Next Level Gifting: Make It Personalized

Next Level Gifting: Make It Personalized

The very definition of luxury, customization shows a level of attention to detail that stops people in their tracks. What began in ancient Rome and Greece as a way for one ruler to literally leave his mark and identify his reign, monogramming then evolved to become an identifier of one’s art, writing, and property. Later, during the Victorian era, monogramming became a symbol of aristocracy with embroidered initials on linens, engraved monograms on silverware. Then, when the masses joined in, they translated the idea of the monogram into more useful items like sealing stamps.

No matter how many centuries have been and gone, monogramming, personalization, and customization still hold as much allure and excitement as ever. In fact, monogramming and personalization have been amongst the hottest trends of the year!

We know you can handle a bathrobe or a throw blanket, and hey, we would never turn those babies down! But if ever there was a time to upgrade, it’s now. So, because you’re about to be The. Best. Gift. Giver. EVER, we wanted to set you up with our favourite – and most surprising – personalizable gifts of the year….

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The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe

We’re always looking for efficiency, for style, for the best ways to get the most out of life. Why? Well because we want to savour experiences as we live them, without too much fuss, without getting caught up in minutiae – but certainly, and always, with style.

Of course, it has taken us years to develop some of the techniques we now use for ourselves and with our clients to create this kind of ease. And, that’s particularly true when it comes to the necessities of work travel. Surely you remember when work travel was brand new for you? The excitement of being paid to go somewhere new! The jetset feeling of popping in and out of airports and cities where soon you became ‘a regular.’ And all the while, constantly forgetting one thing or another, buying multiples because hey, forgot again! And trying to figure out exactly how to have a robust enough wardrobe while maintaining a carry-on lifestyle but always ending up with the most ‘versatile’ aka boring items in your closet because “black always matches.”

Well, we’re here to shake that up for you. In our post on Airport Style we revealed the simple formula we use to create flattering, comfortable, stylish outfits for the days when you’re actually in travel-mode.

Here, we’ll expand on those principals and create The Ultimate Work/Travel Wardrobe Capsule you’ve ever packed! Continue reading “The Ultimate Work/Travel Capsule Wardrobe”

Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever

Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever

If there’s one thing we can’t stand, it’s the frequency with which we see travelers arriving at the airport in their pajamas.

Ok, they might not actually be their pjs, but arriving to the airport in workout gear and sweats is tantamount to showing up at a restaurant in your bathrobe. It’s a little too casual for our liking. Continue reading “Airport Style: Easy, Simple, Never Sloppy – Ever”

Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme

Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme

The first Monday in May is, and will forever be, Met Gala day (aka fashion’s Oscars) to the fashionable and fashion-obsessed.  Year on year, the Gala awes and inspires as we watch fashion, music, film and business elite play the ultimate game of over-the-top dress up, always to a particular theme that sets the tone for the Costume Institute’s headline exhibition (and serves as the Institute’s major source of fundraising). Continue reading “Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme”

Fashion Week F/W’18 Roundup- Bringing Inspiration From The Shows Into Your Wardrobe

Fashion Week F/W’18 Roundup- Bringing Inspiration From The Shows Into Your Wardrobe

Fashion week season has wrapped up, and it’s time to talk about those fabulous trends that stormed the runways. Couture fashions can seem downright intimidating and darn near impossible to style into an everyday wardrobe (when only viewed as high fashion). The key is to look beyond that, break down the outfit and see what individually stands out.

Handled to the rescue.  We’ve selected our most coveted trends and statement pieces to show you how to take the inspo from the runway and make it rock in your everyday closet. Continue reading “Fashion Week F/W’18 Roundup- Bringing Inspiration From The Shows Into Your Wardrobe”

You is for Uniform

You is for Uniform

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”

Gifting 101

Gifting 101

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”

How to wear black and not look boring

How to wear black and not look boring

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”

Why we’re dreaming of cold weather

Why we’re dreaming of cold weather

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”