Palm Cuffs and Handlets

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Palm Bracelet –FishboneDesignGR – $32.55

Whether it be a cluster of bangles or just a minimal band – we love adorning our hands.  But, we’d be missing out if we failed to bring the palm cuff into the picture.  Call it what you want — hand cuff, hand bracelet, handlet, palm cuff, hand band — this accessory is the missing statement piece your outfit needs.

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Gold-Plated & Crystal Palm Cuff – Fallon – $175

Much like the midi-ring, it fits a part of the body we may not typically put a piece of metal around. Which begs the question:  Is this pretty piece of jewelry is as practical as we’d like? Would you want to have a band hugging your palm all day long?  Hesitation aside we must admit that a simple gold band in an unexpected place sure does look rad.  The styles for 2014 may be incentive enough to add the palm cuff into our arsenal of accessories.  We’ll see if this bauble could be the next midi-ring.

Sterling Silver Hand Cuff - hoopsandbell - Etsy $107.45

Sterling Silver Hand Cuff – hoopsandbell – $107.45

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I found Etsy in search for a way to shop, buy, trade, share, and appreciate fine work of others for purchase in “clean” ways (ain’t second hand and vintage awesome?). It’s about time to treat our neighbors as ourselves overseas AND across the street from us. I am a hardcore supporter, advocate, and (as much as I can be) activist for good working conditions, fair pay, love, and care for those enslaved.

love & peace y’all,
Mairi.
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Canadian Made Spotlight

Learning where your clothes, accessories, skincare and beauty products are made can help your mind rest easier. We highlight 3 homegrown fashion brands that are proudly created within our borders from concept to completion.

RappEyewear-600x403Rapp Optical, a high-end eyewear shop in Toronto, has since expanded to Rapp Eyewear with the addition of a local fabrication facility. This allowed the company to begin designing, producing and globally distributing its own line of avant-garde, limited-edition, hand-crafted frames—an endeavor that launched in 2006 after years of planning—that are recognizable by the brand’s distinct combination of titanium and acetate. Available at select optical stores worldwide.

Naked-and-FamousFor Naked and Famous founder Brandon Svarc, producing his jeans locally is a no-brainer. Since his family has been in the denim business in Montreal for more than 65 years, he feels it’s his duty to keep the tradition alive. His five-year-old company sets itself apart from competition by sourcing raw, untreated denim from Japan and opposing the industry status quo by shunning celebrity endorsements and offering high-quality jeans at a reasonable price. Available at luxury boutiques in more than 30 countries worldwide, including Barneys New York.

Vawk-Fall-2013-4-399x600Sunny Fong was the obvious winner of Project Runway Canada in 2009, which helped catapult his luxury ready-to-wear line, vawk.ca (est. 2004), into the national spotlight. The designed- and handcrafted-in-Canada brand, known for its impeccable construction and sophisticated femininity, has since become a regular fixture at Toronto Fashion Week and has even been sported on such high-profile red carpets as the Cannes International Film Festival, TIFF and the Grammy Awards. Available at The Room at The Bay in Toronto and Vancouver, with an online shop coming soon.