In a flutter for spring fashion Blackbird Studios offers an inside look at designing their new line of dresses and accessories
Mar31

In a flutter for spring fashion Blackbird Studios offers an inside look at designing their new line of dresses and accessories

By: Hafsa Sakhi As the warm weather approaches, Patricia Lynn Bebee of Blackbird Studios is busy preparing her James Street North store for a new line of spring/summer fashion. Their aesthetic is feminine with a bit of edginess, specializing in dresses, all of which are printed and hand-sewn. The women’s clothing store and fashion label has been running for nine years. Business partners Patricia Lynn Bebee and Kerry Wade are currently...

RISK: Mani K. Jassal Designer blends cultures to create something new
Jan26

RISK: Mani K. Jassal Designer blends cultures to create something new

Among the many South Asian designers in the greater Toronto and Hamilton area, one shines out with her ability to blend the splendour of the culture with the modern looks of Toronto: Mani K. Jassal. Situated between a small biryani shop and a skating rink in the heart of a small subdivision in Brampton, Jassal’s showroom stands out with a bright white sign announcing her name. The showroom itself is full of vibrancy and colours...

ALL WORK NO PLAY NO FUN No Fun Press founder Reilly Hodgson shares the inside story of his print and apparel company
Dec01

ALL WORK NO PLAY NO FUN No Fun Press founder Reilly Hodgson shares the inside story of his print and apparel company

While there are a sea of sassy enamel pin, patches, and other “flair” artists selling their designs on Instagram, there are few designers that so overtly capture the independent, tongue-in-cheek attitude like No Fun Press. Toronto-based graphic designer, photographer and artist Reilly Hodgson is the creator of the publishing company. A distaste for hyper-motivational branding, combined with a love for DIY punk and hip-hop...

How to create a unique wardrobe
Mar10

How to create a unique wardrobe

Don’t overspend at thrift stores Sometimes we can be enthralled by the mediocre because it is surrounded by the totally uninteresting. Something that works is not the same as something that you will wear regularly. Don’t get overly excited, because those “cheap” finds can add up really quickly. My general rule of thumb for thrifting is that I only buy something if I’ll wear it once for every dollar it costs. If I want that ten-dollar...

Bad haircuts are a part of growing up Your sense of self is constantly evolving, the same should apply for your sense of style
Mar10

Bad haircuts are a part of growing up Your sense of self is constantly evolving, the same should apply for your sense of style

By: Sasha Dhesi How many bad haircuts have you gone through before you settled on the one you currently have? If you’re anything like me, your hairstyle choice reflected something about you as you grew out of adolescence into this awkward post-child/pre-adult purgatory. The way in which we present ourselves can say a lot about who we are, after all. I distinctly remember my first truly awful haircut. It was 2010. I had turned 13 a few...

These boots were made for talking Studies show that the shoes you wear are pretty indicative of your personality. Take a look at this list to find your sole mate
Mar03

These boots were made for talking Studies show that the shoes you wear are pretty indicative of your personality. Take a look at this list to find your sole mate

By: Mitali Chaudhary and Christina Ugge Athletic sneakers vs. canvas shoes Are athletic sneakers your thing? If so, comfort for you is obviously key. You care more about keeping your feet snug, as you choose to not jam them into a pair of strappy, pointy little heels. You might be sporty, laid back and you definitely don’t mind a little bit of travelling and exploring. Unlike your other friends, you don’t have to worry about blisters,...