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Canadian designers rock!

c-SENTALER-Luxury-Outerwear_-Wrap-Coat-with-Ribbed-Sleeves---Rose-Dust2-2017_largeAs we sit in a heat wave it’s hard to think about fall/winter. But it’s a great time to check out new brands and lines. After all, F/W is the biggest season.

Canadian designers rock when it comes to outerwear. One of my new faves is Sentaler – you may not have heard of them but their designs and workmanship are exquisite.

When Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, visited Canada a couple of years ago, she wore this jacket and sent Sentaler into the stratosphere.

Today this beautiful line offers several styles to suit a range of body types and sizes.

Coats are made from super fine alpaca and wool, making them both luxurious and warm.

There are some beautiful styles for fall, my favourite is this hooded version in blush. So feminine and yet so practical.  Sentaler blush

I’m going to save up to purchase this gorgeous coat, perfect for fall/winter. Many of Sentaler’s designs are on pre-order for delivery in September.

Beautiful. Made in Canada.

 

 

 

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Introducing Duval artisan handbags

Duval handbags

Duval handbags may be relatively new on the scene, but it’s a dream come true for designer Esther Hempel.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Esther and hear how she designs and manufactures her collection of handbags by hand.Duval tools of the trade

Yes, that’s right – everything is hand-crafted by Esther: hand-punched and hand-sewn.

These are gorgeous bags, made of the finest Canadian-sourced suedes and leathers. Esther’s care and attention to detail means that each bag takes about 14 hours for her to make. How did she begin her business?

 

“I learned to never settle,” says Esther. “Always go for your dreams.”

Duval handbags was launched in June 2016 and now includes a collection of eight handbags in styles including tote, cross-body, shoulder bag, wristlet and clutch.

“My collection is inspired with timeless styles, but with an edge,” said Esther. “They are versatile and go anywhere, from day to night.”

Esther also believes in giving back. “If we all do a little bit, we can make the world a better place,” she says. Esther donates 10% of her profits to the charity, A Better World Canada, which is currently supplying textbooks to Kenya.

Please visit her website, www.duvalcanada.com for more information and to purchase her well-crafted bags.

Another Edmonton fashion success story!