NordströmMatte held a #Nobadpress Holiday Preview at their new downtown Toronto showroom. It was a fun day walking around the space while getting all the gift ideas for 2017and learning and about exciting products and services that will add sizzle to the upcoming Christmas & Holiday Season 2017.
Piper & Skye is a Toronto line of luxury leather handbags, designed by Joanne McDonald. Their philosophy is that it’s important to be kind to oneself and others. Each bag is made from a blend of fish skins which makes for soft leathers and suedes. The fish leather is a by-product of the food industry, and the leathers are tanned using minimal chemicals. Overall, the result is a bag that is environmentally friendly. Their styles include totes, crossbody, clutch, and weekender. Each bag is named after a Scottish town, which pays tribute to Joanne McDonald’s Scottish roots. And of course, the name Piper & Skye was inspired by bagpipes and the Isle of Skye.
Sentaler uses the fibre of alpaca ( the cute Peruvian animal) to create gorgeous women’s outerwear. Alpaca fibre provides excellent thermal insulation (needed in Canadian winter), yet is lightweight and smooth to touch. Alpaca fibre is also hypoallergenic and doesn’t mat, stain, lose shape or fade in colour. Bojana Sentaler founded the line in 2009 and Sentaler is known for its feminine outerwear featuring ribbed sleeves, detachable collars, and hooded wrap coats. Sentaler has notables and celebrity clients including Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau who have fallen in love with their alpaca coats. For accessories, Sentaler has alpaca scarves, hats, and toques. In addition, there are knitted pom hats with proceeds going to Sick Kids Foundation.
Christopher Bates is a Canadian designer now based in Milan. His menswear and footwear lines are contemporary and stylish. Being manufactured in Italy means Bates has access to top Merino wool, lamb suede, and craftspeople which result in beautiful fabrics for his collections. The red lip print logo on the shirt collar adds a layer of fun to his collection. His clothing can be worn for all occasions. The line is carried at Harry Rosen across Canada.
La Maison De Pascale focuses on life at the beach. Started in 2011 by Marina Pascale, Their line includes women’s and men’s swimwear, with tropical coloured bikinis, men’s trunks, dresses, pareos, beach totes, scarves, and jewellery. The Artist Collection fashion scarves are 100% silk and feature designs by Canadian artists like Natalie Lastman. These are limited edition and make a fashion statement.
The most successful holiday parties are held at exciting venues. Lavelle, is a unique space on the rooftop on Toronto’s King Street West, with breathtaking views of the city. The restaurant and lounge bar, helmed by Executive Chef Romain Avril, has a strong French influence. There is a wide selection of items to please various palates like Scallop St. Jacques, east coast oysters, Fogo Island cod and 18 oz Angus dry aged rib eye. The fall/winter cocktail list, created by Executive Mixologist Chris Anderson, uses fresh fruits and natural ingredients all made in house. Some of the cocktails available are the Boreal Sour ( Leyenda Tlacuache Mezcal, fir tree liqueur, Laphroaig single malt, lemon, mulled wine float and burnt rosemary), Diamonds Dancing (Nua brut, orange oil infused frozen Aperol, liquid nitrogen, and mah Kwan green strawberry) and Million Dollar Vieux ( Remy Martin, lapsang souchong infused whiskey, Barolo Chinato, vanilla, and walnut bitters).
The holidays would not be complete without the right decor. We got to meet Milena Eglite, owner of Grower’s Flower Market and affectionately called ” The Queen of Christmas Trees.” Eglite knows how to put together the home, office, hotel lobby or event venue for the holidays. She creates beautiful arrangements, wreaths, displays and holiday trees to bring in the warmth of the season. She uses Ontario grown plants in her work.
And to balance all of the overwhelming 2017 holiday gifts and cheer, Station Cold Brew Coffee Co. provided their unique coffee.
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