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Fashion Jobs – Why You Should Invest in That Designer Bag You’ve Been Eyeing Up

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

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Do you ever buy a purse that doesn’t break the bank, and you fall so in love with it, but after a few months, it falls apart? These lower-end purses are not made with as much care and detail as highen products and are made to only last so long. So rather than replacing your non-designer purse more than twice a year, maybe it’s time to invest?


We invest in our clothes so that what we wear isn’t fast fashion – so why not do the same with your purse? Designer bags can come in a range of prices, from reasonable, to those coveted bags that are a bit on the pricey side. With a designer bag, like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and more, yes, you are paying a bit for the name, but you are paying for so much more than that. 


One thing you are definitely paying for is the quality. These bags are made with the best materials around – hence the higher price tag. Much more than that, they are made with love. Many designers hand make their products, rather than outsourcing to huge factories. There is so much more precision and care put into the creation of these designs that a machine just does not have. The higher end materials mean that after a few months of use, it won’t fall apart on you. It will stand the daily wear and tear that you will put your bag through. 

Let’s not forget about how beautiful designer bags are. They can be basic, or a fun, unique design. If you want a piece to help you stand out – a designer bag is for you. Invest in a piece that is durable, but also super fashionable.


With all these reasons, why wouldn’t you want to invest in a bag made with love? If you have some money to spare, and you really want to treat yourself, pick your favourite designer and invest in a bag of your choosing. If the price is a factor, try going to a consignment store for a gently loved bag. Not only are you helping the environment by reducing waste, but you are also investing in a bag that may have only been used a few times before.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Ashley MacIntyre, principal owner of MacIntyre Communications

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

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Ashley MacIntyre is the principal owner of MacIntyre Communications, a boutique public relations agency located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Having worked alongside some of North America’s most promising talents in fashion, music, and multimedia, Ashley has carved a name for herself in the industry as an expert marketer, event planner, and accomplished public relations professional. Style Nine to Five was able to chat with Ashley and learn how she got started, her difficulties along the way, how she’s created a successful agency in a tough industry and learn about her advice for those wanting to work in the public relations industry.


SNTF: Can you first tell us about your journey between attending university/college. What was your first job post-school?


AM: After graduating from university, I moved to Toronto – I didn’t know anyone in the city. I ended up working at a restaurant and was invited to a menu tasting (before the opening) and happened to be sitting across from New York City nightclub king, Peter Gatien, and his wife Alex. I secured an interview the next day and started working the following Monday. Right place, right time and a lot of hard work.
SNTF: What were some of the key skills you developed early into your career that helped prepare you for where you are today?


AM: Speak up. I wasn’t afraid of being wrong or looking dumb – I wanted to learn and I wanted feedback… it’s important for growth. My advice to anyone starting out is to speak up. It’s the fast way to get noticed and make your presence known. If you’re shy, perhaps public relations isn’t for you.


SNTF: Your background includes working in marketing, event planning, and public relations. When and why did public relations really pique your interest and eventually lead you to open your own boutique PR agency, MacIntyre Communications?


AM: I had a very unique experience with my first job a CiRCA – I was given the opportunity to run with a job (I was not qualified for) and I challenged myself to figure it out. I knew I loved PR by the amount of time I spent thinking, reading and researching. I decided to open the business because I wanted to do it my way. At the time, PR was focused solely on the traditional format and I wanted to offer more and quickly we became known for our online expertise and influencer relations. We were focused on changing as quickly as the industry was changing around us –  something we continue to do today.


SNTF: Can you tell us about the daily tasks and responsibilities as founder and principal of MacIntyre communications?


AM: Majority of my time is spent with clients and staff, whether we are on a conference call, strategy sessions, brainstorming and/or setting the team up for success for the week. I will always make time for my team, they have made the company what it is today.



SNTF: How would you say you handle work/life balance?


AM: Tough question… this is constantly changing for me but you learn to adapt and create your version of work/life balance. Each week, month and year is different (that’s why I love PR). It’s your job to prioritize what’s important to you. That said, PR is a 24 hours job, the news doesn’t sleep. If you are interested in PR, you’re always watching, observing and exploring the world of PR.


SNTF: Staying innovative and fresh in the PR realm can be challenging. Where do you find your inspiration, and how do you separate yourself from other public relations firms?


AM: Reading. I read a lot. I always read so I could be a part of every conversation and have something to say. I’m inspired by the WHY – I like to be challenged in my thoughts, opinion, and ideas. And how do we separate ourselves from other agencies? It’s simple… The people. In PR, most agencies have similar connections but it’s about the actual relationships, the people, their way of doing things and what each individual on the team brings to the table.


SNTF: How do you build and maintain relationships with the various fashion, beauty, lifestyle and entertainment brands?


AM: Get out there. The great thing about living in a city like Toronto is there is always something to attend – an event, a dinner, a coffee/drinks – maintaining relationships is all about putting in the time.


SNTF: What’s your process in deciding whom to take under your wing?


AM: We are looking for exceptional. I am completely fine with someone that shows up to do their job – that’s what you get paid for… but the people that I invest in are those who want it – they want the opportunity, they want to grow and they understand that hard work is the key to success.


SNTF: Which skills would you say are imperative for someone looking to make her or his own name in the PR industry?


AM: Hustle. PR is a 24-hour business – our job is to be always on. If you don’t like the hustle, this is not the business for you.


SNTF: What would you say is the most challenging part of your job and how do you keep yourself from burning out?


AM: People. Although I got into this business to work with people, it’s also the most challenging part. Managing people is hard – each person is unique – their motivation, their drive, their passion and their way of communicating is all unique to them. Working to keep people “happy” in a fast pace industry will always be a challenge in PR.


SNTF: If you could give one piece of advice to those aspiring to make it in PR, what would it be?


AM: My best advice can be summed up by a quote I heard in my early career, “You become successful by saying yes to everything and you stay there by saying no.” Start out saying YES – yes, even when you’re in over your head, yes, to staying late, yes to working an extra event, yes to everything – the way to learn is experience and time is on your side.


SNTF: And finally, what do you wake up looking forward to? What’s next for your career?


AM: I’m not even close to where I want to be…where I want this business to be. Every morning I look forward to growing, learning, getting better – I am lucky that I found my passion early on in my career and I have so much to do!


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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.


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 – 5 Pairs of Sunglasses for the Most Summer Shade

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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Everyone loves playing dress up, regardless of the season and while accessories tend to be every style enthusiasts favourite part of fashion, most will usually pick shoes or bags as their poison. Sunglasses, however, are no doubt a major part of an outfit tying together an outfit’s vibe, especially in the summertime. Eyewear is also having a major moment right now over the last few months with everything from classic styles to bolder trends taking front and centre stage. We’ve scoured the street style blogs and shopped the stores to find our favourite five pairs of sunglasses for the most shade this summer.

Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses

60s Icon
Ray-Ban has to be one of the most iconic brands in eyewear, and their Round Metal is just as iconic. First released in the 1960’s, this style has been worn by some of music’s greatest legends like John Lennon who definitely helped make them cool. They come in a variety of colour combinations, and with Ray-Ban’s online customization tool you can create your own unique pair. These are for sure a pair of shades that you’ll want to hang onto for years to come!

Urban Outfitters Vintage Clueless Square Sunglasses

Valley Girl Approved
Tiny frames don’t seem to be going anywhere and what better way to feed your craving for the trend with a pop of colour? These fun vintage coloured sunglasses with square frames from Urban Outfitters are super fun and come in both bold and subtle colour options. These shades are no doubt Valley Girl approved.

MVMT Stranger Sunglasses

Classic Look
Playing with eyewear trends can be fun, but everyone needs a classic pair of frames that can take them from the office to weekend brunch and wedding season. We love these slightly oversized square sunglasses from MVMT that are the perfect balance of sophistication and edge. The Stranger frames come in both black and tortoise.

Aldo Rirede Sunglasses

Retro Chic
Everyone needs a pair of aviator style sunglasses, but they’re a style that doesn’t always suit every face shape. These retro-inspired oversized aviator frames from though Aldo has got to be the pair that suits everyone, no doubt! They have a thin frame that balances out perfectly the oversized lenses that work great for all faces and has a touch of 80’s to their style thanks to the mesh bridge.

Zara Square Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cool Cat
We don’t know why cat eye glasses took a backseat when it comes to style all these years, but we’re sure glad they’re back with a vengeance! This feminine yet edgy style works perfectly with any outfit from a power suit for the office, a sundress for beach days or jeans and a t-shirt for running errands. This square take on the style from Zara is a great alternative to the traditional cat-eye glasses, and are the perfect excuse to add a second (or fifth) pair to your collection!

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Product Info:

  1. Ray-Ban Round Metal Sunglasses, from $193
  2. Urban Outfitters Vintage Clueless Square Sunglasses, $16
  3. MVMT Stranger Sunglasses, $85
  4. Aldo Rirede Sunglasses, on sale $11.98
  5. Zara Square Cat Eye Sunglasses, $29.90


By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON, @TheMJElle

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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 Must Have Accessories for Summer

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

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Summer is the perfect time to play with all kinds of fun accessories since there are just so many types of occasions to dress for! Is there a wedding coming up? A beach day? A picnic in the park? The types of accessories you choose for each one of these events will be completely different, so you’re free to experiment with styles throughout the season. Since accessories are generally pretty inexpensive, you can also pack a solid bang for your buck with several options to spice up your summer wardrobe. Read on to see the seven accessories I’ve picked that are sure to be on all of this season’s must-have accessory lists.


Retro Sunnies
This pair of cat-eye sunglasses from Mango would be the perfect complement to any beach attire. The pop of red makes them unique from the many neutral shades on the market right now and adds just the right amount of colour to any summer outfit.


Think of espadrilles as your summer alternative to sneakers! Either in a wedge heel or a flat, these warm-weather shoes are super comfortable for walking around and keeping you looking stylish.

3Statement Earrings
With this trend, you can really find a pair out there as wild as your imagination will take you. With beads, fringe, feathers or metals, a dramatic pair of attention-grabbing earrings makes a bold statement this summer.


Chic Sun Hat
A fashionable accessory that also protects your skin from the sun is a double win for me. The bigger the brim the better, as some of this season’s latest versions are supersized for ultimate style.



Woven Bag
Take a page out of classic French Girl style and choose a simple woven bag for all your beach essentials. You can also opt to keep your valuables safe inside a smaller pouch and use it as an alternative to your day to day handbag.


Logo Slides
Plastic slides are no longer just dedicated to beachside and poolside fashion. They add a relaxed, cool-girl vibe to any outfit this summer, and are just about as comfortable as you can get without leaving the house in slippers.


A multipurpose Scarf
Tie one on your purse, in your hair or around your wrist – the options are endless! A silk scarf in a bright print can liven up even a simple look and make it look effortlessly pulled together.


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Product Info
Cat-eye sunglasses, $39.99, available at Mango
Soludos Ibiza Embroidered Espadrille Slides, $78.00, available at Anthropologie
Ambrosia Drop Earrings, $44.00, available at Baublebar
Le chapeau Bomba, $431, available at Jacquemus
Bailuoni Net String Shopping Bag, $8.99, available at Amazon
Fendi Logo Pool Slides, $850, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Be Mine Printed Silk Bandana, $36, available at Free People


By Kate Mendonca, Toronto, ON.

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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.  

zara-sandals-1527085161Fabric Sliders
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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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 – Weekly Recap

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Now that June 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 office wardrobe stapes to our weekly fashion news recap, here are the top articles of the week.

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5 Summer Office Wardrobe Staples
With the warmer weather finally here, it’s time to start thinking about what to wear to work through the hot summer months. And as great as beach attire is, unfortunately, it’s not entirely office appropriate. Luckily, there are plenty of on-trend pieces that you can pick up this season to leave you feeling cool and comfortable in the heat, but still office-ready. Here are the top five wardrobe staples to include in your summer work wardrobe. Read the full post here

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Two-Pieces You Can Wear to the Office This Summer
Summer style is effortless, fun and most of all comfortable, which is definitely needed especially on those hot and sometimes humid days. A seasonal favourite of most women poolside and also that’s become a big style trend this year on the fashion streets are two pieces. But with most two pieces being cropped or short sets, it can be a little hard to take this trend into the office. You know we love making the hottest trends work appropriate, so of course, we had to share our list of two pieces that you can wear to the office! Read the full post here


Fashion News Recap
This week’s fashion news recap included Real Housewife Roxy Earle launching her own clothing collection with Le Chateau, Fossil opening its first concept store, Tomas Maier leaving Bottega Veneta and more. Read the full post here

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Fashion Jobs – Fashion News Recap

Monday, June 18th, 2018

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Real Housewife Roxy Earle Launches Clothing Collection
The extravagant and ever so bubbly Roxy Earle is launching a collection with Le Chateau that drops today. Best known for her stint on The Real Housewives of Toronto, Roxy quickly became the most lovable lady on the show and caught the eyes of fans with her inspiring personality. Earle is now an avid body positive activist and is taking steps to change the fashion world. After being sent clothing from Canadian retailer, Le Chateau and being impressed by their inclusive size range, Roxy sat down with the team to create an “all sizes” collection including pieces made to fit every type of body. “This is the first time in North America that a big girl can walk into a store with her best friend and shop off the same rack. That’s a big deal. This is a moment in Canadian fashion and I’m proud that I’ve somehow created it.”


Fossil Launches Canadian Concept Store
Toronto’s Eaton Centre has become home to Fossil’s first ever “Makers” concept store in the world. The American watch and accessory brand launched their new 1458 square foot retail space with the goal of creating an in-person, memorable experience by providing product-related services. The store is focused on customization and customer service and features unique amenities such as a build-your-own watch station, engraving, and embossing and a mix and match strap bar to really personalize your Fossil. There is also a Service Centre including staff that can offer support for smartwatches, battery replacements, and link strap fittings either on the spot or by appointment.



Tomas Maier to Exit Bottega Veneta
After a good, long run of 17 years at Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier is stepping down as creative director. Maier was hand selected by Tom Ford in 2001 when Bottega Veneta was acquired by Gucci Group and didn’t show his first ready-to-wear collection until 2005. Working endlessly to revive the then-struggling Italian fashion house, Maier is credited for putting the brand’s name back on the luxury market. Bottega Veneta is now a staple of Milan fashion week and a must-have brand for accessories. As to who might be a worthy replacement to Maier? The question still remains without comment.



North Face Launches a Collection of Refurbished Clothing
Can you believe that every year, 85% of textiles end up in landfills? That’s clothing, shoes, accessories that consumers are just throwing away. North Face has decided to become part of a solution. The outdoor and athletic gear brand launched North Face Renewed, refurbished clothing remade to explore. By taking steps to reduce clothing waste, North Face has come up with a savvy way to recycle clothing while keeping their promise of quality. The renewed gear is professionally cleaned and inspected by experts at the Renewal Workshop; repaired to its original form by replacing pieces, sewing tears and fixing zippers; and quality checked to ensure it’s up to standard. The renewed collections include a full range of men’s and women’s wear to be worn, loved and recycled again.


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By: Laura Findlay, Vancouver, @lofindlay 

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Fashion Jobs – Style Nine to Five’s Christie Lohr

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

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How did Christie Lohr come up with the idea of Style Nine to Five, Canada’s first and only fashion job specific job board? What were her first steps? Read about her journey in one of our favourite articles about her.


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