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women’s fashion

Hot Shopping: In Conversation with Ela Co-Founder Martin Aldorsson

Ela co-founders (and husband and wife) Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson. Photo: Adam Moco.

Functional and fashionable, the new ela MILCK handbags are must-have accessories for the season.

MILCK—money, identification, lipstick, cellphone and keys—is an acronym for the essentials that every woman needs for a night out. Designed by ela power couple Ela Kowalewska and Martin Aldorsson, MILCK clutches are available in 12 different colours in suede and leather varieties including a tan, studded-leather clutch that is exclusive to Holt Renfrew.

Where sat down with ela co-founder Martin Aldorsson to talk about the new MILCK handbags and the future of ela.

Where: Tell me about where the idea for ela came from.

Aldorsson: We have been in the industry for a while. Ela was working PR for Hermes. She always had a calling for designing. She made all of these these sketches and was actually able to meet with Jimmy Choo. And he saw her sketches and they started talking. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Meet The Owners of 27 Boutique

27 Boutique’s owners Kelly Schneider and Candice Rhodes. Photo: Sarah Sussman.

The stylish new 27 Boutique clothing store on 17th Avenue SW has already made a name for itself in the local fashion community. Owners Kelly Schneider and Candice Rhodes launched the open-concept unisex apparel store to showcase their favourite brands and styles. “We always wanted our own business—it just snowballed from there,” explains Rhodes.

Featuring indie, urban-bohemian clothing and accessories by brands like Gentlefawn, Dionne Dionne and Cinder & Sage, the store also carries labels that are exclusive to Calgary such as Collective Concepts and THML. Rhodes explains that the store’s selection is so diverse that (more…)

Hot Shopping: Flirt With Fashion at Two Unique Halifax Shops

J&R Grimsmo

Halifax has a style all its own. Be sure to visit these two local shops and discover the finest fashions Halifax has to offer.

• Find the latest designer styles at J&R Grimsmo Boutique on Barrington Street. Opened last fall, this womenswear shop offers East Coast summer staples, like striped shirts and flirty dresses, as well as bolder items, like vibrant purses, animal print scarves and handcrafted jewellery. There’s plenty to mix and match for each day of the week.

• Whether you’re outfitting for a night on the town or keeping it casual, Kick Ass Shoes has the footwear for you. Drop by the shop on Spring Garden Road to check out the selection of neon pumps, comfy flats and wedge sandals.

Hot Shopping: The Perfect Outfit for Travelling from Green Tree Eco Fashion

Soft, cozy, and easy to layer: ideal duds for the frequent flyer

Travelling has never looked so good, or felt so comfy! If you’re often on the road for business or pleasure, it can be challenging to find the right outfit. Green Tree Eco Fashion tackles this problem with a classic look that features three of their most popular and versatile basics: skinny “Yoga Jeans” by Montreal’s Second Denim Company ($114.99), a long black cami from Part Two ($24.99), and a reversible bamboo wrap (seen here in both short and long styles) by Ecoskin ($179.99). Top with a statement necklace and oversized tote to complete the look. With eco clothing for both men and women, you can feel good about purchases from this boutique, and never have to sacrifice style. 358 Richmond Rd., 613-695-8733.


Hot Shopping: Simon Says

Simon Chang is one of Canada’s most innovative fashion designers, creating bold, innovative looks that set the bar high. Check out his latest styles in Halifax at The Wardrobe Too in Spring Garden Place. The boutique specializes in “designer fashions for the discriminating woman,” also offering lines by Sarah Paeini of Italy, Canadian Ellen Margaret Moody and Nova Scotia’s own Heather Dennis.