Cozy up in sweaters by Canadian Designers – (on sale too!)

Everyone’s got keeping warm on their mind these days!  Here we’re featuring a few of our favourite styles of sweaters by Canadian designers.  Check out the full online selection here and come into our stores for even more selection and great prices while supplies last!

2 way cardi

From Toronto designer Brenda Beddome, this Two Way Cardigan is such a hit that Brenda does a version every season.  This year it comes in a heathered super soft knit that’s lightweight and cozy.  It can be worn closed with the zip at the shoulder or open and drapey.  Not all sizes in all colours are left, so act fast if you want to add one of these to your closet!

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Gentle Fawn was a new line for us this season and a Kensington location exclusive. Based out of Vancouver this line was founded ten years ago by Daniel and Carla Hogg.  Here are two styles on sale now – The Heritage Sweater (left) and the Marble Sweater (right). Shop more Gentle Fawn styles here.

 

Sophie sweater

Mandala Design is known for modern fashion with a vintage vibe and this Sophie sweater is a perfect example of that.  This style reminds me of something Audrey Hepburn would have worn with capri pants, but it looks totally “today” at the same time!  Shop Sophie here online (and on sale!).

Flor

The Flor Cardigan by Mandala Design is a versatile and soft layering piece that will go with most everything in your wardrobe.  Shop Flor online here (on sale too!) and all Mandala Design here.

Thanks for tuning in for this special selection of sweaters by Canadian designers!  I hope you find something to keep you cozy in style through till March!

 

Style Profile – Fall Style and Inspiration

If you’d like to be featured in a Style Profile, get in touch.  We’d LOVE to hear from you!

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Our Style Profile is PACKED with style ideas and inspiration, all modelled by women from our community!  Our customers have a certain something- they’re busy, and awesome and inspiring – and that’s how our Style Profile was born!

Rebecca Collage

Name: Rebecca Earl
Occupation: Sleep Consultant, The Sugar Plum Sleep Co.
Age: 37
Lifestyle: Organized chaos

Look 1: Klatt Genesis top and Yoga jeans.
Look 2: Zigzag top by Mandala Design (comes in blue and red) and Gloria Flip Skirt (comes in red, purple and brown online) by Mandala Design. (More colours available in store). 
Look 3: Dania floral tunic by Desserts and Skirts and Essential leggings by Spanx (comes in black and umber)

In our stores, we often hear how well our clothes fit “real bodies” (as opposed to mannequins) – how they move and stretch to allow our customers to DO all the things they’re up to in our clothes!  So we show those outfits on women with a variety of fabulous shapes and sizes.  And women with real busy, fun and crazy lives to live in the clothes!

Alexandra Collage

Name: Alexandra Guerson
Occupation: Lecturer at the University of Toronto
Age: 40
Lifestyle: colourful, creative, urban

Look 1: Jo Slouch Top in lime (as shown).  Also available in black, purple, red, navy, and royal.  Sara Flip Skirt in Nitelite as shown.  Also in Rain and Lace Floral.  Top and skirt by Mandala Design.
Look 2: Brenda Beddome 2 way cardigan in charcoal (as shown).  Also available in wine, light grey and teal.  Shown with Yoga jeans.
Look 3: Dania floral tunic by Desserts and Skirts and Essential leggings by Spanx (comes in black and umber)

At the same time, our clothes are for women who want to look great, polished and professional while feeling like “themselves”.  (That’s what we hear every day in our stores: “I want to feel like ‘myself’ at work!”)

Susanna Collage

Name: Susanna Redekop
Occupation: Communications Coordinator for the West End Food Co-op
Age: 29
Lifestyle: Eco-conscious, passionate local foodie, type A personality trying to live a laid-back and low-maintenance lifestyle (it’s a daily challenge!) –

Look 1: Brenda Beddome 2 way cardigan in wine as shown.  Also available in light greycharcoal and teal.  With Essential leggings by Spanx (comes in black and umber) and a graphic tee from Yasmine Louis.
Look 2:  Deer head Dania Tunic by Desserts and Skirts. With Essential leggings by Spanx (comes in black and umber)
Look 3: Neighbourhood tee by Candi Factory (in-store exclusive) and Yoga jeans.

We’re so excited and inspired by our customers that we wanted to showcase (OK, show OFF!!) what they’re all about!  So Style Profiles give women in our community to promote their business, cause, project, blog, art, music or whatever it is that they want the world to know about!

Sarah Collage

Name: Sarah Couture McPhail
Occupation: Artist/Student/Community Organizer
Age: 41
Lifestyle: Creative urban mom with a streak of Riot Girl

Look 1: Alexia Top by Oom Ethikwear in grey and purple. Gloria Flip Skirt (comes in red, purple and brown online) by Mandala Design. (More colours available in store).
Look 2: Graphic Pullover by Yasmine Louis, Dressy Sweats by Encircled.
Look 3: Tatsumi dress in red, black and green by Annie 50

Do you have something you’d like the world to know about?  If you’d like to be featured in a Style Profile, get in touch.  We’re LOVE to hear from you!

Joanna Collage

Name: Joanna Warden
Occupation: Teacher /Blogger
Age: In my one part of my mind I’m still 17
Lifestyle: Now that my kids have grown up, I’m enjoying living like a student again.

Look 1: Brenda Beddome 2 way cardigan in wine as shown.  Also available in light greycharcoal and teal.  Gloria Flip Skirt (comes in red, purple and brown online) by Mandala Design. (More colours available in store).
Look 2: Top from a past season, Sara Flip Skirt in Nitelite as shown.  Also in Rain and Lace Floral.  Top and skirt by Mandala Design.  (Other prints of the skirt available in store.)
Look 3: Tunic by Desserts and Skirts.  Only available in store at this time. With Essential leggings by Spanx (comes in black and umber)

Featured MUST-HAVE – Brenda Beddome’s 2 way cardigan

Toronto designer Brenda Beddome makes a version of this sweater every year but THIS is her best version yet!

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Shop the 2 way sweater in charcoal here!  WHY?  Firstly, the versatility! It can be worn done up with the zipper at the shoulder or open and loose.  Here Jane and Allie from our fabulous Fresh Collective team show different looks for it, and on the right Siobhan from our Style Profile feature paired it with a graphic top from Yasmine Louis and a skirt from Mandala Design.

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Shop the 2 way cardigan in wine!   Secondly, the fabric!  This is THE most comfortable cardigan you will EVER own. To quote a customer that had the pleasure of being the first one to try one on… “It is so soft, you just want to cuddle yourself”. It really is THAT comfy cozy! Here we have the wine version modelled by three lovely Style Profile ladies – from left Veronica, Joanna and Susanna.

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Shop the 2 way cardigan in light grey!  Add this piece to your wardrobe and you’ll LOVE it.  It’ll be that sweater you reach for every chilly morning and you’ll find it goes with most everything!

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Shop the 2 way cardi in teal!  What are you waiting for??  We did sell out of last year’s version so order it now!  You really will love it.  We promise.

What it’s made of: 80% Polyester, 15% Rayon & 5% Spandex

How to care for it: Cold water wash, hang to dry.

Where it’s Made: Made in Canada

Style Profile – Andrea Claire

Name: Andrea Claire
Occupation: hair & makeup artist / www.aclairebeauty.com
Age: old enough to have been influenced by the 80s
Lifestyle: fashionably transient (I live in Singapore)

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Top: Saphir by Melow, $130; Skirt: Flower Explosion by Cameleon, $108; Bracelet: Queen and Spadina by Colleen Poitras, $36; Earrings: Part of the Grounded Collection by Colleen Poitras, $45.

 

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What’s a typical day like for you? My day doesn’t start without a jolt of caffeine, then it goes up from there. Day to day it changes, as a hairstylist and makeup artist it’s all highlights and haircuts to photoshoots to mom on the go

What in your life is really important to you? Honesty.

What would you like to be remembered for? Giving a shit.

What role does fashion play in your life? I work in fashion so it plays a major role in my life. I don’t just wear clothes. I’m addicted to style.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love that Fresh Collective houses a plethora of Canadian talent. I’ve always been a supporter of local designers and art.

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Dress: Circa by Studio Fresh, $189; Bracelet: Leather Cuff by Colleen Poitras, $48; Necklace: Part of the Grounded Collection by Colleen Poitras, $60.

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  I’m a hair and makeup artist from Canada and have been based in Singapore for 8 years. I’ve been doing hair and makeup for 25 years. You may have seen me on Stylin’ Gypsies or So Chic flashing my one-liners and tools for makeover shows. I’m represented by Judy Inc in Canada.

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Sweater: Orly by Studio Fresh, $130; Leggings by Brenda Beddome, $99; Bracelet by Bloomin’ Brilliant, $95; Purse: Alaya by Matt & Nat, $98.

 

Is there anything else we should know about you? I am a huge supporter of opportunities for women, locally and abroad. I tend to stack my beauty teams with women because in my years in the biz, life and global experiences, I really see how it’s a man’s world. Equality is not there yet. Please read about my work with Riverkids in Cambodia.

Where can people find you on social media?

Instagram

Twitter

FB Page

Periscope/globalbeauteh

Style Profile – Joanna Warden

Name: Joanna Warden
Occupation: Teacher /Blogger
Age: In my one part of my mind I’m still 17
Lifestyle: Now that my kids have grown up, I’m enjoying living like a student again.

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Sweater: Desserts and Skirts Tunic $110; Pants: Essential Leggings- SPANX, $99; Scarf: Black and White Infinity scarf, $35

What’s a typical day like for you? Teaching, student appointments, planning meetings, (when I can fit them in) — walking around the city, writing, hot yoga.

 What in your life is really important to you? Family (of course) but also a job that gives me the chance to express who I am every day.

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Top: Ruby Tank – Mandala Design, $64; Skirt: Sara Flip Skirt – Mandala Design, $78; Shoes: Elaine (Black), Miz Mooz, $190

(Above) – Joanna talks about what she’s passionate about: teaching and writing about teaching in her blog Teacherpants.

 What would you like to be remembered for?  Helping people see the world in a new way.

 What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion is fun as a spectator sport, but it is also one item in my professional tool box  I love to give the impression that I put that extra bit of effort into the way I look: it’s a way of standing out but also showing respect —  for my students, my co-workers, and my profession.

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Sweater: Two Way Cardigan- Brenda Beddome, $129; Skirt: Gloria Solid Flip Skirt- Mandala Design, $88; Shoes: Elaine Black- Miz Mooz, $190; Necklace: burfurtART, $56

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  The clothes give me the ease of mobility that I need to do my job well, but they still look amazing. I find that the clothes fit my body in a realistic way, that I’m not forcing myself into garments that weren’t designed for my body shape.  I’m much more comfortable physically, but shopping at  Fresh Collective has also greatly enhanced my self-esteem.

What do you have that you want to promote?  My blog Teacherpants –it’s a very personal exploration of the experience of teaching.  I’m not a big educational theory person:  I’m trying to get at how teaching feels as an emotional, even physical, experience. My goal is to write posts that have relevance beyond the classroom, so you don’t have to be a teacher to relate.

Where can people find you on social media?

My blog, Teacherpants https://joannalw.wordpress.com/

Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+

 

 

 

Style Profile – Whitney Dowers

Name: Whitney Dowers
Occupation: Event Manager
Age: 28
Lifestyle: Flexible

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Dress: Boho dress floral -Studio Fresh, $179; Shoes: Stella – El Naturalista; Necklace: Curious Oddites; Bracelet: BurfurtART

 

What’s a typical day like for you? It completely depends on the projects that I’m managing. It will usually start with a 7 am wake up, a bowl of protein enriched cereal and a mad dash to finish hair and make-up so that I can get back to my beloved laptop. From there I check my calendar and head off to any site visits or client meetings I might have that day. You can usually find me glued to my laptop between meetings at The Spoke Club on King West to get in some research or tend to emails.

What in your life is really important to you? It’s probably frowned upon if I say my laptop so I won’t….without a doubt my husband is really important to me. He inspires me to be more creative and to master my craft like he has mastered his (he’s a professional Barber in Yorkville at Axe & Hatchet).

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Top: Blouson top – Brenda Beddome, $79 ; Skirt: Dandelion Skirt – Desserts and Skirts, $105, Ring: Curious Oddities; Shoes: Stella – El Naturalista

 

What would you like to be remembered for? Client Service. A past CEO of mine once gave me the best advice. He said you are nothing if people don’t think you really listened to them. Clients might walk away from a project and say Whitney was prepared, Whitney never wasted my time, Whitney was truly creative but when they say Whitney really listened I know I have achieved their vision and met their needs.

What role does fashion play in your life? It plays a huge role. Fashion is a way to express your identity and in the world of events we are constantly dressing to the occasion. Working an event is very different from attending one and I have outfits that cover everything in between.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? The clothes are functional. For my industry we have to be able to load in every kind of decor but still look presentable when clients pop in to check on things. Fresh Collective gives so many options for comfortable fashion.

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Top: Spirit top- Advika $95; Bracelet: BurfurtART; Shoes: Stella – El Naturalista

 

What do you have that you want to promote?  My company DianeSinclair Events is a full service boutique event planning firm that currently services philanthropic fundraisers, marketing agencies and private celebrations like weddings and milestone parties. Check us out on instagram: @dianesinclairevents or twitter: @WeddingsDS or shoot me an email at whitney@dianesinclairevents.com

Is there anything else we should know about you? Random fact. I designed and produced carnival costumes for 10 years for the annual Scotiabank Toronto Carnival. I now use those design skills to produce creative events.

Where can people find you on social media? Already above…

Style Profile: Shelly Burton

Name: Shelly Burton
Occupation: Reiki Practitioner & Family Wellness Specialist
Age: 29
Lifestyle: Free flowing

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Cardigan: Spinosus Cardigan- Jennifer Fukushima, $269; Top: Charlie Slouch Tee – Mandala Design $64; Necklace: Marakia – BurfurtART, $76; Pants: Prada cropped pants – Brenda Beddome, $139; Shoes: Stella Wide Strap, $204; Bag: Velo – Matt and Natt, $96

 

What’s a typical day like for you?
I wake up, take a flower essence and spray myself with chakra sprays and grounding blends, go through a whole bunch of Reiki sessions, and do my best to respond to everyone! Throughout the day, I take time to walk, breathe, eat delicious organic food, and connect with my girlfriends. I regularly check in with Spirit about what I am guided to do and what is in the highest good for me, action wise.

 What in your life is really important to you?
Living my truth, and harmonizing hearts.

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Dress: Cynthia – Jennifer Fukushima, $169; Shoes: Stella Skinny Strap – El Naturalista $189; Necklace: Love Montreal $30

 What would you like to be remembered for? Creating a new wave of change in the world, by harmonizing hearts and inspiring youth to express their creative, brilliant and whole selves, so that they are able to create a life that serves them and spread their light into world, inspiring harmony.

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion plays a huge role in my life! I lived in England for 4 years, and really miss all the amazing clothes over there. Fashion is a way of expressing yourself! Your uniqueness!

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Dress: Nicole Knit Dress – Kabuki, $189; Necklace: Curious Oddities, $40; Shoes: Croche – El Naturalista, $184; Wallet: Connoly – Matt and Nat, $ 76

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love how the clothes are comfortable, unique and trendy. This is an essential and hard to find combination as a healer! Fresh Collective is a life saver in this regard! Plus I love to support local, boutique shops.

What do you have that you want to promote?

Yes! On June 6 & 7th, I’ll be hosting a special Healing with Horses & Reiki workshop with Wendy Golding, Founder of Horse Spirit Connections.

Why Horses? Working with horses is a fun, gentle, and incredibly powerful way to accelerate the healing journey. Horse work allows you to bring things to the surface that might otherwise be difficult to process. Combined with Reiki, it is then possible to let go of emotions that have been challenging or limiting you from expressing your highest potential and true inner light, with ease!

There’s only a few spots left! Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity, to transform your life from the inside out! A $175 deposit reserves your space. Register online today here!

 Is there anything else we should know about you?

I am basically a gypsy.
I love horses, dancing in drum circles, and African house music.
It is an absolute honour and privilege to witness my clients blossom. I am so grateful for my work, each and every day!

 

Where can people find you on social media?

Twitter: @saburton

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reikiwithshelly

 

Jane recommends: The Charlie Slouch Tee

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Today I’m featuring another piece from Mandala Design – the Charlie Slouch Tee. So simple and beautifully cut and draped to fit and flatter so many body types. It comes in a rainbow of colours at all of our locations.

Buy the Charlie Slouch Tee online here: BUY NOW

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Jane shows off three different looks with the Charlie tee and simple black jeans.

This piece is a fantastic wardrobe builder.  At FC, we want you to be choosing versatile pieces you’ll love for a long time and be able to wear in many different ways.

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Here, Samantha Hurwitz, author of Leadership is Half the Story, shows off a Charlie Slouch Tee with a Sara Flip Print Skirt also by Mandala Design.  See Samantha’s Style Profile here.

This one is a no-brainer staple to get for your wardrobe- so much so that many of our customers grab several in a variety of colours. You can mix it match it with pants, skirts, blazers, sweaters. Dress it up or down for work or play.

Just check out all the ways we’ve styled it and get inspired!

Buy the Charlie Slouch Tee online here: BUY NOW

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Here Rachel Zuckerbrot, our Style Coach at Kensington, pairs the Charlie tee with a BurfurtART necklace and diamond patterned pants from Brenda Beddome.

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Angela Osmond, our Store Manager at Roncesvalles shows off three looks with the Charlie Tee.

 

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Style Profile: Hollie Hoadley

Name: Hollie Hoadley
Occupation: President, Lead Strategist of Creative Solutions Consulting (Entrepreneur and Professional Problem Solver)
Age: Younger than Betty White and older than Justin Beiber. Just started seeing wrinkles but no grey hair.

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Dress: Heidi -Mandala Design, $ 168; Necklace: Liberty & Love $ 32; Shoes: Amsterdam – The Art Company, $ 230

 

Lifestyle: Self-proclaimed hustler. Perfectionist. Networker. Blonde joke advocate. Loves bacon. Super sporty athlete but wants to eat tacos too.

What’s a typical day like for you? 8am alarm goes off. I hit snoozes every 9 mins while checking Twitter and Instagram in bed until just after 9am. 9:05am get pumped for the day ahead. Eat breakfast in front of computer while checking emails, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Work on the computer until I realize that food should probably happen…and soon. Shove food in. Repeat until supper. All of a sudden it is 12am and I should probably stop working now. I write a list of tasks for tomorrow right before a shower. And finally bedtime….but not before checking Instagram just one more time. And sometimes I even throw in meetings throughout the day, in which case I shower and get all dolled up.

 What in your life is really important to you? Family. It is the most important thing someone can have. Even if they aren’t biological, you adopt people into your life and they become your family. I am not sure what I would do without these jerks. Love you all.

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Cardigan: Cardamine Cardigan – Jennifer Fukushima, $ 169; Top: Charlie Slouch Tee – Mandala Design, $ 58; Pants: Diamond Cropped Pant – Brenda Beddome $139; Bracelet: Leather Bracelet – BurfurtART, $58; Necklace: BurfurtART, $ 34; Purse: Moxy – Matt & Nat, regular price $96, now 20% off at 76.80

 What would you like to be remembered for? I used to think I wanted to be remembered for my butt. I realized that those things aren’t the most important things anymore. Now I want to be remembered for my laugh, my smile and how I make people feel when we interact. I hope to inspire people and leave my mark in some moment in their life. And hey…..if they remember my butt, then……bonus!

What role does fashion play in your life? I have gone through MANY style changes over the years. From tomboy to miniskirts and all the way to business suits. I never really knew my style. I knew what looked good on me and what colors brought out my baby blues but not a defined style. It has taken me a long time but I think I know who I am now. I don’t follow trends. I don’t spend thousands on brand name purses but I choose items that will stand the test of time. Fashionable items that are a bit different that are exactly me!

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love that they support local. They are in great locations and the staff are sooooo helpful! Great selection of quality clothes and accessories. And for doing things like this!

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Dress: Patti Shirtdress- Mandala Design, $178; Bracelet: Leather Bracelet, BurfurtART, $58; Necklace: BurfurtART, $34; Shoes: April – Miz Mooz, $125

What do you have that you want to promote?  As an entrepreneur, I find it hard to have real connections with other business people. All of the networking events seem the same. Financial advisors, Multi Level Marketing reps, people only attending to get business or free food and drinks. They never attend to connect; to make actual, real connections. A colleague and I decided to start a Meetup group for those reasons. It’s called ‘Women Behind the Business”. If you are an entrepreneur who wants to replace your current board of directors (children, pets, family members) with people who are walking in your shoes, if you want to learn from the collective experiences and knowledge of this group, and show genuine support and respect for bold women like yourself, then this group is for you. Similar to a Mastermind group, we will be bringing people together with different experiences and ideas to collaborate, brainstorm, and provide support to help the participants overcome obstacles. For business owners Masterminding can help you model other successful entrepreneurs, make you accountable for achieving your goals, and provide you with your own personal experienced advisory group. Our meetups will be informational and focused yet lighthearted and fun.   First Meetup – April 21st

Is there anything else we should know about you? I genuinely love being an entrepreneur and helping other entrepreneurs. I love going for coffee and brainstorming business ideas. I love seeing those ideas come to fruition. And wait….did I mention I love bacon?

 Where can people find you on social media? EVERYWHERE!!!

LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/hollie-hoadley/54/1a8/23b

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/CSCheadquartersTO

Instagram: https://instagram.com/holliehoadley/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HollieHoadleyTO/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CSCheadquarters

 

Ms. Haselgrove’s Picks and Tips – Brenda Beddome’s 3-way Cardigan

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Toronto based designer Brenda Beddome created a best selling cardigan last fall that could be worn 3 ways, and thank GOODNESS she is recreating it in a spring version!  A lightweight, versatile spring sweater is a perfect wardrobe builder and this one hits all the marks!  I know this cardigan is sure to be a best-seller this spring!

Three reasons you’ll LOVE it!

  1. It’s lightweight!  It’s so light and airy, you can easily pack it in your purse to bring along for the evening or in a carry-on bag for travel.
  2. The fabric is heathered, which gives it some interest but keeps it neutral enough to go with most prints.
  3. It’s so versatile! With 3 ways to wear it (open, buttoned and tied) it offers a LOT of versatility for styling.

Need to have it?  Come in to any of our three locations, or order online here.

Here you can see a demonstration of how the buttons work to transform the look.

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Three way cardigan – Brenda Beddome, $99 Colours available: white, grey, blue

Check out this variety of looks to get a sense of all the ways you could work this piece into your spring wardrobe!

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Cute, eh? To buy come in to any of our three locations, or order online here.

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