versatile You have two stand-alone pieces that can be worn separately or combined with other garments [...]
For Spring 2018, leather and suede are big news again, and the season’s most exciting designs echo iconic 1950s style. Soia & Kyo offers two impeccable takes on the biker classic with its Karla and Mikaila jackets. Each hits the highpoints of Perfecto biker chic: asymmetric front, silver-metal zippers and snaps, shoulder tabs [...]
The sophistication of a form-fitting collared shirt with the luxurious softness of cotton jersey. DeSoto has released its first collection of pure-cotton jersey shirts for women. Beautifully cut from premium knit fabrics, the tops elegantly accentuate the female form, offer a forgiving fit through the body and the shoulders, and feel comfortable next to your skin. Each one [...]