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”

Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Just One Thing – Laura Kartonchik

Yves Saint Laurent once said “fashions fade – but style is eternal.”

We’ve found that somewhere – deep in the recesses of our individual style histories – there’s always just one thing that stands out in our minds as a crucial element or objet that highlighted a turning point in defining our personal style.

The subject of this Just One Thing Interview is our very own Laura Kartonchik – whose months-long dream of a particular pair of dove grey suede pumps served as opening statement to developing her own Signature Style.

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Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards

Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards

With the season of award shows, the Tony’s 2018 bring the Theatrics, and we are not just talking musical numbers of self-proclaimed losers, MSD’s Seasons of Love, or Bobby D telling us what he really thinks about the current state of politics. We’re talking shimmer, chiffon, crimson red, divas, diamonds and dashing ensembles. Continue reading “Handled’s Top 5 From Theatre’s Biggest Night- 2018 Tony Awards”

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”

15 Minutes with Raquel

15 Minutes with Raquel

Spring is here (really, we promise it is) and with it comes renewal and a chance for all of us to let the colour into our every day again, try something new, and just blow all those winter blahs away.

Here at Handled we’re having our own version of a Spring renewal, and that ever so sassy & fresh breath of air you’re feeling is our new Handler- RAQUEL!  She’s a girl who appreciates a good Zara + Missoni pairing, and is all about food, fashion, travel & dogs.  We’re oh so lucky to have her join the fam, and know you’ll love her too. Continue reading “15 Minutes with Raquel”