Wednesday, November 27, 2013

All about Alice

So it's that time of year again when we introduce all things fuzzy.  And it's finally cold enough to do it without making all of you readers cringe.  Fall/winter is our favourite season here at Paper People, as we love to keep you warm & cozy with our delectable sweaters, knits and one of a kind upcycled accessories.

Here at Paper People, we are always thinking of ways to conserve on materials and reduce waste and our accessories line is the perfect solution to that.  The Alice Mitts are made from scraps left over from clothing production.  And inevitably when cutting fabric yardage, there is always a little bit leftover from the end, so we use our leftover jersey scraps to create the linings of these mitts.  Organic cotton jersey of course!


Designer, Jenn checks for falling snow in her winter getup.  She chooses a feminine, floral pair of Alice Mitts to match her Theresa Cowl.  And the little pops of colour are a great accent to her Soia & Kyo coat (designed in Montreal) that she picked up at Fresh Collective.  Visit Jenn at the One of a Kind Show & Sale here in Toronto to pick out your very own pair or two!


Jessie is looking warm and cozy in her winter attire.  Check out her gorgeously eye catching Alice Mitts and matching wrap that she crocheted herself!  We just love how beautifully the colours accent together.  As designer of both a jewellery, Sugar Rush, and nail polish line, Renegade Fawn, Jessie is all about colour!


Liz is looking stylish and edgy in her winter wear.  Her black & grey Alice Mitts match nicely while still creating a subtle contrast with her midnight black attire.  Liz and her partner Kelly of The Style Initiative will be hosting a holiday pop up sale in December at Banu on Queen West.  Be sure to mark it on your calendar and surprise your loved ones with a unique, locally made treasure this holiday season!


Meaghan is rocking a nineties look with her earthy hues and vintage blouson jacket, a fun hand me down from a friend who went up north.  Her brown and cranberry Alice Mitts accent her outfit perfectly.  Meaghan's all girl bike gang/arts collective, the Deadly Nightshades just did a collaboration with Bookman Lights of Sweden.  Check out their super current, super funky stylings here.


The Alice Mitts are available at independent retailers across Canada:
13 Reasons (Port Dover, ON)
be Solely Canadian Clothing (Courtenay, BC) 
Ecoexistence (Toronto,ON)
Ecotopia Naturals (Sidney, BC)
Eleven : Eleven Boutique (Calgary, AB)
Flock Boutique (Ottawa, ON)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
Hemp & Company (Victoria, BC)
Boutique Lily Ka (Montreal, QC) 
Luvly in Lunenburg Nova Scotia
Rub of the Green (Midland, ON)
Studio Intent (Calgary, AB)
Tapestry (Calgary, AB)
Workshop Boutique (Ottawa, ON)

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Monday, November 25, 2013

What's in store at the One of a Kind Show!

The One of a Kind Show & Sale is fast approaching!  For those of you who have never been, this show is truly a treat.  It's a juried show, so each exhibitor is hand selected by a panel of judges and we are truly honoured to be showcased!  The theme is artisanal products that are handmade by crafts people from Canada and the US.  Exhibitors run the gamut from fine art, to fashion and home decor to bath and body products and of course the ever popular flavours section.  The show runs 11 days from November 28 to December 8th and for those of you who are busy at the office, there is a late night shopping event on Thursday, December 5th where the show will be open until 11pm.

Tickets are $14 at the door, but take advantage of our special insider deal and get yours for just $11!  So come visit us in booth F-08.  We'll be happy to help you pick out the perfect holiday outfit or gift!

With just a 10'x10' booth space, we have to be very selective, only bringing the best of the best.  Of course we'll be fully stocked with all the fun giftable mittens, arm warmers, leg warmers and hats, but our real passion is the clothing.  So here's a brief showcase of the styles you can expect to see at the One of a Kind Show this year:  

The Lorraine Cardigan

The Jacqueline Dress

The Yvonne Cardigan

The Maude Blazer
The Rose Cardigan

The Elaine Vest
The Stella Dress

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Loving the Lorraine

Here at Paper People we're very careful with our use of materials when creating our fun, environmental, upcycled fashions.  Colour and texture choices are strategic.  Some of our looks take 4 or even 5 different vintage garments to create, so we've really got things down to a science.  The lovely Lorraine Cardigan is no exception.  

With the Lorraine, we decided to create a real statement piece.  Something bold, beautiful and not for the faint of heart.  For this sweater, we've taken 3 different patterned sweaters and matched them with a beautiful solid recycled wool fabric from Italy.  This way, each sweater is truly unique and special, just like the lovely ladies who shop with us!



Jessie pairs her beautiful, feminine, floral Lorraine with a delicate slip dress, lace tights and chunky platform ankle boots.  She plays with the ties, created a cinched in hourglass silhouette.  Very Courtney Love, very 90s.


Designer, Jenn continues the grunge theme.  She pairs her red striped Lorraine with a plaid flannel shirt she picked up at a clothing swap, jeans and her favourite Doc Marten boots.  She ties the belt in the back, allowing the sides to flow and hang open freely.


Liz creates an edgier look, pairing her green Lorraine with black pointy boots, faux leather leggings and a statement necklace created from upcycled zippers.  She plays with the ties, creating a funky asymmetric wrap look.


 Meaghan goes for an Almost Famous look with her fun retro shades, grey tights and loafers.  She does an origami like folding technique to neatly envelope herself.  She liked her Lorraine so much that she decided she had to take it home with her!


The Lorraine Cardigan is available at independent retailers across Canada:
Awear (Collingwood, ON) 
Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Eleven : Eleven Boutique (Calgary, AB)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
Gaia (Thornbury, ON)
P’Lovers (Halifax, NS)
Still Eagle (Nelson, BC)

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beth: the Beauty of Organic Cotton

In the grand scheme of sustainable fibres, organic cotton is one of our favourites.  Earlier in the year we met with the folks from Canopy, a not for profit that advocates for the preservation of forests worldwide.  Through our meeting we learned that over the past few years there has been a rise in the popularity of rayon (like we didn't notice!).  This was due in part to the increase in cotton prices.  Rayon is manufactured from cellulose fibre, the most popular source being trees and it has contributed greatly to deforestation across the globe.  Cellulose fibres from trees are too stiff on their own to make soft, wearable fabrics so they must be processed chemically with caustic soda which is a highly toxic substance.

If you go through your wardrobe today you can likely find many garments made from rayon.  T-shirts and knits made from rayon have a slight sheen to them, are thinner than cotton, less prone to wrinkling and have a tendency to shrink and pill after just a few washes.  At Paper People, we prefer organic cotton as it washes and wears better and does not contribute to deforestation, nor does it require harsh chemicals.  It is naturally soft and absorbent.  We chose organic cotton for the Beth Top features here.


 Jessie is looking vibrant in her colourful ensemble.  She chooses the Beth Top in fuchsia to match her hair and throws on a pair of fuchsia shoes to coordinate.  Her contrasting green pants and make the colours really pop and she tops it all off with a brass necklace from her line, Sugar Rush.


 Jenn picks her Beth Top in purple of course!  She dresses her top up with a ruffled, tiered skirt, lace scarf, lace tights and matching purple boots.


Meaghan is ready for work in her teal Beth Top.  It's the perfect pop of colour for her professional black skirt and blazer.  Always eco, and always caffeinated, Meg never forgets to bring her reusable coffee cup.  This one is made by Keep Cup with sustainability in mind!


Liz is comfy and casual in her green Beth Top.  She throws on her favourite dark denim, brown boots and accents her look with a brown scarf.  Liz is a professional stylist and PR agent for classical musicians and she's a real live wire to have on set! 


The Beth Top is available at select independent Canadian retailers:
Eleven : Eleven Boutique (Calgary, AB)
Natureal Junction (Toronto, ON)

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Rose Like No Other

Made from 100% upcycled materials, each sweater is truly a one of a kind eco fashion piece.  From the funky printed sweaters right down to the mix and match vintage buttons, we had a lot of fun creating these cardigans and we hope you'll have just as much fun wearing them!


Designer, Jenn picks the Rose Cardigan in classic grey with a fun yet subtle teal and purple print.  She pairs it with a pair of pants she dyed and embellished herself.  One of the great features of this piece is the folding cuffs.  They're long enough for the tall ladies but comfortably fold up for those of us who are less lengthy.


Jessie picked her favourite Rose in fuchsia to match her hair!  How fun is that?  Join Jessie tomorrow at Bling It On! where she'll be showcasing her jewellery collection Sugar Rush and debuting her new nail polish line, Renegade Fawn!


Liz Parker of the Style Initiative is looking stunning in her quirky brown and teal Rose.  And we love her matching necklace!  Liz has been working hard all month along with collaborator Kelly Kan to bring Bling It On! to you tomorrow here in downtown Toronto!  Liz has been a stylist and PR agent for many years and she's using her talents to help promote local designers through this exciting new project.  So drop in tomorrow for a showcase of locally made jewellery, meet the designers and stay for a few cocktails!


Meaghan is looking bookish in her two tone black and white Rose Cardigan.  She pairs her cardi with a Toronto made dress by Parade, grey tights and t-strap heels.  Meg has coined the tagline "warm and pretty" for my line.  I'd say she's got the right idea in mind.



The Rose Cardigan is available at independent retailers across Canada & the US:
13 Reasons (Port Dover, ON)
Awear (Collingwood, ON) 
be Solely Canadian Clothing (Courtenay, BC) 
Eco Diva Clothing (Arlington Heights, IL)
Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Ecotopia Naturals (Sidney, BC)
Eleven : Eleven Boutique (Calgary, AB)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
Gaia (Thornbury, ON)
Luvly in Lunenburg Nova Scotia
P'Lovers (Kingston, ON)
P’Lovers (Halifax, NS)
Rub of the Green (Midland, ON)
Sew Dandee (Winnipeg, MB)
Something Else (Port Colborne, ON)
Still Eagle (Nelson, BC)
Tapestry (Calgary, AB)
Workshop Boutique (Ottawa, ON)

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