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Fashion Jobs – How to Leave Your Job When your Dreams Take you Elsewhere

Friday, October 12th, 2018

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Sometimes it happens. You’re working for a company that you love, in a role you enjoy and then you find yourself starting to think about finding something new and you consider looking elsewhere. There are many different reasons why this can happen. You may feel like perhaps you don’t necessarily actually like the company you work for as much as you might have thought, you’re not learning anything new, you’ve reached the top of the totem pole and there is no more room to grow. The reasons are endless, but whether or not you’re leaving on good terms or bad, you never want to burn your bridges.


Be professional
Whether you’re leaving out of anger or not, be cordial when you quit. Don’t say anything out of spite or something that can be used against you down the road. You may possibly want to use your current employer as a reference, so you will want to make sure your resignation process leaves no hard feelings.


Resignation letter
Ensure you are not just resigning verbally or via email, make sure you type out a professional resignation letter. This protects not only yourself but your employer as well. In your letter, you want to thank your employer for the experience but let them know you will be moving on. Let them know when your last day of work is. Typically, two weeks is given, but depending on your position, more notice may be required.


Work out your notice as if you weren’t leaving
Your work is a reflection of how your employer sees you as a person. If you are still working hard, and putting in the effort, it will show your employer that you still care even though you’re leaving. This is important because networking is key. Sometimes it’s all about who you know, and who they know. Even if you were a great employee for years, your notice period can leave a lasting impression.


Keep in touch
If you really valued the job you’re leaving, then stay in touch! Keep in contact with your old boss to stay up to date and ask them for advice. This person can become your mentor, and maybe even let you know when another career progression opportunity is available for you.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – Florals for Fall

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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When we think of fall, we mostly think of cool weather, changing leaves, cozy knits and of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Whatever your symbols of fall might be, we can bet that florals probably aren’t on your list. But florals don’t only have to be for spring and summer months, especially this season with the floral trend going steady. Feminine and light florals are taken to dark and bold places for fall and are proving to be just as seasonally appropriate. Check out our stylish florals for fall picks!

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The Dress
Floral dresses aren’t just for the spring and summer, and this chiffon dress from Aritzia is living proof. The length of this dress makes it not only versatile for the office, brunch or any upcoming fall events, but it’s also a great piece to wear as the weather changes. We love the vintage style of this dress thanks to its ruffled neckline and sleeves.

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The Bag
If you prefer to go more classic with your style but still like to play with trends, incorporating them into your accessories is a great way to do it. We love how edgy and bold yet feminine this bag is from Le Chateau thanks to the snake embossed material paired with the dark floral pattern. This bag is also super versatile thanks to its removable strap, so you can take it from a day at the office as a crossbody to after work drinks in the evening as a clutch!

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The Suit
For those who don’t mind to go all out with trends, you might want to take a look at this blazer and pants pairing from Zara! This has got to be the perfect floral for fall into the winter with its deep blues and bright gold. Wear each piece individually to the office, or wear them together to upcoming events, holiday parties or for a night out on the town!

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The Shoes
Because wearing a full floral suit isn’t always office appropriate, we found the perfect booties to help you satisfy your floral craving. Leave it to the king of chic Karl Lagerfeld to bring some classic Parisian chicness to the trend! This low cut ankle bootie is embroidered with white flowers and has a gold accent heel and isn’t too high making them great for all-day wear. These are the perfect booties for any outfit from casual jeans to dresses!

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The Blouse
Statement blouses are all the rage right now, being the must-have item from the likes of bloggers and fashionistas. They’re the perfect way to effortlessly dress up a pair of jeans or simple slacks without having to overthink anything. There isn’t one thing we don’t love about this blouse from its corset torso to the overall floral print. Pair this with your favourite mom jeans and white ankle booties for the perfect blogger à la brunch look!


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Product Info:

  1. Wilfrid Millie Dress, $178, available at Aritzia
  2. Le Château Snake Embossed Floral Print Crossbody Bag, $55
  3. Zara Floral Jacquard Blazer, $99.90 and Pants, $49.90
  4. Karl Lagerfeld Paris Harlow Embroidered Booties, $149.50, available at Hudson’s Bay
  5. Topshop Floral Print Corset Blouse, $95, available at Hudson’s Bay


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

Fashion Jobs – Styling Your Knitwear for Fall

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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The season for sweaters is finally here! Knit sweaters are always a great go-to, whether you’re styling an outfit for a day out with your friends, going to work, or going out at night. However, not all knits work for all body types. Sometimes knits can look too chunky and overwhelm your outfit and your body. SNTF has picked out the best knits for everyone. 


Cable knit sweater
The cable knit sweater is a fall and winter staple, thanks to its comfortable, yet practical style This season, grab a cable knit sweater in the seasons hottest colours like burnt orange, mustard, or maroon. This is a great way to play up a classic in your wardrobe.


Cashmere sweater
Cashmere sweaters are the best way to feel like a million bucks and thankfully you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to get your hands on one. Not only are they super soft, but they are also super luxurious. Pair a dark tone, like black or ash grey, sweater with a knee length pencil skirt and heels, and you have the perfect fall office look.


Textured sweater
A textured sweater is a great way to add some fun to your outfit because a playful texture can bring any outfit to life. Not only do you have the comfort, but you also have the uniqueness of the texture. Throw one on with denim and fashion sneakers and you’ll have your go-to weekend look.


Cardigan sweater
This is the sweater that will be found in every woman’s closet. This versatile piece comes in an array of fabrics and colours and will complete any outfit. Style one with a dress to keep you warm, with trousers for the office, or jeans for a more casual look.


Sweater dress
Since it’s not socially acceptable to wear a blanket out in public, this is the next best option. It’s warm and cozy, yet totally fashionable. Some days you really don’t want to leave your bed but wearing a sweater dress will make it feel like you’re cozy at home. Style with your favourite pair of knee-high boots for all-day comfort and style.


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Product Info:
UO Lily Chenille Cable Knit Sweater, $72, available at Urban Outfitters
Halogen Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $135.06, available at Nordstrom
Textured Weave Sweater, $39, available at Zara
Irreplaceable Cardi, $166.40, available at Free People
Wilfred Montpellier Dress, $178, available at Aritzia


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs: 5 It Girl Approved Trends for Fall

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

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Now that fall is underway, there’s no better time to breathe some new life into your wardrobe by stocking up on some of the seasons hottest trends. From fierce prints to powerful shapes, here’s your guide to the hottest trends for the new season.


Animal Print
Animal print is having a major moment this season, with zebra and leopard prints dominating the catwalks of Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Tom Ford. To avoid print overkill, keep the rest of your outfit pared-down and team with flats or ankle boots.


Bold and Bright
Don’t think that your fall colour palette has to revolve around dark hues. From bright pinks and reds to bold blues, get ready to see major pops of vibrant hues this season.


Add a touch of masculinity to your wardrobe this season by welcoming the tweed trend. For fall, Marc Jacobs played styled oversized tweed coats with leather skirts, while Louis Vuitton’s runways were dominated by tweed skirts, making this a trend we just can’t wait to get our hands on.


Western-inspired pieces were a major staple on fall runways, so a pair of chic cowboy-style boots, bandanas or a prairie dress are perfect for every fall wardrobe.

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High Shine
High shine is also having a moment this season, and we’re welcoming it with open arms (and bank accounts). From patent to shimmer, high shine adds a hint of glamour to any look. Rock this trend by mixing shine items with very classic pieces like a khaki trench or neutral colours for a more fashion-forward look.

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Fashion Jobs: What to pack When Work Takes you on the Road

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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Whether you work in the fashion industry or not, sometimes your job takes you on the road. It can be exciting to travel to new places, even if it is for work, or it can become so routine to you, that travelling is now second nature. Whichever boat you find yourself in, packing is one of the most important things when travelling. If you’re a newbie to travelling for work, or a seasoned traveller, we have the perfect checklist for what you need.


Professional Travel Wear
You may be in a pinch for time, so you’ll want to wear something on the plane that you can go straight to a meeting in. While you may just want to wear sweats and a hoodie for comfort, you never know what delays you may face when you land. Opt for comfortable trousers and a cute blouse or a comfortable midi dress with a blazer. These outfits are both comfortable and work appropriate.


Bring Versatile Pieces
If you’re going straight from an office meeting to dinner, or from work to drinks with colleagues, you’ll want to bring items that can work for all occasions. Bringing versatile pieces means you can have plenty of outfit choices without needing five bags of luggage. If space is limited and you only have a carry-on, you want to bring outfits that can mix and match, without looking like you’re repeating outfits on a short trip. Basics are your friends.


Don’t Over Think It
Are you one of those people who wear the same staple pieces at home, but then travel and way over-pack? It’s okay, most people are. The key is to not overthink it. At the end of the day, you’re still working the same job you always do, just in a different location. We’re sure you dress to impress on the daily, so just bring the same favourite outfits you’d wear at home.


Minimal Shoes
Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage, not to mention they are heavy. Pack a pair of flats, a pair of heels, and if you have downtime and want to go walking, a pair of fashionable sneakers. Try to keep the shoes neutral so you can mix and match with all of your outfits without clashing.


A Few Pieces of Jewellery
Finally, to dress up any look, add accessories. To play up any outfit add a simple statement necklace with a suit, or a dainty layering necklace with a dress. Playing with accessories will also take away any outfit blues you may have with the limited options you’ve packed.


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By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

Fashion Jobs – 7 Jackets You Need This Fall

Monday, September 24th, 2018

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It’s that time where it’s too cold to wear a t-shirt or cute blouse alone — jacket season has officially arrived. Layering all your favourite pieces is the best part of the season, and we have compiled a list to help. There are so many different options, it can be hard to decide which jackets to go with for the season. SNTF has picked the seven most stylish, work appropriate, jackets that you need to invest in this fall.


The Blazer
For days when it’s not too warm, but not too cool, a blazer is the perfect jacket to have hanging in your closet. The most upcoming trend is the menswear trend, so pair this jacket with some straight legged slacks and a bright button-down shirt. Now not only will you be ahead of the fashion curve, you will also have the perfect look for work.


The Leather Jacket
A leather jacket is a wardrobe staple that every woman needs to invest in. This jacket can add a cool edge to any outfit or it can be paired with a feminine dress for great contrast or ripped jeans, combat boots and a turtleneck sweater for a bit of a rocker look.


The Bomber Jacket
The ultimate throwback. This past year, bomber jackets have really made a comeback. There are so many different types of bomber jacket, picking just one is hard. Our favourites are the satin version, as it gives a feminine feel to the otherwise military style. This jacket is so versatile, it is great for going to work, to date night, to weekend relaxing.


The Teddy Jacket
When we were younger, we loved cuddling with our teddy bears. It was comforting and kept us warm. So, why wouldn’t you buy a jacket that felt as cozy as your teddy bear? This jacket is more casual than most but still makes a fashion-forward statement.

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Sherpa Lined Jackets
These can be found in leather, denim, puffers – but our favourites are corduroy. Found in all colours, the pastel ones are the best way to move into Fall, while still living for Summer. The corduroy is an ode to the 90’s and the sherpa will keep you warm. This jacket is the best way to be uber fashionable, yet cozy at the same time.


The Suede Moto
A fun twist on the classic leather motorcycle jacket. This softer version is great with floral dresses, or with a tight pencil skirt and blouse. Throw on a suede jacket for those crisp, dry fall days.


Plaid Wool Jacket
Nothing screams fall more than the classic red and black plaid. Retire your favourite flannel top and elevate your look with this statement coat. The wool twill of the coat will keep you as warm as your flannel would but looks clean and chic. Add a pair of dark denim jeans and Chelsea boots; you’re ready to be the envy of all your friends.


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Product Info:
Longline Glen Plaid Blazer, $130.13, available at Nordstrom
Faux Leather Biker Jacket, $115, available at Topshop
Floral Embroidered Bomber Jacket, $147.50, available at Michael Kors
Wilfred Free The Teddy Jacket, $198, available at Aritzia
Sherpa-Lined Icon Cord Jacket, $124.95, available at Gap
Morning Suede Moto Jacket, $257.52, available at Nordstrom
Wilfred Free Neelam Jacket, $250, available at Aritzia


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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Fashion Jobs – 3 Ways to Land a Job After Your Summer Internship

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

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The end of summer means saying goodbye to longer days, flip flops and for some, an internship. Whether you’re looking to complete hours required for your education, or you just wanted some extra exposure in your field of interest, summer internships provide great on the job experience ahead of joining the workforce full time. Internships can also help you decide if an industry is right for you, or if you’re better suited for something else before committing and dedicating time to build the start of your career.


Whether you’re headed back to class or are at the start of your journey in the workforce you might be wanting to land a position after your internship, especially if you just spent time at a dream job. When you’re just starting off and trying to find an entry-level position, you want to make sure you’re prepared and set up for success in order to stand out from your competition. Luckily, having a summer internship just wrap-up is a huge benefit that can be leveraged to land your first job. Here’s our recommendation on ways to better your odds of landing a job after your summer internship.

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1. Follow Up With Your Internship Employer

Assuming that you left your summer internship on good terms, we always recommend you keep in contact with your direct supervisor. Aside from this person being your manager, they also either directly or indirectly played the role of a mentor while providing you with your on the job experience. If you haven’t already done so, sending a follow-up email thanking them for their time, shared knowledge and the overall experience is a way you can leave a lasting impression with them. In this email, you can also share some of the learnings you gained and the skills you developed during your internship, and even inquire about any current or future opportunities that may become available. If you left a good impression with the company, had a great performance during your internship and were an overall good fit with the company culture, chances are they will have an opportunity for you, and if not maybe be able to recommend you for one.

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2. Update Your Resume & LinkedIn

If you haven’t already done so, you definitely want to update your resume and LinkedIn with your internship position. Paid or not, the experience and skills gained during an internship are just as important to prospective employers as any other job experience. Highlight any achievements or projects you played a role in and any industry-specific skills you might have learned during your summer internship. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, now is a great time to get one started. LinkedIn really is the future of the job market and a great way to get your name out to recruiters, companies and potential opportunities. If you’re not sure where to start, you can check out our previous blogs on LinkedIn for some guidance on using the social network. Our founder Christie Lohr can review your resume and LinkedIn! It’s a service we offer. Click here for more.

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3. Apply To Positions Relevant to Your Internship

Now that your resume and LinkedIn profile are ready to go, you can start to apply to jobs! Take your time to carefully go through job descriptions and learn about companies before applying so you know what you’re getting into. The best way to leverage your internship is to apply to positions relevant to what you did. Always visit Style Nine to Five for the latest in fashion and retail jobs and internships! As much as your internship experience has value within the job market, if you’re up against candidates with previous job experience it can be outweighed. Look at things like daily tasks, skills required and even the industry and try to relate your internship experience to the job description. But don’t overthink it too much, things don’t need to line up one for one because keep in mind entry-level positions are meant for newcomers to begin to build their careers.


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By M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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.


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.


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.

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.


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 – Pattern Trousers Picks

Monday, September 10th, 2018

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Pre-fall is a fun time in fashion. We have the chance to mix styles and fabrics from two seasons to create temperature appropriate outfits while living out those last few moments of summer. Playing with patterns is a fun way to transition summer into the fall, and patterned trousers make such a statement. We’ve seen a lot of patterned two-pieces and power suits, but those matching sets can also be worn on their own for more versatility.


Bold patterns are coming in hotter than ever, and for those of us who like to have fun with our outfits, now is no better time to channel your inner Harry Styles. If you’re looking for a pair of fun statement bottoms to spruce up your wardrobe look no further than our pattern trouser picks!

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Classic Pant
Patterns don’t have to be loud, they can be subtle and classic like these houndstooth trousers from Club Monaco. We love their high waist, cropped cut and wide-ish fit, making them a perfect choice for the office, or weekends strolling through the city. Pair these with your favourite blouse for during the week, or band t-shirt while off duty!
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Wild Pant
Calling all those who aren’t afraid to make a statement, these pants have your name all over them! This high waisted palazzo style pant is a fun snake print in warmer tones perfect for the fall. Although they are a little thinner in material, throw a pair of warm tights underneath to wear them through the winter too!

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Geo Pants
When it comes to patterns, we love a good geo print. What is usually a big hit during the summer, can also be scaled down and transition into the fall for a 1960’s revival vibe. We love pairing geo prints with solid colours within the pattern to keep the look from getting too busy. Add a pair of white boots to let out your inner mod child!

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Retro Pants
Moving forward a decade with trends, are these Babaton wide-legged wool trousers in tartan. These 70’s inspired trousers come in this navy Tartan, a grey Glencheck and a brown Houndstooth all serving us a bit of a Veronica Corningstone look. We are sure these are a pair of pants you’ll want to take from the office to brunch!

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Fierce Pants
Another animal print taking center stage is leopard and we honestly couldn’t be happier. We’re a huge fan of paperbag pants, and we love the front tie and pleated waist of these Dynamite ones. These are another pair of pants you’ll want to wear not only on weekdays but maybe evenings and probably even weekends.


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Product Info:

1. Club Monaco Heemi Houndstooth Pant, $229.50

2. Zara Snake Print Pants, $79.90

3. Forever 21 Geo Print Palazzo Pants, $33.90

4. Babaton Rosemarie Pant, $168, available at Aritzia

4. Dynamite Paperbag Pant with Front Tie, $44.95


By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, @TheMJElle

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Fashion Jobs – Q&A with Miriam Alden Founder of Brunette the Label

Monday, September 10th, 2018

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Since 2014, Brunette the Label has been a staple for women across Canada. Whether you’re scrolling through Instagram, cruising the mall or walking down the street, chances are you’ve seen a boss babe rocking her ‘Brunette’, ‘Blonde’ or ‘Red Head’ pullover from Brunette the Label. In the past four years, the Vancouver-based brand has blown up nationally and internationally as of late, becoming more and more of a staple in wardrobes around the world. Style Nine to Five had a chance to speak with the founder and mastermind behind the brand, Miriam Alden, and learn how she started her brand, 


SNTF:  What was your inspiration in starting Brunette the Label?


MA: I wanted to start a clothing line that was inclusive and for all body types and for everybody, whether they lived for fashion, or just needed something cute to wear. Brunette the Label originally started as a marketing tool, I made one sweatshirt to promote my first company, Brunette Showroom, and then we grew authentically from there! I always had a goal of having my own clothing line, and it grew organically. I think that this saying is true, “If you have goals the universe helps you.”


SNTF: ‘Babes Supporting Babes’ has become such a motto in Vancouver. Where did this come from? 


MA: It’s an authentic feeling that I have about working together for the greater good with our clients, individual customers, colleagues, and my team. I had some not very Babes Supporting Babes experiences when I first started the showroom and I got to choose whether to be angry, upset or grow and learn from those experiences and create the life I wanted to lead. I chose to learn and grow, and Babes Supporting Babes was born as a result. So be thankful for all experiences good and bad as they create growth and intention. 


SNTF:  What is your favourite piece from your label?


MA: Currently, either our cropped sweatshirt/jogger combo or oversized “Be A Babe” hoodie, both from our fall collection! But on a regular basis, I wear our tees or Florence vegan leather jacket the most often. 

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SNTF:  Brunette the label is a lot more than just sweatshirts. Where do you find the inspiration for all of your collections?


MA: A lot of my inspiration comes from travelling, immersion is hugely important! I’m always interested in what’s going on around me, keeping an eye open whether I’m speeding through a city in a taxi or out for quiet dinner. I think by nature you start seeing things that call to you and then creating from there. I’d say about 50% of my inspiration just comes from what I’m feeling, too. My team also helps to inspire me and grow the collection, everyone in the office has their own unique style that connects to the brand, and we are all a big part of the ideas because we all bounce off our individual styles to create. 


SNTF:  What is your favourite thing about running your business?


MA: My team, and the fact that we can create the type of working environment that I believe to be a positive place to work, somewhere is authentic to the type of place I want people to be able to grow and feel safe in. 


SNTF:  What advice would you give other ‘Boss Babes’?

MA: Be authentic to yourself. And care about your team! Relationships are mutual and you have to care about people to be cared about. 

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SNTF: You recently opened up your first flagship store. How was that experience?


MA: Quick! We opened the store two weeks after we signed the lease. My husband drew out the plans on a napkin at a restaurant one night, and then construction took a week!  It was also very inspiring. My team really buckled down and powered through to get it done. It was amazing to see the reaction when we opened from all of our customers, both wholesale and retail. Plus, our opening night involved just a little bit of bubbly, which is always an ingredient for a good time! 


SNTF: From being largely an online based company, what about having the store open is your favourite aspect?


MA: I’m actually not there as much as I thought I would be, so I really especially enjoy being in there when I can and feel the energy of the store. I love meeting with our clients and hearing their feelings on fits and designs. Honestly, seeing people wear our pieces still makes me really excited and I always leave with my heart full. It’s a fun environment!


SNTF: Now for some fun questions. If you could only use one social media app for the rest of your life, what would it be?


MA: Instagram


SNTF: What would your Starbucks order say about your personality?


MA: I always get an almond milk Americano Misto, I think it says that I’m strong but loves animals! 

Miram Alden

SNTF: When it comes to makeup, what’s your favourite feature to accentuate?


MA: Always lips. I love a good red! I’ll do a shimmer or neutral eye, with good mascara of course, but I’m a lip girl. I have larger eyes and more of an almond shape, so I feel they need less makeup than my lips.


SNTF: What is one thing you do every day that you couldn’t live without?


MA: When I’m, I always home see my animals, my horse Josephine, my dog Frederick and cat Baguette. When I’m away, I also talk to at least one of my family members every day.


SNTF: Regardless of if they are from the past or present, who is one celebrity you would love to have a dinner party with and why? 


MA: I think it would be a tie between Beyoncé, Victoria Beckham, and Anna Wintour. They are all strong female leaders that I admire, but they also all possess many different qualities that I admire. I think I would learn a lot at that dinner. 


SNTF: Finally, what can we expect next from you and Brunette the Label?


MA: I feel like for spring, we are evolving our collection to be more fashionable. We have new fabrics, new lounge pieces. it’s going to be really fresh! We’re also focusing on becoming a bit more international and getting the brand into new countries around the world! We actually just opened an account in Japan, which is super exciting. 


You can follow along with Miriam’s journey by following her and Brunette the Label on Instagram.


Inspirational Images
Images courtesy of Miriam Alden


By: Megan Renaud, Vancouver, @meganbrigette

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