Wednesday, August 17th, 2011
As I prepped for my trip to Toronto, I put word out that I wanted to meet the movers and shakers of the city; the designers, bloggers and generally cool creatives who make the city tick. Time and again, the name Biko came up. I did a little research, discovered it was a jewellery label and I instantly said a little prayer for my bank balance as I rapidly fell in love with damn near everything in the collection. I made a point to meet up with the designer Corrine Anestopoulos while in town to hear the story behind Biko and her plans for world domination.
Sunday, August 14th, 2011
I’m in Toronto right now on a trip to talk to some designers, bloggers and all around cool people in the city as there seems to be a really exciting movement going on here right now. I would say one of the labels at the forefront of this excitement is Juma – a unisex clothing label that’s been making real waves in North American fashion circles these past few years. Mention Canadian fashion and Juma is a name that most likely comes up first and with Nicki Minaj recently spotted wearing their garms, it looks like the rest of the world is just catching up. When I was invited out to Toronto, having admired their work for so long, I knew Juma was a must-have interview for me, so I caught up with Design Director, Alia Juma to find out how it all began, how Toronto influences her and what the future holds.