Scarves for All Occasions

We are beginning to lose daylight and there is a definite chill in the air. With the holidays approaching we're all starting to feel the pressure: a party here, gift shopping there. It's a lot! But don't panic, there's always a silver lining and this season it comes in the form of scarves. Below find a few different ways to include them in your wardrobe while (literally) wrapping up the loose ends of the coming season.

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Announcing the Opening of Galerie Rue Pigalle

I am very excited to announce the opening on November 28th of Galerie Rue Pigalle, on the Upper Floor of Yorkville Village (previously Hazelton Lane).  Look for illustrious art and fashion heavy weights such as Belstaff, Galerie Bellefeuille, Jean-Pierre Fortin or TNT Concept and you will find little me in the mix—I’ll be there until December 31st.

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London Calling - My Eclectic List of Things to Do

London is terrific in the fall. The tourist crowds of summer have dissipated, making it easier to see attractions and the weather is perfect for walking around. The city’s old trees are bursting with fall colours, and the parks are stunning. I spent 14 days in London this September exploring everything it has to offer and crossing off some bucket list items. Most people were surprised at what I didn’t visit on vacation (think Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and Tower of London). Here’s my eclectic list of my top favourite things to do.

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Say No To The Infernal Cycle of Fashion

On my left, a fashion industry that churns out 52 collections a year, is designed to make us feel “out of trend”, that plays on our insecurities—and I’m not even going to wade into the ethical debate of waste production, energy consumption and all that c*@p.

On my right, a fashion industry that nurtures artisanal fabrication by specialised ateliers, full knowledge of the supply chain, hiring of apprentices to transmit artisanal know-how and techniques, and small seasonal collections.

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A Quiet Boldness with OlgaJeanne

OlgaJeanne woven ribbons provoke the same frisson as traditional gemstones and shiny metals which we have come to expect when we think of jewelry. I find it fascinating how a subtle variation in the weave of the ribbon (soutache or gros grain) impacts the mechanical movement of the necklace, its harmony with the body.

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Making Fabric with bbellamy & bbellamy

I’m a real sucker for fabrics — and lampshades. They go hand in hand really, using the fabric to make lampshades. So bbellamy & bbellamy has been on my radar screen for a while. For years, vicariously only via Facebook. Until last month when I rang the bell of a dingy, almost abandoned looking store front in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

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The Understated Glam of Isabelle Michel

Isabelle Michel’s jewelry is deceptively simple. A clean, bold style is the first impression. But a careful look reveals the perfect balance of the pendulum, the complex weave of the chain, the mix of materials. A vintage Hermes cabochon here, a paper-clip neck chain there, the rounded edge of a disc or the ombre of a cornelite stone — all is subtle and nuanced.

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Time Will Tell

Watch wearing is completely divorced from time keeping. Yet, still carries, at a subconscious level, the enormous importance time has in one’s life.

The giving of a watch used to be a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood. It came with the responsibility of looking after an important objet that would last your entire life. Mid-life, you sometime bought an “evening watch”, for special occasions only – but what an extravagance that was.

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