Monday, October 31, 2011

DANIER Announces Designer Collaborations SS 2012

(Toronto, Ontario) October 31, 2011 – After wowing the Canadian media, consumers and fashion lovers alike last season with the launch of their three Designer collaborations, DANIER continues in their exciting direction with two new designer capsule collections. Spring 2012 will welcome an accessory capsule collection by Canadian talent Philip Sparks as well as see the return of OBJECT by George Antonopoulos. These new collections emphasize DANIER’s continued commitment to bridging a relationship between their valued consumer and the vast Canadian design talent.

”DANIER is thrilled to be able to expand our men’s offering and partner with these talented designers to bring something fresh and exciting for Spring 2012. George and Philip offer their own unique take on the season’s fashion essentials while keeping with the DANIER standards for quality and affordable luxury.” – Jennifer Steckel Elliott, DANIER VP Marketing

In looking for their next collaboration, designer Philip Sparks aligned perfectly with the DANIER design ideals. Canadian aesthetic fused with fashion forward design elements that celebrate craftsmanship and creativity. The Philip Sparks for DANIER collection will be comprised of men’s accessories for Spring, which fit seamlessly into the modern man’s wardrobe, perfectly balancing fashion and functionality.

“Working with DANIER to create a collection of men’s accessories has allowed me to focus on the small details and handsome hardware that make vintage bags and leather goods so collectable. We started with a nostalgic idea of travel and how people once boarded airplanes and train cars with a wardrobe of carryalls, duffle bags and cases. Then, we updated that mix to include iPad cases and backpacks filled with extra pockets and compartments for contemporary travelers who expect the functionality of five bags in one.” – Philip Sparks, Designer

Following the successful launch of his inaugural George Antonopoulos' OBJECT for DANIER collection this past fall, the designer was ready to build and grow his portfolio. OBJECT by George Antonopoulos Spring 2012 will see his signature minimalist aesthetic re-imagined with colour blocking, pastels and punchy statement colours, as well as an expanded accessories line of wallets, clutches and bags.

“After the incredible experience of designing last season, I was so excited to once again partner with DANIER for a Spring 2012 collection. The goal of OBJECT by George Antonopoulos is to provide key pieces each season to complete a woman’s wardrobe. My overall inspiration for this collection was MODERN MOD, a fun and colourful follow-up to last season’s monochromatic assembly.”– George Antonopoulos, Designer


Since 1972, premier leather manufacturer and retailer, DANIER Leather Inc, has been providing its customers with the finest quality and workmanship at a price that affords exceptional value. For over a quarter century this iconic Canadian brand has grown to over 90 stores across Canada and into a household name. DANIER Leather Inc. goes beyond their design, manufacturing and retailing expertise with a continued commitment to supporting community and charitable organizations such as Plan Canada and The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.


As one of the most sought after fashion stylists in Canada and contributing fashion editor for Fashion Magazine, George is constantly in demand for his forward and inspired visual point of view. His unique and creative vision can be seen in advertising campaigns, fashion editorials and runway shows. George's artistic flair has graced the pages of prestigious magazines such as Fashion, Men's Fashion, Elle Canada, Flare, Manhattan Magazine and The Holt Renfrew Book. He has also lent his creative talent to fashion lines such as Donna Karan, Arthur Mendonca, Miss Rowe and Pink Tartan. George has had the pleasure of working with Emily Blunt, Iman, Shalom Harlow, Audrey Marnay, Nicole Ritchie, Milla Jovovich, Helena Christensen and Yasmin Warsame.


Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc. was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2007. The brand has a nostalgic feeling, referencing vintage details and classic tailoring, but a contemporary sensibility that connects with men and women looking for quality, fit and functional clothing they look sharp in every day. Designer Philip Sparks developed his interest in heritage tailoring in the design departments of the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada and the Stratford Festival. Today, he draws inspiration from found photographs, Canada’s great outdoors and vintage fabrics, hardware and notions. All clothing and accessories are proudly made in Canada by specialized manufacturers, leather workers and knitters. He also produces a collection of men's Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc. footwear that is sold exclusively through his Toronto shop and online at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Studio Sessions October

Click HERE to shop or visit our Trunk Shop Tuesdays through Saturdays at I Miss You (63 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Canada).

Studio photography by Jenna Wakani
Product photography by Bryan Lockyer
Hair by Tamara Gibson
Makeup by Karleigh Johnstone
Models: Sam and Madison at Elmer Olsen

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Paws for the Cause

A few months ago the Paws for the Cause team asked us if we would like to present our fall collection as part of their annual fundraiser benefitting the Ontario Veterinary College Pet Trust Fund. We said yes and they paired us up with Babies & Beasts, another Toronto-based company that creates a smart line of dog coats and sweaters.

This past weekend, the (human) models for the show came by the studio for their fittings and now the event is just one week away. That means it's time to buy your ticket (just $99 for a pretty sweet spread including music by guest DJ Dave Monks of Tokyo Police Club) and come on down to Airship 37 (37 Parliament) on October 27 for the dogwalk spectacle.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Philip Sparks' guide to Ossington

Trunk Shop number two opens on Ossington this Tuesday. Here’s our guide some of our neighbours on one of the city’s best retail and restaurant strips.

Crafted by Te Aro

Forget standard brewing. Crafted by Te Aro gets the most out of its single origin beans with an arsenal of espresso machines and siphons.

135 Ossington, 877-558-3276,


Chef Corrina Mozo won over Toronto foodie taste buds by layering cider cured pork shoulder, gruyere and grainy mustard into the city’s best Cubano sandwich.

92 Ossington, 416-537-0134,

Golden Turtle

This Ossington institution serves perfectly satisfying pho and lots of other budget-friendly Vietnamese dishes.

125 Ossington, 416-531-1601

I Miss You

Our host for October’s Trunk Shop Julie Yoo meticulously merchandises her vintage boutique with designer pieces and more affordable finds plus an amazing selection of jewellery and accessories from the 1960s and 70s.

63 Ossington, 416-916-7021

Ideal Coffee

A bright and humble coffee shop where locals spend afternoons on their laptops sipping lattes made with Ideal’s sweet but substantial house roast.

162 Ossington, 416-534-7700,

Jonathan + Olivia

Style central for buzzy international labels like Alexander Wang, Barbour, Engineered Garments, Surface to Air and Isabel Marant.

49 Ossington, 416-849-5956,

LAB Consignment

Owner Lauren Baker shares her space with vintage purveyors Silver Falls and Chosen.

15 Ossington, 416-302-6739,

The Lakeview

Try the triple grilled cheese or fish and chips at this recently reinvented diner just off Ossington.

1132 Dundas West, 416-530-0871,

Pizzeria Libretto

The sometimes hours-long lineup for Libretto’s Neapolitan pies tells you everything you need to know about the crispiness of their thin crusts and the freshness of classic toppings like San Marzano tomatoes and Fiori di Latte mozzarella.

221 Ossington, 416-532-8000,


The bar scene on Ossington is booming but we always end up sipping tequila at Reposado.

136 Ossington, 416-532-6474,

Virginia Johnson

Print master and illustrator Virginia Johnson creates an instantly recognizable collection of shawls, bedding, bags and more.

132 Ossington, 416-516-3366,

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trunk Shopping on Ossington

Last month we launched our Trunk Shop, a travelling store that we're creating with some of our favourite Toronto retailers this fall. It's a way to bring the full collection of menswear, womenswear and accessories to different neighbourhoods and shoppers in the city as well as promote other businesses that connect with our sense of Canadian design and nostalgia.

For October, we're collaborating with I MISS YOU on Ossington. We'll be taking over a storefront next to Julie Yoo's boutique from Tuesday, October 18 to Sunday, October 23 and mixing her collection of vintage clothing and accessories with our fall stock.

The store will be open Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 6 pm, Thursday to Saturday noon to 8 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. Hope to see you there.