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First up we have the fabulous Gwynn Dress in a Sketch Floral print. Features include a flattering waistline detail, 100% cotton fabric and POCKETS!

Shown here on our gorgeous #FCRoleModel, Financial Planner and Entrepreneur Shannon Lee Simmons.

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Gwynn comes in a variety of perfect prints for summer days.

Chenny is wearing Gwynn in a Teal Stitch Print. Shop all the options for Gwynn here.

 

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Shown here from left to right: Laura-Jean is wearing the Gwynn Dress in a Sketch Floral print in taupe. The print is also available in blue as seen on Shannon in the first picture.

Karla is wearing Gwynn in a Ditzy Floral Print and Laura-Jean on the right is wearing the Gwynn in a Scatter Print in mustard.

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YES! Carly is on sale! This maxi dress is your perfect dress to take you to any summer occasion! Shop all variations of Carly here! These three versions look fabulous on Lori, Nirvana and Rebecca.

 

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Perfect for casual or dressy, breezy fabric swishes around your legs on scorching summer days. One step dressing and you’re good to go! Shop Carly in blue floral here.

 

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We’re down to just a few of the Carly in the green patch print and it’s no wonder. Just look at the colour and print detail on this fabulous dress! Shop Carly in green patch print here.

 

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Morgan is looking Oh-So-Pretty in this delicate Lark Lace Dress! Shop Lark Lace Dress here! Now 25% off! Available in 8 gorgeous colours! 

 

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Shop Lark Lace Dress here! Now 25% off! Available in 8 gorgeous colours and so lightweight, soft and stretchy! Simply beautiful.

 

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The Lark Dress is such a hit, designer Mandy Armstrong made a tee version of it. This dressy and feminine tee will top off your jeans, shorts and skirts perfectly. Shop Piper soft lace tee here, now 25% off.

 

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The Muriel Stretch Poplin Top looks fabulous in the bird print in black or blue.

With 97% cotton and just 3% spandex, it’s got all the comfort and stretch you could want. Wear the neckline done up for the keyhole detail, or open for a more traditional collared shirt look.

 

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Similar in style to the top, we have the Mavis Stretch Poplin Dress in the Liberty Print and in the Bird Print.

Models here are the lovely Erin Budd and Kristine Nilsson from our Style Profile feature.

 

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 Also now on sale is the popular Wanda Dress available in 6 colours! This is a fabulous easy to wear style, especially great as an easy option for work. 

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Also newly marked down is the Tabi Dress! Available in a range of colours and prints! Above is the 100% cotton Tabi in Drip Print (Fire) as worn by Kate and Rebecca in recent Style Profiles.

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Our lovely friend Lesley Edwards is showing off the Limited Edition Tiger Print in the Tabi Dress, available in the three colourways you see below.

 

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Laura-Jean is showing off the Tabi in Old Rose above, also now 25% off!

 

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And here’s gorgeous Gretel in Tabi in the Drip Print in JewelTo see all the options on Tabi, visit here.

 

 

 

Your Perfect Summer Dress – The Carly Maxi! Buy online or in store.

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Meet Carly – your perfect summer dress for scorching summer days! Flowing fabric swirling around your legs breezily!

Straps that cover your bra straps! That great fit that Mandala Design is known for! What are you waiting for?! Order now before they sell out!

Order the Patch Print in green as shown above here!

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Order blue floral as shown above on the our lovely Role Model Shannon Lee Simmons!

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Fabulous Vanessa from our FC team, models the green patch print in a size Extra Small. As we see, the dress looks amazing on her slender frame!

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And this dress is every bit as lovely on curvaceous Corinne from our recent Style Profile.  On Corinne, it’s shown in Red Floral print.

Voluptuous Angela (our Roncesvalles Store Manager) also rocks the style in Opal Floral Print!

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Brenda Beddome ~ Enter our giveaway HERE!

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Why do women LOVE Brenda Beddome’s line so gosh-darn much? It’s all about the FIT! Brenda chooses gorgeous fabrics that drape and stretch so YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL!

And the styles are perfect for your real life- for work, for lunches out, for hanging out with your family- you can move and stretch and feel awesome while looking great!

Above we have two fabulous ladies from our Style ProfilesStefanie and Jennifer in the Folded Drape Top .

 

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 2 way Drape dressHere’s our lovely and vivacious Fresh Collective Role Model Jamie Ridler in the 2 way Drape Dress from Brenda Beddome.

 

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And here is the fabulous Fresh Collective Role Model Lesley Edwards in a Folded Blouson Dress from Brenda Beddome. You can dress this look down by turning it into a tunic. Pull it up a bit shorter and wear leggings and ballet flats and you have a whole different look.

 

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The Three Way Convertible Skirt from Brenda Beddome is a summer staple you could wear everyday! Perfect for travel too.

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Here our lovely Fresh Collective Role Model Natalie Colalillo is wearing it with a Layered Sleeveless Blouse from Alison Sheri.

 

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And here we have the super popular Three Way Cardigan. Wear it open, tied or buttoned for 3 distinct looks! Perfect for chilly offices!

 

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Studio Fresh – Proudly Made in Toronto – Enter our giveaway here!

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Shop online for the Tri-Zip Jacket Dress here.

 

Studio Fresh is an awesome clothing line proudly designed and made in Toronto by Connie Meyer and her team. Modeled here by Angela Osmond, our Roncesvalles Store Manager, Studio Fresh is a go-to line for women who like something a little on the quirky or artistic side.

 

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 We have a draw on for the month of June for a $100 gift certificate to spend on Studio Fresh at Fresh Collective! Enter above, no purchase necessary.  
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  ori Dress Shop online for the Ori Dress here. Here’s Jamie again in the Ori Dress, one of the best selling dresses at Fresh Collective right now. This is a very “Studio Fresh” look as it features the asymmetry and tucks in the fabric which Connie is so known for.   
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Don’t miss your chance to enter to win! Just click above and join our mailing list to be automatically entered.

 

Draw takes place on July 1, 2016.

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 Shop the Shirtdress online here.

This fabulous Shirtdress is great as a dress or oversized top.

Another signature Studio Fresh design element is gorgeous fabric.

Connie plays with prints, texture and drape to create unique styles for gals who want to get noticed!

 
 
 

Designer Spotlight – Mandala Design – PLUS GIVEAWAY!

Mandala Design has been a top selling line at Fresh Collective for over ten years now and the line just keeps getting better! Toronto based designer Mandy Armstrong works hard to get the fit just right on each dress, top and skirt, and customers LOVE her pieces and wear them for years.

We’re all lovin’ the new Wilma dress in a variety of print and colour combinations! Mandy designs dresses for comfort and style, and we’re always amazed at how her styles suit a wide range of body types. Tall, petite, curvy or slim, Mandala Design has styles to suit YOU!

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This month Mandala Design and Fresh Collective are giving away a $100 Gift Certificate towards any Mandala Design purchase in our stores! Draw happens on May 31, 2016 and the winner will be notified by email. No purchase necessary! Enter below.

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Gwynn is another new style with this so-flattering waist shaping piece, and POCKETS! We just received some a day or so ago, so we’re working on getting more options online. Visit our stores for the most selection or choose from these beauties online.

 

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Hedi is a great top with jeans, skirts or dress pants!

 

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Another new style for Spring 2016 is the Cotton Tabi Dress! So cute, so flattering, so wearable, and again – POCKETS!

 

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This month Mandala Design and Fresh Collective are giving away a $100 Gift Certificate towards any Mandala Design purchase in our stores! Draw happens on May 31, 2016 and the winner will be notified by email. No purchase necessary! Enter below.

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New Styles in from Pixie Mood!

Earlier this month we launched a new bag line, Pixie Mood, at our Roncesvalles location and it’s been a SMASH success! Already we’ve re-ordered and added styles to the collection we have in store for you!

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Why do we love Pixie Mood so much? Firstly, the styles are awesome! A well designed bag is more than just about how it looks. These bags are designed with functionality in mind as well as great looks. All the features you could want are right there for you – secure clasps, adjustable straps, pockets and more. See Pamela here.

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We also love the great prices! Nothing we have in right now is over $100. See Steph here.

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If you haven’t already entered, you have till end of day April 30, 2016 to enter to win this fabulous backpack!

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We love the fact that the bags are vegan leather! These bags are made of a high quality Poly urethane (PU-leather) which is much better quality and lower environmental impact than vinyl or PVC. It’s durable and won’t crack in the winter! See Claudia here.

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We love the fun colours, including Laura, this metallic cross body bag!

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We’re also loving the cork, which is 100% natural, biodegradable, which makes it environmentally friendly while adding a great looking texture. See Janine here.

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We also love the versatility, like this Jane Crossbody which has two parts that can be used separately or together.

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And we love the sweet little ones that are just what you need as a card holder or a cute small wallet, like the Alex (below) and the Cameron (above).

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All in all, we’re so happy to announce that this line is a huge hit with our customers and will be around for a long time to come at our 401 Roncesvalles Avenue location and online. 

Matt and Nat – Behind the Scenes and …. SHOES!!!

Last week Laura-Jean and Jane went to Montreal to meet with many of the Montreal designers we work with at Fresh Collective and seek out new lines. While there, they met with Manny Kohli, the CEO and President of Matt & Nat.

 

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While in Montreal, the gals picked up a SPECIAL limited edition Brave backpack just for YOU!  This is a colour they never even made in production, but they made up just a few and Fresh Collective snapped them up for you. Buy online here, or come into our Queen and Kensington shops to see it in person.

 

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Laura-Jean snapped up one for herself but we have 6 more (yes, just 6!) available at our Queen and Kensington locations.

 

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As part of Fashion Revolution week, we’re looking behind the scenes to ask #WhoMadeMyClothes and Matt & Nat is a company committed to not only visiting their factories regularly but also continuing to improve as they develop. L.J. and Jane were happy to be able to talk directly to Manny about this as he shared stories of visiting factories and details about the conditions and his standards.

“We make sure that while we provide you with a quality product, the conditions of the workers developing it are up to par with our standards. One of our factories operates by the SA8000 standard, which ensures quality work conditions for all. We hope to make the latter a bigger part of our production, in the future.”  ~ from the Matt & Nat website

New and exciting from Matt & Nat: SHOES!

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First up we have the Atwater Oxford in silver and black! Come try them on at our Kensington store at 274 Augusta Ave. or buy online! (All the Matt & Nat shoes are a Kensington exclusive – not available at our other locations.)

 

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Next, the awesome Verdun Pointy Platform Shoe in white and black. Just like all the Matt & Nat bags and purses, the shoes are made from vegan leather!  And we’re happy to report the quality and comfort is excellent!

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Here we have the Namur Ankle Strap Sandal which comes in plain black or the tri-coloured version. So perfect for summer!

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And finally, the Villeray Criss Cross Sandal in black or tan.  So lightweight and comfortable – just perfect for the warm weather ahead!

Just a reminder if you do want to try on the shoes- they are only available at our Kensington Market location at 274 Augusta Ave.

 

Fashion Revolution and Jennifer Fukushima

Toronto designer Jennifer Fukushima is known for distinctive knit pieces, great quality, and a commitment to running a sustainable business. Today for Fashion Revolution week, we’ll take a peek behind the scenes to find out more about what Jenn does to manufacture clothing in line with her personal values.

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Jenn’s collection is entirely produced in Toronto by a small team. For Fashion Revolution week, she’s highlighting the talented people that help with production. To follow Jennifer Fukushima on Instagram, click here.

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This month we’re giving away an Acaulis Cardigan in beautiful teal!

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Part of Jennifer’s commitment to sustainability in the fashion industry includes making quality pieces you can wear many ways season after season. She also makes careful fabric choices, choosing more environmentally friendly fabrics like bamboo and organic cotton.

*** Browse Jennifer’s line here ***

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Part of succeeding as a designer in Toronto is building a strong team and Jennifer succeeds at building great long lasting relationships with everyone she works with – including us at Fresh Collective!

*** Browse Jennifer’s line here ***

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Here’s the gorgeous Cassiope top shown with pieces from some of our fave brands – Yoga Jeans and Matt & Nat!

 
 
 

Designer Spotlight – Jennifer Fukushima – ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY!

For April we’re focused on awareness: looking behind the scenes at what fashion brands do, and can do more of, to lessen their impact on the environment and create ethical working conditions.

Toronto based designer Jennifer Fukushima has been a leader in eco-fashion from the beginning of her career, so she was a natural choice as a designer to feature this month. Here’a a look at her spring collection – plus you can enter to win a cardigan!

Here are some looks at the Acualis Cardigan (which is the prize for the giveaway!) Available in grey, black, purple, teal and bright purple, this is an easy layering piece and one of our best seller for spring. Available to buy online here or in any of our 3 locations in Toronto.

View a video tour of the cardigan here! 

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Made of 55% Organic Cotton & 45% Bamboo Rayon (eco-friendly, comfortable and breathable) this is a one size garment that fits size 2 – 16+.

Want to win one? Enter the giveaway below!

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Let’s meet Jennifer in her studio! Here she tells us about the inspiration for her designs, her commitment to running an eco-friendly business and gives an overview of the evolution of her brand.

 

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Also available in this limited edition “Holes” fabric, in grey or natural, The Acaulis Cardigan makes a versatile addition to almost any wardrobe! Wear it casually over post-workout wear or as a statement piece to keep the chill off at the office.  We find our customers loving this style so much they come back for a second colour!

 

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Two more fabric choices for the wonderful Acaulis Cardigan: Tweed Knit (on the left) and Striped (on the right).

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Did you know Jennifer works to make her studio a zero-waste environment. She uses the smaller fabric pieces to make accessories, and donates the rest of the scraps to local craft groups. 

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway while you’re here! Draw will take place May 1, 2016 and winner will be notified by email.

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Freshly arrived this week is the Cassiope top from Jennifer Fukushima!  Available in solids and in Purple Shibouri and Teal Shibouri, you’ll fall in love the second you feel the buttery soft bamboo fabric and see how it fits and flatters you.

Did you know bamboo is regarded as an environmentally sustainable choice because it grows fast, in abundance and without pesticides. Bamboo is also a long lasting fabric that resists pilling, meaning that top you love will last many, many wearings and washings. 

Thanks for tuning in to learn a bit more about Toronto designer Jennifer Fukshima and to enter the draw! Good luck to all! Winner will be notified by email May 1, 2016.


 
 

Introducing Pixie Mood~ Enter our giveaway for a Lei Backpack!

There’s a new Canadian bag brand in town exclusively at our 401 Roncesvalles location and we’re falling in LOVE!

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Based out of Toronto Kelvin and Chloe are the couple behind Pixie Mood. Done with the 9 to 5 life they had with IBM Canada, they took the leap to combine Chloe’s love of design and fashion with Kelvin’s Business Management Major from Ryerson University.

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This great little 3 in 1 bag consists of 2 parts that can be clipped together and used as one bag or used separately to match your outfit and your needs.

 Kelvin and Chloe love animals and choose to have a vegan company using only non-animal products for their bags. They use “vegan leather” which is a durable yet soft polyurethane. “We strive to provide a cruelty-free option to those who love fashion and fun accessories,” say Kelvin and Chloe.

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There are times you just need a little wristlet, and Cameron is here for you! At $23 this is the perfect little go along, and Cameron even has a clip to keep your keys safe!

Pixie Mood is designed in Toronto and manufactured in Asia. Kelvin and Chloe visit the factories at least twice a year and meet with the owners to ensure that the both the quality of their products and the treatment of the workers is up to their standards. Both are very important to them.

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Designed with function and style in mind, the Lei backpack features a padded laptop pocket, adjustable straps and a stylish cork panel on the outer pocket. All this for the very reasonable price of $75.

A chic backpack is a great choice for the urban professional woman. It means a hands free ride on the subway or streetcar, enough room to throw in your lunch, work shoes or gym clothes plus you look awesome and polished, ready for a great work day. Many of our customers are cyclists and love a great backpack to make their commute that much more fashionable.

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Drop in to our shop at 401 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto to see the line in person, or shop for Pixie mood online with confidence! See our shipping and returns policy here.