Laura Skirt – Fit Guide!

Laura-Jean is 5’5″ and 158 lbs.

She’s got a 42″ bust, 35″ waist and 41″ hips and she wears a 34 DDD bra.

Here she’s wearing the Laura Skirt in Medium and then Large to show the two different fits. 

(The Darcy Collar Top she has on is Large and you can shop that style here.)

 

Shop the Laura Skirt here

Here Jane and L.J. show off all the prints. Jane is in the X-Small, and she’s about 4’11” and her bust measures 34″. Her waist is 28″ and hips are 35″

You can see it’s sitting a bit lower on her hip as her measurements are just a bit smaller than the XSmall on the size chart below. 

 

 

Shop the Laura Skirt here

Choose from 7 awesome prints! 

Shop the Laura Skirt here

Questions about fit or anything else? 

You can always call any of our stores:

274 Augusta Ave. * 416 966 0123

401 Roncesvalles Ave. * 647 352 7123

2116 A Queen Street East * 416 594 1313

Or email us at info@freshcollective.com

Or, message us through Facebook

We LOVE to hear from you! 

 

Andrea Dress – Fit Guide

You love our new Andrea Dress but aren’t sure how to choose the right size? 

Voila! Check out this post for our fit guide! 

Laura-Jean is 5’5″ and 158 lbs.

She’s got a 42″ bust, 35″ waist and 41″ hips and she wears a 34 DDD bra.

We hope that you lovely large ladies will be able to compare yourself to L.J. and pick the fit that’s right for you! 

If you’re a bit smaller, you’re probably going to be the medium! Check the size chart below to be sure.

A bit curvier? Try the XL! You’re gonna look awesome!

Shop the Andrea Dress online here

Jane is about 4’11” and her bust measures 34″. Her waist is 28″ and hips are 35″. She’s in the XS in the video above and the pics below. 

Shop the Andrea Dress online here

From left: Red Floral, Navy Poppies, Mustard Floral, Mod Flowers, Grey Bees.

Want more coverage at the neckline?

Go up a size!

This dress has a lot of flexibility to the fit.

Above L.J. is wearing the XLarge and Jane is in the Small, to show how going one size up still fits but allows extra coverage.

Curvy Candace from our Kensington Market location looks gorgeous in size Large.

She is 5’2″ and her measurements are as follows: 43″ bust, 35″ waist, 49″ hips.

Shop the Andrea Dress online here

Here’s our size chart and a tutorial on how to measure so you can see which size will fit you best.

For this dress, the bust and waist are the most important areas to fit.

Since the skirt is cut with a flare, hip size is much less important to the fit. 

Shop the Andrea Dress online here

Questions about fit or anything else? 

You can always call any of our stores:

274 Augusta Ave. * 416 966 0123

401 Roncesvalles Ave. * 647 352 7123

2116 A Queen Street East * 416 594 1313

Or email us at info@freshcollective.com

Or, message us through Facebook

We LOVE to hear from you! 

 

 

Joanne Dress! – Fit Guide

We love the new Joanne Dress as it fits a variety of body types! Great for curvy, busty gals like Laura-Jean, but it’s also great for more petite gals like Ala.

Check out how to take your measurements here, and then see Laura-Jean rock the size Large and Ala look oh-so-adorable in the Extra-Small. 

Laura-Jean is 5’5″ and 158 lbs.

She’s got a 42″ bust, 35″ waist and 41″ hips and she wears a 34 DDD bra.

We hope that you lovely large ladies will be able to compare yourself to L.J. and pick the fit that’s right for you! 

If you’re a bit smaller, you’re probably going to be the medium! Check the size chart below to be sure.

A bit curvier? Try the XL! You’re gonna look awesome!

Get the Joanne Dress in Blue Tulips here

See and shop the Joanne Dress in all 6 prints here

Now here’s Ala in the Extra Small.

She’s about 5’4″ and has a 34″ bust, 28″ waist and 39 inch hips. How do you compare?

If you’re the same, go for the XS.

A little larger and you’re a a size Small! 

Get the Joanne Dress in Navy Apples here!

See and shop the Joanne Dress in all 6 prints here

Here’s LJ showing off some of the prints! 

See and shop the Joanne Dress in all 6 prints here

 

 

Before Fresh Collective, there was Fresh Baked Goods

It all started with Fresh Baked Goods, my knitwear label. 

It was 1994. I had graduated from Fine Arts at Concordia University in 1992, moved to Toronto, and wondered how on earth I would start a career. 

I knew I wanted to do something creative, knew I wouldn’t fit into the corporate world and wondered if I could make things and sell them. 

I had been sewing my own clothes and making jewellery since high school but growing up in Saskatoon, I couldn’t imagine how to turn that into a career. Once I arrived in Toronto, I dabbled around taking some classes and workshops while working in restaurants as a waitress. 

I took jewellery making, silk-screening and film courses, but it was a machine knitting course I took in the basement of Romni Wools on Queen West that got me hooked. 

I borrowed $600 off my roommate to buy my own second hand knitting machine and set up in my living room, knitting sweaters. 

The first few years were spent doing local craft shows and selling on consignment in local shops like Peach Berserk, Noize and 290 Ion, while wondering what it would take to have my own shop.

In 1998, when I was 28, my boyfriend left me for a 26 year old model (!). I moped for 2 days and then decided I needed a distraction, so I went out looking for a shop to rent. 

My search started on a Monday – going around my favourite neighbourhoods and looking for signs. By the way, that was how things were done in those days! The internet was barely a thing then.  

I found a former tailor shop on Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market, and when I found out the rent was $650 including hydro, I sealed the deal as quick as I could. 

By Thursday that week, I had signed a lease and was setting up shop. 

The first few months were scary as I opened up a sweater shop in May, and it was a long hot summer. 

But tourists were finding me and bringing home one-of-a-kind creations. And by fall, I had hit my stride as Toronto’s Laura-Jean the Knitting Queen and my clientele was finding me. 

The shop was a colourful and busy little zone of chaos. I had a small studio in the back with knitting machines and often Knitting Princesses (that’s what I called my assistants) in working with me. 

The machines were noisy and production would stop when shoppers came in. Often, we would have stashed a fresh delivery of yarn in the changeroom, and when people wanted to use it, we’d have to unpack it and make room for them. 

Brenda was my beautiful Sheltie from 1989-2004. She always came to work with me and despite having a perfectly good bed, she loved to sleep in the sale baskets.

Knitting Princess Jaclyn and I in the studio. Jaclyn is still one of my best friends in the whole world. She loved to organize the studio and keep everything tidy, so her work was cut out for her. (I’m super messy and create clutter everywhere I go!)

She went on to start her own Professional Organizing business, now relocated to Bloomington, Indiana. 

Here’s me at my knitting machine. I wonder how many millions of times I zipped the carriage back and forth to make thousands of sweaters over the years!?

I rode my bike everywhere in those days. You can see it locked up outside the store in the exterior shot above, as well as in the Toronto Star article. 

And Brenda was my constant companion. 

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This was where my career in fashion started. I remember not being able to believe that I was actually doing it. I had my own business. My own shop. I was a fashion designer! 

What an amazing 25 years it’s been! So many of today’s Fresh Collective shoppers found me at my cute little Kensington shop so many years ago. 

I am so grateful that so many of my customers have grown up with me and supported the business along the way. 

xoxo

Laura-Jean

 

Julie Sweater FLASH SALE!


SURPRISE FLASH SALE!

The brand new Julie Sweater by Palette, our in-house line, is NOW $20 OFF during our limited-time flash sale!

 

The Julie Sweater is a wonderful piece to build any ensemble with! Its fabric is silky smooth and cozy at once! It has a generous stretch and fits comfortably, with a flared waist that gives it a lovely draped effect.

This beautiful winter sweater is available in 8 different solid colours and proudly made right here in Toronto!

SAVE ONLINE & IN-STORES!

To shop & save online, simply enter our special promocode at the checkout on our webstore:

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OFFER ENDS FEBRUARY 20th!

SNOW DAY SALE! TODAY ONLY!

TODAY ONLY, LADIES!

Enjoy some great savings during our Snow Day Flash Sale, happening online and in-stores!

 

To shop & save online, use our special promocodes at the checkout:

SNOWDAY20

(for $150 purchases)

 

 

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(for $300 purchases)

 

Stay warm out there!

These holiday gift ideas & goodies are only available at our boutiques!

Have you been browsing our webstore for holiday

gift inspiration lately?

 

We have even more goodies at our 3 Toronto boutiques, where

you’ll find the following:

 

  • Handcrafted jewellery by Canadian designers

 

  • Funky socks in cheeky, unusual and Canadian motifs

 

  • Adorable tees and sweatshirts for guys and gals

 

  • Quality, long-lasting cosmetics from LipSense

 

  • Organic, artisanal bath and beauty products made in Ontario

 

  • Hats, scarves and gloves

 

Choose from bold, elegant, subtle and cheery designs, brought to you

by our in-house line, Bauble, Toronto’s Torched Studio, and more!

Pamper yourself or leave a lovely Bridlewood Soaps surprise for

someone special under the tree this holiday!

Available online!

Made in Orangeville, Ontario, this line of luscious bath & beauty

products is artisanally crafted using fine, natural ingredients.

Available online!

Choose from soaps, bodywhips, facial oils and masks!⠀

 Keep warm with a wider assortment of toques, pom poms, gloves,

shawls and wool hats for winter, with a wider selection available in

stores!

Or if you’re looking to buy gifts for your guy, grab a cute warm tee or

sweatshirt from Toronto’s FunkD label!

They also make hats!

Plus tons of 8-12 hour long-lasting lipsticks and gorgeous eye-

shadows!

 

Visit us at our Roncesvalles, Queen East and

Kensington Market locations to get in on the

goodies!

 

 

Style Profile: Nicki Iskander

Redhill Pullover – Chilly by Neon Buddha; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

Name: Nicki Iskander
Occupation: Massage Therapist
Age: Older than I look
Lifestyle: Gym. Work. Concerts. Repeat.

 

What’s a typical day like for you?

 

I like to start each day with movement. Whether it’s yoga, biking around the city, or a hardcore strength-training session, being physically active prepares me for whatever comes my way.

 

After a long day of massaging clients, my night typically ends one of three ways: at a concert (I’m addicted to live music), in the bathtub with a podcast, or passed out on the couch halfway through an episode of Archer.

 

Redhill Pullover – Chilly by Neon Buddha; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What in your life is really important to you?

 

Is it wrong that my cats came to mind before my family?

 

Aside from the typical stuff – family, friends, music, laughter – what matters most is that I live my life in a way that would make my dad proud. He passed away last year and was also an entrepreneur.

 

This year, my home massage studio has been my top priority… but also my cats.

 

Celeste Dress – Black Roses by Toronto’s Desserts and Skirts; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What would you like to be remembered for?

 

This is going to sound contrived, but I swear it’s true. I want to be remembered for making people feel good. That and my righteous puns.

 

How would you describe your general style?

 

Bright colours. Bold patterns. Band tees. ALL of the animal print. You know that person who’s always wearing the loudest outfit in the room? That’s me.

 

Celeste Dress – Black Roses by Toronto’s Desserts and Skirts; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

You haven’t always been a massage therapist. How did you transition from your previous job?

 

It’s true! Massage therapy was a dramatic shift in careers. After a decade in the music industry, I grew tired of working for The Man (and working for men!). I decided to go back to school and massage therapy checked off all the right boxes.

 

I researched the best schools, applied for a government grant, made the commitment to excel at the program, and graduated as valedictorian. Now I’m a proud entrepreneur, contributing to a female-dominated industry, focusing on empowering women to put themselves first. Girl power!

 

Fleur Dress – Teal Flowers by Toronto label Mandala; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What role does fashion play in your life?

 

Fashion to me is the best way to make a statement without saying a word. My friend and I used to play a game where we would guess a person’s favourite band based on their shoes alone. You’d be surprised how often we were right!

 

But seriously, wearing a quality piece that fits juuuuust right can elevate my mood all day. When I feel comfortable and confident, there’s very little that can get in my way.

 

Fleur Dress – Teal Flowers by Toronto label Mandala; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

For other professionals out there who really want to start their own business but feel stuck in a rut, what advice would you offer?

 

Be realistic. Is there a market for what you’re selling? If yes, go for it! But first, get a handle on your finances. Most new businesses don’t turn a profit in their first year and, let’s face it, Toronto is expensive!

 

You need to have some serious savings or some way of earning money while you build your empire. There’s no shame in working part-time or having a side hustle to make ends meet. Running my own business has been more time-consuming and costly than I ever could have imagined, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

Also, get a mentor! Find someone who has succeeded at what you want to achieve and mimic them. I found a fabulous business coach one month after opening my home massage studio and it’s the best decision I could have made.

 

Lastly, stand behind your business. When you believe in what you do, your product or service will well itself.

 

Fleur Top – Purple Flowers by Mandala; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

 

You mean aside from the plethora of high-quality, unique pieces made by independent Toronto designers? Or the fact that it’s woman-owned and operated? I love that we’re both in the business of making women feel good.

 

Fleur Top – Purple Flowers by Mandala; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you have that you want to promote?

 

I’m a Registered Massage Therapist with a women-only home studio in the charming southwestern Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale. I provide a body-positive, trans-friendly space that caters to busy women in the west end. Whether you need to relax, tame some pain, or just get a break from the stresses in life, I’ve got your back (literally!).

 

Una Jacket – Oil Painting – Purple by our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Teri Reversible Top – Crimson by Arianne; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

What do you love most about the work you do?

 

I love that massage therapy is both physically demanding and intellectually stimulating. My job motivates me to stay healthy and to never stop learning or improving.

 

But most of all, I love making people feel better. I’m often the best part of someone’s day! How many people get to say that about their job? Selfishly, I also love that I get paid to listen to Otis Redding all day.

 

Una Jacket – Oil Painting – Purple by our in-house label, Palette by Laura-Jean; Teri Reversible Top – Crimson by Arianne; Straight Leg Jeans – Black by Toronto’s Brenda Beddome; Earrings by Toronto’s Torched Studio label

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

 

I’m the Captain of a Simpsons Trivia team! We just celebrated eight years as a team and you can find us at the Cadillac Lounge every month, boning up on our nerd lessons.

 

I also have two friendly cats named Dave Grohl and Marla Singer who greet my clients at the door. Technically, I’m their tenant.

 

Where can people find you on social media?

 

Facebook: @nicki.rmt
Instagram: @nicki.rmt
Website: www.nickirmt.com

 

Our FIG Clothing GIVEAWAY starts TODAY!

Our FIG Clothing Giveaway Draw has begun!

 

Until October 5th, enter one ballot per each piece of FIG apparel you try on at Fresh Collective, and you could win $100 worth of FIG Clothing!

 

This giveaway is IN-STORES ONLY, so drop on by any of our 3 Toronto locations to try on some FIG pieces and enter for your chance to win!

 

FIG Clothing is a Quebec-based line of versatile, ultra-comfy, hassle-free designs that are perfect for travelers and ethical consumers!

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