Style code: m0851

August 30, 2009 - 5:09 pm

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Montreal-born label m0851 has successfully romanced the world over with its quintessential European design approach: classic quality buttery leathers, chic wallets, tailored satchels and utilitarian lines. For Canadians and international style dandies, this label is simple style code for quality accessories and fashion.

m0851 started in 1987 as a small boutique and is now coveted the world over.

C’est cool, eh!?

“There is a sincerity to our product: we do not try to be something else and our product has always been our best form of marketing,” Frederic Mamarbachi, CEO of m0851 says. “We have a strong fan base because of the simplicity and charm of our product’s design. We have always maintained a high level of quality and unmistakably recognizable pieces.”

Growth in the international market in m0851’s entrepreneurial aim—and it’s well on its way! The brand is set on opening retail shops all over the globe: with product and locations in uptown New York City, Calgary, Madrid, South Korea and Australia. Its new Saint-Laurent Boulevard store in Montreal reinforces its Canadian presence. m0851 may have started in Canada, but has become a truly global brand.

*Photo courtesy of m0851

Thrifts & Thrills: A FashionTK first

August 18, 2009 - 12:10 am

Who doesn’t love a little indulgence? Whether it’s an investment piece at a high-priced boutique or a cheap chic find at your favourite vintage hideaway, being united with a long-sought fashion hub is an event to write home about (or at least blog about)!

So with this, FashionTK kicks off its first-ever Thrifts & Thrills post: showcasing highs and lows of urban dandyism.

THRIFT:69 Vintage

Unlike many second-hand shops, 69 Vintage is uncluttered and uncomplicated, just like its wares.
Hand-gathered by owner Kealan Sullivan from her “friends closets” and “sources of style” across Toronto, 69 Vintage boasts genuine finds: you may come across a pair of 50′s Lanvin pumps, a Givenchy LBD or just a sweetly-tailored babydoll dress.

For men, snakeskin cowboy boots, skinny ties, and smart-looking oxfords abound. And for the nerdy hipster: 70′s era T-shirts and a tempting selection of horn-rimmed, statement sunglasses and frames. Whatever you fancy, 69 Vintage seems to have it covered.

69 Vintage 1100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1H9‎, Canada (416) 516-0669




THRILL: georgeC

Before you walk into this chic shop, you may want to carry an Italian phrase book—or a map at the very least. After combing the globe (and almost every atelier in Italy quite literally), Lisa Corbo—owner of the two-floor chic Yorkville boutique—offers luxury labels for the most discerning fashion closet. It’s hard to thumb your nose at names like Derek Lam and Yohji Yamamoto. And pushing the fashion envelope a bit further, georgeC presents spectacular but relatively unknown labels: Gabriele Colangelo (who was dubbed “one to watch” by and sexy little numbers from Ermanno Scervino. A new buying venture—and love for Down Under—has lead Corbo back to her roots in Australia and to her latest muse: Aussie designer Kirrily Johnston.

To compliment their luxury threads, georgeC also houses a bevy of statement-making shoes and accessories—of which, the most impressive are Corbo’s own gorgeous pearl and diamond creations.

georgeC Toronto 21 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5R 2E1 (416) 962-1911

*photos by Glynnis Mapp. (c)


Wintour Watch: The September Issue

July 12, 2009 - 8:20 pm
“Fashion is a religion. This is the bible.”Truer words have never been written: Weighing in at a hefty five pounds (which may be more mass than a colt-legged runway supermodel, ahem) Vogues September 2007 issue hit shelves with a resounding thud, only to be quickly whisked off newsstands and tucked away by thoughtful trendsters, fashion archivists and Vogue staffers themselves.

In the history of glossies, there’s no denying: Vogue magazine and its beautiful pages have influenced fashion as we know it today–and so has its “feared” and “revered” editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.

So with that, we take a brief look into the fantastic and frenzied life of fashion’s most watched editorial empress with “The September Issue,”set to hit U.S. movie screens (interestingly enough on August 28). Fashion is always ahead of the curve, isn’t it?
It also made it as the official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, thanks to impressive direction from R.J. Cutler and A&E Indie Films. Here, we get a little more than what The Devil Wears Prada movie–yes, thank-you Ms. Streep–all but discreetly alluded to.

Can’t wait to see the shoe close-ups! And some Anna and Karl Lagerfeld tête-à-têtes.