As you probably know by now, we, at Handled, actively seek out people we find impressive, empowering, and inspiring. We do so because we want to share their stories with not only you, but with as many people as possible. We choose those individuals whose stories just have to be heard, and Karen Craggs is no exception.
If you’re remotely interested in fashion and live in a four-season climate, your saving grace for bone-chilling temperatures is all of the hats, scarves and gloves you have *very* legitimate reasons to wear. But, it gets to a certain point, i.e. when you have to cover 90% of your face, where it becomes a tiny bit difficult to look your best while dressing appropriately for the weather. Keep reading for some of the best ways to do just that.
Here at Handled, we are fortunate enough to attend tons of fantastic events all around the city, and at these events, we are even MORE fortunate to meet tons of fantastic people. People who exude passion, drive, and a commitment to change.
Dana Bookman is one of those people.
We met her at a Women of Influence event in December, fell head over heels with not just her, but her entire movement, and had to sit down for a chat. Over steak-frites and a glass of red wine (or two), we fell deeper. Read on and you’ll see why. Continue reading “A League of Her Own”
I don’t know about you, but I was shocked to find out that Art Basel has not always been a who’s-where-in-what-with-who Miami Beach blowout for celebrities, overwhelmingly made up of models and quote-unquote influencers under the age of thirty. It was created nearly fifty years ago in Basel (I get it now), Switzerland, by gallerists, Trudi Bruckner, Balz Hilt, and Ernst Beyeler, “Europe’s pre-eminent dealer in modern art,” according to the New York Times. Continue reading “Battle of the Basels: A ThoughtPiece”
If you’re like me, when you think of the the word, ‘uniform,’ one of two images come to mind: a gaggle of schoolgirls in identical skirts, ties, and blazers, or Mark Zuckerberg in a grey t-shirt and blue jeans. Both are expressions of efficiency – ensembles that say to the world, “I have more important things to worry about than what to put on in the morning.” But both are also undeniably associated with not only the word ‘uniform,’ but the words bland and boring. Not to discredit the method to Mark’s madness, but it’s time we reassess and reclaim the modern uniform, making it our b*tch. Continue reading “You is for Uniform”
Step 1 to getting the holiday juices flowing…
It’s barely even November but if there’s one thing we’ve learned – and if you’ve lived, you’ve learned this, too – the holidays creep up on you. There’s just no way around it. Every year you trick yourself into thinking you have all the time in the world to get everything for ev-ery-one and before you know it, it’s the weekend before Christmas and all you’ve got to show for it is a stocking with your dog’s name sewn onto it. So take it from us (we know a thing or two about buying for others) and plan ahead. Rather take the time to pick the perfect gift, whether it’s a fur stole or a weekend away, because after all – you only get as good as you give. Continue reading “Gifting 101”
I don’t care what anyone says, but black is the new black. It is irreplaceably the most classic, the most timeless, and the most chic of all colors (can I even call it that?). It’s what you throw on when you’re having any doubts about anything at all! If you’re having a bad hair day – High ponytail, all black. If you’re feeling a little rounder around the edges – black from head to toe. If you simply have no idea what to wear but still want to look crisp and well put together? You guessed it – sweet, sweet black. But even I can admit that sometimes, sometimes the constant monochromatic get-up gets a bit bland. So here are five ways to wear black and *not* be boring. Continue reading “How to wear black and not look boring”
It’s safe to say that a) summer is officially over, and b) we’re all rather upset about it. However, I can also confidently say that the single largest saving grace for the chill in the air is what you and every other fashion lover guessed: Fall coats. They are *the* wardrobe staple for this time of year, whether their purpose is to serve us functionally or decoratively. Handler André puts it best as “outerwear that’s an extension of our personal style, instead of just armour against a stiff breeze.”
From traditional classics to straight-up showstoppers, Shira and André have selected their men’s and women’s favourites from this season. Try and stop yourself from drooling, I dare you. Continue reading “Why we’re dreaming of cold weather”
If there’s one woman out there who does it all – this one has got to be it.
Some of you may know her as The Bag Lady of Bay Street, we witnessed her be referred to as the “Unofficial Mayor of Toronto,” but most consistently she is Sandra Pierce, woman-extraordinaire. We met her for lunch one August afternoon, and based on the fact that she showed up wielding a gorgeous black cane and sporting red enamel circle frames, our expectations were appropriately set quite high.
Sandra coined “Bag Lady Syndrome,” which is when a woman fears that she won’t have enough money saved for retirement, no matter how successful and financially responsible she is. And Sandra knows a thing or two about financial stability, seeing as how she is one of the top Investment Portfolio Managers in Toronto. We spoke about this, The Power of the Purse – a charitable evening that raises funds and awareness of the power of women and girls in the developing world – and fashion in a candid, no holds barred interview over lunch at the Hazelton in midtown Toronto. Ladies (and gents), take notes. Continue reading “For Your Inspiration: Sandra Pierce, aka The Bag Lady of Bay Street”