Muse To Many: L’inconnue De La Seine

Meet the legend, the mannequin, the most kissed of all time. I was the kind of child who, had I known the whole story, would have thought myself fully capable of resuscitating the long dead L’Inconnue de la Seine. The story traces back to the turn of the 20th century, when sociologist Émile Durkheim, and subsequently the French Surrealists, pondered… Read more →

Afternoon Tea

Who says Alice should have the best tea party in town? These fabulous tea sets from English designer Christine Misiak will have you living in a Wonderland all of your very own. Inspired by Misiak’s love of tea, her collection of tea sets revives that age-old regalness to drinking tea, lost through today’s coffee-shop-chain lifestyle. Misiak, who could be described… Read more →

Green Roots

It’s great that eco-design is on the rise, and green business, too. But I think it quite important to recognize those companies long dedicated to socially and environmentally responsible practices-as opposed to the trendy ventures. Roots Canada Ltd. is in it for the long haul. Co-founded in 1973 by Michael Budman and Don Green, Roots emerged just a little more… Read more →

Shops That Transport

Airport shopping has never really floated my boat, if you’ll excuse the metaphor. For one, I’m never sure how I’d take anything back. To return to the airside retailer where I bought that faulty camera, would I really have to book another flight? Or would one of the security people or passport checkers run the errand for me? So, apart… Read more →

The Gucci Bootie Stiletto

Imagine being sent a photograph of a shoe and asked to write about it for a fashion-conscious online magazine. Where to start? It isn’t just any shoe of course, but a high heeled, open toed, lace-up Gucci “bootie,” in glossy pink patent leather. While the word bootie for me conjures up visions of a baby’s knitted sock, this shiny, elegant… Read more →