Boring bouquets get the boot at Anatomie Fleur in Berlin, where Canadian expat Jean-Christian Pullin and business partner Amandine Cheveau create unconventional, sculptural arrangements for fashion editorials and stylish parties, revealing the poetic potential of petals – what they call “a dialogue between flowers, art and space.”
That’s a Wrap
There are over 100 different ways to wear a sari, and millions of women wear one daily. Canadian-born, Bangalore based, Malika Verma Kashyap is on a mission to demystify the iconic garment. Kashyap is the founder of fashion journal and agency Border & Fall. She is co-producing over 80 how-to videos on regional sari draping techniques and overseeing three independent shorts reflecting the history, meaning and future of the sari. The shorts are directed by Bon Duke, Q and Pooja Kaul and recently debuted at New York’s MoMA.
Toronto-based entrepreneur Brittny Skylar Robins (pictured) is changing the way millennials think about skincare. Inspired by Korean beauty, and with the help of former Hudson’s Bay bigwig Bonnie Brooks, Robins’ brand is built around hydrogel eye and face masks meant to be used in the lead up to important events. For her part, Robins says she uses them while on planes! Next up, look for her line of no-fuss cosmetics.
Animal bones, horns and fur are reimagined by Nunavut artist Adina Tarralik Duffy for her jewellery line, Ugly Fish. Beluga vertebrae become earrings and caribou antlers are fashioned into bracelets, not only putting a contemporary twist on traditional Northern fashions but making a statement about sustainability. All her work is crafted from found materials, making each piece as ethical as it is unique.
Apple picking may evoke images of crisp fall days, but at Les Vergers Lafrance, the orchard gates open to the public every January for a different kind of harvest. Third-generation orchard owner Éric Lafrance says Quebec’s extreme cold allows the fruit’s sugars and flavours to develop more intensely. Through a process known as cryoextraction, frozen apples are used in a signature Cuvée Speciale iced apple cider (which pairs nicely with blue cheese and foie gras). In 2017, Les Vergers Lafrance also introduced its first apple vermouth, Rouge Gorge.
The Museum of Fear and Wonder in Bergen, Alberta, is set to live up to its name. Opened by brothers Jude and Brendan Griebel (an artist and an Arctic archaeologist, respectively), the space is a tribute to roadside attractions and novelty collections of yore. Expect uncanny objects from around the world (antique dolls, medical models, religious charms) and visiting speakers reflecting on human relationships to the material world.
Chef Brandon Olsen’s recently opened Toronto restaurant La Banane is making waves with its creative cuisine and art-inspired plating, but diners have to order dessert to see the pièce de résistance:
Ziggy Stardust Disco Eggs. With shapes inspired by Buckminster Fuller and Pollock-style splashes of colour, the chocolates break open to reveal surprise treats like chocolate truffles, dried cherries and pink peppercorns. The eggs are also available to go in the CXBO (Chocolates x Brandon Olsen) shop.
In the Bag
This nylon women’s handbag by BREE for Mercedes-Benz is as sturdy as it is stylish. With an adjustable, dedicated mobile phone compartment, it can go to the office or to brunch – or both!
Put a Pin on It
Enamel pins are having a moment, and designs go way beyond a basic flag for your blazer’s lapel. Here are the Canadian companies sticking it to this trend.
Stay Home Club Montreal-based Stay Home Club offers wry and gloomy graphic pins that will help you wear your heart on your sleeve – sometimes literally.
Sad Truth Supply Whether you want to profess your love of Drake or your Morrissey obsession, you will go gaga over this Toronto label’s clever pop-culture-inspired pins.
Fairgoods Let everyone know you’re Canadian and proud of it with this Calgary company’s Canada pin series, including a “double-double” cup, poutine and a curling stone.
Vinyl sales rose by this much last year (while CD and cassette sales dropped) with help from Precision Record Pressing in Burlington, Ontario. Launched in 2017 with a limited‑edition release of the Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem, it is the world’s first vinyl manufacturing plant to use all-new equipment in over 30 years. While most companies won’t produce under 300 records, Precision Record Pressing offers affordable smaller pressing runs.
Step aside, sci-fi – the future is at hand thanks to Thalmic Labs. The Waterloo-based company caused a stir with the Myo armband, a gesture-controlled device that allows users to interact and use technology from a distance. The armband has not only changed the way users play games (it is especially popular with VR enthusiasts) but it is also being integrated into revolutionary medical science. The technology in the armband is being used to create prosthetic arms controlled by the users’ muscle movements.
Watch This Space
It’s time to chuck your charger and trade it in for the Uvolt Watch. The Canadian designed accessory displays time and doubles as a solar battery pack that charges your smart phone on the go. Slated to be released in late 2017, the Uvolt Watch is as stylish as it is functional.
Back to School
Canadian field-trip planners can finally rest easy: The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa reopens in November 2017. This long-time school and family favourite will be launching new interactive exhibits, such as Steam: A World in Motion, on the history of steam technology in Canada, and ZOOOMobile, where children can experiment with vehicle design. Last but certainly not least, word is they’re bringing back the museum’s most popular exhibit: the sensory-distorting Crazy Kitchen.