Sarah Power knows Canadian designers. As founder of InteriorPower has created a market filled with exceptional local clothing and accessories – Lesley Hampton, Hilary MacMillan and Cat Janiga are just a few of the dozens of top designers available on the site. But Power is more than a retailer – it’s a tireless champion of Canadian fashion talent. We asked Power to share a few Canadian songs he’s most excited about right now. His list is so good, a winding path of creative discovery in the fields of fashion, decoration and art.
Bramble Lee Pryde Dreamscape Wall Art, $210-$1,850, brambleleepryde.com SHOP HERE
Multidisciplinary artist Bramble Lee Pryde, based in Treaty 7 territory of Mohkinstsis (Calgary), is a creative goddess. Blurring the lines between art, craft and fashion, her work has evolved from jewelry, ceramics and illustration to her most recent collection of surrealist-inspired tufted decors. I love how these playful pieces – handmade to order – encourage you to pause and lose yourself in a dreamscape. Made from wool or acrylic – an option added by Bramble after discovering that many people suffer from wool allergies – the remaining fibers are reused or donated, making them zero-waste creations.
Christina Sicoli rings, $65, christina-sicoli.com SHOP HERE
While dainty jewelry is always in style, I’ll always have a soft spot for chunky ’90s dream-pop inspired adornments – which now seem more futuristic than nostalgic. My jewelry box is a juicy rainbow of resin, lucite, and enamel that I like to mix in unexpected and messy ways. Vancouver’s No Drama Ring Collection Christina Sicoli is a charming example of these bold jewels. Each piece is hand-poured and then layered with color and non-toxic materials – a little gold leaf, perhaps – to create a decadent, one-of-a-kind palette.
Misbah Ahmed Vase, $450, nintheditions.com SHOP HERE
Mia Nielsen, my dear friend and director of Art Toronto and Artist Project, is my go-to for discovering new local artists. She recently introduced me to Ninth Editions, which I now frequent for inspiration. One of my favorite artists at the moment is Misbah Ahmed, a Pakistani-Canadian artist and designer based in Toronto. Primarily with oil paint and ceramic sculpture, her work “examines duality, shifting cultural landscapes, and everyday human experience”. I love his series of porcelain clay vases for their rawness and whimsy.
lighting studio botté, price on request, studiobotte.com SHOP HERE
Circular design is an extremely important movement, which is why I’m such a fan of the Montreal studio botté, founded by Philippe Charlebois Gomez. Botté specializes in recycled lighting using donated and found objects, such as fan guards and Venetian blinds to reinvent indoor sculpture. The process takes a lot of love, energy and ingenuity, from the collection process to cleaning, designing, customizing, cutting, bending, sanding, assembly and painting. Since prototyping is not an option with rare materials, Philippe uses 3D modeling software to realize his breathtaking vision. So innovative!
Sean Brown Curves Chair, $330, curvesbyseanbrown.com SHOP HERE
Sean Brown is a Canadian creative treasure: he’s a fashion designer, musical collaborator and multi-hyphenate designer for his home and lifestyle brand Curves. I love everything from her past and present collections, but especially the Archway chair, a contemporary take on the African birthing chair. The chair is made in Canada from two pieces of birch plywood with a melamine finish. Sculptural yet functional, contemporary yet retro, minimal yet elaborate – this chair is a magnificent work of art.
Partoem tote, $500, madeinland.ca SHOP HERE
Even though working from home means I rarely have the opportunity to carry a handbag, I continue to collect pieces that bring me pure happiness. Handmade in Montreal by designer Madeleine Beaulieu for Partoem, the Domus tote is created from vegetable-tanned leather and signature hardware with an origami-inspired technique without glue or seams. The name of the brand is inspired by the French saying “by yourself”, which means “all alone”. It fits perfectly with all my daily essentials and always grabs attention.
LLiM scarf by Yaw Tony, $250, madeinland.ca SHOP HERE
Whether it’s the cover of Designlines magazine or the launch of a new collection concept at the recent DesignTO Festival, Toronto artist and designer Yaw Tony is full of color and surprises. Everything is expressed through his brand LLiM (Life Liveth in Me). Her wearable art scarves reflect a blend of sophisticated African sayings with Western influences. All designs, patterns and details are first hand drawn and then digitally printed or screen printed on 100% silk. I could watch his work for hours.
Jennifer Glasgow sweater, $128, madeinland.ca SHOP HERE
I admit that I’m a little tired of wearing almost exclusively sweatshirts and loungewear over the past few years, so when Montreal designer Jennifer Glasgow launched her Caol sweater earlier this season, I immediately fell in love. This elevated yet ultra-comfy piece has dreamy smocked forearm sleeves, and it’s made from organic cotton and Tencel, one of the most eco-friendly fibers, with a touch of Spandex. , which is always welcome.
Eliza Faulkner dress, $234, madeinland.ca SHOP HERE
A dress is never just a dress. A symbol of multi-layered social and cultural identity, a dress, or anything we put on for that matter, reveals something intimate about the wearer. Montreal designer Eliza Faulkner’s Pippa dress resembles a contemporary take on “power dressing,” a term born in the 1970s whose origins can be found in the 1920s Chanel suit, said to be a fashion style that “allows women to establish their authority in a professional environment traditionally dominated by men” (thanks, Wikipedia). The way we dress, express and articulate gender has thankfully evolved, but I always appreciate a vintage fashion reference, especially if it’s a peephole bow neckline with bright green stitching.
Lo’bat earrings, $125, madeinland.ca SHOP HERE
Papier-mache isn’t a material you’d expect to wear, but when Toronto-based friends and co-creators Golnar Ahmadian and Hediyeh Maadi Tehrani decided to use low-impact recycled materials for their jewelry line , Lo’bat Accessories, they took a bolder approach than most. The result, as you can see, is stunning. Their work is playful, thoughtful and incredibly eye-catching. I love the romance behind each piece and how they contrast softness with bold strength.
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