House of Hsueh Clutches: Great Accessories, Great Gifts

Cynthia Cheng One thing that many brides are thinking about is what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you gift.  For me, the choice was pretty easy.  The first thing I thought of were House of Hsueh bags.  Hand-made by Toronto-based designer, Benita Hsueh, they are very versatile and can be used as small purses […]

442 McAdam Goes Compact for Fall 2010

The first thing I noticed about 442 McAdam‘s Fall 2010 collection was its compact sized bags, very different from previous collections.  Though the 100% cowhide is still intact, the smaller size intrigued me as a petite person – though I have a few totes, I prefer smaller bags which are more in proportion for smaller people.  The […]

442 McAdam Fall 2010 Launch Event

442 McAdam held its Fall 2010 launch event at Poor Little Rich Girl on Yonge, south of Eglinton on Saturday, July 17, 2010.  Pictured above are two bags from the collection (the Hobette (left) and Chappy (right)) on a table with some refreshments.  More information about 442 McAdam’s Fall 2010 collection coming soon!

It's Christmas in July!

Prospere Magazine attended a “Home for the Holidays” event on Wednesday at the Hazelton.  Yes, it was Christmas in July!  The event, which was for media only, featured products ranging from skincare to furniture and even fashion.  A representative from The Emmet Ray Bar was there to sample scotch whiskey (which I had for the first […]

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 […]

The Recessionista’s Guide to Holidays

T.U. Dawood Did you ditch Holiday cards last year because of the Recession?  Are you dreading Secret Santas and holiday gift giving this year because your budget is just not what it used to be?  Have you not got yourself a special outfit to wear to the office Christmas party because it’s simply too much […]

Clothes Encounters in the Capital Area

Christopher Massardo Nestled away in Ottawa’s small and trendy new Edinburgh area and just a stones throw away from the riche Rockcliffe area is the fairytale worthy boutique of any fashionista or fashionisto’s dreams.  Clothes Encounters of a Second Time is a store like no other in Ottawa located in a house with the basement and main floor […]

Alberta Fashion Week Designers, Part II

Prospere Magazine spoke with three more designers this week, including: Jessica Halabi: After graduating from Marvel College College’s ultra-competitive Fashion Design and Apparel program, this Edmonton native’s first collection was for Spring/Summer 2007.  Jessica’s style is self-described as “edgy elegant,” and is cut to be form-fitting, showing off the wearer’s curves. Her wearers reflect that, […]

Pego Wallets an Bags: Affordably Cute!

Nursing grad Laura Braun has been interested in sewing since she was about seven years old. Influenced by her mother and grandmother, she eventually started taking sewing lessons.  One of her first projects was a draw-string bag, and this eventually led to creating complete outfits.  However, sewing was eventually put onto the back burner.

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