Lemonade stands. DIY Halloween costumes. Haute couture. Sustainable art. Ottawa-local entrepreneur Karissa Besharah has done all of it. Apt613 met with Karissa to learn more about her creative drive, to shed light on the local fashion scene, and to see how art prints can be eco-friendly.
Stomping Ground is a new men’s boutique in the Glebe that focuses on timeless, well-made pieces.
Socially-conscious fashion lovers, this one’s for you: On October 26, the second annual Metamorphosis fashion show organized by EcoEquitable will take place at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne. The event highlights the work of emerging Ottawa clothing designers working with sustainable and recycled materials. EcoEquitable is a registered charity that provides employment and skill development […]
Christina Manuge’s ensembles are design to look stunning even as they come off.
When you think of Ottawa, do you think of fashion?
The first annual International Humanitarian Fashion Week (IHFW) took place in Ottawa this past Saturday, September 10, under the high patronage of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The event coincided with the UNESCO International Day of Peace. According to the IHFW founder and president Danielle Kadjo, “the event aims to be a national […]
I’m extremely envious of the children and youth of today. What my younger self wouldn’t do for the playful apps I now hold so dearly, the insanely cool toys available, or the beautiful children’s books that line the shelves at Chapters. (Full disclosure: I wouldn’t be too overjoyed with the new apple slices option for […]
Local fashion stylist, body positive advocate, mother, and all-round cool girl, Chantal Sarkisian, is no novice in the blogging world. Throughout the past five years she has used blogging as an outlet to share her interests and inspire others. Her journey so far has found her exploring a number of avenues, from reporting on Ottawa […]
It’s that time of year again for Bluesfest, one of Ottawa’s most-anticipated festivals. With the summer weather in full swing, everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to enjoy good company, great music and our city (without having to bundle up in multiple layers and parkas). I’m a true fashionista and gain all kinds […]
Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking […]
Island Park Distribution is Ottawa’s newest initiative to support artists, while simultaneously throwing their hat in the ring for local fashion. This two part project looks at both the amazing talent of local Ottawa artists, and provides unique and stylish attire showcasing those artists. IPD was founded by Martin Conley-Wood and Richard Monette, who grew […]
Vincent is a women’s fashion boutique nestled right in the heart of Little Italy, at 444 Preston Street to be exact. This store represents the creativity, passion and heart of two amazing sisters named Amanda and Angie. From the minute you walk into the boutique, you will be instantly greeted as they welcome you into […]
As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015. Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will […]
The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or […]
Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder […]