At the rate that I am posting about her, this blog could almost be named for Malorie Urbanovitch rather than myself. This shoot, however, was the brain child of Honey Club's editor-in-chief, Rashell Campbell. She told me she wanted us to shoot Malorie with a floral background and we went from there. The result: a dreamy 1960's vibe. It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Malorie for the latest issue of Honey Club Magazine. Be sure to check out the rest of the photos here, along with our conversation with her.
I have always had an affinity for hats, and this particular hat is a Mallory by Stetson felted wool fedora purchased from the Strathcona Antique Mall. Unfortunately I haven't been able to narrow down the exact year it came from. I do know that Stetson acquired the Mallory Hat Company in 1946 and ceased making hats under that name by 1965. That is a twenty year discrepancy, but regardless, my hat is a piece of history that I am honoured to have in my possession.
Here I styled it with a suede envelope bag by Malorie Urbanovitch, an oversized quilted jacket from Étoile by Isabel Marant, a Gant Rugger oxford shirt, Acne Studios denim and New Balance 996 sneakers (photos by my dear friend Kassy).
I also need to give a shout out to Jasper Ave's newest coffee shop, Lockstock. This quaint, narrow café is tucked between Red Star and The Bower. What this place lacks in size is more than made up by the insanely good Danesi espresso (which is simply the best bean, let's be honest). I can't wait until my next weekday off so I can post up with a magazine, an Americano, and one of the delicious pastries I have heard so much about.
My favourite Edmonton girl, Malorie Urbanovitch, showed her Fall Winter 2015 collection this past week at World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. The designs, colour palette and aesthetic were inspired by a recent trip to Morocco.
I can't get enough of the orange suede and wide leg pants.
You can see the entire collection on her facebook page here.
Church's Footwear grew from humble beginnings in Northampton, UK. The year was 1873 and a man, his wife and their two sons, opened a small workshop in an area rich with traditions of leather and footwear production. Three years later the brand made history with the revolutionary invention of the Adaptable model, which included, for the first time, a differentiation between the right and left shoe.
Then came the 1920's. Politically, the world was changing. Women were fighting for their rights and their fashion freedom. The shift dress appeared on the runways and the streets, waistlines moved lower, hemlines higher, and stocking sales skyrocketed. Up until this point, Church's had been entirely focused on men's footwear. The feminine revolution was undeniable, so 1921 saw the release of the first women's shoe from Church's, which had an arch customized to the shape of a women's beautiful stocking-clad foot.
Fast-forward nearly a century, through the Great Depression, a second World War, and untold political, social and economic changes, and Church's is still one of the most reputable footwear brands on the market.
This is mainly attributed to its classic styles and unrivaled quality, but also in part to Prada. After acquiring Church's in 1999, Prada has helped develop a beautiful and traditional company into a fashionable and relevant name that is adored worldwide, not just in the UK. Among other things, the Italian fashion house expanded distribution and production of Church's. Today, the men's collection is still made in their same Northampton factory, while the women's collection is made in Italy.
Regardless of the factory location, Church's Footwear is still handcrafted by the same manual steps developed and perfected over their 142-year history. With these processes, it takes up to eight weeks to complete a single pair.
I just purchased my first pair of Church's through a special order at work. [One of the many benefits of my job is that I do get opportunities like this from time to time.] However, the difference between this Church's order and past special orders is that construction didn't even begin on this shoe until they received my request. This oxford was handcrafted in Italy, made-to-order, specifically for me.