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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Ashley Freeborn, Co-Founder of Smash + Tess

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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We’re sure you’ve seen the super comfortable rompers posted all over your Instagram feed with #smashtessgirls and thought, I need to get my hands on one of those. The story behind that super comfortable, super chic romper starts with three strong women, Ashley Freeborn (smash), Mercedes Laporte (+), and Teresa Freeborn (Tess). These women took a simple concept and turned it into something we are all coveting. The most popular Sunday Romper constantly sells out, which makes these hard to get rompers even more in demand. Style Nine To Five had the chance to talk with Ashley Freeborn about the ins and outs of Smash + Tess and why you need to invest in a romper now.

 

SNFT: First, can you tell us who you are and what you do?

 

AF: I’m the co-founder and Managing Director of Smash + Tess, a Vancouver-based women’s loungewear line known for our comfortable, locally made, and effortlessly chic designs, including our hero piece and bestseller – The Sunday Romper. I founded the business with my mom and run it with her and my childhood best friend. Together we are constantly seeking ways to celebrate and honor women of all beautiful shapes and sizes with our clothing, while creating a community (both digitally and in-person) that celebrates femininity, comfortability, and style.

 

SNFT: What was your journey that led you to start Smash + Tess?

 

AF: As a mother-daughter-bestie team, each of us has always had an obsession with stylish sleep and loungewear. Matching PJs have been one of our favorite traditions on Christmas morning since we can remember. I spent one summer studying at Conde Nast College of Fashion in London, UK, and the concept of Smash + Tess was born!

 

SNFT: What is your overall message to your customers for Smash + Tess?

 

AF: That we believe that women should feel confident and beautiful every minute of the day, no matter whether it’s spent in the boardroom, on a school run, or between the sheets after a day spent conquering the world! We believe in the Romper Revolution and that women shouldn’t need to sacrifice style for comfort. You can have it all and we got you girl!

 

SNFT: Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

 

AF: Girls! Street style inspires us daily. We also get a ton of inspo from our #smashtessgirls on social who give us wonderful feedback and let us know what they would love to see in future designs and colours. We definitely are always listening!

 

SNFT: If you could pick any celebrity/influencer to wear one of your rompers, who would it be?

 

AF: This is such a hard question. Honestly, it’s super cool to see our rompers on influencers and celebrities, of course, we get SO excited. But it’s the number of tags we get on social from our #smashtessgirls that REALLY excites us. We set out to create a tight-knit crew of women who would support and share… and for us, that’s what we’ve seen happening, and it’s truly magical.
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SNFT: Over the past year, Smash + Tess has exploded. What has this been like for all of you?

 

AF: It’s been AMAZING. That being said, being a growth company is super challenging and it comes with many sleepless nights. We are often severely backordered as we hustle to get as much quality product made locally as quickly as we can. Every day/week/month is different and bigger than the last, so our learning curve is steep. All of that said, we are living the dream. We get to do what we love to do Every. Single. Day. This is a tremendous gift and we are so grateful. Also… we just have A LOT of fun. Working with your best friend and mom is legit the BEST thing ever. So much love and so much laughter.

 

SNFT: What is something your followers may not know about the Smash + Tess team?

 

AF: That we care so deeply. Every single item of clothing, customer service email, strategic decision gets weighed and discussed and debated. We want to ensure that our #smashtessgirls are always well taken care of and we take that very seriously. We don’t always make the right calls, but it’s not for lack of trying! Also… we love pub nuts… just snacks in general. Can’t get enough at headquarters.

 

SNFT: What would you say your most visited website is? What about your most used app?

 

AF: Shopify.com?!  Honestly, I’m pretty obsessive about managing the business and I’m constantly checking in to our backend to ensure that it’s running as smoothly as possible and that I’m not missing anything. I love jillianharris.com and coveteur.com. My fav app is Wunderlist. It’s such an amazing way to stay super organized and ensure our team is all on the same page. I know… Type A.

 

SNFT: The fashion world is always evolving, how do you keep Smash + Tess ahead of the competition?

 

AF: As Smash + Tess has grown, there have definitely been some brands that have attempted to copy or knock-off our designs, branding, and aesthetic. Our solution is to keep our heads down and focus on being innovative and dynamic. We use it to fuel our creativity and we keep our eye squarely on the future and diversifying our designs, styles, and colours to ensure that we keep making clothing for our #smashtessigirls that delights and surprises!
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SNFT: What can we expect next from Smash + Tess next?

 

AF: We have some new designs and colours coming your way for fall, which launches September 17th on our website! We are playing around with our new insignia, so stay tuned for some fun new branding and we also just expanded our design range to include kids. As for the men in our lives… maybe we have a little something up our (Romper) sleeve for them as well!

 

Photos courtesy of:
Ashley Freeborn

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Perfect Boots for Fall

Friday, September 14th, 2018

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Fall is fast approaching which means it is time to swap those cute open-toed shoes for some trendy boots. Leaves are starting to fall and crisp afternoons will soon replace the warm, sunny days, which is why Style Nine to Five has compiled a list of our top boots for fall to ensure you start the new season with your most fashionable foot forward.

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Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots are taken right from the borough of Chelsea in London, England. These boots are great for transitioning from day to night, without looking over the top. What’s great about Chelsea Boots is they can be dressed down with jeans or dressed up with trousers for at the office, making them the most versatile style for fall.

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Heeled Boots
If you’re going for a night on the town but it’s too cold or wet to wear stilettos, then over-the-knee heeled boots are the best option for you. Tall thigh-high heeled boots are great if you want a sexier look, but if you want to keep your look a little more demure, short heeled boots will look great with any type of outfit.

Cowboy Boots
Yes, you read that right, cowboy boots. They are 100% making a comeback, so don’t be the last to join this trend. You can find them as ankle boots, or tall like the original trend. Pair these with ripped jeans for a more laid-back look or style with a flowy dress to hang on to those summer feels a little longer.

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Combat Boots
A classic if you want an edgier look. Cute in any colour from black to brown. Steve Madden and Dr. Martens are the staple brands here, they have succeeded in this style for years. These boots look great paired with a leather jacket and black skinny jeans, plus you’ll have everyone thinking you’ve just arrived via motorcycle, without the helmet hair.

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Riding Boots
These boots aren’t just for riding anymore. They are the perfect cool fall day boot. Picture it – tall riding boots styled with a chunky cardigan, jeans and a blanket scarf. You’ll be warm and cozy all day, not to mention super stylish.

 

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Product Info:
Maci Chelsea Boots, $94, available at Urban Outfitters
Thiania Grey, $109.99, available at Spring
AllSaints Melanie suede western boot, $416.59, available at Spring
Troopa, $110, available at Steve Madden
Nievia Black riding boot, $180, available at Aldo

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – 5 Things you Should Have if you Want to Get Into the Fashion Industry

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

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A lot of people dream about working in fashion but it doesn’t always seem realistic or they are blinded by misconceptions of the industry.  This work takes a great deal of discipline and hard work, and often people ask how do they get started. Whether you’ve been to fashion school or not, here are five things you should have if you want to get into the industry.

 

Blog/Website
In today’s world, your website is your resume, especially when it comes to creative industries like fashion. Having your own website will also be an advantage when up against many other candidates, and a chance to showcase your best work before you get to the interview. Depending on which area of the industry you want to dive into, a blog would also be an asset. Areas like fashion journalism, styling, magazines, and branding would love to see you use your knowledge and ability in action. A blog/website will also help you network with others in the industry and can connect you to companies globally.  

 

Killer Portfolio
Whether you’ve spent your time in fashion school or you’re self-taught, having a portfolio that speaks for itself is crucial.  Having both an online portfolio and physical portfolio is important. The physical portfolio is great to take on job interviews to show how dedicated you are and gives you a professional image.  If you attended school most likely you had a portfolio development class which assisted you in the creation of your portfolio, but don’t stop there. Upon graduating always look for ways to improve your work and add projects that aren’t school related.  Companies want to see what you can offer them, so create mock projects for brands to show off your creativity and ability. If you’re someone who has not attended fashion school you can also do mock projects for brands, create an advertising campaign, branding, and do as many collaborative photoshoots as you can.  The biggest mistake people make is creating a portfolio then keeping it the same for years, you should be continuously working on improving your skills.

 

Social Media Presence
It seems as though our social media accounts are now part of your resume. It’s not just a care-free space to post whatever you want anymore because you may have potential employers checking out your feeds. However, you can use your platforms to your advantage by building a personal brand to showcase your work and style. You can tell a lot about someone based on their Instagram feed. Creating a personal brand for yourself and establishing what you can do, it might just land you your dream job.  Companies love to see someone who demonstrates a professional environment and takes pride in what they do.

 

Good Work Ethic
Working in fashion isn’t for those just seeking a life of glamour and fame, it’s for people who are dedicated, driven, and passionate about their work.  There are numerous misconceptions about the industry and people go into a job thinking it’ll be “easy” or just “a good time”, not realizing that working in fashion takes a lot of sacrifices….it’s not your typical 9 to 5 job.  Depending what area of the industry you choose to work in you should be ready to work 18 hours a day sometimes through the night and work weekends and holidays, so it’s mandatory to have a good work ethic and passion for the work.       

 

Positive Attitude
Maintaining a positive mindset will improve your work and keep you motivated.  If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, don’t get discouraged or give up, think about how this job will help you overall get to your dream job and it will give you the right discipline you need to keep working in this industry.  If you love what you’re doing it should be easy to stay positive, but if you find yourself hating your job and being unhappy all the time then maybe it’s time to change it up.

 

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By: Kristin Rouse, Edmonton, @misskristinrouse

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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Canada Goose to Open in Downtown Vancouver
The exceedingly popular Toronto-based company Canada Goose has announced they will be occupying a 4000 square foot space in the upper level of Vancouver’s Pacific Centre mall. The store will be located near the Apple Store – across from Harry Rosen and will feature fun Canadian themed décor such as marble polar bear sculptures made by Jason Carter, a Canadian Indigenous artist. The company, known for its down-filled coats have boosted business exponentially at department stores in Vancouver such as Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, with some styles of jackets being pre-sold-out before even reaching the store. Local fans of the brand and tourists alike will be welcoming the store excitedly, which will be open in time for Christmas 2018.

 

Riccardo Tisci X Vivienne Westwood
Tisci announced via his personal Instagram that Burberry will be doing an intriguing collaboration with the Duchess of Punk, Vivienne Westwood. The pairing may seem like somewhat of a juxtaposition, fusing Westwood’s defiance of tradition with Burberry’s classic heritage, but I think we will find that opposites attract. Tisci said in a statement, “ Vivienne Westwood was one of the first designers who made me dream to become a designer myself. She is a rebel, a punk and unrivaled in her unique representation of British style, which has inspired so many of us. When I first started at Burberry, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to approach her to do something.” The collection will be released in December 2018, three months after Tisci’s debut collection for Burberry.

 

Laurence and Chico Open Fashion Café in Vancouver
The Canadian design partners have opened what they’re calling a “fashion café” in downtown Vancouver and it is… quite something. As we know from the duo’s designs, they are not afraid of colour, texture and looking a little out there. The whimsical space sends customers into a sensory overload, with details like fluffy chairs, eyeballs on the walls, a bathroom ceiling covered in rubber ducks and every colour under the sun melded together in paintings, rugs, seats and coffee cups. The café is split into two sections; one designated for takeout where you can also purchase accessories such as books, scarves and phone cases, and one offering a reservation-only afternoon tea salon. Since Laurence and Chico do have quite a niche following, the goal of the café is to branch the brand into a larger market that anyone can experience.

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – 7 ’90s Trends That are Coming Back and Here to Stay

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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Let’s be real, the ’90s were probably one of the best decades we’ve ever gone through. Not only for culture but for fashion as well. Who doesn’t want to have a dance party whenever they hear the Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys or N’SYNC?  Fans still love their music so much these groups have even planned mini-comebacks. Who didn’t love Tamagotchi, Pokemon and the fun things you would get in your cereal boxes? While some things should really stay in the ’90s, like the infamous matching denim outfits worn by Britney and Justin, some things were made to last forever, including certain fashion trends. 

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Chokers
In the ’90s, chokers were seen on every young woman. The iconic plastic, braided, dark coloured choker was an outfit staple. Now, they are found in velvet, leather or gold, the options are endless. These pieces are no longer seen as ‘teen’ jewellery, but as a real way to accessorize. 

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Overalls
Think Mary-Kate and Ashley after the Full House years, styled with cute graphic-tees and colourful crop tops. While they may have been bulky and childish back then, overalls have gotten a total makeover. Overalls are now a made with a sleeker line and a sexier feel. No longer will you feel like a painter, you’ll feel like you’re ready to take on the world.

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Denim Skirts
One trend we’re thrilled to see making a comeback is denim skirts. making a huge comeback. You can find them distressed, a-line with buttons, or just plain denim. Not only can denim skirts be worn as a fun and flirty outfit to hang out with your friends, but it can also be transitioned for work. Throw on an oversized blazer, a dark denim skirt, a fitted blouse with tights and heels, and you are all set.

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Two-Piece Matching Sets
As if! Matching sets are as iconic as Cher’s yellow plaid set in Clueless. These sets have now been taken into the 21st century. Not only can you get a coordinating set in tops and skirts, but you can also find flowy trousers and a crop top. The two-piece sets of now make you feel sexier and confident rather than ‘matchy’. They are also super fun to mix and match.

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Fanny Packs
Fanny Packs are the most convenient fashion piece you can have. Biking along the Seawall in Vancouver? You don’t want to have to worry about lugging your purse around. Throw your ID, credit cards, cash, or whatever your necessities may be, and carry them around hands-free.

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High-Waisted Jeans
They were first introduced in the ‘70s, reborn in the ‘90s, and now they have been completely redesigned today. With more options than just flairs or ill-fitting grunge denim, you can now find the high-waisted ‘mom-jean’, super skinny jeggings, and distressed. Jeans can sometimes be boring, why not have some fun with high-waisted jeans.

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Strappy Heels
Circa Sex and the City, strappy heels were everywhere. Who didn’t follow SJP’s character Carrie’s, fashion choices? Everyone wanted those Manolo Blahniks she registered for when she married herself. Strappy heels are a great way to make shoes match every season of outfits. Perfect with a little mini dress or skinny jeans, these heels can be dressed up or down.

 

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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – The Most Fashionable Sandals You Need This Summer

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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Summer is finally here and the warm weather means it’s time to show off your pedicured toes. Put away those boots, fashion-forward sneakers, and hit the fashion scene in some trendy, new sandals. With so many different styles out there, Style Nine To Five has narrowed down its favourite sandals to ensure you have the trendiest sandals this summer. We have you covered for every activity from day to night.  

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Fabric Sliders are an easy, fashionable, and comfortable way to make a statement. With so many different fabric and pattern choices, these sandals are a fun option any time of day. Not only are they super comfortable, they are also cute and quirky. Put a spring in your step with this fun sandal style.

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Strappy Gladiators
Who doesn’t want to feel like a Greek goddess roaming the streets of Athens? This style comes in flat, wedged and heeled, making it perfect for walking around the city and having everyone envying your shoes.

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Classic Tan
You can never go wrong with a classic tan sandal. This classic look can take you from day to night with a quick outfit change. Casual at the beach, to patio dinner, or to wear at a wedding, a tan sandal is the best investment for a versatile shoe.

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When you mix metallic detailing with dainty sandals, you get the perfect summer shoe. You can rock them with dark colours for more of an edgy look, or a feminine dress to add a bit of juxtaposition to your outfit.

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Wedges
Perfect for brunch with your girlfriends or an evening date, wedge sandals are a great way to transition your summer vibe into the night. These could have classic straw detailing, or if you’re feeling bold you can opt for a pair in a bold hue. These sandals are the go-to for the perfect summer feel and will go with just about everything you own.

 

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Heeled Mules
You’ll definitely turn some heads in a pair of heeled mules this summer, plus they’re another style that can be worn morning through night, dressed up or down. Start off with a solo date at your favourite café, followed by shopping, and ending on a rooftop patio with your friends. And whether you’re looking to invest in a pair or pick up a pair more affordable, you’ll appreciate how versatile they are and how they can be styled with just about anything. 

 

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Product Info:
Fabric Sliders, $49.90, available at Zara
Gladiator Sandals, $101.40, available at Free People
Classic Tan Sandals, $78.62, available at Madewell
Mui Mui Metal Detailing, $536.98, available at Nordstrom
Tory Burch Wedges, $278, available at Tory Burch
Vince Camuto Heeled Mules, $160, available at The Bay

 

By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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Bottega Veneta to Open First Canadian Standalone
Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre is quickly becoming a coveted spot for designer brand’s looking to open standalone stores. The latest to announce its Canadian debut is Bottega Veneta, expected to open this coming winter. The 4700 square foot space will open across from Holt Renfrew Men’s and beside Hugo Boss. Vancouver International Airport carries a range of Bottega Veneta accessories in their concession and you can find smaller collections of the luxury brand at department stores across the country, however, this will be the first full-line store to land in Canada.

 

Fenty Beauty Pops Up
On Wednesday, The Pennsy in Pennsylvania Plaza was home to a pop-up shop for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. The event was in celebration of the new fall 2018 Moroccan Spice collection and was the first in a series of pop-ups for the popular makeup line. The theme was Moroccan Spice Market chic, complete with a hookah lounge, an Instagrammable supersize eyeshadow palette, products for guests to shop from the new and previous collections and even tents to try the collection, applied by global makeup artists.

 

Wear Your Label Partners with Hudson’s Bay
Wear Your Label was created with the idea of ending the stigma around mental illness. When creators of the company, Kayley Reed and Kyle MacNevin connected over their love of fashion and their personal struggles with mental health, the brand was created as a line of products with slogans such as “stigma free” and “it’s ok not to be ok”. Now, Hudson’s Bay has partnered with the brand to launch an exclusive “THE FUTURE IS STIGMA FREE” T-shirt in support of mental health awareness. The unisex T-shirts went on sale yesterday at www.thebay.com and all proceeds will be donated to  Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

 

Chloe Joins Yorkdale Shopping Centre
And another one for Toronto’s highly appealing luxury zone! The Paris-based designer brand has set up shop in Toronto – the brand’s first Canadian standalone location. The stunning new space is the first in North America to feature Chloe’s new boutique concept. Bright and open, the store is highlighted with polished brass, marble, and oak, perfectly showcasing a full range of accessories, footwear, leather goods, jewellery and ready-to-wear collections.

 

 

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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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