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Day 3 – 12 Days of Designer Christmas Shopping for Handbags

Many of Atelier’s designers have spent years perfecting their craft. In the case of handbags, there are so many elements that go into creating a beautiful purse – material selection (leathers, silks, fabrics), zippers, clasps, button closures and much more.

Nancy Newman gathers textiles and vintage fabrics from around the globe for her handbags. The bucket bag shown below includes traditional indigo dyed cotton from the Hmong tribe in Laos, a pigskin leather bottom, repurposed leather strap and a reclaimed glass bead from Ghana. Think of the work that goes into just one of her bags! She really is saving the fashion world one purse at a time.

Follow this link for all of the beautifully crafted bags by our Canadian Designers.

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Designer handbags

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

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.

maxi-scarf-cashmere-artigani-milanesi

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

 

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