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A Cozy Smash + Tess Collab plus More Fashion News

Photography courtesy of Smash + Tess.

Ok, so maybe we haven’t landed on what “New year, new you” means in 2021 quite yet. To help us gather our thoughts, we’ve rounded up the recent fashion news that will help you sweat, stay cozy and find some positivity right now – from the Smash + Tess collab with Brunette the Label to Acne Studios’s latest upcycled collection.

Smash + Tess has teamed up with Brunette the Label on a WFH wardrobe staple

Photography courtesy of Smash + Tess.

Loungewear lovers, rejoice! Two female-founded Canadian brands, Smash + Tess and Brunette the Label, have collaborated to create a new romper style that has a ski suit silhouette and comes in two colourways (wild and mild) which will launch on Tuesday, January 12th. “We wanted to find a way to combine the two things both brands do best – rompers and sweatshirts,” says Smash + Tess co-founder and managing director, Ashley Freeborn. “Comfort was a top priority, but we never sacrifice style.”

The “Girlfriend Romper” can be found in sizes XXS to XXXL, meaning many of us can get our aprés ski on in the piece. “This was a very authentic collaboration for us – both Smash and Tess and Brunette the Label are incredibly aligned in our values, and with our goals of how we want our brand to make people feel,” says Brunette the Label’s CEO and creative director, Miriam Alden. “I think that it’s really special that two brands, both from Vancouver, and brands that others may consider competitors, can work together to create something that their customers will love. For me that’s what it is all about. There is room for us all. Babes Supporting Babes.”

Loewe x My Neighbour Totoro is here

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Photography by Gray Sorrenti.

Now that we’re indoors a lot more, an interest in all things animated is on the rise. It’s not only because of the ideal diversionary state that a cartoon provides; they also make a person happier in disposition. Perfect timing, then, that Spanish luxury label Loewe just dropped an assortment of playful pieces made in partnership with Studio Ghibli, the renowned maker of the films that brought characters like the collection’s namesake, Totoro, to life. From charming t-shirts featuring all manner of cute critters to joyful iterations of Loewe’s coveted accessory styles like its Puzzle and Balloon bags, we dare you to wear the offerings sporting anything but a smile.

Sentaler’s current capsule wants you to think pink

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Photography courtesy of Sentaler.

Launched earlier this week, Toronto-based label Sentaler’s latest drop encourages us to have a rosier outlook on life. Composed of some of the brand’s best-selling styles done in shades of pink, the Sentaler Refresh pieces are in limited supply (with one coat already sold out). They come in two fabrication weights, superfine and baby alpaca; all the more reason to add a spring to your step today.

New pieces made from repurposed fabrics are available from Acne Studios

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Photography courtesy of Acne Studios.

Season 2, Acne Studios’s latest release of garments crafted using leftover fabrics from the brand’s previous collections, has been unveiled. The sustainably-minded selection boasts takes on the mini-skirt, shirting and even denim. “This series is about finding creative ways to be more resourceful,” Creative Director Jonny Johansson said in a statement. “Acne Studios was founded on design experimentation, and we want to use our creativity to take positive steps towards becoming more mindful.”

Nordstrom’s new activewear microsite helps you “reset” for the new year

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Photography courtesy of Nordstrom.

There are plenty of reasons to be more active in 2021, and we’ve seen an expansion in programming from at-home resources such as Peleton in the past few months. Nordstrom has also upped its game with the launch of a fitness-focused microsite that brings together all the elements you need for a workout session. Now, in one sporty spot, you’ll find equipment as well as goods by brands from Adidas to Zella.


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