12 Awesome Looks for Fall – by Canadian Designers!

Our popular Style Profile on our blog is our chance to show the world the wonderful women in our community.  We love to showcase these women and what they’re up to, and we LOVE to feature our outfits on gorgeous ladies that our customers can see themselves in.  If you have something to share with the world, love supporting Canadian fashion and would like to be featured, get in touch with us!

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Name: Karen Shopsowitz
Occupation: Film-maker
Age:  :-)
Lifestyle: Busy but casual

Look 1: All three dresses are from Studio Fresh for this Style Profile!  Shop the circa dress in grey and black as shown, grey and white or in all black.

Look 2:  Boho dress and you can shop for it here.  Look at the cute details like the top stitching, the contrast cuff and the contrast lining.

Look 3:  Boxy Patch dress from Studio Fresh.  This one is a best-seller this season because of the comfy coziness of it, and the ease of fit!  Fun fact: It was featured on Fashion Canadiana as one of the best dresses for Fall from a Canadian designer!

 

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Name: Margaret van Velthuyzen
Occupation: Food Blogger
Age: 38 and owning it
Lifestyle: Growth-oriented. Also food-oriented.

Look 1: Shop this fabulous Rosette Dress by Toronto fashion label Mandala Design here.   Note this is a sleeveless dress with a sheer long sleeved top underneath.

Look 2: Shop this great Deer head tunic by Desserts and Skirts here and shop all tunics here!  Shop these High Rise Luster Yoga Jeans here and all Yoga Jeans here.

Look 3: Shop the Wren Wrap Dress by Toronto fashion label Mandala Design here in Pollack Red (as shown), Morocco Marine, Morocco Slate, Houndstooth, Pollack Blue, Rain Orange, Vintage Floral, Zig Zag BlueMorocco Crimson and Zig Zag Burgundy.

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Name: Lesley Edwards
Occupation: Dating Expert & Relationship Coach
Age: 33
Lifestyle: Crazy in love with the love of my life 🙂

Look 1: Shop this navy shirtdress from Montreal designer atelier b. here and browse all dresses here.

Look 2: Shop this dress by Toronto designer Mandy Armstrong of Mandala Design here. Shop Real Flower necklaces by Love, Montreal here. This bag by Matt & Nat is sold out but you can shop the current Matt & Nat selection here.

Look 3:  Buy the Sparkle Sweater by Montreal designer Elena Wang here. Shop more sweaters here.  Shop the Tuxedo Leggings from Toronto designer Brenda Beddome here.

Shop lockets here.  And all jewellery here.

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Name: Diana Condolo
Occupation: Web Producer and Social Media Officer by day, Blogger by night. I’m also the gardener for my department – we have two workplace garden plots which I tend to during lunch time.
Age: I’m around 7 in cat years.
Lifestyle: Eclectic busy

Look 1: This dress is called Boxy II made by Toronto label Studio Fresh.  It comes in another variation as well here: Boxy Patch.  The shoes are called Etta by Miz Mooz and are currently ON SALE!

 

Look 2: Robe Bolero by Montreal fashion label Cherry Bobin available online here.

Look 3: This Ori dress by Toronto fashion label Studio Fresh is available in 2 options: floral with striped sleeves as above and solid black with teal sleeves.

 

 

Fresh Collective Style Profile – Pip Bradford

Pip Bradford has been a superfan of Fresh Collective for a few years now, and we adore her.  We adore her so much, in fact, that we used a picture of her for a document we created to describe our target market to educate new designers who join us what kind of woman shops at Fresh Collective!  When she was at our Kensington location for her Style Profile shoot, she took over the store and sold things to other customers as I just watched!  She’s fun, funny and totally awesome.

~Laura-Jean, CEO and founder of Fresh Collective

 

Name: Pip Bradford
Occupation: Theatre Production
Age: 31
Lifestyle: I go where the sea takes me.

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Dress: Dania Tunic – Desserts and Skirts $125
Necklace: Curious Oddities $26
Boots: Erika Lonna Boot – Hush Puppies $150
Tights: Pip’s own
Style Coach notes:  Pip chose and styled her own outfits for this shoot, and then bought most of what she chose, so I just stood back and watched. 😉 She chose this tunic because of its versatility (dress or top; wear it long or pull it shorter and blouse it out a bit) and comfort. It is a best seller because it just works for most women and feels amazingly soft. ~ Laura-Jean

What’s a typical day like for you?
There is no such thing.
What in your life is really important to you?
My career, my friends, and my library. Seriously I really love my library.

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Dress: Mona Dress – Studio Fresh $189
Boots: Ninette – Miz Mooz $239
Style Coach notes: When Pip showed up I showed her this dress, and said, “This one has Pip written all over it!” I must have been right, as she bought it after the shoot! This dress has a great combination of fit and looseness. The band under the bust gives shape, but the skirt falls away and then balloons a bit at the bottom with some tucks. This is one of my personal faves of the season. ~ Laura-Jean

What would you like to be remembered for?
Rocking out as hard as I can, whenever I can.

What role does fashion play in your life?
I live a really full life, and I need my clothes to do everything I do, whether it be hanging lights at the top of a ladder, running a production meeting like a boss, reading comics in the corner of my favourite shop, or having drinks with my friends at my local.

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Dress: April Pinch Dress – Studio Fresh $210
Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100
Style Coach notes: Pip has a big bold personality so a dress this dramatic is easy for her to pull off. This dress has it all – and it’s a top seller because of it. A stretchy panel across the back allows it to fit snug but comfortable, and the gathers and tucks show off your shape while not showing every detail. The asymmetrical details are a statement but nothing is too over the top in this dress. This is a great event dress. ~ Laura-Jean

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
Every time I go to Fresh Collective, shopping feels like an awesome, fun, group event. Not only the staff, but all the other customers, make buying clothes there feel like a real community activity, which is tons of fun!

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Dress: Jersey dress – Atelier B $128
Necklace: The Simples Cluster – burfurtART $38
Shoes: Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppy $100
Style Coach notes: This dress works well for most women because the waitband gives a great shape, and the pleats and pockets just fall in the right place. As with so many of our pieces, it’s soft and stretchy for maximum wearability. This dress is also a great “blank canvas” piece- it can range from casual to dressy depending on the accessories. ~Laura-Jean

What do you have that you want to promote? 

  • The Beguiling remains the greatest comic book shop in the world. Go visit them on Markham Street and get into graphic art, y’all, what are you waiting for? http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com
  • Life, Death, and The Blues is closing this weekend at Theatre Passe Muraille. It’s an amazing, bluesy, soulful rockabilly good time, go see it before you miss it! Buy tickets here: http://passemuraille.ca

  • Two shows I worked on, Evita and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, just opened at The Lower Ossington Theatre. Check ‘em out: http://lowerossingtontheatre.com

  • I’m currently production managing an awesome show for Theatre Gargantua called Avaricious. It opens at Theatre Passe Muraille on November 7th, you should come see it! http://www.theatregargantua.ca

Is there anything else we should know about you?
There is nothing I dislike more than writing things about myself.

Where can people find you on social media?
Twitter: @pipbradford

Instagram: @pipstarz

Tumblr: pipsqueaked; tipsfrompip

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Here is Pip living her life in pieces from past seasons from Fresh Collective! Whatever Pip does, she does in style! We love you Pip!!! xoxox

Style Profile – Patty K

Patty is one of the most fabulous people in my life. We chat about makeup and men and then head out for trivia nights. Brainy and beautiful would be a limiting description of this woman. Patty captures her spunky energy in every way she styles herself; from fabulous nail art to creative accessories that all work for her lifestyle. Each outfit we chose accentuates Patty’s figure that she’s ready to show off after dropping over 100 pounds since 2012.

We’ve become great friends in short amount of time through our love of fashion. We stopped in at our local Kensington cafe – The Grind House – for a fun morning photo shoot. And to cheers to our friendship over our other love, coffee!  <3 Terri-Leigh

Name: Patty Kamarinos
Occupation: Makeup Artist + Esthetician + Beauty Blogger
Age: 30-something but who’s counting?
Lifestyle: one part Girl about town, two parts social butterfly with a sprinkle of introversion to recharge.

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Dress: A-Line dress in red – Atelier B $175.00
Necklace: Curious Oddities $26.00
Belt: Kimono belt in brown – Susana Erazo $160.00
Shoes: Lonna T in Black – Hush Puppies $100.00 

 

The A-line cut of this dress was perfect for Patty’s hourglass shape. I wanted to accent her curves without over emphasizing. The rule of thirds really helped in creating this – keeping the portions suitable to her height and figure. The belt also created a more defined waist and becomes a great accent piece.

 

 

What’s a typical day like for you?
Beautifying urban goddesses & satiating my adventurous curiosities with the help of copious amounts of caffeine.

What in your life is really important to you?
Being surrounded by amazing people whether it be family, friends, colleagues or clients. There’s a special place in my heart for my nephew, Niko, though. That kid is my sunshine.

What would you like to be remembered for?
Inspiring and allowing people to see the natural beauty they possess.

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Dress: Calamity Jane dress in Black – Annie 50 $179.00
Bracelet: Rock Candy – BurfurtART $45.00

 

Patty is a bit of a rock star but still professional. The clean lines and knee length hem of the dress keep this outfit age appropriate without limiting her personality. Again, an accentuated waist helps to maintain proportions without distracting from her silhouette.

What role does fashion play in your life?
Fashion is the root of my inspiration as a makeup artist. The colours, the textures, the lines; it not only ignites inspiration for makeup ideas but invites a freedom of expression of how I want to present myself to the world.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?
I love that it is Toronto-centric and supports local designers.

What do you have that you want to promote?
I have been running my beauty blog, Inside The Makeup Case  for a few years now. It’s a great outlet for me to share looks, tips and my professional expertise with my audience and is the catalyst for allowing me to constantly research what new products, trends and techniques are out there.

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Dress: Kladis wrap dress in Leopard -Bionic $119.00
Necklace: Rock Candy w Extender – BurfurtART $57.00
Shoes: Patty’s own

 

The sleeve length on this wrap dress was a happy discovery for us as we picked out necklines that Patty could move in. This dress can carry her from work with an added cropped jacket or cardigan (perfect for her waist height) and then removed for a night out. The leopard print shows off her energy without being too bold for her shape.

Is there anything else we should know about you?
Since making a huge lifestyle change that allowed me to lose 130 lbs last year, I also have a tumblr that focuses on clean recipes that are delicious and nutritious; a way for me to keep an online recipe box of sorts.

IG: whiplashes
Twitter: @whiplashes

Style Profile – Amanda Lee Caskie

In this style profile we feature Amanda Lee Caskie. I reached out to her to do a profile with us because she’s a local entrepreneur with a flair for fashion. Amanda, or Jubilee as I like to call her, plays roller derby with me and she’s one of my closest friends. I have had the pleasure of having her do my hair several times, and she’s always wowed me with her amazing techniques. If you’re looking for the best hair you’ve ever had, I suggest you see Amanda at The Joint Hair Salon!
– Jenna

Name: Amanda Lee Caskie
Occupation: Co Owner/ Stylist at The Joint Hair Salon
Age: 36
Lifestyle: Busy

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Dress: Kladis leopard – Bionic by Mark Foreman $119.00
Shoes: Lonna T-bar in Black – Hush Puppies $100.00
Earrings: Curious Oddities $22.00
Necklace: Curious Oddities $30.00 

 

 

Amanda isn’t used to unleashing her inner pin up girl, yet she did it so well in this sassy leopard number! We went for neutral colours for all of her outfits so her pink hair would be the colour accent. This leopard dress with the curved bottom, curved sleeves, low neckline and fitted waist shows off Amanda’s lovely shape kept fit from all her roller derby.

What’s a typical day like for you?
I wake up, check my roller derby email (I am part of Toronto Roller Derby and have been involved with it for 8 years. I play on our all star team CN Power). It’s my second, unpaid job!! I am my league’s liaison with the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) and I also hold 3 jobs with them. Sheesh right? I then get ready for my real job and head to The Joint Hair Salon and do hair! I am there 5 days a week. Two days a week I add on an additional 3 hours and head up to Downsview for roller derby practice and at least once a week I do some strength training with my coach Ron at ironliontraining.com. Then I head home and crash!

What in your life is really important to you?
My mom, my business, my family (blood, work and derby), roller derby, strength training, personal downtime and taking care of myself both physically and mentally.

What would you like to be remembered for?
My work, my business, my loyalty in friendship and life in general. My mark in the roller derby world.

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Dress: Linen Shirt Dress – Atelier B $164.00
Belt: Ch-Ch-Ch-Chains Belt – BurfurtArt (also converts to necklace) $85.00
Tights and Boots: Amanda’s own 

The linen shirt dress is a minimal blank canvas, so we made it more “Amanda” by adding the chain belt. We styled the outfit with her own motorcycle boots. Again, a trim shape that shows off her waist works for Amanda, and the A-line skirt creates even more of an hourglass shape.

What role does fashion play in your life?
I have always enjoyed having my own sense of fashion. I’ve never had a ton of money to spend on clothes so I have become very good at mixing and matching! Being in the fashion industry with all things hair, I am always on the up and up with current hair and fashion trends. I like to represent as much as possible and inspire others.

What do you love about Fresh Collective?
FC really inspired me to bring out my inner “girly”. Wearing these dresses really brought something out in me. I’ve worked hard to get fit and the clothing at FC flattered me in a way I hadn’t really ever seen. I also love that FC carries local designer brands. Being a small business owner in the city, I love to support my fellow local artisans.

What do you have that you want to promote?
I would like to promote my business. The Joint Hair Salon. It’s an amalgamation of my old salon, The Third Floor Hair Boutique, and Pop Hair Design. We opened up in July and are going strong! Come by for all your hair and makeup needs!

Also my roller derby team CN Power and league Toronto Roller Derby. It takes up a lot of my time and has for years. I am passionate about the sport and am thankful to have been able to be part of it and it’s growth all of these years.

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Dress: Frill Dress – Desserts and Skirts $165.00
Bracelet: Rock Candy – BurfurtArt (can be worn as a necklace with an extender piece) $45.00
Shoes: Lonna T-Bar in Rose – Hush Puppies $100.00 

 

This dress is very girly compared to much of what Amanda wears, and it works fabulously as a contrast to her more “rock ‘n’ roll” looks. With the frills and the very sweet girly shape, plus the demure longer skirt, this is an eye-catching look for Amanda that’s fun, flirty and sexy in a very subtle way. The tailoring – the waist darts and band that are a bit retro and very shapely – on this dress is perfect for Amanda’s figure.

Is there anything else we should know about you?
I am originally from North Bay Ontario and love to go home as much as possible to visit my mom and breath the fresh northern air! I love being outdoors and am most happy if I’m near a beach.
I’ve played in bands most of my life and realized in the last 5 or more years that I love playing the drums! They are currently piled up in my living room as my busy lifestyle doesn’t allow any room for music at the moment but I am not finished with that part of my life yet!!
Also, I am travelling to the UK, for the first time ever with CN Power next week to participate in a tournament in London. I haven’t travelled a ton in my lifetime and this will be my first time overseas! Eeep!! Wish us luck!!

 

 

Style Profile – Jenna Cloughley

In our eighth style profile series, we feature Jenna Cloughley, the Marketing Director and Product Partner Coordinator at Fresh Collective. Read on as she shares about her life, her thoughts on fashion, and what she does after hours.

“Jenna Cloughley is our Marketing Director and Product Partner Coordinator and what that means is she creates a lot of magic around Fresh Collective!  She finds new designers to partner with us, creates exciting events and marketing campaigns and curates the initial collections that enter our stores.  Jenna is a fearless leader, thinks big and a she’s a lot of fun to boot!  I’m thrilled that she has been on our team for more than a year now, and know we have many happy years ahead creating and shaping this company with Jenna as part of our team.”

– xo LJ

 

Name: Jenna Cloughley
Occupation: Marketing and Product at Fresh Collective
Age: 33
Lifestyle: hard working roller girl seeks to make good in the world.

 

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Dress: Shirt dress – Atelier B. $164.00
Brooch: Curious Oddities $24.00
Belt: Kimono Belt – Susanna Erazo $160.00
Shoes: Athena in cherry red by Miz Mooz $145.00

 

What’s a typical day like for you? None of my days are typical. If I’m not meeting with new designers, I’m organizing media opportunities or special partnerships for Fresh Collective, following up on emails and reviewing our social media conversations. I’m at fashion shows, networking events, or budget meetings. In the evenings, my schedule has some continuity. Sunday/Monday/Tuesday nights I can be found on my roller skates at the Bunker (home of Toronto Roller Derby) teaching our fresh meat or skating with CN Power, the Toronto All Star Team. Thursdays is a catch up on work night, and Friday/Saturday is date night with my hunky boyfriend.

 

What in your life is really important to you? My babe-a-licious boyfriend, my friends, my family and my teammates – at FC and in roller derby.

 

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Shirt: Marilyn denim blouse – Monkova. $198.00
Necklace: Locket – Curious Oddities. $42.00
Dress: Marjorie – Melow. $184.00
Shoes: Athena in Black – Miz Mooz. $145.00

 

What would you like to be remembered for? I would like to be remembered for making a difference, and for being a stand for women around the world to find their power, create lives they love and become who they want to be!

 

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion is my life! I spend my mornings on the TTC secretly looking at what women are wearing. Are they a FC customer? Do I think they would like the line I just looked at yesterday? Right now, I’m analyzing women’s winter boots. I find women in Toronto wear either a fashion boot (a stylish boot) or, they have on real, hard core winter boots with fluff out the top, like NO sign of winter is going to get into those boots. LOL. Looking at what they’re wearing and how they’re wearing it helps me to get clear about what kind of product we should be carrying at Fresh Collective.

 

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Necklace: Soutache Necklace – Victoria Sorkin. $80.00
Shirt: Monique Wrap Top – Bionic.  $59.00
Skirt: Rue Vine Skirt – Mandala Design. $78.00
Shoes: Lonna T-Bar – Hush Puppies. $100.00

 

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love our designers. I LOVE our designers. They are so creative and make beautiful pieces for women who live busy lives. They make quality pieces that build wardrobes. I am so lucky to be surrounded by all of this talent and have the wondrous fortune that these creative people trust me to help them reach the next level. I am inspired and honoured by this trust!

 

What do you have that you want to promote? I want to promote that we at Fresh Collective are always on the lookout for new, hot Canadian designers. If you are a Canadian designer and would like to have your line carried at Fresh Collective, please go to this link and complete our designer application. And of course I want to promote my love for Toronto Roller Derby. My team, CN Power will be playing March 22/23 in a huge tournament hosted right here in Toronto. You can find all the details about our games and get tickets at www.torontorollerderby.com

 

Is there anything else we should know about you? I have a mean knock out and draw back (come see roller derby if you want to know what that means!).