Henrietta Pertuz: Petite and Classically Fashionable

Cynthia Cheng Like most petite women, Henrietta Pertuz has had a great deal of difficulty finding clothing which fit her 5’2″ figure.  Regular clothing was just not cut properly, and alterations were not always possible without paying a great deal for reconstruction.  Getting tired of the difficulty, she left her job as an advertising executive to […]

Carla Mancini's Spring/Summer 2010 Bags

Cynthia Cheng Carla Mancini is not a person – at least, not a fashion designer.  Rather, it is a line of handbags owned by Mariana Goschin and Richard Elgrichi and has an exquisite spring 2010 line.  Mariana comes from a fashion family.  Her father was an atelier in her home town of Constanza, Romania, and she […]

Burhemian Chic, California Cool

Cynthia Cheng California-based Ettika, a line of jewellery started by Ettie Rafeili and Joey Rafeili is an all-American brand inspired by their surroundings in Los Angeles.  Every colour of the rainbow can be found in this collection, which includes not only bracelets, but anklets, earrings and keychains as well.  The pieces which have both a bohemian […]

Lucky Lady Bra Straps: Seen and Bead Seen!

Founding Lucky Lady Bra Straps, a line of fashionable bra straps meant to be seen was not something Ruth Davis of Scottsdale, Arizona had originally planned to do.  After searching for a “regular” job for a year (Ruth’s Plan A), she decided to pursue Plan B – designing fashion bra straps. Ruth had created a […]

Green, Environmentally-Friendly Jewellery by Georgie Designs

Former teacher and mother, Robyn Klauer’s first memorable experience with art was when she painted faces on stones and selling them to neighbours.  When she was in sixth grade, she painted t-shirts with “puffy paint,” and sold it to her sister’s boyfriend for a $20.  

Holiday Dress Suggestions from Fernanda Carneiro

Fernanda Carneiro I aimed my Fall/Holiday collection to the fashionably wise woman who wants to stand out in a classy way. The collection highlights retro geometric designs and recognizably classic tailoring.  This combination of fine lines and beautiful tailoring make for the perfect pieces to wear to those family or office holiday parties. To illustrate […]

A Custom Made Labl

Trained in fashion in Portugal, Elizabeth Olivera’s old world influences are clearly seen in her style.   Upon coming home to Canada, she worked for some time at a studio, with positions including design assistant and PR representative. In 2002, she launched Labl, a custom-design clothing company. Labl’s clothes are based on a client’s personality.  This […]

Cute Resort Dress That's Great for the Petite Gal!

TLE Designs‘ latest collection makes for great resort wear or for a night out in the city.  Designer, Teresa Le’s brightly-coloured tops, mini-dresses and headbands will surely turn heads whether at the beach or at a club or lounge!  The best news about TLE Designs is that the pieces are perfectly proportioned for women 5’4″ or […]

Sarah Shaw Keeps it Simple

Born in New York and raised in the Bay Area, Sarah Shaw worked as a costumer for the entertainment industry prior to debuting her own line.  One of her earlier companies, Raggs to Order, a made-to-order costumer, provided wardrobe for many big-budget Hollywood productions.  After creating a felt pink bag in 1998 which received a great deal of attention, Sarah launched Sarah […]

Nepali: Women Helping Women

Inspired by Nepalese weavers and colourful fabrics, Michelle Baldwin and Michelle Taylor-Spearman of TDM Design Inc. launched their Nepali line in 2007.  Featuring gorgeous hand-made scarves in exquisite colours, Nepali is the perfect accessory for any woman looking to make a statement.  In addition, the scarves provide a sustainable income for marginalized women living in Nepal, helping them break the cycle […]