November 19th, 2013
We're warming up for the big winter freeze with faux furs, chunky knits and cashmere galore.
This charming line of scarves, hats and mitts from Brussels-based Les Inséparables is sure to make it into our stash of woolies. Each delightful piece is made by hand from a blend merino wool, cashmere, and alpaca and exudes a preppy, yet quirky style.
If we're forced to dress for winter, we may as well do it with whimsy. —Athena Tsavliris
Available at Gaspard, 913 Queen W., Toronto, 416-546-7480, http://gaspardshop.com
October 8th, 2013
Autumn is the season for riding your velo in cable knits and classic aviators with a silk scarf wrapped around your neck, fluttering in the wind.
These ones from Toronto textile designer, Anu Raina will amp up your cycle chic. There is the Toronto subway, and Raina's interpretation of our city skyline reflected in water.
The designer immigrated to Canada from Kashmir in 2004 and both scarves show a love for her new home.
Wear one on your next spin around town. Slalom cycling not recommended. —Athena Tsavliris
September 4th, 2013
Audrey Hepburn once said, 'When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.'
For a modern take on Audrey's style, try a demi turban with any of your favourite square silk scarves. Pile your locks into a top knot or pony, and follow this simple step-by-step tutorial to a look that is modern, chic and functional.
Find yourself a Gregory Peck and you're ready for your Roman Holiday. —Athena Tsavliris
Watch the tutorial at WhoWhatWear.
April 2nd, 2013
You know you’ve grown up when you start sporting a silk scarf.
Printed is better than plain, and Anu Raina’s nature-inspired designs ($180) really make a splash.
The collection is inspired by her grandfather’s garden in Kashmir, blooming with echinacea, daisies and pomegranate trees.
For ten ways to wear a silk scarf (youthfully) head over to A Beautiful Mess. —Athena Tsavliris
See website for stockists www.anuraina.com/stores.html
February 25th, 2013
Born in Syria, educated in Lebanon, and based in Vancouver, Mona Sultan’s biography reads like an exotic novel. But we’re even more interested in her beautiful, bold, colour-blocked scarves and can’t wait to wear her spring collection.
1. As a neck accessory. We like wrapping it around once, and letting the bright colours be the statement in our outfit.
2. As a bandana, Axl Rose-style. This will be especially cool when we start hitting the summer festivals.
3. As a beach cover-up. The cotton silk blend is beach-friendly and the scarves can be knotted around our waist as a pareo, or around our chest as a strapless dress.
4. Tied around our bag strap. Everyone needs a great accessory, even our handbag.
5. Around our head, tied at the chin, Jackie O-style. Best worn with large sunglasses and whilst driving a convertible.
—Alexandra Suhner Isenberg
Mona Sultan scarves, from $150, at www.monasultan.com
January 22nd, 2013
For someone who dresses entirely in colour, it takes all sorts of restraint to consider grey.
And then I happened upon these beautifully understated scarves ($140) and considered, all at once, transforming into Rei Kawakubo.
From Canadian textile house String Theory, (one part of the design duo is based in Toronto) the highly textured scarves are spun from luxurious yarns like baby Peruvian Alpaca and Italian Merino. Etched, checkered and pixilated, it’s hard to pick a favourite pattern.
Rei, which would you choose? —Athena Tsavliris
For stockists visit http://www.stringtheory.ws/pages/stockists
August 8th, 2012
Is your penchant for silk scarves in Grace Kelly proportions? Do you sort of wish for a broken arm so could wear an Hermès scarf as a sling?
Anyone with a fetish for foulards should come find Jan Marriott at The Brickworks on Saturdays. Her collection of vintage silk scarves (sourced at markets, brocantes and charity shops) is divine, and spans the decades from the romantic scarves of the '50s to the bright, clashing colours of the '60s.
Quilt devotees will fall in love with her blankets, quilts and textiles too, dating as far back as the 1800s. Her prices range from $28 for a small baby quilt (perhaps made by a ladies church group) to $500 for a 19th century showpiece.
You’re bound to find the perfect wedding/baby gift here: You just won’t want to let it go. —Athena Tsavliris
Find Jan Marriott at The Brickworks every Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., http://ebw.evergreen.ca/farmers-market
March 29th, 2012
Spring has sprung early. Pick up a lightweight scarf to protect you from inevitable cold spells.
Sara Ghadaki’s cotton voile print circle scarves bring texture and colour to your look. Choose from several designs, including The Voyageurs collection, printed with moody scenes shot by Pam Forster from a moving train between Montreal and Toronto.
An instant way to update a wardrobe, whatever the weather. —Athena Tsavliris
At Model Citizen, 279 Augusta Ave., Toronto, 416-703-7625, www.modelcitizentoronto.com
December 7th, 2011
It’s always lovely to discover local talent on a million-miles away blog. How did a girl from San Fran find Good Night, Day before us?
A collection of deliciously soft cashmere knits, each piece is designed and handmade in Toronto by Tara-Lynn Morrison. Her fair trade yarns (alpaca, merino and bamboo blends) are sourced from family run farms and women’s collectives in South America.
Tip: Give your cashmere a comb (a dull razor works just fine) after every use to encourage longevity.
November 8th, 2011
Forget fancy baubles and try-hard winter sunglasses, right now scarves are the can’t live without accessory. Turban, kerchief or security blanket, it doesn’t matter how you wear one, just do it with aplomb.
This four-minute video is genius, showcasing 25 different scarf-tying techniques. I’ve been busy perfected the ‘Mira’ and the ‘DIY Infinity’ on my Juma scarf but I’m always a fan of the simple ‘European Loop’.
What about you, do you loop, knot or tie? —Athena Tsavliris