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This article was published 2/8/2013 (1474 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Even from across the pond, Winnipeggers are making a splash on the fashion scene. Whether it's the knitted haute frocks by Mark Fast or the stunning accessories by Ruby Feathers, home-grown talent has a presence outside our fair city.
This should come as a surprise to no one. 'Peg-city has always been a hub for fabulous fashion design talent.
I've always attributed this to the isolation of the city, or distance rather, from more "metropolitan" cities -- Toronto, Vancouver and Minneapolis come to mind -- forcing Winnipeg designers to be more creative.
Still, whether you agree with me or not, one thing is for certain -- we are lucky to have a large pool of local talent, especially when it comes to fashion.
New to join Winnipeg's international ranks is Leotie Lovely -- a brand of vintage handbags lovingly crafted from upcycled items sourced from right here in Winnipeg and sold in the United Kingdom.
Don't worry, designer Holly Rose assures me Winnipeggers can still purchase her purses online.
Leotie Lovely is best described as a collection of urban artifacts repurposed and reused to create handbags for the concrete bohemian. Think bo-ho meets vintage meets street.
"I consider myself a curator, not a designer -- these fabrics found me, not the other way around. Each clutch holds a memory of the time and place where its material was found; it is by happenstance that each fabric fell naturally into place to create a thematic collection," says Rose.
The collection -- Bohemian Desert -- is crafted from vintage 'Peg-city threads, deadstock leather (that's leather that has never seen a sales floor) and hand-carved ox bone steer heads.
That's right, miniature cow skulls.
"The hand-carved steer heads were purchased without knowing what they'd be used for, from an artisan in Bali. It is serendipitous that they became the main feature for my first collection, coalescing the vintage fabrics hand selected while home visiting family," explains Rose.
Each clutch is hand-crafted and quantities of each are limited -- making them perfect for the gal who likes to separate her style sense from the masses while embracing indie design.
For more information on Leotie Lovely or to check out the collection visit www.leotielovely.com.
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