KNOWSHOW: August 2012

From the KNOWSHOW website:

Established in 2006, the KNOWSHOW is a privately held bi-annual tradeshow catering to Canada’s top lifestyle, fashion and action sports retailers and brands. Each January and August wholesalers of selected brands and their reps premier new products to the nations best retailers and media during a three day show held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

More great stuff from KNOWSHOW. Going into 2013, we’re seeing a continuance of the handcrafted, artisanal, straight-out-the-haberdashery aesthetic — leathers, suede, wood and wool in natural, earthy tones. Noticed several brands are also going with leaf/bird prints, like the Herschel and Burton bags pictured below. Standout to me this year was Farmfresh, a Saskatoon-based brand that has only been around for a month. Great textures, clean lines and silhouettes, classic colours. Timeless. Looking forward to seeing more from them.

A few of my favourites:

Farmfresh men’s eyewear

Farmfresh Brooks bag in chocolate

Farmfresh Rail bag in charcoal

Farmfresh wooden iPhone skins

Jeremy Scott for Adidas

Jeremy Scott for Adidas

Obey accessories

Herschel bird print bags

Penfield shoes

Tavik ruffled bikini bottom

Burton bird print backpack


Sitka soft leather ties


Vans Off The Wall

“Must… tweet…”

If you’re at all interested in this stuff, I’d definitely recommend checking out the next one when it rolls through town. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s coming down the line from not just major, powerhouse brands, like Adidas and Vans, but up-and-coming, local independents, like Farmfresh.

Special thanks to Malania Dela Cruz.

Missoni for Target collection premieres Sept. 13

I’m not really a fan of patterned prints, and so I’ve never been big on luxury home and fashion brand Missoni, with its signature zig-zags. But I do like the idea of high-end designers teaming up with stores to launch affordable collections (e.g. Karl Lagerfeld for Macy’sVersace for H&M) and so I thought I’d throw this up on the bloggy blog.

A few of the Missoni for Target pieces — which will include “bedding, dinnerware, throw blankets, stationery, bicycles and outdoor furniture” and “range from $3 to $600” — from the LA Times blog:

Bath towels ($10.99 to $12.99) and shower curtains ($34.99)
Four-piece sectional furniture set, $599.99
Five-piece stacking espresso set, $39.99

Below are a few of my favorites from the Lagerfeld for Macy’s collection ($50 to $170) launching Aug. 31. Note to self: Hit Seattle then.

(What’s up with the poses?)

Custom necklaces

From my friend, the curiously multi-talented Heather White, aka TheWhiteHeat, recently of Vancouver but now of Calgary. I’m a big fan of chunky, metal jewellery — chains, cuffs and rings worn alone as statement pieces in gun metal, black —  and I like the contrast of the delicate silk florals of the necklace in the top pic. They are created as one-of-a-kind pieces. Available by special order at

From the We Love Coloring blog.