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Fashion Jobs – Sweats For Every Occasion

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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There comes a time in every woman’s day when she drifts away in thought, fantasizing about the moment she can go home and jump into her sweats. The feeling of being liberated from your Spanks and skirts gives you a flash of encouragement and determination to finish off the day.

But what if we could take our sweats from the weekend couch to après work dinner and drinks? We aren’t talking about the grey track pants you wear to bed; we mean a sporty pantsuit to take you from running around the office to your evening events. Allow us to teach you how you can take your sweats to the next level and how you can sport this trend sophistically to every occasion.

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The working woman has her standard, professional Monday to Friday uniform that has her dressed in appropriate office attire. She doesn’t think it’s unfathomably possible to wear sweatpants to work, but we’re here to change her mind. You can get away with rocking the ‘sweatpant’ look by creating a monochromatic outfit in darker shades. This will prevent the pants from making too much of a statement. A blazer and pumps will sharpen and complement your discrete sweats.

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Brunch Babe

Any activity that involves copious amounts of food requires some form of sweatpants for all around comfort. Whether it is a casual gathering or a full-blown foodie event, this is the time to show your personal style and experiment with the casual, comfy look. Brunch and sweats go hand in hand, and pairing a soft pink pull-on pant with a relaxed blouse creates an effortless yet chic look in a matter of seconds.

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Girls Night

Who would ever think to wear slouchy, comfy pants to a girl’s night out on the town? A pair of leather sweatpant-inspired trousers will make you the center of attention as they’re a mix of comfy, edgy, and sex. For a night out, pair this style of pants with a simple strappy heel to dance so you can dance the night away. Paired with either a bodysuit or a button down blouse, you’ll be the ultimate cool girl in these luxe faux leather sweats.

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Weekend Warrior

Once the work week is behind us, we’re granted two days of freedom to do and wear whatever we want so why not ditch the heels and swap them out for hip sweats and sneakers. For a modern and chic weekend look, rock a culotte-style pant in a knit fabric and style with layering tops and sweaters.

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Style Maven

To all the women who are adventurous and always up for trying new things, we’ve got the pants for you. A pair of straight leg, high-waisted sweatpants will instantly make you forget about all the other trousers you have in your wardrobe and will leave you wanting to buy them in every colour. Worn with a blouse and heels, the straight leg sweatpant is extremely versatile giving off an elegant yet sporty vibe.

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Product Images

1.Street Style, image courtesy of The Fashion Tag

2. Allant Pant in Cairo, $ 110, available at Aritzia

3. Aimee Song, image courtesy of Song of Style

4. Roxane Pant in heather grey, $98, available at Aritzia

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By: Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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Well ladies, now that May is underway, it means that it’s time to start thinking about the most important women in our lives.  And while the only thing our mothers want is to spend time with us, sometimes a little gift can really go a long way.  Whether your mom’s a fashionista or a woman who loves to relax, we’ve got a gift idea that’s perfect for her.  What’s even better is that each item is local and designed by a Canadian. Now, what mom wouldn’t love that!

1. Mug

For The Coffee Drinker

What’s sweeter than enjoying your favourite warm beverage from a millennial pink Mama bear mug? Nothing, absolutely nothing! For the coffee drinking’ moms, this is a no-brainer.

2. Phonecase

For The Tech-Savvy Mom

Designed by Toronto-based lifestyle blogger Stephanie Sterjovski in partnership with FACE by Phantom Glass, this adorable Bonjour phone case is perfect for the tech-savvy moms out there!

3. Earrings

For The Stylish Mom

If your mother is known for her chic and timeless style, we recommend surprising her with a pair of these beautiful aquamarine gemstone earrings from Vancouver-based jewelry designer Leah Alexandra. They’re perfect mix of chic and elegant.

4. Candle

For The Mom Who Loves To Relax

Help your mom unwind by surprising her with an aromatic candle that’s inspired by her favourite city.  Vancouver Candle Co. has designed to series of handmade candles that are inspired by sights and smells of Canada’s most vibrant neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Toronto.

5. Purse

For The Mom On The Go

Designed by Toronto-based handbag designer Amy Malcolm, this stunning blue purse is an absolute vision and the perfect gift for mom. If the colour of this bag wasn’t amazing enough, the bag also features a roomy interior and comes equipped with a detachable cross body strap that allows the bag to worn as a messenger or as a shoulder bag.

6. Slides

For The Fashion-Forward Mom

Canadian designer Aurora James launched her footwear brand, Brother Vellies in 2013 and is committed to sustainably producing all her footwear. This year, surprise your mom with a pair of chic slides, and if you’re lucky, she might just let you borrow them!

7. Eyemask

For The Mom Who Loves Her Beauty Sleep

What mom doesn’t enjoy a beauty sleep? These elegant masks will have your mom drifting off to dream land instantly.

8. Watch

For The Mom Who’s Never Late

A stunning rose gold timepiece is always a good idea in our books. This season we can’t get enough of this Piperwest number. It’s delicate and dainty, while still making a statement.

9. Flowers

For The Mom Who Enjoys Fresh Blooms

There’s no better way to bring a smile to your mother’s face than to surprise her with fresh flowers, especially if they’re from Vancouver’s very own Landeau. These gorgeous bouquets will be ddelivered directly to your doorstep in Parisian-inspired boxes that double as vases.

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Product Info:

1. Mama Bear Mug, $11.25, available at Indigo

2. FACE x SS Print Shop – Bonjour, $45, available at Face By Phantom Glass

3. Anni Aquamarine Studs, $175, available at Leah Alexandra

4. Rosedale Candle, $38, available at Vancouver Candle Co.

5. Pebbled Leather Handbag OPELLE Baby Ballet Bag in Washed Blue, $532.37, available at Opelle Creative

6. Whiskey Woven Slide, $515, available at Brother Vellies

7. Satin Sleep Mask ‘Clara’ Vintage Style Boudoir Blindfold Eye Pillow, $31.23, available on Etsy

8. Piperwest Classic Minimalist in Rose Gold/Blush, $169, available at Piperwest

9. Fleur-de-lis roses, $169, available at Give Landeau

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmith

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Fashion Jobs – Stylish Socks to Up Your Fashion Game

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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Fashion socks are probably one of those trends you want to try and experiment with, but after a long and tumultuous debate, you decide you and your closet just can’t work with them. You convince yourself you can’t pull them off, but please, allow us to change your mind and help you find the connection between your footwear and closet.  Like everything else, it was only a matter of time before socks got a face-lift and began to be the new style trend. From fishnets to colorful socks, you no longer have to say goodbye to all your cute peep toe heels after the summer months. There is a sock for every shoe and every outfit you can think of. Here are some vibrating inspirations to get you pulling out all your socks for your next outing.

1. Monochromatic

Monochromatic

When testing the waters with socks and heels, an easy way to choose what looks right is to stick to a color scheme for your entire look. Creating a monochromatic outfit will add ease and comfort to your style and the socks will complement your effortless class.   

2. Fishnet

Fishnet

The ‘90s are back with fishnet stockings taking the spotlight and being the staple item you need this season. Whether styled with a feminine dress or layered under distressed denim, fishnets are a growing trend that will give your feet some well-deserved attention. Famously worn in black, be an expert and layer a thin ankle sock to display your confident style.

3. Colour

Colour

The trick to wearing colourful socks with heels is to match your socks to a focal colour in your outfit. Depending on how bold or subtle you prefer your socks to be, playing with texture and fabric will give you the knockout factor that everyone will be complimenting you on.

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Work Attire

While fashionable socks might seem only fitting for the super trendy adventure seekers, they are actually a chic way to bring some flair to the office. A pair of sheer black, blush pink or grey socks can be a welcomed addition to your skirts, dresses, and cropped pants. If you want to be bold, try a shoe in a pop of color or strappy detail to really show off the socks.

5. Party Time Socks

Party Time

This is your time to shine and take your socks on a night out on the town. Wearing shimmer and beaded socks might sound over the top; they are the perfect way to enhance an understated party outfit. An LBD with a pair of black-jeweled socks will take your style from simple to turning heads.

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>By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – The 5 Handbag Trends The Fashion World Can’t Get Enough Of

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Whether you are sporting a duffle bag to the gym, a clutch for those girls’ night outs or a satchel for the office, the perfect bag truly is a girl’s best friend. And better yet, a stylish handbag can instantly elevate your look, which is why a proper handbag is an investment that every working woman should make. Whether you prefer vintage or a style that is fresh for the season, these are the five handbag trends that the fashion world just can’t get enough of!

1. The Cross body

The Cross-body bag

This is the ultimate bag for the modern, everyday woman. The black Celine Nano cross-body purse provides a touch of elegance, while its structure and strap provide practicality for a woman on the go. If you’re looking to invest in an everyday purse that will go with just about everything, we highly recommend saving up for this must-have cross-body bag.

2. The edgy clutch

The Edgy Clutch

Whether your style is classic or experimental, an edgy clutch is definitely in this season and is the perfect statement accessory to vamp up your look. It’s no surprise that oversized statement clutches have been in the hands’ of fashionistas and bloggers everywhere, as they add an unwavering sense of cool to the otherwise classic clutch style. Rather than carrying a clutch for a night out, use an oversized clutch as your day bag for an instantly edgier look.

3. The hip leather backpack

The Hip Leather Backpack

In our humble opinion, we believe that the clean, minimalist look of a leather backpack is quite sophisticated and gives off a hip street wear vibe. Its comfort level is definitely a ten out of ten and will have you wanting to switch up the handbag for its sensibility and hands-free look.

4. The colourful tote

The Colourful Tote

When we think of tote bags, the first thought that comes to mind is an out-dated tote we use to carry around our groceries. But, in the recent years, chic tote bags have been popping up everywhere and every designer seems to be spinning out their own rendition of the classic carryall bag. For a serious pop of colour, try the Balenciaga patent-leather handbag that has a roomy interior that will hold all of your essential needs.

5. The top handle

The Top Handle

This bag is the epitome of polish with its simple structure and sleek silhouette, which makes it the perfect accessory for meetings at the office. The versatility of having an adjustable strap is perfect for your busy days, while the top-handle sets professionalism to a whole other level. We recommend rocking this trend in an eye-catching hue or adorned with quirky appliqués like this swoon-worthy Prada number.

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Product Info:
1. Micro Debossed Luggage Handbag in navy blue satin calfskin, $2,550, available at Celine
2. Rebecca Minkoff Leo Mirror Metallic Envelope Clutch, $105.81, available at Rebecca Minkoff
3. Phase 3 City Backpack, $111.45, available at Nordstrom
4. Balenciaga Bazar patent-leather tote, $1,395, available at Net-A-Porter
5. Prada Zig Zag Esplanade textured-leather tote, $2,710, available at Net-A-Porter

By: Carly Brascoupé, Toronto, @carlyyr0se

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Fashion Jobs – How to Wear This Season’s Biggest Trends to Work

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in CanadaInspirational ImageWell fashionistas, we’re happy to announce that it officially feels like spring! And if the warmer weather isn’t something to be happy about, the season’s biggest trends most certainly are. While some of these trends are bold and daring, this post will show you how to incorporate them into your office wear so you can make a statement for all the right reasons.

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Gingham

This is a feminine trend will be seeing everywhere come summer.

To get away with wearing it to the office, try pairing a gingham coat with a wide black belt. Going for après work cocktails with your coworkers? Add a bit of an edge and wear it off the shoulders and pair with a bright bag.

2. Deconstructed Classics

Deconstructed Classics

While we’ve seen raw hems and deconstructed jeans everywhere these past few months, this season is all about the deconstructed, edgy shirts. Designers have revamped the button-down by shifting collars, altering sleeves, and taking classic silhouette to an almost unrecognizable territory. This spring, add some quirkiness to your workwear by swapping out your basic blouse for an interesting take on an old classic.

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Oversized Blazer

One trend we’re happy to see back in rotation is the ‘80s inspired oversized blazer. We love this trend because it’s extremely versatile and can be worn to work and styled with your favourite workwear staples, but also worn over a faux leather skirt or an LBD and stiletto heels for a night on the town. This season, try this smart but casual trend, by layering an oversized blazer over a white blouse or t-shirt. If you’re planning on going out for drinks after a long workday, vamp up your look with a bold lip and pointed heels.

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Micro Bags

If one thing’s for certain, street style stars have dubbed the micro bag as the ‘it’ bag of the season. Our favourite trendsetters like Olivia Palermo and Aimee Song can be seen rocking these cute micro bags, and while they can’t necessarily fit a laptop let alone any other workday essential, we have to say, micro bags are here to stay.

Bold Seasonal Prints

From graphic, oversized, and running in every other direction, this seasons prints are breaking all the rules. While your first instinct is to keep your dress code safe, we fully encourage incorporating a variety of seasonal prints into your traditional work wear.

If you work in a more casual office environment, you can afford to play around with bigger and bolder prints. If you’re not able to do that, then stick with subtle colours and oversized oxfords.

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Product Info:

1. Sylvia Haghjoo, image courtesy of Pinterest
2. Striped Blouse, $49.90, available at Zara
3. The Reformation Valero Jacket, $228, available at Reformation
4.
Bianca Shoulder Bag, $52, available at Need Supply
5. Olivia Palermo, image courtesy of Pinterest

By: Genevieve Claire, Vancouver, @vieveclaire

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Fashion Jobs – Five Styles to Expand Your Optical Accessories For the Office

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

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We all try to find innovative ways to display our personal sense of style at the workplace while still staying within the boundaries of appropriate office attire. It can be difficult in corporate and conservative spaces, but what if there was an accessory that can change the way we express our own individual style?

With sunglass season arriving and being on the hunt for our next statement specs, why not try the growing trend of the non- prescription optical frame? This trend has recently started to pick up and everyone from celebrities to street wear bloggers can be seen rocking these beauties.

It’s an edgy yet sophisticated way to add flair to your office attire at an affordable cost allowing you to switch up your style for every occasion. While we usually depend on the classics: black, gray, brown, try opting them out for colour, metal wired, and plastic frames to make a statement at the office. Here are five must-have styles you should consider when exploring this trend.

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1. Rectangular

If you’re just starting to play with your optical accessories, trying a simple frame in a different color is a great way to adjust and start experimenting. The rectangular frame is classic and sophisticated, and a great way to ease into trendy eyewear.

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2. The Cat Eye

From work to after hours, the cat eye is a great choice for women working in a business setting. They emphasize professionalism while looking smart and mysterious for after work leisure.

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3. Round Frames

These are a perfect choice for the woman who embraces change and enjoys switching up her style. The round eyeglass frames guarantee you will not go unnoticed, as they are a fun and versatile for the creative woman.

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4. Oversized

Clean, simple, but definitely a showstopper. The oversized rounded rectangle frame is an elegant look to add to your work wardrobe, and no matter what color you choose guarantee it will elevate your attire and your day at the office.

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5. Aviator

The metal rim aviator eyeglasses are delicate and also give off a laid back vibe. They are simple, straight to the point, and definitely an indoor frame. Perfect for the girl who is subtle and cool yet still enjoys standing out from the crowd.

Product Info:

1. Campus Readers in Rose, $16, available at Urban Outfitters

2. Keiko Roxy Noir, $135, available at Bon Look

3. Dalton Thin Round Clear Glasses, $15, available at BleuDame

4. Nadine Oyster, $135, available at Bon Look

5. Metal Frame Aviator Rose Gold, $24, available at ASOS

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By Ivana Pavkovic, Toronto, @iforeveronvacation

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Fashion Jobs – Style Mistakes That Are Making You Look Unprofessional

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Style Nine to Five - Fashion Jobs in Canada1. Inspirational ImageDressing for your first corporate job or internship isn’t always easy, especially when you work in the fashion industry. Balancing your love for style and trends with keeping your look professional can be a challenge, not to mention trying to define what  “business casual” is. From season professional to entry-level hires, we see lots of people making these style mistakes at work.

Over Accessorizing

Accessories like jewellery, belts and scarves are a great way to reuse basic pieces in multiple different outfits like a blazer or pencil skirt. But when you do decide to accessorize, make sure you keep it to a minimum to avoid looking bulky and wear pieces that don’t cause a distraction with bright colours or accents.2. Innapropriate Shoes

Inappropriate Shoes

Many studies show that one of the things many people base their first impressions off of is shoes, and this is no exception in the office. The best rule of advice is to follow your corporate dress code, as it will usually mention if sneakers or sandals are permitted. After that, our advice is to avoid flip-flops, high platform “nightclub” shoes and shoes that are old or dirty at all costs.

3. UnderGarments

Exposing Under-Garments

It sometimes isn’t as easy to find work-appropriate shirts with all the latest trends of lace, sheer fabrics and crop everything these days. However, making sure your under-garments aren’t exposed at work is a huge part of professional attire. Avoid wearing anything that bares your midriff at work and try wearing camisoles and tank tops under low plunging or see-through shirts.

Headwear

Wearing your favourite wide-brimmed hat or head chain might be tempting especially in the summer with your flowing dresses. But remember, headwear and hats in particular at work are a huge no, as these trends are seen as bad etiquette in the business world. Some workplaces might allow baseball caps or toques on casual days but stay away from bulky hats and headbands that might be a little too over the top or distracting. Wearing your hats to work is fine, but hats off on the work floor!

4.Ripped Denim

Ripped Jeans

Surprisingly one of the most common office fashion-faux-pas is ripped jeans. Some offices allow jeans every day, where others only allow them on casual days. In either case, making sure your denim is clean, properly fitting and free of rips and holes is super important. Avoid wearing jeans that drag on the ground, are distressed or too tight.

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A With Toronto Entrepreneur Zane Aburaneh

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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ZANE at 753 Queen Street West is not only home to one of Toronto’s most unrivaled, multi- branded accessories shop, but it’s also a home that was carefully and creatively constructed by business entrepreneur and fashion expert Zane Aburaneh.

Zane is a man who has always been ahead of his time and has used this trait to create his own path in the ever-evolving industry that is fashion. For Zane, making connections, building trust and seeking inspiration from others and the environment that surrounds him is what makes his business the success that it is today.

SNTF recently had the opportunity to sit down with Zane and get learn the ins and outs of running a business. And take it from us, if you haven’t already checked out this Queen Street West hot spot yet, then you truly are missing out!

1. ZANE Store Front

SNTF: Where did you start out in your career?

ZA: I started out in retail, in the Eaton Centre actually for Mexx years ago. Well actually, even before that, I started in Cambridge, Ontario in a little boutique store called Caesars Closet. And they sold brands like Diesel and Mexx, so it was my first experience in a suburban, contemporary kind of store. It was the only store that was cool in this small town. But I really got to sink my teeth into the industry when I started out with a wholesale company called Agency One, while I was studying ITM at Ryerson. However, I ended up dropping out of Ryerson and finishing off my school career at George Brown College for fashion management. I was also then at Holt Renfrew for a number of years, so I had to keep following that path of what felt right for me, which was always fashion.

I knew that I always enjoyed dealing with people, it was about that trust factor I’d create with that person which was invaluable, and that feeling is kind of how I first decided to go into fashion, I didn’t know what I liked in retail, but it just evolved into this feeling and connection I’d make with people, like wow they feel really good and they trust me.

SNTF: What does being an entrepreneur mean to you?

ZA: Being an entrepreneur is trying to give people what you love, it’s giving people a part of you. There is obviously a business side to it, which we all try to achieve and everyone thinks of success in different ways, but for me it’s about if I can have my community around me and have great friends that come into the store and my employees are happy and not only am I inspiring the staff around me but they’re inspiring me, then for me that is the success of owning a business.

SNTF: What are some of the pros and cons of running your own business?

ZA: Well cons will always come up as hurdles, those little things that you wouldn’t necessarily think would have a big impact but they do. So, from selling merchandise, to merchandising your window, to photographers, to things getting stolen, financial hurdles, you know all those little things that are maybe so minuscule when you’re building an entire business, but sometimes they do hit away at you and start to build up. But the pros outweigh all those things — I’m building a strong voice in the accessory community, I can echo my voice through our brand identity, I can help influence the design process because I work so closely with the designers that supply me merchandise, the people that work in the store believe in what I’m doing and help to focus our view point. Everyone is growing and helping each other in the process. I have no words to describe how amazing it feels when the people around me trust me and want to work with me, that pro outweighs all the cons, you know if it’s merchandise stress or supplier stress, having these people around to help push the ideas I have in my head, and we become a team and that’s why I do what I do.

SNTF: What advice can you give to those who are just starting out in the fashion industry?

ZA: Patience, patience, patience, and nothing happens overnight. Or if you have extreme success in a short amount of time, have patience with it and enjoy it while it’s happening. Every business, even successful ones, goes through ebbs and flows and it’s how you come back from the hard times in your business which will show how successful you will be in the good times.

SNTF: How do you keep up with trends and stay ahead of the game?

ZA: I observe. I like to watch and pay attention to the details. I’ll go for a long walk through the city by myself and I’ll just observe everything and what people are wearing. I’ll stand at Yonge and Dundas at an intersection where I don’t even want to hang out, but I’ll figure out what the masses of people are doing and wearing and how can I be slightly more unique or special in terms of what my store is providing.

SNTF: What have you found to be the most challenging in your career this far?

ZA: I think my own personal ambition has been the most challenging with having my own business and it is still a challenge six years later. When I think I’ve gotten into something that I claimed to be successful, I find that I challenge myself more and push myself. My mind is always thinking about the next idea, what I need to do and where I need to go. It’s like a ladder, I think that I’ve climbed to the top but all of a sudden there’s still a few more steps that I have to climb and I think I just need to have more patience and be more realistic and try to slow it down. Sometimes I push myself too hard and then I don’t get to enjoy it as much.

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SNTF: Why did you decide to branch off on your own, what inspired you?

ZA: I wasn’t feeling challenged from where I was at. I wanted to learn more and I wanted to challenge myself because I questioned if I could do it. The time was right. I had done 10 years of retail and I didn’t know where I wanted to go and then it finally hit me one day and I feel fortunate that I didn’t launch it until I was ready.

SNTF: What do you look for in a potential candidate of ZANE?

Zane: They have to have their own sense of confidence and their own style whether it is vintage or luxury; it doesn’t have to be my style. They have to have their own interests and opinions, and not so much about how they dress but more about who they are — like what restaurant did they last go to, what does their Instagram account look like, where’s their favourite new hang out, what was the last trip they went on, what makes them who they are. I want to be able to inspire them and them to inspire me, so we can build something inspiring.

SNTF: What does a typical day at ZANE look like?

ZA: There is no typical day. If you were working at a business where you’re having typical days, that’s not the type of business I’d want to work for. Every day is a little diverse from the next. You meet new customers, new ideas come up and then you change with that right away. That’s part of being nimble and young; if you have an idea and it sounds good and we work through it, then execute it right away, change when the moment is there. 

6. ZANE Store

SNTF: How important is the culture in your environment and the atmosphere in the store to you?

ZA: I wanted to create that multi-branded experience where people can feel special because they’re buying locally and they want to feel locally connected as opposed to buying it from a department store. How do you make your local experience attract your local audience? It’s about your local community. What is your community doing? How are you apart of it? What are you doing to better your brand awareness?

You know, at the end of the day, I’m still trying to figure it out. I’m still learning every day. Still, even after this many years, I still learn new things all the time and I don’t want to surround myself with other people that aren’t inspiring me.

To follow along with Zane’s entrepreneurial and creative journey, make sure to check out his site or follow him on Instagram.

All photos courtesy of ZANE

By Ciara Koth, Toronto, @ciarakoth

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Fashion Jobs – Five Canadian Designers to Watch in 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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With not one, but three fashion weeks, and a fourth to come to Yorkville later this fall, it’s not hard to see that Toronto, and Canada, is flooding with talent. Fashion, in particular, is a category where the city strives. And with a wealth of burgeoning designers on the cusp of something spectacular, it wasn’t easy narrowing down a list to just five of our nation’s brightest talents. But there are a handful that have risen above in a notoriously tough industry, earning them titles of ones to watch. In no particular order, here are the five Canadian designers to keep an eye on in 2017…

1. Markoo

Markoo

While the brand itself is three years old, designers Mona Koochek and Tania Martins have taken a path less traveled on the road to international success. Since their fruition, the duo has been named new emerging talent by Women’s Wear Daily, a new label to watch by Harper’s Bazaar, and designers to know by Refinery29. While in the past they’ve steered clear of Toronto Fashion Week, they recently showed at The Collections’ reimagined version of event, Re\Set. Showing amongst heavy hitters like Forbes’ ‘30 under 30’ Beaufille and Vogue recognized Sid Neigum, the setting was true to form for Markoo’s cool-girl designs and streetwise staples.

2. Hendrixroe

HENDRIXROE

Electric designer Jordan Erin McKay (JEM) has been making waves on the Toronto fashion scene since launching her menswear and womenswear collections at TOM* and TW-FW. With designs that bridge vintage rock n’ roll and old Hollywood glamour, JEM’s collections are approachable and fun, oozing a Canadian cool that is sure to put HENDRIXROE on the map for 2017.

3. Vejas

Vejas

With over 20k followers on Instagram, calling Vejas Kruszewski emerging talent seems like an oxymoron. In 2016, the then 19-year-old Canadian made headlines internationally after earning an LVMH prize, an award that was decided upon by a panel of designers that included lauded names like Nicolas Ghesquière, Phoebe Philo, Riccardo Tisci, Karl Lagerfeld, and more. Most recently, the largely self-taught designer showcased his Fall 2017 collection in Paris, experimenting with silhouettes and workwear staples. This young gun is giving Canadian fashion the global attention it deserves.

4. Joseph-tassoni

Joseph Tassoni

The Montreal-born Ryerson grad isn’t exactly a newcomer to Canadian fashion. He’s held many notable roles, including the title of Creative Director at Canadian heritage brand Laparka. But most recently, he set foot on his own to launch his inaugural namesake outerwear collection at TW-FW. With a collection titled Queen of the North, the designer fused fashion with function, incorporating a wide range of textiles and colours to showcase his wealth of technical design knowledge. The collection has since garnered global attention from publications like Vogue Italia.

5. Jordana-seguin

JORDANA SÉGUIN

Born and raised in the small town of Squamish, British Columbia, not much else is known about up-and-comer Jordana Séguin. The designer made her debut at Vancouver Fashion Week a few years back, showing much promise as emerging talent. And while the designer’s imprint is small, with not even as much as a website to showcase her designs, it is mighty. Just recently, the young Canadian made her Toronto debut in the Emergence by Toronto Film School’s Toronto Women’s Fashion Week presentation, shining a spotlight on her playful designs and namesake label.

Images:

Image courtesy of Hendrixroe

Image courtesy of Markoo Studios

Image courtesy of Serge Kerbel

Image courtesy of Vejas

Image courtesy of Alfie Nguyen

Image courtesy of Jordana Seguin
By Amanda Phuong, Toronto, @amandaphuong

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Easter Dresses You Can Wear All Spring

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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Spring is finally in the air and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it! It also means it’s time to celebrate Easter and enjoy the long weekend with our friends and family. Easter presents the perfect opportunity to put away your dark winter clothes for some seasonal floral items. Whether you have a brunch, dinner or a more casual weekend planned, we’ve put together a list Easter-approved dresses that you can wear all spring long.

1. Spring Fabulous

Spring Florals

There’s nothing more synonymous with spring than flowers, which is why we can’t get enough of this feminine floral number. Pair with a cropped cardigan on chillier days and then rock it with bare shoulders during the warmer months.

2. Millenial Pink

Millennial Pink

If you haven’t heard of this shade of pink, you’ve definitely seen it. Millennial pink has taken over the runways and now rules the fashion streets. From bomber jackets to designer purses, this spring-approved hue is everything and more. If you have yet to treat yourself to a special pink item this year, perhaps Easter is the perfect opportunity.

3.Seasonal Stripes

Seasonal Stripes

One dress style that doesn’t get enough credit is the apron-style. Enjoy your Easter festivities in a chic apron-style dress with crisp vertical stripes. Pair with a pair of wedges for Easter brunch and then with a pair of sneakers (as pictured above) at summer music festivals.

4. Lace

Lace Details

We’re swooning over this adorable lace dress from Club Monaco’s new spring collection. If the pastel colour wasn’t incredible enough, the romantic fabric is dreamy and definitely a must-have for spring.

5. Romantic Cut

The Romantic Cut

This dreamy floral print will definitely turn some heads at whatever you get up to this long weekend and for all the right reasons. You can dress it up with a clutch and heels and wear it to a wedding or style it with a pair of tan sandals and a cross-body bag for a more relaxed weekend style.

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Inspirational image courtesy of Julia Engel via Pinterest

Product Info:

1. BB Dakota Dawn Floral Midi Dress, $174.58, available at ShopBop

2. Frilled dress, $49, available at Zara

3. MINKPINK Traveler Midi Dress, $146.38, available at ShopBop

4. Nanha Lace Dress, $298, available at Club Moncao

5. R.S.V.P by BB Dakota Dehlia Dress, $261.97, available at ShopBop

By: Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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