Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Joan Top - Simply Local Fashion

Here at Paper People, we know that you'll never tire of simple, flattering basics.  We love to work with natural, sustainable fibres and we want to provide you with as many opportunities as possible to shop local.  This season we've reinvented the Joan Cowl Top in a soft, lightweight organic cotton.  The shirts were designed here in Toronto, cut in Brampton, sewn in Toronto and dyed at a local mill in Ajax.   


Bri's look is clean, simple, young and fun.  She wears her turquoise Joan Top with a floral mini skirt, knee socks, slide on loafers and an over sized vintage jean jacket.  Check out more of Bri's vintage finds on Rag Rich Vintage.


Liz is looking high energy in her rich and bold combo.  The Joan Cowl Top is the perfect piece to accompany those summer printed pants you've been eyeing.  And yes, you're not seeing things, her hair and toe nails are coordinated too!

This month, Liz and her partner Kelly of The Style Initiative will be bringing a local designer fashion shopping party to Fionn MacCool's at University & Adelaide.  Joins us June 18th & 19th to shop and support local creators!


Designer, Jenn pairs her purple Joan Top with the Vera Wrap Skirt.  This simple top really allows you to have fun with fancy, funky skirts, pants, shorts and shoes.

This year, Jenn will be turning 30 and she's taken the opportunity to reinvent herself.  She'll be launching her new, more refined label, Jennifer Fukushima this fall.  Stay in touch on facebook for all the details!


Liz is dolled up and ready to dance in her turquoise Joan Top and classy black and white pleated skirt.  A perfect example of how cotton doesn't have to be strictly casual.



The Joan Cowl Top is available at select independent Canadian retailers:

Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Flock Boutique (Ottawa, ON)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
Studio Intent (Calgary, AB)
Workshop Boutique (Ottawa, ON)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Versatile Vera Wrap Skirt

Here at Paper People, versatility is always something we keep in mind when designer.  And what could be more versatile than a wrap skirt?  This simple a-line skirt fits wearers size 2-14.  Made from a strong and supple mud dyed silk, Vera Wrap Skirt comes in 3 colourways - black, red and purple.   Wrap it one way to show off florals and wrap it the opposite way when you're in the mood for funky geometrics.


Liz pairs her red Vera Skirt with a crisp sleeveless blouse, funky, chunky shoes by Fluevog and a summer straw fedora.  Through her own company, Liz PR, Liz styles and promotes classical musicians.  Liz is always a treat to have on set as she's fun, at ease in front of the camera and always keeps us smiling and laughing.


Designer, Jenn pairs her purple Vera Wrap Skirt with the simple Joan Cowl Top.  With so many fun colours to pull from this skirt - purple, blue, green, orange and black -  the possibilities are endless.

The Jennifer Fukushima collection, a line of premium statement knitwear will be launching this August, so follow along to stay in the loop.



The Vera Wrap Skirt is available at select independent Canadian retailers:

13 Reasons (Port Dover, ON)
Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Flock Boutique (Ottawa, ON)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
The Loop (Thunder Bay, ON)
Something Else (Port Colborne, ON)
Studio Intent (Calgary, AB)
Workshop Boutique (Ottawa, ON)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Scarlett, our best kept secret

Here at Paper People, although we've become known for our bold and funky statement pieces, we'd also like to offer some toned down, refined and versatile options.  And The Scarlett Dress was our answer to this design challenge!

Available in two options, a lightweight organic cotton poplin with subtle stripes and a soft and textural linen/cotton blend.  With its fitted bodice and flared skirt, this dress is flattering for many body types, comfortable for those hot summer days and the perfect canvas for your favourite scarves, belts and layering essentials.

Check the tag as you shop as these dresses were created in limited edition runs.  Pieces this flattering and versatile won't be on the racks for long, so get yours now!   


Designer Jenn is looking good in her favourite neutral.  She throws on a fun and summer floral scarf to personalize the look.  This Scarlett Dress in grey cotton features vintage lace appliques along the skirt and was created in a limited run of only 5 dresses.  


Liz is looking fabulous and flirty in her turquoise cotton Scarlett Dress.  She accessorizes her look with a chunky necklace in matching turquoise and tops it off with a fuchsia belt and matching toe nail polish.  Created in a limited run of just 11 dresses.

When Liz isn't strutting her stuff on camera, she keeps busy acting as a fun and fabulous spokesperson for local designers.  She and her partner Kelly have launched The Style Initiative, a vehicle for promoting and marketing local designer fashions to the Bay Street crowd.  These fine ladies will be hosting The Summer Trunk Show June 18 & 19 at Fionn McCool's at University & Adelaide in Toronto.


Bri is ready to rock in her edgy ensemble.  She chooses the Scarlett linen in grey because of its interesting, unusual texture and layers up with a leather bomber style jacket of her own design.  The Scarlett linen in grey is part of a limited edition run of only 5 dresses.



Jenn opts to mix and match textures, layering The Blanche Blazer over her cotton Scarlett Dress in magenta.  She keeps the look young and fun with a pair of floral flats from Fresh Collective.  

Follow Jenn as she launches her new collection this fall.  The Jennifer Fukushima collection takes the best of Paper People to create a line of statement knitwear for the bold and modern woman.


The Scarlett Dress is available at select independent Canadian retailers:

Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Flock Boutique (Ottawa, ON)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
Still Eagle (Nelson, BC)
Workshop Boutique (Ottawa, ON)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Blanche Blazer - Soft and Stylish

Here at Paper People, Spring/Summer 2014 marks our transition to using 100% new eco fabrics.  Our goal is to provide consistency and quality without compromising the environment.  These pieces were created in limited edition runs, so check the hang tag to see just how special they are!

The first style we'd like to introduce to you is the Blanche Blazer.  Made from a beautiful, delicate linen/cotton blend, Blanche is the perfect over layer for warm spring and hot summer days.  The loose weave is airy and breathable, but still provides coverage and protection from the sun.


Bri's style is classic, clean and contemporary.  She pairs her grey Blanche Blazer with a sleeveless silk top, knee socks, simple black slide ons and a skirt of her own design.  The grey Blanche was created in a limited edition of 33 pieces.  Bri Foster is currently a design student at Ryerson University with plans to launch her own label soon!  Check out more of Bri's work or shop her vintage page. 



Designer, Jenn has finally found the perfect over layer for her favourite vintage floral silk dress.  She's all set for a summer wedding or dinner date.  The magenta Blanche was created in a limited edition of only 5 pieces, so consider yourself special if you snag of one these!


Liz Parker of The Style Initiative is jumping for joy in her purple Blanche. The soft, loosely woven fabric has plenty of give, so you won't be feeling stiff in this blazer.  The purple Blanche was created in a limited edition of only 10 pieces.  

Liz and her partner Kelly Kan are working to bring local designer fashions to the Toronto business district.  A shopping event in June is in the works, so follow these ladies to stay up to date!


This season, Paper People began working with a local dye mill to create our own custom colours!  Because we use primarily natural fibres the results are beautiful and vibrant.  Designer, Jenn was very excited to pair up the Scarlett Dress in organic cotton with a Blanche Blazer in the same colour.  With matching colours and contrasting textures, a beautiful mix and match suit look is created.  Jenn tops off her ensemble with funky floral flats (available at Fresh Collective) to keep the look young and fun.  



The Blanche Blazer is available at select independent Canadian retailers:

Ecoexistence (Toronto, ON)
Flock Boutique (Ottawa, ON)
Fresh Collective (Toronto ON) 
The Loop (Thunder Bay, ON)
Still Eagle (Nelson, BC)
Workshop Boutique (Ottawa, ON)