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Day 2 – 12 Days of Designer Christmas Shopping – Earrings

On day two of our designer days of Christmas, our jewellers have been hard at work on beautiful earrings. Comfortable to wear and the perfect accessory for casual and evening dress choose from a variety of styles.

Click here to see the full designer earring collection.

There are ear crawlers by Anastassia Sel

Branch Ear Crawler #Jewellery @AnastassiaSel

Metal clay studs by Melanie at Keme Jewellery

Wave Textured Stud Earrings @KemeJewellery

Fun (Bali-inspired) hoops by Skimbaco

2getger-turquoise-earrings #Jewellery @Skimbaco

An elegant blend of sterling silver and concrete by Colleen Poitras

 

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Earrings are the final touch for a perfect outfit. Give designer-made earrings this year.

Day 1 – 12 Days of Designer Christmas Shopping Serving Boards

We thought we would create a little holiday fun around the “12 Days of Christmas.” Although our designers do not work with partridges in pear trees or leaping lords, they do handcraft beautiful products from quality materials.

Give the gift of natural wooden serving boards these are great for cheese and charcuterie

Kathy Clarke of Schooner Lane Designs creates her serving and cheese boards from three kinds of Canadian hardwood (walnut, maple and cherry), and in four different shapes. Just think of the possibilities! We hate to pick favourites, but love the “baguette” version – for your bread lover. Click here to see the full collection.

Schooner Lane Designs cherry board Baguette style

One of Kathy’s serving boards would make a beautiful gift on its own, or add a linen apron or tea towel from Anouk. A perfect gift for the foodie on your list.

Anouk Linen aprons @Anouk

Seasonal Shopping a Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

What a fabulous holiday surprise!

Jill Barth is a travel writer with a laser focus on the wines of the world. She writes for numerous publications, works with several wine regions and finds time to write her blog L’Occasion.

Just in time for the festive season Jill published “Under the Tree: L’occasion Holiday Gift Guide + A Giveaway.” This is definitely a gift guide for the wine lover on your list – from gadgets to bottles, from books to wine studies and certification.

Of course, nothing goes much better with a glass of wine than a little cheese. This is what Jill had to say about our woodcraft designer on Bowen Island.

Heart Handle Hardwood Boards

 

SCHOONER LANE DESIGNS CHARCUTERIE BOARDS

In 2016 I had the opportunity to get to know the winemakers of British Columbia. First I connected with Julian from BC Wine Trends and then I met Sujinder Junea who put me in touch with several BC wineries during their harvest season. It was a year of learning about what it takes to make wine there, what life is like “north of the border”.  This gift, a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards, comes from an artisan from British Columbia. Each is made from a piece of Canadian hardwood and is handcrafted to last. To buy, visit Atelier Boutiques where these and other artisan gifts from the region can be found.

Read her full wine lover’s gift guide suggestions here.

Thank you, Jill!

Win a Designer Necklace by Jewellery Artist Anastassia Selezneva

It’s the holiday season and time to celebrate with a free giveaway. All you have to do is get social with us for your chance to win this designer necklace gift.

Necklace contest December Holiday giveaway @Atelier_boutiq

In the last year, the team of designers showcasing their women’s fashion accessories and home decor items on Atelier has grown to over fifteen artists since our launch one year ago. This impressive group of Canadian designers includes jewellers, weavers, handbag artisans, candle makers, woodworkers, clothing designers and more. Take a peek at the full list of creators here.

Designer Anastassia Selezneva is helping us mark this special time of year by offering one of her beautiful necklaces for this free holiday giveaway. Made with recycled brass and sterling silver the Black Tourmaline Union Necklace is designed and handcrafted by Anastassia. The tarnished sterling silver necklace chain joins two brass circles and features a black tourmaline bead.

Black Tourmaline Union Necklace Anastassia Sel

How do you enter for your chance to win this necklace?

Sign-up for our newsletter (a bit of shopping temptation twice a month)

The lucky winner (random draw) will be announced on December 22nd.

Holiday Bonus: Shop with a 20% discount on Anastassia’s collection until December 23rd enter coupon code: AnaSelHoliday

Thank you for supporting our Canadian Designers!

 

Tis the Season Five Reasons to Buy a Beeswax Candle

At this time of year, careless flip-flop days and intense summer skies seem hopelessly far away… At least, December’s twinkling holiday lights have replaced the gloomy darkness of November evenings.

Impossibly short days are the perfect time to gather friends around a dinner table for long conversations fuelled by hearty red wine and slow cooked savoury meals.

#Beeswax #Candles @Beeswaxworks blog post

However, table setting is part of establishing the mood. Wine does not taste the same from a plastic glass, and an overly lit table can feel like a cafeteria. We turned to artisan creator Jill Smith at Bees Wax Works to share her five reasons to buy a beeswax candle for the holidays.

  1. Dark days bring the need for warm light.  Beeswax burns in the light spectrum of the sun. If summer seems far away, the light aura from these artisan candles will remind you of those days.
  2. The natural smell of beeswax – a reminder of the heavenly smell of warmer days spent outside – in the comfort of your living room.
  3. Innocent times with the tradition of beeswax candles at holiday times. The aroma is a trigger for many.  Especially for my European customers, the smell evokes childhood memories of a time when candles were hand-dipped by mums and grandmas.
  4. Beauty and simplicity in an effortless gift.
  5. Warmth: Brisk outdoor activities and quieter nights – beeswax candles bring an authentic heating to our indoor season.

Jill’s beeswax candles are handcrafted in her Salt Spring Island workshop, a place that she describes as “The best smelling garage on Salt Spring Island, with lovely windows and views of the Salish Sea.” The candles are made from blocks of 45-pound blocks of 100% Canadian beeswax (sourced in Alberta).

Beeswax Works candles are crafted following traditional methodologies (read about the art of chandlery). Jill describes the steps as easy enough, however, after wax patience is a critical ingredient in the process.

Warm up your winter days with one of these candles from the Beeswax Works custom collection:

Key to My Heart:

The Key to My Heart #Beeswax #Candles @Beeswaxworks

Simple Fern:

Simple Fern #Beeswax #Candles @Beeswaxworks

Vintage Bee:

Vintage Bee #Beeswax #Candles @Beeswaxworks

Image credits: Candle photos provided by and published with the permission of Jill Smith @ Bees Wax Works

Luxury Gift Guide Spoil her this Christmas

The special lady in your life deserves to be showered with gifts on her birthday, at Christmas, at Valentines and other special occasions. But, what to get her? Our designers at Atelier are here to solve your shopping dilemma this Christmas with our Wrap her in Luxury gift guide.

Designer Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Christina VonBun is an Austrian transplant who arrived in Canada via South Africa. VonBun handcrafts exclusive leather handbags with the finest leather, a pursuit she has perfected since she achieved her master craftsman certification in Vienna. She works almost exclusively with ostrich leather. See her full collection here and shop with her special holiday 20% discount (coupon code: VonBunHoliday).

Nadia clutch @ChristineVonBun

Our friends at Artigiani Milanesi have two cashmere sweaters (Gracie Lacy and the Waterfall Cardigan) that any lady would love to receive as a gift.

Waterfall Cardigan in Cashmere Artigiani Milanesi

For gifts under $100 – check out this gift guide.

For designer fashion at a reasonable price explore this gift collection.

Discover this Holiday Gift Guide for Affordable Designer Shopping

Just in case you missed yesterday’s blog post the designer team at Atelier is hoping to keep your December stress levels down, with our holiday gift guides.

This seasonal gift guide is filled with ideas for unique, small-batch presents made by talented Canadian designers.

Designer Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Our design team handcrafts these women’s fashion accessories and clothing in their workshops, and only in limited quantities. You can find silky scarves, soft cashmere wraps and shiny rings and things – just what a girl needs for her closet.

Nancy Newman collects vintage fabrics from around the globe. She describes her workspace as slightly messy, but that is part of the creative process behind her handbags.

bucket bag vintage mali mud fabric and black leather @NancyNewmanTextiles

Designers Anastassia Sel, Melanie Neves and Katja at Skimbaco have a range of fabulous rings and necklaces made with semi-precious stones for a magical Christmas.

diffuser-jewelry-turquoise-set #Jewellery @Skimbaco

Morija Reeb admits that from time to time her weaving projects start to take over the basement, but she loves process behind creating her silk scarves. Read more about her story and see her handwoven silk collection here.

Handmade silk scarf @MorijaDesigns

Kaarina named her company KOTI Designs, the Finnish word for home. Her stunning geometrical  evening bags are made with raw silk. These bags are a must have accessory for ladies, and a perfect compliment to that cocktail dress.

silk-evening-bag-half-moon-shape-in-black-and-scarlet-and-gold @KOTIDesigns

On the West Coast, Artigiani Milanesi works with fine cashmere to create winter woollies. These wraps and ponchos will keep her warm all winter.

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Did you miss the stocking stuffer gift guide? Here is the link.

Gift Guide Designer Holiday Shopping Ideas for Stockings

It’s that time of year; the kids are either looking for the darn “Elf on a Shelf,” or fighting over whose turn it is to open the advent calendar. At the same time, mum and dad are juggling corporate holiday parties and trying to burn off the eggnog. The countdown is on for Christmas shopping, and the thought of parking at a mall is frightening.

Who needs it?!

Atelier is here to help bring back a little holiday Zen, with our designer gift guides. Watch our blog and social media feed in the next three days as we are going to help reduce your shopping stress with three different gift guides full of ideas for stocking stuffers to thoughtful ways to express your love.

Holiday shopping ideas – our gift guide brimming with small gifts and stocking stuffers:

Designer Holiday Gift Guide 2016

These designers are based literally from coast to coast in Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver. They work with precious metals and gemstones to design unique jewellery, vintage fabrics to make precious purses, and fine linens for home decor.

Anastassia Sel has a selection of gorgeous necklaces, bracelets and ear crawlers made with recycled sterling silver and 14K gold. See her collection here.

Vitae Bracelet @AnastassiaSel

Erin, the founder and creator at Erinlaura Jewelry, is based in beautiful Vancouver, where she creates a necklace collection that she names after her best friends. Explore her full collection of rough gemstone chains here.

Ava necklace @erinlaura

Melanie quit her day job to focus full time on Kĕme Jewellery her designer brand, where she fashions metal clay into gorgeous nature-inspired keepsakes. The Kĕme Jewellery stud earrings and leaf wrap rings are under $100 and will fit comfortably in any stocking.

Keme Jewellery Handcrafted @KemeJewellery

Our Pretty. Rocker. Chic. Colleen Poitras makes stunning jewellery accessories in her Toronto studio. Her passion is working with leather, concrete and stainless steel. Go ahead make a statement this Christmas – view her collection here.

Significance bangle moonstone @ColleenPoitrasWinter is the time to spend a little more time indoors and enjoy the Anouk Alpine linen collection of tea towels, aprons and pillows (ok those might not fit in a stocking). Speaking of home, there are pure beeswax candles from Bees Wax Works and hardwood serving boards from Schooner Lane Designs in our “For the Home” collection here.

Anouk linen pillows handmade @Anouk

5 Reasons to Shop Small Business this Saturday

In 2009, American Express initiated a campaign that hits the other end of the spectrum from “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” – they called it Small Business Saturday. Now, one might think that AMEX’s intentions were somewhat self-serving, encouraging shoppers to get out in their hometowns with their credit cards in hand.

However, seven years later the idea “Shop Small” might have just outgrown the original marketing campaign. Find out more in this Forbes article on “Why Small Business Saturday Matters Now More Than Ever.”

Why shop small business?

  1. Support local communities, town centres, walkable cities
  2. Shop for unique, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind items
  3. Encourage creativity and entrepreneurial spirit
  4. Enjoy friendly service – these are folks who do what they do because they love it
  5. You can (and should) ask for advice – remember these folks are experts in their business whether it is tuning bikes, making gelato or weaving silk.

At Atelier, our whole business model is built around small businesses. Our Designers have spent years learning and perfecting their creative mediums – from weaving to beeswax, from gemstones to woodwork

Browse our shop here and support a  small business this Saturday November 26th – we are offering 10% of our sales if you use this coupon code: shopsmallbiz

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Get to know the Canadian Designers on Atelier Boutiques

Anniversaries are worth celebrating!

Atelier is marking our first birthday with a “cut and colour.” We have done a website makeover to improve your designer shopping experience.

Starting at the landing page, you can now jump directly into the shop, read about our featured Canadian Designers, scan the recent blog posts and check-out the latest merchandise.

Keme Jewellery #Handcrafted @KemeJewellery

Now that we mention The Shop slide on over to that page and you can browse the Women’s Fashion and For the Home categories. In women’s fashion section look for a sustainable approach to designs for clothing (sweaters, ponchos, scarves), handbags that will make your girlfriends jealous, and approachable jewellery (bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, rings).

Canadian Designers for Women's Fashion Accessories

For the Home is the perfect place to look for items that will improve your entertaining game, to buy hostess gifts and find unique birthday presents. Impress your guests with decorative household products handcrafted by independent Canadian designers.

home sweet decor designer collection

Made with authentic, raw materials such as 100% beeswax from Alberta, Canadian hardwoods, Italian cashmere wool, raw silk, reclaimed vintage fabrics and leathers, semi-precious stones, recycled gold and sterling silver – the Atelier Designer Team produces products are nothing short of beautiful.

Colleen Poitras designing Canadian women's jewellery

However, it is the creators’ stories, their workshops “ateliers” and their local’s experiences that turn a purchase into a memory these are the stories behind Atelier – the blog. Read about how these artists began following their creative passions and pick-up a few travel tips for iconic Canadian cities.

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Enjoy the new Atelier shopping experience. We are always looking for talented designers and welcome any comments you might have. Don’t be a stranger – get in touch here.