Posts from ‘Ivko’

Sep
27

Written by Claire Gérin-Lajoie

Whatever it is. Fall ? Elections ? One too many plastic straws ? Whatever. All of it. Well, whatever it is, I took a moment to step back as I chose my outfit this morning. What emerging solutions am I taking part in ? What conversations am I having with myself right now ? What am I saying to others as I wear this dress ?  It’s dark blue with three different floral motifs that come together. Yes, this feels ‘just right’. I’m taking a moment to tie things together.

What is so magic about an outfit that feels ‘just right’ ?

Meet Katrin Leblond, Montréal designer on 4647 Boul. Saint-Laurent. She has some insight about this. As I enter the boutique, I am greeted by an array of cinnamons, greens and dusty pinks. A client comes in looking for a 40th anniversary gift for herself. Let’s call her Linda. A black wool IVKO coat with colourful floral motifs catches her eye. She tries it on and her faces glows with delight at the sight of herself. It feels ‘just right’.

The only issue Linda says is that the coat isn’t adjusted to her hips. And that is where the wonders of an in-store alterations service comes in (for clothing bought at the store only, mind you). There is more to it than simply shortening pants or taking in the waist. In this particular case, the coat was completely re-adjusted adding patchwork panels to the side and black trimming at the bottom. Upon receiving her coat, Linda was enchanted; her shoulders, heart and hips all aligned to greet the world with style.

Delighted by her new IVKO Jacket. 

“There is no real medium or large” Katrin says. “As woman, our body take on different shapes and curves throughout our lives. An older woman shouldn’t feel like the only option she has is to wear loose clothing, for example. Tailoring her clothes will add to her sense of dignity and well-being.”  Sometimes the changes can be very subtle. In any case, it is a matter of working with the designer to find the right adjustments. For example, another customer wanted her jacket to be fitting just so at the bust and scooping in the back. A solution was found. It felt easy. “After all, this is what we do” Katrin chimed in.

Miu Me Jacket. Katrin Leblond design. 

Finding solutions together feels ‘just right’. Especially in these moments that feel chaotic. Let’s figure this out, we say. Let’s lend our vulnerability to the process. Let’s open up and let their ideas pollinate ours.

On that note, lately I’ve been very inspired by Montreal author Michelle Holliday and her book The age of Thrivability: Vital perspectives and practices for a better world.  She writes about what makes living organisms thrive, be it a person, a team or a cell. As stewards, we cultivate a space where thriving unfolds. Drawing from her work, I think about how we are stewards of our own body and how our clothes are part of the conversation we have with ourselves. Through the outfits we choose we tell our story to the world.

Whatever the story may be. Fall ? Elections ? A new kind of straw ? All of it. 

Aug
08

The first of the IVKO fall collection is here !

All garments have a story. Many stories. We chose one for each garment. Read on.

They unload you of your burdens and they open up your heart, letting you feel the wonders of the world around you. A field of flowers, a beautiful day out in the garden, a moment of taking in summer’s bounty. We brought that back to the workplace, the kitchen table and bedside.

 

I feel like a queen, she said. I feel powerful and confident as I dance to the music around me. Lets me tell you how powerful your body is. Let us make a way for reconciliation to happen with ease. Let us have the courage to radically accept who we are. Let us find the tools to feel satisfied with ourselves. I am a Queen, she said.

 

Today I am celebrating a moment with you all. My first child turned one and my husband and I have worked closely as a team to build a new house for our new family. On the table is a plate full of sliced red tomatoes from the garden with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. My husband is calling ! He says he has a gift for me ! A colorful and elegant gift, that I will love. I wonder what it will be ! 

 

Do you remember that time we went for a swim, on that early fall morning? The ground was really cold, yet you insisted on going barefoot. We climbed up the hill. I watched you for awhile, admiring how tall and graceful you had become. We walked together silently. We took off our clothes and jumped into the icy water. We remain courageous.

 

My daughter has cancer. We are waiting for the doctor to come back with some test results.  Here comes our friend the clown. He exchanges a knowing smile with my daughter. They start laughing. I start laughing. And then I feel a tear in the corner of my eye. I am ready.

 

Can you tell me what you are reading ? I am looking for a book to take with me on the next train ride. I’ll be visiting my brother. Do you like what I am wearing ? I feel nervous. Its my first time traveling alone.

Welcome to the Purple Valley. A gentle and generous place where the most beautiful peonies are lovingly grown. It is here that I come for rest and inspiration. Last time I was there, a new idea came to me. It was that I imagined a new way to understand the mechanism allowing the regenerative process in cells.

 

 

 

Jun
07

Larger chests, curvy bodies and floating through the flower market. Here at Katrin Leblond Design we have many dresses that will do the trick. We’ve tried on six of them for you. They are a splashy blend of our in house production as well as designs from Ivko and Christine Lelievre that will make flaunting your favorite colors easy. They are all available in-store and online

1. Floral Heart Dress 

Floral heart dress is a vintage inspired dress that will bring out your voluptuous curves. Christiane Lelievre designs are particularly suited for larger busts; the straps are wide and the sweetheart neckline is delightfully suggestive. 

                Photo: Floral Heart dress, Katrin Leblond Design

2. Apple Blossoms 

Katrin Leblond’s most recent collaboration with Christiane Lelievre is the result of a chance encounter while shopping for flowers…well, the kind you might find in a textile warehouse, that is. For this dress, Apple Blossoms, the pair chose an eye-catching and stretchy bright blue fabric with flamboyant orange, white and pink blossoms.

                                                                                                                                       Photo: Apple Blossom dress (Christin Lelievre), Katrin Leblond Design

3. Ivko Peace dress

Can larger busts be at peace with a higher neckline? While most generic fashion articles would say no, this Peace dress  says “why not ” ? In any case,  its hard to resist a dress with such colorful and expressive embroidery. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo: Peace dress (Ivko), Katrin Leblond Design

3. Fairy dress (Katrin Leblond)

And here is the fairy dress. Imagine yourself, a warm Sunday afternoon fluttering among the hanging flower baskets, being beautiful.

Photo: Red Fairy dress, Katrin Leblond Design

5. Navy blue tile dress (Ivko)

This Navy blue tile dress is a comfortable and elegant choice for market day. It is 100% cotton knit with celtic knots and climbing vines on each side of the bodice. It suites large and small bust sizes alike and as with many other Ivko dresses, it is knit with jacquard motifs on both the front and the back.

                                                                                                                                                                       Photo: Navy Tile dress (Ivko),  Katrin Leblond Design         

6. Bird on a wire T and Cosmic skirt (Katrin Leblond)

We have a lot of great outfits to sing about. And yes, just like these birds, we are tooting our own horn. This T-shirt is in honor of Montreal’s own Leonard Cohen. Also picture is the high waisted Cosmic skirt, made with 100% Dutch cotton, a very high quality fabric. Photo: Bird on a wire t-shirt and Cosmic skirt, Katrin Leblond Design

Bird on a wire T-shirt is available in-store only.

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   Models: Claire Gérin-Lajoie and Emma Bootman

Mar
01

Not everyone loves Ivko for the bright pink coats, the coral cardigans and the folkloric motifs.  Sometimes Ivko is classy, sometimes elegant, sometimes inspiringly simple.

Here we are showing the Temple collection.  A group of Ivko styles inspired by sacred places, beautiful mosaics and sacred geometry.  Each photo is linked to our online store where they can be purchased in both US and Canadian currency.

Feb
25

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Printed on cotton/silk blends, these lightweight (but not see-through) pieces are dreamy and delicious.  Combine them with Ivko jacquard-knit cotton sweaters for perfect layering.  The white embroidered dress is made of stretch-cotton and features  peace-dove and flowers motif…I think it would make a great wedding dress for a simple country wedding.

 

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Feb
15

Time to pull out your Christmas money from grandma and buy yourself a new sweater!  Ivko’s Spring 2018 collection pairs their usual folkloric style with modern touches: two tone mesh, fresh cuts and mind-blowing color combinations.  

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You will find these styles in the COATS and SWEATERS pages of our website.

Nov
24
Nov
21

Finally Ivko made a collection with black as a base colour!  It is luminous, classic, playful and we just love it!  You can shop this collection in our online store here.

 

 

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Nov
08

Winter Days are long and cold, but with woolies like these your spirits will be lifted and your tushie will be warm.  With beautiful motifs on the front and back, these two styles are versatile and wearable in the day to day.  Paired with Jeans or navy tights, these two pieces will never go outta style.  Click on images to shop.

Oct
28

When a sweater is not enough and really you never want to get out of bed; that’s when it’s time for a sweater coat.  You can wear leggings and a thin long sleeved top (basically pijamas) and throw on an Ivko knit wool coat, and VOILA!  You look glamorous and feel cozy.  Add a pair of knee high fall boots and you will feel like a superhero.  Now take on the world.  You are beautiful and powerful (and cozy and warm)!  Shop Here

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Ivko ponchoIvko thick wool coat

Ivko Long Jacket sweater knit

Ivko Queen Coat

Ivko Zip Coat

Oct
21

These sweaters are for you: Forest Fairies, Fall Hikers, Cross-country Skiers, Dog-walkers, Leaf Rakers, Mothers, Lovers of fresh air!  Brave the changing temperatures with warmth and JOY!  I say “joy” because it truly is possible for a beautiful cozy sweater to make you happy every time you put it on.  I call objects like that “Happiness Triggers”, and I try to surround myself with functional Beauty for that reason. #IVKO

Every sweater is linked to the IVKO STORE.  If you want to shop, just click on the pictures.  Or go to  shop

Ivko Zip Sweater Jacket

Ivko hoodie sweater zip up jacket

Ivko Sahwl collar knit sweater

Ivko Shawl collar knit sweater for woman

Ivko Cardigan sweater jacket

Ivko Pullover sweater

Ivko Plum sweater cardigan fine knit

Oct
15

When the second delivery of Ivko showed up, it became clear that we had some winning outfits on our hands.  We have tried all these sweaters with both skirts and they all match beautifully.  I must admit, that I really love this first long Jacket paired with the wool skirt the best.  It makes a stunning combination, but the short Jacket with the notched collar is a close runner up for fabulousness!  We haven’t even added all the accessories that are possible.  You’ll have to shop around the site and have a look HERE.

Ivko Long Jacket sweater knit

 

Ivko Fall Skirt Wool knit

Ivko cardigan

Ivko Cardigan wool knit

Ivko Sweater Queen notched collar jacket knit

Katrin Leblond Skirt Montreal designer

Ivko sweater cardigan wool knit

Ivko sleeves pullwarmers wristies

Oct
12

Welcome to cooler days and wooly sweaters.  To enjoying your tea a little bit more deeply and adding layers to your body.

The cocooning phase has arrived and covering up your hands and head and neck are starting to feel like good ideas.

I always notice the first real cold days arrive and everyone is so desperate for a hat, that they will put any old knit tuque from the bottom of their glove compartment on their heads.  Why not be ahead of the game this year and get yourself a hat that will make you want to embrace Fall with open arms.

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Ivko shawl schaal foulardIvko cap hat beret tuqueIvko Art Deco scarf foulradIvko sleeves pullwarmers wristiesIvko sleeves pullwarmers wristiesIvko wool knit scarfIvko Scarf wool knit

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Sep
14

Delightful color combinations and beautiful motifs.  The Royalty collection is this year’s pinnacle of jacquard design.  It is pure perfection of detail and confection. Inspired by stone carving on castles and Renaissance motifs, its is sumptuous and divine.  The high quality merino wool yarns feel amazing against the skin.

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Ivko cardigan Ivko Dress Ivko Cardigan Ivko skirt Ivko Dress Ivko Jacket Ivko Coat Ivko Zip Coat Ivko skirt Ivko Queen Coat Ivko Coat Ivko Coat Ivko Sweater Ivko Sweater

Apr
25

Light and floaty, these blouses are like the sweetness of warm Spring days.  Exquisitely soft and only slightly sheer, this blouse is perfect for the buds of Spring or the high Summer heat.  Wear it for it’s beauty, or to cover from the sun.  Wear it loose or belted, wear it tucked in or out.  Can you tell that we just love it!Ivko blouse Spring 2016 Ivko black blouse silk cotton 2016 Ivko blouse pale pink 2016 ivko Canada USA online store

Ok, please forgive the ridiculous styling of this shot. That’s how Ivko styled their Spring 2016 shoot this year.

I know none of you will be wearing a leather fringe purse or a 70 headband, but hey, that chunky turquoise ring is kind of nice.

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Oct
10

Ivko 52729  Ivko Boiled wool black coat 52729

Ivko Black coat

Ivko style 52729 Black

This coat is made from Ivko’s hand made boiled wool and is lined with beautiful turquoise satin.  It is long and has pockets.  The collar is cozy and slightly padded. The embroidery of multi colored flowers also includes sections with gold thread.

Shop for the coat here

Oct
01

Ultra Warm Ivko coat

Ultra Warm Ivko coat 52731

This is the extra thick wool collection from Ivko.  They are divinely beautiful and ohh soo warm. This coat is made from Ivko’s thickest wool and is double knit for a very thick effect.  It is long and has pockets.  The collar can be worn open or buttoned up.

Attention American customers:  All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Never be cold again!

$520 CND

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Sep
25

This year Ivko went in a new design direction:  Geometric, dots, circles, stripes.

It’s a refreshing alternative for those of us that already have many Ivko sweaters with florals and wallpaper motifs.

52502 Ivko BlazerIvko Sweater 52534 Ivko Scarf Ivko Cap  Ivko wrist warmers pullwarmers Ivko sweater Ivko Fall sweaterShop Ivko 2015 New collection

Aug
19

Ivko Geometric coat front

Ivko Geometric coat back

The New collection for 2015 is a vision of mixed motifs and contemporary styling.

The inspirations for their collections are “James Dean”, Urban landscapes,  and of course flowers, flowers, flowers!  This year stripes play a big role in multicolor layering combined with painterly roses and traditional arabesque lines.  There are items styled for the dramatic woman; bright colors on a black base, and there are softer more nature-inspired palettes of brown, beige and taupe with a touch of coral.

The magic of Ivko, is that there is something for everyone.  There are cozy coats for the cottage, elegant boiled wool coats for the finest occasion, but best of all, there are practical sweaters for the schoolteacher, the artist and the yoga instructor.

Ivko Princess Jacket Navy front

Ivko Princess Jacket Navy front

Ivko Stripes Jacket turq front

Ivko Stripes Cardigan back

Ivko Geometric Cardigan front

Ivko Geometric cardigan back

Ivko Dancer coat front

Ivko Dancer coat back

Ivko hoodie dress red front

Ivko Red hoodie back

Ivko Cardigan Navy front

Ivko Cardigan back

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