A friend recentlyÂ sent me news of a fabulously chic collection of limited edition leather handbags handcrafted in Toronto. TheÂ bags are the result of a collaboration betweenÂ artist and stylist Beth Nicholson CragoÂ and Opelle.
Prism Pochette, $260 (limited edition ofÂ 50)
Lapped Clutch, $620 (limited edition of 5)
M. Vanda, $488 (limited edition of 20)
OpelleÂ is located at 1234 College St. West in Toronto.
Many thanks to Kathlyn M. for sending this story my way.
Anu Raina logo
I recently had the pleasure of “meeting” (via blogging and email) Toronto-based textile designer Anu Raina. Flipping through her portfolio, I was quickly drawn to the diverse detailing in her creations (silk-screened prints, burnt holes in silk, staples). Although for the most part her work extends beyond my four-colour rule, she did manage to hook me in with her hand-crafted Salad Recipe apron and tea towel set.
Anu Raina's pigment-printed Salad Recipe apron, $70
Anu Raina's attention to detail
Only the best: Leather strings on Anu Raina's Salad Recipe apron
Anu Raina's Salad Recipe t-towel, $48 set of two
Anu Raina's T-towel: Pretty enough to frame
It just goes to show you – no matter how detail-oriented and colourful a person might be, there’s always room for white! Thoughts?
P.S. Anu Raina will be exhibiting her work this month at The Clothing Show in Toronto (Sept 24-26) so if you’re in the area, you can meet her at Booth #558. Anu Raina will also be featured on Fashion in Motion this month so stay tuned.
All images courtesy of Anu Raina.