Step One: Know Your Privilege

Step One: Know Your Privilege

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.

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Winter is Here: How to Survive in Style

Winter is Here: How to Survive in Style

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.

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15 Minutes With Laura

15 Minutes With Laura

Does anyone else find that a new year rarely actually brings change? One always pledges to create some, but how often does that come to fruition? Fortunately for Handled, this new year has brought us the best kind of change…

Meet (drumroll, please)…LAURA, our newest Handler! Simply the fact we’ve found the one person on Earth who has to remind themselves to wear more black (no, that’s not a typo), goes to show how funky and fresh 2018 is and is going to be. We are so, so excited that Laura has joined the Handled fam, and we can’t wait for you all to read why. Continue reading “15 Minutes With Laura”

A League of Her Own

A League of Her Own

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”

Battle of the Basels: A ThoughtPiece

Battle of the Basels: A ThoughtPiece

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”

I’m thankful for my village

I’m thankful for my village

Hello, my name is Shira and I’m a control freak (hi, Shira).  I admit it. I LOVE to have my hands in all aspects of what’s going on around me.  I get an actual thrill from being able to make things work.

But if I’ve learned one thing in my 40-ish years it’s that you can’t- just. can. not- be involved in everything all the time if you want to 1. be the best – friend, family member, employer, employee, person; and 2. keep your sanity.   This is by far the biggest lesson of 2017 for me.  Yes, whilst I suppose I’d always known this at some level (in other words, I had been told many times but it hadn’t really successfully sunk in before), the past 12 months of developing and launching Handled has driven the point home in a profound way.

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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”