LETTER FROM LEANNE: Marc for the people

The limited-edition Marc by Marc Jacobs tote ($48), created exclusively for Holt Renfrew, and on sale now. Part of the proceeds go to support Vision Spring, a non-profit organization providing affordable sunglasses to people in the developing world.

Story by Leanne Delap, who will be writing a regular column for The Style Notebook.

Carry-alls have become an important accessory. We all drive, bicycle, or tote on transit, many grocery and sundry bags. You feel like a criminal carrying a plastic bag, so you collect reusable totes in a way you never would have predicted. I love the oddball, though curated, cloth sacs I grab: a Harrods bag, one from a bookshop in Martha’s Vineyard, a Toronto Public Library tote, and a plasti-straw Marc Jacobs tote with retro red piping.

So I was intrigued when Holt Renfrew recently launched a limited-edition charity bag from Marc by Marc Jacobs. The bags are like the Prada parachute fabric: High-tech with a sheen. The front is the logo in the form of an eye chart. In short, the kind of item you see and unreasonably want, whatever that says about me-slash-us.

Continue reading

THE BOULEVARDIER: Flirts in skirts

Every week, our Boulevardier, Marq Frerichs, considers matters related to men’s style. This week: Why men in skirts are totally hot. (See Marc Jacobs, above.)

OK, I swear this is the last one. Really, I promise. No more of this tangent I’ve been on. As a friend of mine recently wrote on Facebook: “After the mensire, the murse, now the mirt?” Yes, it’s time to drag out that ol’ chestnut, the male skirt. Why? Have you been in the city for the last month? The heat, ya lummox!

I’m going to strongly advocate that the skirt is the best male garment for three distinct reasons.

1. IMAGE. This summer’s heat reminds me of a wonderful commercial from the late ’70s or early ’80s for York Peppermint Patties. It starts with a POV of an opening elevator door, then zoom through the first two figures to the bored face of a young “office girl.” She lifts a York peppermint patty to her lips and slowly takes a bite. Cue the sound of breeze; her hair beings to billow. She says: “When I eat a York peppermint patty, I feel the cool wind blowing through the forest and racing up my legs and …” Pull away to the whole elevator, and we see the others edging away from her as she begins to reach an ecstatic moment of consuming. Gale force winds ensue and she is rapt in the refreshing coolness of the chocolate. Needless to say, her skirt is being blown out of control.

Now I realize that I’m completely crazy to have this image in my head but that’s what I picture when I think of donning a skirt. All my over-heatedness would magically disappear. (I live in a special place.)

Continue reading

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

The man responsible for MJ’s tattoos is bringing his talents to LV. Story by Anne Pringle.

All tatted up
Louis Vuitton has been branching out into new areas this year, from designing a trophy case for the World Cup to creating protective cases for iPads. Their latest edgy design move is to commission celebrity tattoo artist Scott Campbell to design the bags for next week’s men’s runway show in Paris. Campbell has inked everyone from Sting to Marc Jacobs, who was apparently his LV connection. (ELLE)

Spring soles
Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti has been enlisted by French fashion house Vionnet to collaborate on a new line of shoes. The spring pre-collection debuted yesterday, and consists of 25 pieces made with leather and silk in block-colour patterns. Don’t miss the gorgeous strappy nude heels with wrap ankles. (WWD)

Italian power
And in other strange collaboration news, Italian design house Missoni has teamed up with San Pellegrino. Pellegrino’s sparkling water will now come in bottles printed with the signature Missoni print on both the label and  bottle covers. Maybe the World Cup buzz is inspiring fellow countrymen to join forces—even unconventional ones. (Nylon)

Toronto TopShop
In case you’ve been in a land far, far away, Toronto’s first-ever TopShop is now officially open! Find it inside Jonathan and Olivia, 49 Ossington Ave. Get the goods before they sell out! (Remember when they opened the first New Zealand TopShop?) (Toronto Life)