Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
After some creative web-searching, I've concluded that these boots (which have a picture of the classic Kenner Blythe doll on the side, which stupidly, I did not photograph) are from a store called "Irregular Choice" in Soho. After looking at photos of their shoes on their Myspace page, ( there is a link on their website: www.irregularchoice.com) I cannot believe we didn't go in, considering that there were at least two shoe-obsessed women in our group. My next trip to New York, I'm there.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I have realized after 3 months that in order to make regular posts to this blog, I'm going to have to expand my territory London is many things, but a style mecca is not one of them. New York, however, is another story--I just returned from 3 glorious days there, and every visit, I am reminded why it is my favourite city in the world. New Yorkers are not afraid to be noticed, and this adorable young woman was no exception--I think her oversize "nerd" glasses look great!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Made my first trip to Stratford this year to see a play (Cyrano--highly recommended!) and there were some great outfits worn by my fellow theatre-goers,including the tunic and wide leg trousers on this young woman. Her purse was also quite unusual, purchased at the One of a Kind show in Toronto,which I know from experience is a treasure trove ofunique, must-have, accessories.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Cora Jacob, former criminal lawyer, now an internationally reknown handbag designer, was in London this week to speak at the "Power of the Purse" conference celebrating the empowerment of women. Cora's story is fascinating--she started Cojac Leather products while still practicing law some 30 years ago and experimented in using indigenous materials and leather in her native Philippines. She first sold her bags door to door, and in 1982, she got her break when Princess Stephanie of Monaco, who was a buyer for Christian Dior, saw her bags at a trade show. Cora received the Golden Shell Award in 1982 for marketing and export excellence. She is also admired for her focus on empowering women--her non-profit foundation, Cora Cares, trains women to make bags so they can support themselves. After a decade away from the company due to health issues, Cora came back, and with the help of her daughters, formed La Cora Creatives, which has four lines of designer handbags, one of which is designed by her youngest daughter, Pinky. I was lucky enough to meet Cora, and see her designs first hand, and they are stunning, as the photos below demonstrate.