What’s cool, cut­ting edge and im­por­tant.

What’s cool, cut­ting edge & im­por­tant.

ELLE (Canada) - - #Storyboard - By Liz Gu­ber

From Brook­lyn with Love Five min­utes into my phone call with Rebecca Tay­lor, I learn an amus­ing bit of trivia: The New Zealand-born, New York-based de­signer had a cameo in an episode of Sex and the City. “I used to dress Sarah Jes­sica a lot, and I came to the set one day and she asked, ‘Do you want to be in a scene?’ I took it re­ally se­ri­ously, but you can barely see me in the back­ground,” she re­calls. Tay­lor’s newly launched con­tem­po­rary line, La Vie, isn’t in­spired by a fic­tional Manolo-ad­dicted Man­hat­tan­ite; it’s in­spired by her own life as “a mother in Brook­lyn with three kids, run­ning to birth­day parties or go­ing straight from work out to din­ner.” The name of this ca­sual off­shoot stems from her ob­ses­sion with Paris, while the pieces that make up La Vie—slouched car­goes, striped knitwear and prairie blouses—are made with Park Slope prac­ti­cal­ity in mind. How fit­ting that some call Brook­lyn “Lit­tle Paris.” (From $120, re­bec­ca­tay­lor.com) Doors open

Walk into Shi­nola’s new Toronto out­post—on Oss­ing­ton Av­enue—and ride out on a bike. It’s one of the many hand­crafted wares on of­fer, along with watches, jour­nals and leather ac­ces­sories. All of these prod­ucts are made in the brand’s three Detroit fac­to­ries with a com­mit­ment to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the Mo­tor City. (shi­nola.com) FOR YOUR CON­SID­ER­A­TION When Ri­hanna lends her vi­sion to de­sign, she brings her un­canny tal­ent for tap­ping into fash­ion’s next wave. Case in point: the slick shades she cre­ated for Dior, out now. Sim­ply called “Ri­hanna,” the specs shine bright in a va­ri­ety of metal­lic fin­ishes. (From $1,000, dior.com) ( Don’t) bor­row from the boys  Imagine this: It’s Satur­day morn­ing; a girl sits on her bed puz­zling over a Sudoku or a cross­word, a plate of half-eaten av­o­cado toast bal­anced on the du­vet, and she’s wear­ing a per­fectly slouched tee. No, she didn’t bor­row it from her boyfriend; it’s from Richer Poorer’s newly launched women’s range. The L.A.-based ba­sics brand turned to hun­dreds of women for their T-shirt musts, and the re­sult is a thought­fully de­signed and ul­tra-soft take on the sta­ple. ($40, richer-poorer.com)

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