Friday, August 28, 2009

So long Spring/Summer 2009

Summer arrived extra late in Toronto but there's already that crisp fall feeling the air. If you're in the city, stop by the Showroom Shop this Saturday to pick up any last minute Spring 2009 pieces (discounted by up to 75% off) and check out Fall 2009's first arrivals. Spring stock is also on sale at the Philip Sparks online store.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Deadly Nightshades Launch Party

Our Employee of every Month Cat and her Deadly Nightshades bike gang-mates are hosting a launch party and sale tonight at the Drake Hotel where you can shop their eco-minded fall collection.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fall first delivery

Some designers get their biggest rush from taking their runway bow or seeing someone on the street wearing a piece from their line but at Philip Sparks we get most giddy seeing hundreds of pieces all lined up on a rack ready to ship.

Fall 2009's first delivery is being shipped this week. It includes suiting in grey wool and green plaid, navy blue duffel coats, down pieces and flannel shirting.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Globe and Mail - 2009.08.22

Philip Sparks Fall 2009 riding boots in the Globe and Mail.

Monday, August 24, 2009 launches for Fall 2009

We've relaunched the main Philip Sparks site for fall including updating our retailers list for the season and adding a live link to the Spring 2010 lookbook.

The web store site launches for the new season at the beginning of September.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Philip Sparks at Capsule Las Vegas

Here is Parlor Showroom's official Capsule Las Vegas invitation. The Philip Sparks Spring 2010 collection will be in the Murano Ballroom at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on September 1 and 2 along with Parlor's other Men's, Women's and Accessories lines. For an appointment, please contact Ivan Dominguez at

Monday, August 10, 2009

Product Knowledge: Cropped Trench Jacket

Spring’s cropped jacket incorporates classic trench details into a bomber silhouette. A rounded collar, back vent and covered buttons are mixed with cargo pockets and an elasticized waist and wrists all in grey cotton twill.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Inspiration Point: Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands were an inspiration point for the first Philip Sparks spring collection. This July, a city strike limited ferry service in Toronto’s harbour but now that everyone is back to work, we’ll be spending as much time as possible on the water.

Hanlan’s Point is great for fishing and is home to the city's only nude beach while Centre Island fills up fast with families visiting the Centreville amusement park. Wards Island on the eastern edge of the archipelago is the most laid back spot with its laneways lined with original cottages and the Ward’s Island Association club house built in the late 1930s.

Vintage Hanlan's Point postcard from Chuckman's Other Collection (Toronto Postcards) Volume 03.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Fall Essentials: Riding Boot

The fall collection will start arriving at retailers over the next few weeks so we’re starting a series of posts highlighting our collection favourites and must-haves for the season.

This riding boot is the stand-out style from Philip Sparks’ ongoing collaboration with Town Shoes in Canada. It’s inspired by vintage Royal Canadian Mounted Police boots in a mix of black and brown leather with flannel lining.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Philip Sparks at Capsule Las Vegas

The Philip Sparks spring collection will be traveling to Capsule's Las Vegas show with Parlor Showroom on September 1 and 2. Look out for an official invite soon but, in the meantime, here's a look at the original artwork created for the event by Brooklyn’s Mike Perry. You can register for Capsule HERE.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Product Knowledge: Leather Motorcycle Jacket

This jacket was a late addition to the Spring 2010 runway collection, created for the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show in New York City. As often happens with our showpieces, retailers and customers ended up loving it so we created a very limited number for sale this season. Two ended up at Delphic where they hung the piece with their womenswear selection. The wide, snap-down collar, angled zipper and shorter body cut from lightweight napa leather is an equally good fit for men and women.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Simcoe Day

Painting by J.D. Kelly, Confederation Life Collection.