Style Profile – Tammy Gunn

Name: Tammy Gunn
Occupation: Chief of FUN & FITNESS at the Live OUT LOUD Movement
Age: 38 going on 21 years old!
Lifestyle:  Active 

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Shop this look!  Hat here. Top here in green, black and blue.  Bag by Matt & Nat here. Shop these shoes in plum and grey.  (Skirt is in store only at this time)

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Shop these shoes in plum and grey.

What’s a typical day like for you?  I get up in the morning and start with walking my 6 year old boxer/or running him, then off to emails, creating the day and selecting music and choroegraphy, followed by some media marketing and a shot of espresso!  The daytime is spent alot on the business side and then night because zumba ZUMBA ZUMBA!!

 What in your life is really important to you?  Family is very important to me and so is the future for ALL children in the world! 

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All pieces shown here available at our Queen street location.  Hoodie by Oom Ethikwear, leggings by Fate Designs and Boots by El Naturalista available in black and red.

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What would you like to be remembered for?  Making a difference in people’s lives.  

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion is a statement of creativity and personality.  I am usually in workout gear but to step into a funky dress or pant suit makes me feel sexy and successful!

 What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  Honestly, in my experience, it is the staff. They can put things together that I never would have imagined would work. I usually walk into the changeroom thinking “really? Are they sure about this?” and then I step out feeling and looking AMAZING! I never could have that transformation on my own!

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Shop this top here and more tops from Yasmine Louis here.  Shop Yoga Jeans here.

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These boots by El Naturalista available at our Queen street location only at this time.

What do you have that you want to promote?   My business is all about empowering women to live a stressfree live and feel confident sexy and FABULOUS!! I do this through teaching zumba fitness and laughter yoga. My classes are created in a way that every muscles is worked, you are laughing alot in class and you walk out completely sweaty and smiling from head to toe! First class is always free so there is no commitment. I think my classes speak for themselves and leave you wanting more! Our schedule is online check me out on You Tube….put in Tammy Gunn and many videos (including my boxer dancing) will pop up!

Is there anything else we should know about you? I am easily approachable and do lifestyle and health coaching for those who want a little more than just the fitness component.

Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook

Twitter 

Website

 

Behind the Scenes with Toronto Artist Yasmine Louis

There’s always something new to report with Toronto artist Yasmine Louis.  In the past we’ve told you about her public art commissions.  This summer we visited her in her studio for some video interviews and behind the scenes insights.

Here we meet Yasmine, see her studio and her process.  Each shirt is hand silkscreened by her, here in her unbelievably cool studio right in the heart of Toronoto’s art and fashion district.  

Now that her Fall collection is in the stores, we know you want to SHOP!  So here you go! You can browse selections from her collection here and buy online, or visit any of our stores to see the full collection and try it on.

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Shop these tops: red and blue.  *(Please note online prices include taxes and shipping.)

Here Jane shows us layering options for the short sleeved top to take it into fall and winter.
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Shop this top here!    *(Please note online prices include taxes and shipping.)

 

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Shop these tops: black (left), light grey, black (right).   *(Please note online prices include taxes and shipping.)

Yasmine’s designs are truly wearable art.  Customers love the way the images and phrases work together to evoke emotions, and purchases are often made because of the way the design makes the wearer feel.  Here Yasmine shares her creative process and how she comes up with those words and images.

 

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Shop these sweaters: purple (left), purple (middle), navy.   *(Please note online prices include taxes and shipping.)

Don’t think a graphic tee has to only be casual.  Check out how great it looks with a blazer and brass necklace.  You’ll be the coolest gal at the office!

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Shop this sweater here!   *(Please note online prices include taxes and shipping.)

As well as a hub for creativity in design, Fresh Collective is an entrepreneurial culture.  It’s a small but growing business working innovatively with other small and growing businesses to succeed together.  Here Yasmine shares some of the experience of being and artist and a business person.

 

Thanks for joining us for this visit with Yasmine Louis in her studio!  Please stop by one of our stores soon to see the full collection of Yasmine’s tops!

 

Style Profile – Kathryn Boyd

Name: Kathryn Boyd
Occupation: Holistic Practitioner and Artist
Age: 43
Lifestyle: Urban Hippie

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Shop the Ori dress here as shown in floral and in black with teal sleeves.   Shop more styles from Studio Fresh here.

What’s a typical day like for you? There is no typical day for me, but it always starts the same way – being filled with gratitude for all my blessings. I am always busy, whether it is seeing a client, running a workshop, teaching a class or creating something artful.

What in your life is really important to you? Love – not this hopeless romantic love, but the love we all share. This universal love and the energy connected to it that keeps us whole. Love is all that exists, everything else is an illusion. 

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Shop the circa dress in white (as shown) or in black.  Shop more styles from Studio Fresh here.

What would you like to be remembered for? Providing light in someone’s life. Whether through a wellness journey, being a friend or a simple kind energy exchange.

What role does fashion play in your life? A huge role. Fashion is art, it is expression of one’s self. The way you put yourself together is an extension of your personality. Own it and love it – and everyone else will follow.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? What is there not to love?! The designers are not only super talented, but the the ones I’ve met over the years are truly lovely people. The staff and the environment are wonderful AND everytime I go in the store I am made to feel beautiful – and who doesn’t love that?

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Tee by Yasmine Louis.  Jeans from Yoga Jeans.  (Check out our Yoga Jeans sale on in our Kensington and Roncesvalles locations till October 31, 2015!)

What do you have that you want to promote?  I want to promote my whole wellness package. This holistic journey that I navigate with my clients to help them align with their higher selves through discovering their purpose and increasing their vibrations here on earth through living authentically.

Is there anything else we should know about you? I am dedicated to my clients and am so excited to watch them evolve and remove obstacles in their lives.

Where can people find you on social media?

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Designer Spotlight on: Artist Yasmine Louis

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StreetARToronto or StART is a pro-active program that aims to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in adding beauty and character to neighbourhoods across Toronto, while counteracting graffiti vandalism and its harmful effect on communities. Yasmine Louis is one of the artists invited to participate.

 

Yasmine Louis designs the line of super popular silkcreened tops that our customers LOVE.  I always tell customers that Yasmine is a fine artist so you really are buying a piece of wearable art when you buy her tops.  The other day Yasmine sent us this email:

I was selected as one of the artist to paint one of the traffic light box for the Outside the Box project by StreetArtToronto. I just finished it yesterday, in front of the Alliance Française…photos attached!

 

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Artist Yasmine Louis at work making public art!

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Interested in owning a piece of wearable art by Yasmine Louis?  Check our any of our three locations for an assortment of tops to choose from.  Yasmine makes only a few of a kind and replenishes often, so the variety is always changing!

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Here are three examples of the popular off-the-shoulder short sleeve tee.

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Here Vanessa (right) shows off one version of the super popular summer tank by Yasmine Louis. Notice the distinctively Toronto photo? Many of her tops have recognizable Toronto scenes which make them a great way to show off your Toronto pride, great gifts or souvenirs.

 

Curious about the life of an artist?  Yasmine shared with us the step by step of her process in printing the shirts! It takes a lot of work and some messiness!  Below are some highlights but check out the step-by-step of the process here: Yasmine Creative Process.

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Style Profile – Rashelle

Name: Rashelle
Occupation: Freelance Multimedia Artist
Age: I know how to act like an adult…I think?
Lifestyle: I would probably have to say my lifestyle is fairly free spirited and spontaneous!

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Dress: Patti – Mandala Design, $178; Shoes: Joni heel – Miz Mooz, $136 (regularly $170)

 

What’s a typical day like for you? There is no typical day! One day I could be tattooing works of art on skin, another I could be working on a commissioned oil painting on canvas, the next doing make-up and hair styling for a Scottish-Jewish-Gay wedding! Or, perhaps a day off at The Beach? Who knows!

What in your life is really important to you? I know it’s cliche’d, but my friends and family. They support me and encourage me. They keep me going and make it all worth it. Also my two fantastic cats, Ralph & Paul.Freedom. Pizza. Cooking in general actually, but definitely pizza. Even better, freedom pizza.

…and of course, the ability to create art!

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Dress: Lexi – Mandala Design $148, Shoes: Joni Heel – Miz Mooz, $136 (regular price $170)

 

What would you like to be remembered for? Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a famous artist like Picasso or Dali (both favourites and super inspirational to me) where they were able to be recognized for their talents *within* their lifetime and thereafter. I wanted to be just like them, building a career out of their passion. It would be pretty amazing to be remembered for my art once I’m gone.

What role does fashion play in your life? Fashion has always been a part of who I am. Throughout the years I have enjoyed being a sort of chameleon with all the different styles, expressing my moods through clothing/hair/makeup from day to day.

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective? I love the unique array of styles, colours, the friendly service and don’t forget they support independent local designers!

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Top: Yasmine Louis, $65; Jeans: Yoga Jeans- Second Denim Co., $120: Bracelet Colleen Poitras; Shoes: Joni Heel- Miz Mooz, $136 (regular price $170)

 

What do you have that you want to promote?
Inspired by scenes from the cult classic film, The Shining, I have created 7 multimedia works of art. All pieces are done on an old Ikea desk or dresser panel – reused and repurposed using oil & acrylic paints, Col-erase pencils, graphite, pyrography (wood burning), carving/sanding (rotary/Dremel), collage, and more!

It was a four month project with countless hours of work involved.

6 out of 7 pieces are still on display at Cardinal Rule restaurant at 5 Roncesvalles Ave until the end of June.

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“Ebony Goddess” – Oil paints and varnish on an old 5 foot Ikea desk top.

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“Jack” Pyrography, collage, Col-Erase pencil, oil paint, stucco gel and varnish on an old Ikea desk panel.

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“Dick Holloran – The Cook” – Pyrography stipple, Col-Erase pencil, graphite, acrylic paints and varnish on an old Ikea desk panel. (CLOSE UP)

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“Danny Torrance” – Pyrography, oil paints, carving/sanding(Dremel/rotary tool), acrylic paints, marker and varnish on an old Ikea desk panel.

Prints as well as the original pieces are available for purchase in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SquidworxMedia

 Is there anything else we should know about you? I also have been doing quality custom tattoos in all styles for the past ten years under the name Squid Inx Tattoos. I work out of a private, by appointment only studio – you can book and view photo galleries by visiting www.SquidInxTattoos.com.

 Where can people find you on social media?https://www.facebook.com/SquidworxMedia

https://www.facebook.com/SquidInxTattoos

https://instagram.com/rashellesquidinx/

https://twitter.com/SquidInxTattoos

 

 

Fresh Collective Style Profile – Yvonne Bambrick

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Top: Slouch tee – Yasmine Louise $65
Jeans: Yoga Jeans – Second Denim $120
Necklace: girliepearlies – BurfurtART $46

Name: Yvonne Bambrick
Occupation: Urban Cycling Consultant, Photographer, Coordinator of the Forest Hill Village BIA
Age: 38

What’s a typical day like for you?

There’s nothing typical about my days. I’ve got such a wide variety of things that come up from week to week – from a photo shoot across town, to a meeting in a local cafe, emails (always and throughout the day), helping a relative get to a Dr.’s appointment, site-meetings, glass of wine in the market, an evening lecture… I’m regularly amazed at just how much can fit into a day, but I have no doubt that I would never be able to get as much done without my trusty bicycle. Predictable travel times and no traffic – works for me!

 What in your life is really important to you?

Friends, family, my bicycle and my camera – in whatever order best suits my daily schedule

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Coat: Sacha – Soia and Kyo $445
Sweater: Apiomorphic tunic – Jennifer Fukushima $199
Necklace: girliepearlies – BurfurtART $48
Jeans: Yoga Jeans – Second Denim $120

What would you like to be remembered for?

I’d love to be remembered for the contributions I’ll continue to make to the livability and enjoyment of my hometown Toronto, and for being a fiercely loyal and reliable friend.

What role does fashion play in your life?

Fashion trends aren’t something I follow, but I like to look well put together while also being practically dressed for riding a bike everywhere. I have my own style that evolves with the pieces that come my way via clothing swaps, or that I find of occasional shopping excursions with my style icon, and dearest buddy, Melanie.

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Dress: Mona Dress – Studio Fresh – $189

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

I try to buy locally made everything and can always count on Fresh Collective to have beautiful, flattering clothes that won’t go out of style, whatever that means 😉

What do you have that you want to promote?

I just wrote a book about how to ride a bicycle in the city and I’d love to get it into as many hands as possible! Although this book is aimed at new and would-be riders, there’s plenty of useful information in it for people who are already comfortable on the roads. The Urban Cycling Survival Guide comes out in March 2015, but you can pre-order it online (see link below!).  Better yet, why not ask your local bookstore if they plan to carry it! A great gift for any bike-lovers on your holiday gift list 😉

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Click here to pre-order!

 

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I’m a long time volunteer in Kensington Market and am one of the co-creators of Pedestrian Sundays which just wrapped the 11th season of car-free community events!

If you’re looking for someone to photograph your upcoming holiday party, conference or headshot, I’m your gal. Some of my work can be found here.

 Where can people find you on social media?

@yvonnebambrick on Twitter.

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Fresh Collective Style Profile – Laura Spink

I became a fan of Laura’s band The Young Novelists after seeing them share the stage with the band my husband plays in (Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins).   Their music is great (check it out!) and following their activity on Facebook I could see they were travelling a lot and playing lots of gigs all over the place.  What I didn’t know until I got to know her better was that Laura also is a mom and has a full time career as a scientist!  Let’s learn a little more about this fabulous busy, inspiring and accomplished lady!  – Laura-Jean, CEO and Founder of Fresh Collective

Name: Laura Spink
Occupation: Vocalist and percussionist in Toronto-based folk-rock band The Young Novelists and hydrogeologist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Age: A good age.
Lifestyle: So busy! But in a good way! I dress pretty casually during the day, but when I perform I dress up.

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Top: Erika – Mandala Design $78
Skirt: Jupiter – Annie 50 $145
Shoes – Lonna Mary Jane – Hush Puppies $100

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m so not a morning person, so on a typical weekday when I’m not playing a gig, I force myself out of bed, have a quick shower, throw on something work appropriate, kiss my husband and son goodbye and dash out the door to catch the bus to my day job downtown. After work I come home and spend time with my son until his bedtime around eight. Then depending on the night, I’ll either have rehearsal, hunker down in front of the computer and do administrative band things (endless emails, social media stuff, graphic design), or go out to see live music and catch up with friends. There is so much live music going on on any given night in Toronto; it’s really quite amazing!

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Jacket: Monilifera Blazer – Jennifer Fukushima $379
Top: Yasmine Louis $55
Jeans: Yoga Jean (High Rise Skinny) $120
Boots: Laura’s own

What in your life is really important to you?

Spending time with my four year old son Simon is the most precious thing. He is the most amazing person I know. But it’s also important to my husband and I that Simon sees his parents do what they love doing, which means that sometimes we’re away from home playing music (and our he gets to hang out with his grandparents). It’s a balance and we’re always reassessing how to make it work so we’re all happy.

What role does fashion play in your life?

Honestly, I feel somewhat overwhelmed by fashion a lot of the time. I know what I like on other people, but I feel totally overwhelmed when I go shopping for clothes. I’m a lot more confident when it comes to the dresses I perform in though. When I was in grade nine, my grandmother let my sister and I raid her closet, since then I’ve always loved that 50s and 60s vibe. When I play I generally wear one of my grandmother’s dresses or a vintage inspired dress from one of the independent clothing shops around town. Dressing up helps put me in a different headspace.

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Dress: Jayne Retro Shirt Dress – Mandala Design $138
Shoes: Adah ankle boots – Miz Mooz $210 (now on sale for $168)

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?

The folks who work there are so great at helping style challenged people like me put together an outfit. Plus the clothes they carry are mostly independent Canadian designers, which I love.

What do you have that you want to promote? 

The Young Novelists are playing a residency at the Cameron House (408 Queen St West) from 8-10pm every Monday in November (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th). We’re also putting the finishing touches on our new album, which will be release in the Spring, and we’re planning a big old party to celebrate!

Is there anything else we should know about you?

I was a pretty good triple jumper and 200 metre sprinter back in high-school.

Where can people find you on social media?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Style Profile – Tammy Gunn

I met Tammy for the first time at a course I was taking, and immediately fell in love with her energy and zest for life.  She is amazing, inspiring and fun to be around.  I figured she’d be a perfect model for Fresh Collective, as her whole way of being embodies what Fresh Collective is all about, and as you can see from the pictures, she did an amazing job!  – Laura-Jean Bernhardson, Founder and CEO of Fresh Collective

Name: Tammy Gunn
Occupation: Owner/Instructor Fitness Company – Live Out Loud Movement
Age: 37
Lifestyle:  Healthy/Adventure

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Dress: Julie dress – Bionic, $99 (leopard)
Shoes: Ellie shoes – Miz Mooz, $ 155

Style Coach notes: Tammy LOVED this sassy little leopard number that fits and flatters in all the right places.  A perfect dress for date night, this also works for those occasions that she needs a business casual look.  With a tank or camisole under to tone down the low neck, and a cardigan or fitted blazer over, this look is perfect for teaching or an office environment.

What’s a typical day like for you? I fitness dance for about 5 hours a day!

What in your life is really important to you? Family/Fitness/Friends

 What would you like to be remembered for? Making a difference for others

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Want to have fun rediscovering fashion and learning what looks best on you? Book our complimentary Perfect Fit Wardrobe Makeover today!  Our Fresh Collective Style Coaches will style you up from head to toe in outfits that suit your figure, your colouring and your lifestyle!  Let Fresh Collective make shopping a breeze for you!

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What role does fashion play in your life? Gotta be funky and fun ‘cuz that is who I am!

What do you love about shopping at Fresh Collective?  Since being in the fitness industry for quite some time and aging along the way, I lost touch with what my “out of fitness clothes look” looked like.  I have been uncomfortable in putting on anything other than fitness gear.  What I love about shopping at Fresh Collective is the experience of the people working there along with the clothes.  Feeling comfortable enough to share with them how I have been feeling and to let them in on my personality had them support me in picking things out I never would have tried on but once I was wearing them….I never wanted to take them off! The clothes are comfortable, fashionable and the staff just make easy to have fun and find your groove and style. They listen.  Makes me want to dress up more often knowing there is awesome clothes out there for me!

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Dress: Venice dress – Studio Fresh, $169
Shoes: Ellie shoes – Miz Mooz, $155

Style coach notes: Many women don’t wear dresses and get stuck in a jeans and tee shirt rut because their lifestyle is casual, but a dress like this is even more comfortable and actually takes less effort to get ready for the day!  With a dress there is only one decision to make!

What do you have that you want to promote?   I am all about empowering women to have fun and have a great workout. Everyone should be able to feel great and have fun doing it.  That’s what my Zumba and Laughter Yoga classes are all about: empowering women to love every minute of their lives!   I want to promote my company and my classes: WWW.LIVEOUTLOUDMOVEMENT.COM.

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Dress: Drape 14 dress – Studio Fresh $179
Shoes: Ellie shoes – Miz Mooz, $ 155

Style Coach notes:  Aside from her fitness career, Tammy is a part-time Course Supervisor in a personal and professional training and development company.  She needs business casual clothes that still suit her personality for that role, and we had a lot of fun finding dresses that were comfortable, stylish, polished and professional, but still very “Tammy”!

 Is there anything else we should know about you?  I am super happy to be a part of this!  I also work in schools as well as empowering young women to love fitness!

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Top: Long sleeve batwing Tee – Yasmine Louis, $ 55
Jeans: High Rise Ankle Jeans, Yoga Jeans by Second Denim, $ 115
Necklace: Myka Jewellery, $199
Bracelet: Myka Jewellery, $ 189

Style coach notes: Tammy’s lifestyle is very casual, yet these orange jeans and fashionable tee-shirt, as well as the great shoes and jewellery elevate a casual and comfortable outfit to one that stands out and is stylish too.

 

 

What to Wear Wednesday – End of Summer Chill

What to Wear Wednesday - End of summer Chill
It’s not over yet, but summer has definitely taken a turn for the chilly this week! Grab a warm beverage and keep comfortable in some of our greatest pieces of the season, with many 25% off!
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Jeans: Yoga Jeans $125 (now $93.75)
Hush Puppies Ceil Slip-ons $100 (now $75)

Sweet Summer Sale

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It’s that time of year again! Fresh Collective has knocked down prices on some of your favourite Spring and Summer looks. Save up to 25% on some of our most popular designers including Address Apparel, Mandala DesignStudio Fresh, and Rita Di Cesare!

You don’t want to wait when we have a sale this great! With one-offs and limited sizes and colours left from our Spring/Summer collections, you’ll want to get into your favourite store today to get your hands on that peice you’ve been eyeing up all season long.

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