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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Vancouver-based jewellery designer Leah Alexandra

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

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Leah Alexandra has taken the jewellery world by storm, by creating pieces with natural gems and stones, making each of her unique pieces stand out. Originally from Toronto, then relocating to Vancouver, Leah Alexandra has brought our local scene to her designs. Her designs are carried in local boutiques, internationally, online and of course, found in her showroom in Gastown. Leah took some time to talk to us a little bit about her company, her inspirations, and the future.

 

SNTF: How did you get started with your own jewellery line? 

 

LA: I became very fascinated by gems and never turned back! While finishing my degree, I became particularly obsessed with turquoise stones. I set out to source a wholesale dealer and that led to the creation of my first experimental pieces that I would sell to friends and classmates. 

 

SNTF: How do you find inspiration for your designs? 

 

LA: Travel! Especially to destinations with a deep-rooted history of art and design like Rome, or to one of my favourites cities, it’s a tie between Paris and New York.

 

SNTF: Do you hand pick all the gems for your collections?

 

LA: Most of them yes! Because they are a natural material each one is inherently unique and it really requires being up close and personal to hand select the best ones.

 

SNTF: We can see on Instagram you travel a lot for your pieces. Is there anywhere you have loved the most and why?

 

LA: Corsica- a small island in France with rugged coastlines and ancient villages that remain very much how they were hundreds of years ago. There is something so peaceful about it! On the opposite end of the spectrum, India was a wild ride for the senses and was very inspiring- I can’t wait to go back to both.

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SNTF: What is your favourite piece?

 

LA: That’s like asking me to pick between my children! (Even though I don’t have any yet). Okay, fine, I choose the Rainbow Ring! Just the right amount of sparkle and is so fun to stack with other rings. 

 

SNTF: You’ve started carrying vintage lockets. How do you find the perfect ones? 

 

LA: I scour flea markets and pawn shops, mostly in the US. It takes time but it’s a passion project of mine, and often my finds inspire new designs! 

 

SNTF: For women who don’t wear much jewellery, what is the one piece that they should own?

 

LA: I’d say start with an everyday necklace- either the tiny Luna necklace, or the moonstone Cameo necklace for something a tad more substantial.

 

SNTF: What is your favourite part about owning your own business?

 

LA: Being in charge of my day everyday (for the most part) and employing an amazing team of women.

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SNTF: So many celebrities have been spotted wearing your designs. That must be so surreal. What was your reaction when your jewellery was first spotted on a celebrity?

 

LA: It was definitely a pinch me moment when Jessica Alba picked out pieces for her character in a movie she was filming!

 

SNTF: You’ve been expanding a lot. Where do you see your company in the next five years?

 

LA: I currently have seven employees and growing! We are really starting to outgrow our studio, so well within the next 5 years, we will be moving to a larger space with more offices and a bigger showroom.

 

SNTF: What can we expect next from Leah Alexandra?

 

LA: We’re working on our Fall collection at the moment, but stay tuned for some solid 14K designs, and more travel of course! 

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Weekly Recap

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

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Now that May is well underway, we wanted to kick off the start of the new week by recapping all our favourite Style Nine to Five articles from the week prior, just to ensure we’re all on the same page when it comes to the world of SNTF fashion. From festival fashion inspiration to Canadian women-led fashion brands to celebrate, here are the top articles of the week.

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Where to Find Designer Pieces Without the Designer Prices in Vancouver
The truth is, in Vancouver, you’re able to find incredible designer pieces without the high price tag. Consignment stores are a great place to find designer steals that are lightly loved by someone else. Not only are you saving money for yourself, but you are also helping out the environment by reducing waste. Here are SNTF’s top picks in Vancouver to find those most coveted lightly loved finds. Read the full post here

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Festival Style Trends
This year at Coachella and the festivals that follow, it seems there’s no holding back when it comes to bright makeup, playful hair and of course show-stopping outfits. We’ve seen everything from classic fun in the sun looks to this year’s go-to trends done a la festival and we’ve got the rundown. So whether you’re looking for your weekend line-up of outfits or just some inspiration for a day party these festival style trends are sure to help guide you to the right look. Read the full post here

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5 Canadian Women-Led Fashion Brands to Celebrate
Mothers Day may have come and gone but we want to celebrate hard-working women every day. From designers to boutique owners, Canadian women are leading the way with innovative ideas and keen sartorial senses. These are five of our favourite brands run by women that are creating waves in the Canadian fashion industry. Read the full post here

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Fashion News Recap
Each week we recap the top fashion news stories that happened around the world, which included Kendall and Kylie launching their first Canadian collaboration, Clinique opening its first Canadian standalone store, and Naomi Campbell potentially retiring from the runway.

 

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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Is the legend herself, Naomi Campbell retiring from runway?
After 32 years storming the runways, Campbell has hinted that she may be trading the catwalk for a cozy seat in the audience and let it be “carried on by the younger generation”. At the Fashion for Relief fashion show in Cannes last weekend, which helped to raise money for important causes like the Times Up legal defense fund and Save the Children charity, the supermodel stated she wasn’t sure how much longer she could walk. Naomi became the first black model to grace the cover of French Vogue, founded the Fashion for Relief charity, starred in a Michael Jackson video and was a favourite and friend of major designers such as Giannni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaïa. She will be deservingly honoured next month with the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 CFDAs. Retired or not (but we hope not yet), Naomi Campbell will remain a key icon in prominent fashion history.

 

Clinique Opens First Canadian Standalone
Greater Vancouver’s CF Richmond Centre has become home to Canada’s first standalone Clinique location. Owned under the Estée Lauder umbrella, Clinique has been widely available only through department stores across the country such as Sephora, Hudson’s Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques. The high-quality beauty line has been popularized for its extensive and well-received lines of skincare, cosmetics, and perfume. Loyal customers of the brand will be glad to have access to the full line of Clinique all in one place.

 

MUJI to Host Promo Event in Vancouver
Hey Vancouver, your favourite Japanese retailer is hosting an amazing promotional event for the next 10 days at MUJI’s flagship store on Robson Street. The stores have seen overwhelming success since opening stores in North America and are once again honouring their loyal and new customers with deals like 10% off purchases, personal style advisors, aromatherapy presentations, two-for-one embroidery services, free coffee and even storybook reading for the kids! MUJI continues to raise the bar and keep itself in good standing with Vancouver by incorporating their dedicated customers in the company’s culture.

 

Kendall + Kylie First Canadian Collaboration
It’s happening. They are finally launching something us Canadians can get our hands on in-store! Set to launch this summer, the Jenner sisters’ clothing brand, Kendall + Kylie has collaborated with Canadian accessory store, Ardene, to release a capsule collection. Ranging between approximately $15-$60 dollars, the collection will carry key summer trend pieces such as swimwear, bodysuits, jeans, and shorts. This will be Ardene’s biggest collaboration with a celebrity or social influencer brand and the first Canadian collaboration for Kendall + Kylie. The collection will become available in-store and online on June 23rd.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Canadian Women-Led Fashion Brands to Celebrate

Friday, May 18th, 2018

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Mothers Day may have come and gone but we want to celebrate hard-working women every day. From designers to boutique owners, Canadian women are leading the way with innovative ideas and keen sartorial senses. These are five of our favourite brands run by women that are creating waves in the Canadian fashion industry.

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Rightful Owner
The antithesis to fast fashion and the notoriously short lifespan of trends, RoseMcMahon’s clothing line for women celebrates the joy of playing dress up. Her quirky creations appear to be straight from the pages of a fairy tale about club kids and that is exactly what makes her collections so exciting. The Montreal-based designer emphasizes strong craftsmanship and creating wearable works of art, and we absolutely cannot wait to see what else she dreams up.

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One of a Few
A staple of Vancouver’s trendy Gastownneighbourhood for over ten years, this boutique is exactly as its name suggests, a unique find. Michelle Rizzardo, owner, and creative director has crafted an aesthetic that is at once elegantly refined and effortlessly accessible. Her thoughtful selection of items comes through in each and every piece. On top of selling clothing and accessories made by local artists, they also carry a wide selection of well-known international brands, such as Rachel Comey, Creatures of Comfort, and Ganni.

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Hayley Elsaesser
Hayley Elsaesser describes her aesthetic as “bold, colourful and busy.” The Canadian-born designer has a penchant for prints — as well as pastel hair dye — and her eponymous line has been spotted on celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Alessia Cara. She is also a steadfast advocate of inclusivity in the fashion industry; she has made a point of hiring models of all sizes, genders, ethnicities, and abilities, while simultaneously making efforts to combat tokenism. In 2015, she opened her flagship store in Toronto’s West Queen West neighbourhood.

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Brother Vellies
Named after the velskoen, an African pre-cursor to the desert boot, this luxury footwear and accessories company is completely dedicated to ethical production practices. Toronto-native and founder Aurora James hoped to promote traditional African footwear styles and to create sustainable job opportunities for African artisans. She has definitely been succeeding, with the fashion industry taking a notice and awarding James the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund back in 2015. All of their shoes and bags are made of leather sourced from agricultural byproducts, showing that sustainability in fashion does have to equal a sacrifice in style.

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Vancouver-based jumpsuit aficionado Adele Tetangco is the co-founder and seasoned curatorial eye behind one of the most exciting fashion tech startups in recent years. This border-straddling operation —they run offices out of Vancouver and Seattle — was created with the goal of connecting remote customers with emerging and indie designers, and the list is constantly growing. The very best part of the operation is the unique access they have provided to customers around the world. Now you can shop the collections of local shops in Nashville to New South Wales, all without ever looking up the cost of a plane ticket.

 

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By Nicholas Gorgopa, Vancouver, @gorgopa

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Fashion Jobs – Festival Style Trends

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

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As the school year ends and spring turns into summer, festival season for us in Canada is almost amongst us! The season kicked off in April with two back-to-back weekends of fun in the California desert, also known as Coachella, which to style enthusiasts is known to set the tone for the rest of the year’s festival fashions. You, of course, have those who say that they go to enjoy the music, art and culture that comes with attending a festival but to others getting dressed up and having fun with outfits is just the finishing touches on the full experience.

 

This year at Coachella and the festivals that follow, it seems there’s no holding back when it comes to bright makeup, playful hair and of course show-stopping outfits. We’ve seen everything from classic fun in the sun looks to this year’s go-to trends done a la festival and we’ve got the rundown. So whether you’re looking for your weekend line-up of outfits or just some inspiration for a day party these festival style trends are sure to help guide you to the right look.

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Crochet Chic
You better call the crafter of the family and get them crocheting, because yes, crochet is definitely in this year and bigger than ever. What most remember as their grandmother’s favourite pastime is taking over this summer, especially at festivals, in a variety of fun ways. From tops and bathing suits to bags and full dresses, there is no shame in the crochet game! Just beware of the potential tan-lines that come with the territory especially with a looser stitched style.

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Western Gypsy
A classic go-to for festival style is the boho-western look that’s a little cowgirl, a little rock ‘n’ roll and a little gypsy. The perfect way to balance this look is to pull one piece of each inspiration that still overall compliment each other; think flowy dresses, layered jewelry and cowboy boots. This is a look that year after year never goes out of style and is the perfect balance of looking cute but still being comfortable for all-day fun.

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Mystical Multicolours
If “going big or going home” is your motto when it comes to dressing for festivals, then this might be the inspiration you need. Always dream of neon coloured unicorn hair or dressing like a holographic mermaid? Well mystical multi-colours were all over Coachella so what better way to have fun with festival fashion? Play around with colourful face jewels, sparkly pastel tones and big colourful hair to channel your inner mystical festival character!

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Athleisure Looks
Looking to be comfortable, but still, want to look cute for a day of fun in the sun? Athleisure wear is stronger than ever and the festival scene was no exception. Chunky sneakers, sports bras, and running shorts are all acceptable options when looking to plan your festival looks. This is also probably your moment to rock that visor you’ve been swooning over and be sure not to leave your micro shades at home!

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Canadian Festival Tuxedo
Looking for another way to play it cool? Why not rock your tuxedo, and by tux we mean your Canadian tuxedo! Yes, denim on denim was a major thing on the festival circuit from denim two pieces, bathing suits and the classic cut-offs with a denim jacket. If you’re spending the full day out in the sun we recommend looking for items in a lighter denim to keep cool or work layers into your look to keep up with the temperatures throughout the day into the night.

 

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Where to Find Designer Pieces Without the Designer Prices in Vancouver

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

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Living in Vancouver, you see designer products everywhere. The streets are full of Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Louboutin and more. When you walk into Holt Renfrew or Nordstrom to yourself to a new designer piece, we guarantee you’ll be paying a hefty designer price. But don’t get us wrong, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing because the price is a representation of the quality you’re paying for. The quality, love and care that go into making these pieces are much better than what you would find in a ‘fast fashion’ store.

 

Due to the quality of these products, when they are taken care of, they can last for years. But the truth is, in Vancouver, you’re able to find incredible designer pieces without the high price tag. Consignment stores are a great place to find designer steals that are lightly loved by someone else. Not only are you saving money for yourself, but you are also helping out the environment by reducing waste. Here are SNTF’s top picks in Vancouver to find those most coveted lightly loved finds.

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Here you will be able to find Valentino dresses, Chanel purses, Louis Vuitton shoes and so much more. Located at 1025 Howe Street, Vancouver, and open seven days a week, Mine and Yours have everything you are looking for. Mine and Yours take full responsibility to ensure that the products they are buying to sell are 100% authentic. There is a two-step authenticity check to make sure that the new owner will be purchasing a genuine label. If it is a fake, it will not be put in the shop to sell. The piece will either be destroyed or returned back to the seller.

 

Mine and Yours make sure that shopping is convenient for you. You can buy online or go to the store to find your new favourite piece. Also, if you follow them on Instagram, you can stay up to date on all their new arrivals. If you have lightly loved designer pieces you are ready to part with, for a profit to you, Mine and Yours buy these items on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Turnabout Luxury

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With six locations around Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, you have plenty of options to find one close to you. Starting with only a storefront in Granville Island, this business has exploded over the years. Not only have they been featured on national and local television segments, but they have also been featured on the radio and in print.

 

Here you will find all items are checked for authenticity to make sure you are getting the real deal. Not only will you find lightly loved pieces, but you’ll also find things that have never been worn. Many stores even send over end-of-season clearance pieces. You can come across high-end items as well as mid-range brands such as Lululemon, Artizia, Wilfred and more. If you aren’t able to make it to the store to buy those Lanvin flats, Gucci jacket or Prada bag you’ve been eyeing, you are able to order online. To see what is being added instore, make sure to follow them on Instagram. Turnabout accepts your lightly loved pieces through an online submission online or by bringing it instore so that someone else can enjoy it too.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Career Advice with Christie Lohr

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaCHRISTIE LOHR5Looking to get your foot in the fashion door? Let our Founder Christie Lohr help you! This is perfect for those who’ve been unable to attend our fashion career workshops in Vancouver or for those who don’t live in Vancouver.