SHOP TALK: Spooky chic outfits for fall

This article was originally published in the October 2014 print edition of Ottawa Magazine.

Photo by - Christian Lalonde. Styling by Sarah Fischer.

Photo by – Christian Lalonde. Styling by Sarah Fischer.

Step out of the shadows in this statement jacket. Made of Italian silk twill bonded to Italian wool, the J. Crew floral coat will bring warmth and drama to your fall wardrobe. Plus, the neutral colours of ivory and black work well with autumn’s dark palette. $1,114. J. Crew, Rideau Centre50 Rideau St., 613-563-7349.

Featuring trendy cut-outs and a gold-coloured back zipper, these leather Louise et Cie Sarimenta pumps ($200) are an excellent investment for the fall season. Pointy toes and a slim 3½-inch stiletto heel will make them your go-to date-night shoes. For a day-to-evening bootie, look to the Vince Camuto Klayton peep-toe ($180). Simple yet on-trend, this glamorously structured shoe is embellished by the statement zipper. Town Shoes, Bayshore Mall100 Bayshore Dr., 613-596-2378, and two other Ottawa locations.

This versatile Montgomery coat by Maestrami is made in Italy exclusively for Ottawa retailer Armen. The toggle fastenings and dark navy colour lend the coat a casual, rugged look. And with 80 percent wool, this is one topper that will work well into the colder months. $650.
Armen, 100 Murray St., 613-244-3351.

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MOST WANTED: Bespoke Pens


This article was originally published in the October 2014 print edition of Ottawa Magazine.


Bespoke pen by Silver Hand Studios. Photo by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Think of it as bling for the aesthete. In an age of anonymous keystrokes, a prestigious writing implement wields subtle power: a real pen-and-ink signature, performed with a flourish, carries genuine weight. Indeed, a pen of such superior quality adds gravitas to any encounter, emphasizing that you’re smart, successful, and ready to deal.

Chris Manning of Silver Hand Studios has been designing custom and limited-edition pens for close to a decade, combining traditional and modern techniques to create his architecture-inspired works of art. Moved by the sculptural details of a wooden staircase railing in a 15th-century Nuremburg home, Manning designed this Gothic Overlay pen. He has made a series of 10 in Argentium silver and one in 18-karat gold. (The artist never makes more than 11 pens in any series, ensuring that owners are guaranteed entry into a very exclusive club.) Says Manning, who makes a few dozen pens a year, mainly for clients in the United States and Europe: “This isn’t just a gorgeous pen, it also writes beautifully. You don’t fight with it — it floats across the paper.” Time to cultivate a jaunty new signature.

$1,250 ($7,500 for the gold)

SHOPPING: Third World Bazaar brings artisan handicrafts to Manotick

Kelsey Kromodimoeljo is the Sales Coordinator for Ottawa Magazine and loves the ins and outs of working for a magazine. In her spare time, she can be found exploring the Ottawa food scene while aspiring to eat less meat. Follow her on Twitter @kelseykromodi

Photo Daniel K. Ng

Photo Daniel K. Ng

Ottawa prides itself in multiculturalism —  it basically exemplifies the societal notion we have of the Canadian cultural mosaic. Rather than forging a one-dimensional melting pot, we tend to maintain our traditions and promote our origins.  Although cuisine is the aspect we see this in most prominently, often we miss out on the fantastic arts of these cultures. It is a shame, because artisan work is still very much thriving in many developing countries.

My own personal trips to Bali and Java, Indonesia gave me the chance to visit artisan workshops and see up close the intricacy and incredible talent behind the handmade and one-of-a-kind arts and handicrafts. Wanderlust folks travel far and wide to collect these unique works of art. Here in Ottawa, the annual Third World Bazaar gives us the chance to take in amazing international finds.

The Third World Bazaar is run by the world-travelling Bakker family who purchase fairly traded treasures from developing countries and sell their eclectic collection in a Manotick barn. This annual Bazaar, which celebrates its 11 anniversary this year, opens for several weeks in the fall and displays a splendor of products from countries including Turkey, Peru, Mexico, and Indonesia. The barn is set up to look like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. Discover for yourself the beautiful collection of home and garden accents, furniture, art, and musical instruments from around the globe. You are bound to find an eye-catching piece for the mosaic of décor in your home.

The Third World Bazaar runs for seven weekends — each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Oct. 3 through Nov. 16.

Entry is free, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity gets you a coffee.  The Bakker family also accepts non-perishable food items for Shepherds of Good Hope, and sell pumpkins and apple cider to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Click on the thumbnails for a slideshow of images from Third World Bazaar.

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