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Dior does it again

We were in Paris this September attending the fashion fair, where we saw some of the most incredible designs from our favourite designers for our upcoming Spring and Summer collection. As an extra treat and a cultural excursion (as if attending the fair wasn’t enough), we had the opportunity to explore the Dior exhibit at the Louvre which is already a huge hit with locals and foreigners alike and has even been extended from October to next January. Less of a seasonal showcase and more of a homage to France’s most famous fashion house, the exhibit took us through the...

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Pre-fall shopping

We’re about to get into a funny time in the fashion calendar. The experts call it “pre-fall,” and it’s pretty bang on. Warm days and chilly nights. Too sunny for wool and too unpredictable for light silk. We’ve always thought this was the most impossible time of the year to shop for. But then, five years ago or so, we discovered Margitte Schweden, the creative mastermind behind Cologne’s Margittes line. This year, it’s like she knew about pre-fall in the spring, because of what she’s come up with for this season. We love everything about this German collection, starting with...

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Travelling in style

We travel a lot for the store, mostly to Europe. So when our clients ask us for travel tips, we’re happy to share some of what we've picked up over the last two decades.   Pack something sexy. You should feel your very best when you’re on vacation - it makes you appreciate the money you spent so much more. So make the first thing that goes in your suitcase something hot. Right now, this piece is on holiday with a few of our clients. We’re hoping for pictures.   Bring a jacket with a hood. Anything can happen to your...

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One piece of clothing for every province

Canada Day’s always a good time at Bay and Bloor (especially the years it coincides with Pride). But this year’s particularly spirited around here. We’re chalking it up to the 150th and the pride it’s bringing out in everyone - including us. So as we got to thinking about how to celebrate Canada’s momentous birthday (and how to do it in a uniquely Petra Karthaus way), we thought we’d pick one must-have item from our store for a visit to each of the 10 provinces. As you can imagine, it wasn’t easy - every part of Canada is so diverse, which is...

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A Tribute to Sônia Bogner

Our dear friend Sônia Bogner died earlier this month at 66 years old. If you’ve never heard of her, please continue reading because her story is pretty incredible. Brazilian by birth, Sônia was a Valentino model when she was discovered by Maria Bogner, matriarch of the Bogner brand. Maria’s son Willy, heir to the brand, fell in love at first sight and they were married shortly thereafter. Sônia moved to Germany where she quickly added flawless German to her already-fluent English, Italian, French and Portuguese. After spending the first few years of her marriage learning the family business, Sônia's mother-in-law ceded creative...

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