BATIK BOUTIK Contemporary clothing line celebrates the beauty of Africa
Mar01

BATIK BOUTIK Contemporary clothing line celebrates the beauty of Africa

Maya Amoah stood radiating confidence in a Patcha Patcha hoodie, tastefully named after its patch-work design. Each patch is a unique off-cut from recycled African Ankara print fabrics. There’s no other jacket quite like it. We had just finished our interview with Amoah, the creative mind behind Batik Boutik, which is a clothing line ethically made in Ghana that meets contemporary designs with traditional African flair. She...

Clothing starts a conversation Jessie Goyette hosts Hamilton’s first Plus Size Flea Market
Mar01

Clothing starts a conversation Jessie Goyette hosts Hamilton’s first Plus Size Flea Market

The sun shone through the glass windows of a small family-run restaurant in Hamilton’s east end, bouncing off metallic clothing racks and bright yellow walls. What once was Donairs At Gage had transformed into a Plus Size Flea Market for a Saturday afternoon. Shoppers poured in and out of the former restaurant, rummaging through fashion forward pieces and unique plus-size finds, including a vintage red rain jacket that caught a few...

Don’t give up on your resolutions How learning from habits can help you reach your goals
Feb08

Don’t give up on your resolutions How learning from habits can help you reach your goals

Even though starting a new year with a renewed sense of direction can be refreshing, a dispirited little voice ends up convincing me that my attempts at turning my life around will end in bitter disappointment. From this comes my love-hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions. I even marked the beginning of this year with a picture of Dr. Evil making air quotes around ‘new year, new me’ hastily pasted over a printout of my class...

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...