Archive for September, 2014

Sep
24

The night life of Trees

 What a delightful purchase.  It took me a total of 1 second to decide I was going to buy this book.  One look at the cover and I was ravenous for more.  Each page is filled with screen printed images of magical trees.  I grabbed a few snapshots with my phone to share with you.  If you need to own it too, go to Drawn and Quarterly on Bernard.

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

The night life of Trees

Sep
23

I met a fairy bride yesterday and she wants a fairy dress!!!

Since I had to spend 5 hours of my day waiting for a Bell technician yesterday, I took advantage of that time to do some full colour sketches.  This amount of time was a treat I rarely indulge in – I opened the color pencil box and they were all still long and perfectly sharpened.

Here are the three sketches I have sent to my future bride, along with photos of the materials I would suggest.

 

Crinoline

Fairy points

Petal dress

The greens

Green rolls of fabric

Green, Ivory with a touch of lavender

Silks

All fabrics I feel could be appropriate for this project…I especially love the ruffle chartreuse mesh at the far right.

all materials for wedding dress

I’ll let you know what she chooses:)

Sep
04

Katrin Leblond Baseball top

I just couldn’t do it anymore.  It was starting to feel repetitive.  Formulaic even.  Flowers, ruffles, frills, lace, appliqué, embellishments.   I just wasn’t feeling inspired to wear my own clothes.  But I also feared that change would spell the death of my company, and I had a new baby to keep me up at night, so innovation was not on my mind.  Banging out a sellable collection of pretty clothes was my goal and I kept the old flavor going way past it’s expiration date.

The I turned 39.  The nine years are always trouble for me.  I went through two weeks of “What am I doing?”, “How can I change this?”, “I don’t like what I am making.”  It was a very moody period.  Talking it through, walking it off, thinking, thinking, thinking.  I decided I wanted to shake it up.  I took all my flowery, ruffle and lace fabrics and dropped them off with one of my suppliers.  I exchanged $2000 of fabric for $200 in credit.  I felt like I was opening up some space.

Then I thought deeply about what I do best and what we (including me) want to wear.  I came to the conclusion that I cannot escape the cozy shirts and stretchy jeans world of today.  It’s what I want.  It’s what I will offer.

I designed a collection based on high-tech athletic  lines, classic sporty tops and new non-figurative details that still evoke the “Katrin Leblond” signature.  Below you will find one of 4 tops for this Fall:  The baseball top (with thumb-hole cuffs).  It has a sleeve line that is raglan at the back and  S-curve at the front shoulder all top stitched in ton-on-tone thread.  The back panel is a soft double layer of viscose.  It comes in 7 colours and retails for $88

The jeans are by yoga jeans and they are fantastic for layering under tops and tunics this Fall because of their zipper-less pull-0up waist line.  They come in blue only and retail for $94

The sweater coat is by IVKO.  It is 100% lambswool and has a two way zipper.  I love the box pleat at the back.  You can buy it online here.  It retails for $397.

 

Katrin Leblond baseball top back panel

Yoga jeans pull up slim waist

Yoga jeans Montreal

Yoga jeans pull up slim waist

Ivko 2014 Winter sweater coat

Ivko coat online shopping

Ivko sweater back box pleat

Ivko coat red

Ivko sweater coat

I do have an online store specially devoted to Ivko.  You can find the biggest selection of Ivko in North-America in my store (or so my sales-rep says.)

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