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I lived in Vancouver since 1997. It’s a great place to be, rated one of the best cities to live in the world, Vancouver certainly has a lot to offer. Each to their own. I find that it is a great place to be if you like outdoors, anything to do with nature and recreation. I am the kind of person who wants it all, I often say it’s all or nothing, I want the same from the city I live in. I want more than just the stunning mountain and ocean views, endless hiking trails and yoga studios with organic shops sprouting around all over town.
I, my self love the nature with a good balance of city life, night life, cultural events, art galleries, museums, hipster eateries and of course good selection of fashion stores. I have been working in the fashion industry for many years and often found it very difficult to find a good places to shop in Vancouver, or for that matter even stylish people sometimes are far and few in between. It was after all named third worst dressed city in world in 2011, due to yoga pants trend that we owe to a world-famous yoga company founded in Vancouver and that isLululemon.
But not all is lots for this beautiful city. This city does have some cool and trendy companies coming out here. Of course everyone in Vancouver will know about Aritzia. I have worked for Aritzia for over three years. It was a great experience and a pleasure to work for a local company with so many like-minded and stylish people. Started out in 1984 by Brian Hill, who is by far the coolest boss I have ever worked for. What I like about Aritzia is that they cater to different age groups. They have in-house designers working very hard to come up with the latest fashion styles, the only problem with Aritzia is that everyone shops there, so in a small city like Vancouver, you are often one of many girls wearing the same shirt or a pair of pants.
Another local brand is Obakki. I have also worked for them. They make high-end luxury clothing, evening dresses. Very fine quality indeed, just need to find that special occasion to wear it for. Obakki was founded in 2005 by Treana Peake. Treena is an amazing woman, pleasure to work with, she also donates a lot of her profit to many different organizations. The Obakki Foundation, Obakki’s philanthropic counterpart, is a registered charity that focuses on providing clean water and education in Africa.
And of course least but not last is Herschel Supply Co, Vancouver very own hipster company making backpacks, bags and travel accessories. To tell you the truth I had no idea Herschel was from Vancouver. It took me to move to London to find out about them first ,way back in 2012. I use to shop in Mercantile boutique in East London and they carried Herschel backpacks there. Never thought backpacks would be so trendy, but they caught my eye and now I have three backpacks and a wallet and I am sure I will keep buying more with each season. I barely ever leave my house without my Herschel backpack, they are stylish and you can fit so many things, perfect for on the go lifestyle.
I will mention Lululemon, who are massively big all over the world. Founded in 1998 by Chip Wilson. Although I don’t shop there, I am still proud to see the company do well on the international market.
My conclusion is, don’t come to Vancouver for it’s fashion or shopping. Do come here if you love nature, want to experience a young, modern and multicultural city, but if you want style, definitely go to NY instead, if you so happen to be in North America. As for me, I do most of my shopping online.
I want to introduce to you my gorgeous friend Carlie. She is a Fit Model at Aritzia. I worked with Carlie for 3 years. We became very close over the years and shared a lot of funny stories about our life adventures. I was very sad to leave the company and to lose a great work colleague like Carlie. At only 23 years of age, Carlie is a young and ambitions individual.
I want to do a mini interview with her, because most of you will have no idea what a Fit Model is and what this job involves, skills, qualifications etc. All fashion designers or clothing manufacturers use Fit Models to check the fit, drape and visual appearance of a design on a “real” human being, effectively acting as a live mannequin.
OS: Where are you from Carlie?
CR: I am born and raised in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. Lived in the same house my whole life, but this weekend I am finally moving in with my boyfriend Kyle. I am very exited, it’s a big step in life and I really look forward to it.
OS: What are you doing with your life at the moment?
CR: I am studying General Business for my Diploma and after that I hope to figure out what area I am interested in, so far marketing strategy is my go to.
OS: How did you get into Fit Modelling and when?
CR: I started Fit Modelling after I was laid off from my warehouse job in Port Coquitlam and my boyfriend at the time showed me an add out of the Metro newspaper saying Aritzia was looking for Fit Models with measurements..
I was hired after my first interview (all they did was measure me with my clothes on and ask for my availability) At the time they only had one part-time fit model and were expanding so I think they were desperate. I’ve been there for over 5 years now, though so it seems they made a good choice hiring me lol.
OS: Did you know what a Fit Model was before and how do you explain it to people when they ask you about it?
CR: When I went for the interview I thought it was for a fitness model and had no idea what I was going to do. I have always been athletic and I was going to the gym almost every day at that time, so I figured I would give it a try.
When people ask me what I do for a living I usually explain to them what a fit model is and that I am basically a human mannequin and I just try on clothes all day, giving back feedback to the designers and technicians. Sometimes (depending on the person) I save myself the conversation and just tell them who I assist during the fittings at Aritzia.
OS: What is the best and worst part about this job?
CR: Best part about this job is the flexibility, pay and people I work with.
Worst part is how much the industry changes, especially in a fairly new and expanding company. They can put a lot of pressure on you with keeping your measurements within the tolerance and sometimes you can be blamed for things because it’s more convenient. You also have to have “tough skin”, people will make comments about your body, forgetting you’re a real person. Of course they don’t mean to be mean or rude, you always have to keep that in mind.
OS: Your favorite designer at Aritzia to work with and why?
OS: How long do fit sessions usually last, and what do you have to do?
CR: Fittings can last anywhere from 5 minutes to a full 8 hours per day or more, depending on the time of the year and what’s on the agenda. All I have to do if try on each garment they give me and just give honest, valuable feedback based on fit, feeling and look, by working with the pattern makers, technicians and design team.
OS: How do you stay in shape?
CR: I stay in shape by eating a very clean healthy diet, I’ve always been a healthy eater but recently I gotten into healthy baking since I have a huge sweet tooth. Also, I have gluten and wheat sensitivity, so doing my own cooking and baking allows me to eat whatever I want!
I don’t have any consistent gym schedule even though I should, but right now I do a spin class once a week, some sort of total body workout once or twice a week and then I get outside if the weathers is nice on the weekend.
OS: What is your personal style?
CR: I am a very casual person during the week, if I could live in sweats and stretchy clothes I would, since I am constantly changing at work all the time, I’m never in my own clothes anyways. On the weekend, depending on my mood, I like to dress up and accessorize a bit. I’m not much of a heel person, though I can’t walk in anything higher than 4 inches.
OS: One thing you can’t absolutely live without at the moment?
CR: Right now, my car. I live in the suburbs and I need my freedom.
OS: Your future goals?
CR: Once I complete school I want to get into a full-time position doing some sort of marketing or business strategy, nothing involving math though, as I am terrible with numbers. I also want to travel within the next year and buy a house in about 3-4 years.
How darling are Charlotte Olympia‘s new Zodiac flats? They are a perfect Birthday treat for your self or your friends. Your star sign will never go out of style, so these have excellent fashion-mileage, too.
British born Charlotte Dellal is the creative genius behind this playful shoe brand. After launching in 2006, it’s now one of the hottest shoe brands around thanks to her trademark Dolly platforms. Many celebrities are being spotted wearing Charlotte’s shoes, making them even more desirable.
GISELE BUNDCHEN, who is one of my favourite Models, wants more fashion photographers to adopt a more natural look when shooting for advertising campaigns – urging them to embrace imperfections and steer away from over retouching the images. As the world’s most powerful supermodel, the 32-year-old has starred in countless high-fashion campaigns – including, most recently one for BLK DNM.
The Brazilian-born beauty worked closely with the brand’s creative director, Johan Lindeberg, on the shoot, who photographed her himself and praised his relaxed technique. Lindberg persuaded Bundchen to go without make-up or hair styling for the photographs (the full results of which are yet to be unveiled), and the whole shoot took just two hours.
“I loved his approach because I feel like women should be really real and raw and it doesn’t really happen anymore. I love that feeling of, you know, we are women – we are so different. Our imperfections are what makes us unique and beautiful. He gets that. He’s not trying to retouch you or put a pretty light on you. He’s not like, ‘You’ve got to look a certain way.’ He’s like, ‘You are you.'”
To my opinion Gisele is perfect as it is, even without make-up and professionally done hair she looks amazing.
The mother of two has also previously starred in campaigns for Givenchy, Versace, H&M, Chanel and Balenciaga, to name a few. She recently made Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women – the only model to do so – and alongside husband Tom Brady, who is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots, are one of the world’s richest celebrity couples, second only to Beyonce and Jay-Z.
I have discovered this company some time ago and I think the idea behind this business is just amazing. This company is basically a consignment store, taking luxury fashion items from stylish ladies, that want to get rid of some unwanted items and free up the space in their closets for more fashion goods.
Since launching in February 2008, BuyMyWardrobe helped over 250 fashionable ladies to unload unwanted items and 1000’s more have joined the cause since then.
Why I think this is such a great idea, because people like you and I, who love to own quality clothes from brand name designers, but perhaps don’t have the cash for it, can now buy designer names such as; Stella McCartney, Rag&Bone, Gucci, Valentino, Missoni, Dior, Chloe, Lanvin, Diane Von Furstenberg and much more, at a great price that you can’t resist.
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