Fashion (Canada) - - Vancouver -

Fam­ily-run shoe re­tailer IN­GLEDEW’S (900 W. Hast­ings St., 604-687-8606, in­ threw a big move into the

mix on its 100th birth­day. On Granville Street since 1915, the com­pany re­lo­cated its

flag­ship to the cor­ner of Hast­ings and Hornby. Set among the gleam­ing white tiles are sexy Stu­art Weitz­man san­dals, clas­sic Cole Haan skim­mers and edgy ox­fords

from In­gledew’s Pri­vate La­bel. Swim­suit sea­son won’t be syn­ony­mous with mor­tal an­guish if Ju­lia Church has any­thing to do with it. Her swimwear line,

cel­e­brates the fe­male fig­ure in all its forms with suits in­spired and mod­elled by her friends. Here, the 26-yearold Van­cou­verite dis­cusses her mo­ti­va­tions and lat­est de­signs. WHY DID YOU BEGIN DESIGNING SWIMWEAR? “While I was recre­at­ing one of my own favourite swim­suits a few sum­mers ago, a few friends—all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes—loved the bot­toms. I thought to my­self, ‘Why don’t more swimwear com­pa­nies care about how their prod­uct makes a cus­tomer feel?’ Also, I’m a Canadian girl through and through—I love jump­ing in lakes, wa­ter­ski­ing and float­ing down creeks.” YOUR SUITS ARE IN­SPIRED BY WOMEN YOU KNOW. HOW DID THAT IDEA COME ABOUT? “The friends who loved my first de­sign sparked the con­cept be­cause they rep­re­sented the ev­ery­day woman. I want to be [their] voice and tell their sto­ries of adventure and body im­age.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW­EST STYLES. “The Misty isn’t your mom’s one-piece. Cre­ative types will love the colours and the sur­prise cut-out. The Ju­lia is for ladies who want to feel like Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe—a bold red style with an un­der­wire. The Stacey romper is a quirky three-piece. It’s ver­sa­tile and very Van­cou­ver—swim in it, bike in it, use it as a coverup or wear the straps up or down.”


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