Archive for August, 2010

Aug
28

All photos in this post were found and pulled from the web by Kat

I am bedding designer.

I love sleeping.

Here are some of my favourite beds.

They are art.  They are inspiration.  The winds are blowing cooler and it is time to nest.

Above is the “Apple tree” bed by Atilla design

This is a bed I have imagined in my mind and wanted to build myself one day.  Looks like someone else had the same idea.

Above is the “Tree” bed by Shawn Lovell.  It is cast iron.

These hand painted lovelies are made by a company called Sticks Beds

I found the pictures of these built in cubbyhole beds and they have a really cozy feeling.  They remind me of traveling and of my childhood fairytale fantasies.

I would love to build something like this in a child’s room.

Sweet Dreams.

Aug
26

This is the photography of Maude Laliberte (a dear and beloved client at the boutique) who went to the Diner en Blanc last week in Montreal.

The diner en Blanc is an event the groups 2400 people together for  a picnic dinner at a secret location.

Buses picked them up at metro stations and parks.

They set up their own banquet tables and chairs.

Bustier Katrin Leblond ($160) with Russian shawl ($44)

Aug
25

All posts in this post were found and pulled from the web by Kat

I am a spiritual person.  I am a political person.

I believe that I am empowered to make ethical decisions that are beneficial for my community by the money I spend as an entrepreneur .  I believe that as an artist, it is my duty to create beauty for my customers to enjoy.  I believe that women deserve to be treated like goddesses entering a temple when they come in to my boutique.  They are to be served, taken care of, draped in fabric and made to feel beautiful.   I believe this from the bottom of my heart.

I have always been politically active and I have always been crafty.  There were certain points in my life where I felt guilty and pained because “just making pretty things” was not saving the planet.  Now that I am running an ecological and local manufacturing business that serves and adores women, I feel better.  I have merged my environmental activist with my feminist and with my local economist in a way that allows me to keep being a creative human being.

And here is Linda Evangelista, our Montreal-born International Fashion Icon, merging her political views that something is wrong in the world and someone should be held accountable with her love of the Madonna.  She got to play a living Madonna in a Religious procession.  I have traveled to Antigua in Guatemala to see these processions.  They walk the streets playing sad brass band music all the while carrying statues and crying for the death of Jesus.  They walk for 12-13 hours.  My main reason for traveling there was to see the “carpets” that the locals make from coloured saw dust and flowers.  The carpets are made in the street prior to the passing of the procession.  When the procession passes, the carpet gets trampled.  It was incredibly beautiful.  (This is reminding me that I should do a post about those carpets.)

I am unusually attracted the the iconography of the Madonna even though I was not raised in any form of Christianity.  To me the Madonna is the “mother”, gaia, goddess … and those are all great things.  It represents female divinity, something each woman carries within herself.

I love religious art.  I love folk art.  I love making pretty things.

It can take quite a while in life’s journey to settle into being who you truly are and not who you wish you were.

Aug
24

Born in Luanda, Angola, were she lived for 10 years, Katia Leonardo is a Portuguese World Music Singer and composer.  Katia expresses her study of Jazz, Fado, African, Brazilian and Modern music.   She holds a post bachelor degree in Jazz program at University of  Music in Porto ( Escola Superiorde Musica e Artes dop Espectaculo)  where she studied with Maria Joao.

She encourages authenticity connection, vocal expansion, self awareness as well as introducing concepts in sound healing.

Katia bought a very special skirt with a black cat on it when she visited the store.  She also loved the black crinolines.

Meow, meow!

This beautiful vibrant woman brought so much to my life when she came to shop with me in the boutique during her visit to share with Montreal her singing talents, her projects and to teach.  She told me my body is an instrument and compared me to a cello.  It was such a new way to think about singing for me.  It will never leave me.  Always with you in my heart Katia.  Abundance!

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.

Erin

Aug
23

These prints are like whipped cream and strawberries.

Yummy!

They are vintage and oh so French.

The first one definitely has and Art Deco feel, but the rest are decidedly Victorian.

KL tote travel bag.  Each one of these is unique and you should see the lining!

Rich red will always be strong and I will make sure to have a good red in every collection.

I cannot have these prints and I cannot put them into my Fall collection, but the colour palettes and combinations are an excellent reflection of Fashion trends right now.  Soft natural nudes and creams and tans are making a raging comeback for Fall 2010.

KL Cerise Dress $245 with Colette Van Haaren mobius shaal $48

The camel and gold tones will be nice to complement last years brown.  I know that Montreal is a black and grey clad city, but try to imagine these colours around the face with skinny black pants.  It is gentle will especially complement blond and sandy brown hair.

KL Upsidedown cardigan, Gloria Gaudette ivory cardigan, Maillagogo Ivory knit cardigan and handprinted 100% cotton scarves

KL Mystery Jacket $126 with nude Donna Beth cami $25

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Aug
21

This post was written by Erin based on Katrin’s telling of the making of her embroidered travel belt.

Your life is your most powerful art.  See you at the boutique.

erin

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While on my first road trip across Canada, with the man I later married, I wanted to record our travels.  The problem was I get car sickness.

Despite, the fact that I couldn’t write in my journal,  I found embroidery to be something I could handle even with the rock and roll of the road.  Embroidery became my traveling form of journaling.

I stitched the landscapes and the names of all the animals we saw along the way.

The coloured threads depict the story of our road trip  together.

I would sit in the passenger seat of our non air-conditioned van and stitch away.

The finished belt wraps around my body twice.

The needle pulled the thread in and out of the fabric stitching the moments I wanted to capture.   The van hit the road.  My needle pulled the thread.  The wind swept us away at the start of our journey.   The stitches became pictures.  The pictures began the story of our journey.  I stitched the flower called Indian paint brush.  Wild to Canada, this flower called out to be remembered.  I stitched the orange and yellow of it’s petals.  The lakes in Ontario were numerous  swimming pleasures.  There were so many lakes.  I painted with the blue of my embroidery thread just one to remember them all.  As we approached the prairies fields of Canola, also called Rape seed, danced yellow blooms that waved in the wind.  Dots of yellow thread floated across the belt.

The car broke down and we had to spend three days waiting for a part in Edmonton.  I stitched the part we needed  called a U joint.  We drove on to the Rockies.  Nights under the crescent moon were beautiful.

We took the fairy to Salt Spring Island and went swimming with purple and blue  dragon flies.

We watched boat racing on a Native reserve on Vancouver Island.  We walked in the red wood forest under the full moon.

Then we left Canada.  We hit Seattle and we went to the fish and flower market.  Four hours from Seattle, we spent two days at mount Saint Helen the mountain that erupted years before.

LOVE…….LOVE LOVE WAS EVERYTHING.  Our van was love parked in dry lands that had sage bushes all around.  I stitched a heart floating over our van.  I stitched my love.  My heart.

We drove through the Craters of the Moon and finally got back to the rivers of Ontario.  Eager to get home we drove and drove and drove…day and night.  We took shifts.

The road took us home.

Aug
20

It is so good to have close friends who always have your back and want the best for you.  It is so good to be living surrounded by the real truth that we are never alone, that we are strong in connection with others.

It is good to just know deep down to our toes that what we have that really has value is our friends, our family, the world around us that we love.  Go ahead take away the car, the house, the long list of material possessions.   Go ahead!  What I want is to feel safe and loved and be able to share that with my daughter and the world.

Friends make us strong.  They offer us the best embrace to fall into when life gets tough.   There for you when things go wrong.   They empower us to take more risks and listen to our selves more.

Thanks to all my good friends that I have had over the years that made me feel stronger about myself.   It wasn’t always easy but I am who I am today in part because of you and you will always be with me in everything I do.  And even if  you’re  far away  you are still my heart.

There you are.   You know me.  I know you.  I am me and you are you.  You are part of me.  When I grow more into myself you are happy for me.   When you grow more into yourself  I am happy for you. I love how you change and how you stay the same.  I am lucky to know you.  Thank you for sharing everything you do.

Thanks for all the fun we have together!

See you at the boutique.

Erin.

Aug
19

Welcome home Colette.  It is great to have you back.

Come check out Colette’s knit vests and ponchos in custom colours as well as her unique knit necklaces (shown above).  These necklaces are made with one continuous knit piece.   They are a stylish addition to any wardrobe ( I know I have one in my own).  They are especially great for new or expecting moms as the one piece nature of the necklace makes for a safer neck adornment for concerned mothers who don’t want their child potentially chewing off some hazardous beads while nuzzling your neck.  They are also great statement jewelry for sensitive souls who can’t tolerate any metals.

See you at the boutique.

Erin

Aug
18

Sometimes we fall, we slip.

Sometimes things don’t all go as planned.

Sometimes a great idea turns out to need a lot of tweaking.

A sting.

A zing.

A bit of a sour thing.

Sometimes a bit of sour helps you appreciate the sweetness that comes along next.

Aug
17

Nature has always been my greatest inspiration.  Flowers in the summer and leaves in the Fall.  It is so simplistic, but it returns to me every season and I never tire of these basic earthy themes.  Here is a sampling of some land art I find beautiful (all done by a man named Nils) and some of the leaf embroidery we are working on for the current Fall 2010 collection.

These leaves will be appearing on our Fall pencil skirt.  It is my new favorite skirt and I am super excited to introduce this cut as a recurring staple to the store.

The black and white feather appliqué is a perfect t-shirt for the graphically bold.  The feathers are delicately placed at the neckline of the v-neck.  (this photo is on it’s side)

The new Mystery jacket ($126) with tumbling red tulle leaves (pictured below).

Nature in red glory marching to the water.  I don’t really know what this photo is about I just like the walking red flowers.

Frost on the leaves is coming sooner than some of us would like to think.

The doorway to Fall.

The collection in store offers some fashionable ways to get ready before it  gets cold out!

Kat

Aug
16

In my opinion these are the most amazing prints ever.  They are 100% cotton, designed and printed in the US and I have always loved them.  I coveted them so much, that I decided to design and make my bedding collection just because I needed a reason to purchase these fabrics.

They have recently become such a hit (since they were featured in M magazine of la Presse) that we have increased our production of the decorative pillows we make from these glorious prints.  They are washable, won’t fade, wont shrink…they are perfection.


Aug
14

Rococo, Victorian, Baroque, Elizabethan….if it is elaborate and covered in gold foil, I am loving it.  Though I have traditionally been heavily influenced by folklore and rustic crafts, I am finding a new attraction to over-the top Marie-Antoinette style.  Here we see what would have happened if Marie-Antoinette had been a Pagan Earth Queen.

I found these images on the internet and have been saving them for you, my dear readers, for quite some time now.

The corset is all assembled with thorns that are pinning together the leaves.  The embellishments are all roses and lilacs…just try to imagine the smell.

This lovely lady seems to be sporting a log-cabin skirt?  Not sure why, but the overall look is quite successful.

And here we have a costume that reminds me of myself.  My favourite holiday is Halloween and I am usually one of two things:  A witch or an Forest spirit.  I think this woman did a great job combining fabrics.  The best part is the juxtaposition of the gold corset and the raw rags skirt.

The fall collection is in the process of being released and designed all at once.  I have already put some pieces into the boutique, but there are many more to come.  You will see some peasant sleeves on soft knit tops,  a wool coat with full skirt, a very Chanel inspired little cardigan suit with pencil skirt.  I am growing up and so the collection will inevitably express some classicism while retaining it’s playful funk.

Have a great week-end!

Kat

Aug
13

Sarah Jane Scouten was just in the store trying on outfits for her  show tonight at Tavern Inspecter Epingle corner Duluth and Saint Hubert.  Just back from Mauwi, and already dreaming of following love to Montreal, Sarah is deep in the liberation of transition.  Her bleu grass style has a touch of country twang and some smart girl punch.  Check her out tonight at 9:30 pm.  The show is free.

See you at the boutique.

Erin

Aug
10

Sometimes life gets too busy and we all start rushing towards  our deadlines.  Sometimes life, seems to be passing us by, on the side.

I have been needing to remind myself that life is not about work, or tasks, or getting things done, or making money, or paying your taxes, or showing up on time for every deadline…..  this life of mine can be as fun as I want to make it.

So I am reminding all of you and myself….

Stop.  Think for a moment.  What would you do if you could do anything you want?  Really.. Anything!

Now… realize that you can!  You can.  No.  Now, …. don’t say why you can’t, because it probably isn’t true!  Maybe you have to look at things differently to see that it is possible.  Take a look at life with more “Yes” in your eyes.

Are you excited to wake up in the morning?  Is tomorrow anther adventure worth getting out of bed for?  If not what changes do you need to make for it to be so?

The first step to a life filled with fun is visioning it.  It is easy to dream no?   If you have been spending time wishing or longing you are already part way there.    The next step is easy too if you tell yourself it is.  The next step is the realization that you are entitled to your dreams!  And your can make them happen.

Don’t wait for someone else to dream your dreams for you…. Your dreams are your own.  Yes, people will tell you it will be hard.  They will tell you it can’t happen.  They are all telling themselves that they should not dream their own dreams.  Don’t listen.  It isn’t true.  Go boldly forth and DREAM.  Dream your dreams into reality.

Grab life and imbibe it.

See you at the boutique.

Erin

Aug
08

My husband and I have bought our first home.  It is not a tree house.  Just a regular semi-attached single family cottage.  I am in the middle of boxes and packing tape and I am feeling very inspired by homes and trees.  I will soon be the owner of both.


…and now for the really wacky futuristic wood art….

…and some land art…

I have owned this Treehouse book for many years.  It shows the step by step construction of a round treehouse, as well as featuring many different styles of tree houses that people occupy for living in, making art in and play.

Plant more trees.

Aug
06

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Yeah!   the new shipment of umbrellas has finally arrived in the store.   Come checkout the daisies and roses and dahlias and palm leaves.   There are umbrellas with floating air balloons and purple ruffles…  Peacock feathers!   Sunflowers!  Water lilies!   Come pop up your very own personal halo of joy.   Available in folding or walking stick varieties.  Yes we do now have versions that can fit in your purse.

Aug
04

all photos by erin except love sculpture is by tom brosnahan

I made these shirts because YES it is this simple and it has been said before:  the law is LOVE!  I have built my small business around this simple word.  If we make it with love … women will love it… and it will sell.  The surprise was how much men love it too.  They love the store.  They love the colours.  They get it.  They like to see their ladies dressing up and feeling pretty.  The attraction is natural. The girlier I make the clothing, the more men love it.  Hurray for LOVE!

This is the love sculpture by pop artist Robert Indiana

We have one in the old port now and there are many around the world.  Everyone gets it.

Aug
03

A fashion designer telling you to take off your clothes?  YES!

Loving our bodies has to stop being optional.  Just buckle down and LOVE your BODY!  Lie in the sun and feel the sun loving your naked body.  Lie on a blanket in the grass and feel it…feel the earth beneath you.  The earth loves your body.  Swim in a river and just take a second to feel the cold water againts your skin.  It is not judging you.  It loves you and caresses you and cleanses you.

I love my cellulite!

I love my double hips!

I love my small breasts!

I love my ….

I invite you to claim love for those parts that have been hard to love in the comment section of this post.

Aug
02

Glass is beautiful, mysterious, magical.  It is liquid captured, as it cools, into a solid.   It is forever melting.  Glass defies so much of what we take for granted about matter.  It flows.  It is transparent yet it can capture colour.  And when it shatters it shivers.  It inspires wonder.

 

 

Glass enchants.  No wonder Cinderella danced on the magic spell of glass slippers.

 

Taking her ques from another fairy tale character, Emanuelle Doyon has named her company after Capitain Hook.  I think there is a bit of the pirate in this princess.  Emanuelle loves adventure, the sea and sand.    Did you know that glass is made of sand?

She  calls her company Kapitaine Krochet because it all began with a crochet hook……  What followed was a lot….a really lot, of hats.

 

Today,  this crafty fairytale princess still makes hats, but only on special order.   She has turned her enthusiasm to the heat of the flame she uses for melting glass.

 

 

Emanuelle  loves to work with glass because it is, according to her,  a material that is both playful and mysterious.   Glass offers the artist interesting possibilities for control while still inspiring spontaneous creativity in the patterns that appear in the fusion process.

This beautiful Outremont girl plays with creative freedom and artistic control when practicing her craft. She aspires to one day be an art therapist so she can help others through art.

Emmanuelle  creates earrings that she sells at boutique Katrin leblond.  This lovely local artist loves Katrin Leblond’s designs for their originality and colour.  She finds the parallels between her own work and that of Katrin’s in their playful use of colour and their love for creating unique and original pieces and a desire to inspire the woman who chooses to wear their pieces.

 

Emmanuel strives to create pieces that are fun, practical, colourful, light and original.  Her works are designed with women of all ages in mind.

Wear her pieces to any occasion.  Everyday, her earrings bring that little touch of unexpected spice to a relaxed style.  Out on the town, or at a “soiree” with friends her earrings offer a little something original to let you stand out.

Emmanuelle also suggests wearing these with an ultra elegant ensemble for a surprisingly sophisticated touch.

Bring out your colourful personality.

Fall in love with Emmanuelle Doyon’s glass earrings.

See you at the boutique.

Erin

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