‘Tis the season for travel! Whether you’re heading to the coast for the weekend or spending a month abroad, we’ve got great travel essentials to make sure you can travel with ease while looking great –
With fun colors and cool prints BAGGU's minimal, clean designs are practical and fashionable. Whether your planning an overseas vacation or a quick weekend getaway at the coast, BAGGU backpacks are spacious enough to fit all your essentials. Made from lightweight, washable canvas they are easy to care for and easy to carry.
Constructed from heavyweight, durable nylon this backpack is your go-to for luging around heavier items like school books and your laptop. Machine washable and quick drying, it makes a great gym bag, too.
Guilty of jamming all your stuff in that free tote bag you got at some random event? Ready to step up your style game? May we suggest this sleek black number from Venque? The Strada Mini backpack in matte black looks polished and so will you.
For the urban commuter. The Flat Mini and larger Flatsquare backpacks from Venque are great for packing up all your work essentials and heading to the office. The padded media compartment fits a 15" laptop and its accessories perfectly. There are also two external pockets that can fit any tablet. Made from water repellent, stain resistant material and durable leather they will keep looking great no matter what the weather throws at you.
On the road for work? This Classic pack fits a 15.4" laptop so you can stay of top of everything office related. Once you have a little time for yourself, easily grab your tablet from the convenient exterior pocket and get ready to chill. The foam-padded back will help protect your devices and keep you traveling in comfort.
We are gaga over this rich leather bag from ELK accessories! If you want to inspire envy in everyone you pass by, this is the bag for you. The leather is absolutely gorgeous and the design is to-die-for. Plus it is convertible, adjust the straps and easily go from backpack to shoulder bag.
Love the outdoors? Does your style declare, "Yes, I am a proud Pacific North-Westerner"? Than this petite pack from Hood River company, Pistil Designs, will fit perfectly into your wardrobe. Just the right size for a day hike- toss an extra layer, your water bottle and some trail mix in and head out to the Columbia River Gorge for some spring sunshine.
You need a fan, m'dear. There may be snow on the ground right now, but summer isn't far off. With summer sunshine comes vacations and outdoor weddings in hot climates. I'm sweating just thinking about it. Any fan will keep you cool, but instead of panic-buying a neon plastic battery-operated clunker from whatever drugstore you happen to pass - do your summer-self a favor and pick up one of these wooden hand fans (by Odeme, $22.00 at our Alberta location).
They're portable, pretty, and sultry. Snap open a fan and all of a sudden you're Elizabeth Taylor in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", whether you're lounging on a genteel front porch or crammed into a crowded subway car. Think "sophisticated lady" rather than "overheated tourist". Your summer-self will thank you.
In the meantime, a fan is useful on the daily when you're getting ready. I keep one near my mirror and use it when I'm in a hurry to set whatever serum/moisturizer/primer I've slapped on. It's also good for quickly drying mascara and/or false lashes.
I cannot take credit for this tip, it came from Dita Von Teese - the ultimate sophisticated lady. She also knows a thing or two about fans . . .
Make it easy on your sweetie this Valentines day and send them over to us. We have a wide variety of gifts from cheeky cards to dreamy leather bags. Here's a list of some our favorite things:
A card that makes you laugh: real talk, real underwear, real love. For when the infatuation is over and your relationship moves into the truly intimate zone. Congratulations.
A Pocket Flask: a just-right size flask to hold a just-right amount of your favorite booze (we vote for Herradura Reposado). We've got this one in various candy-coated shades, from blush to navy.
A delicate hairpin and/or bracelet: in organic-meets-architechtural shapes, these are the perfect gifts to wish-list when you want something that goes with everything, every day.
Classic Sneakers: cool (Superga sneakers) meets cute (blushing nude pink with gold eyelets). An unexpected gift for an unconventional sweetheart.
Jewelry will always be the classic Valentines gift. Point them in the right direction with the understated elegance of Parisian designer Trois Petit Points. Hanging from a delicate chain, these necklaces are feminine and modern (check out that locket! So romantic).
Lust-worthy backpack from Elk Accessories: made from incredibly soft leather, this backpack weds form to function in the sleekest way. The straps are easily adjusted, transforming it into a cross-body bag. Large enough to fit a 15 inch laptop and available in tan, blue or black- this bag is sure to please.
Congratulations, you made it! 2018 has been with us for a scant 3 weeks, and maybe you're craving a deep breath and a shift towards new habits and priorities. Perhaps that means a style edit, paring back your wardrobe and giving thought to what you want to wear, how you want to feel, or brands you want to support. This may be the year you edit your accessories and invest in shoes that look good and feel good, no compromises. We've got you covered. Both our PedX and PedX North locations have timeless brands and enduring styles in stock to help you fill any gaps in your shoe closet. For instance:
Dorsey Flat in Black by Osborn
These chic, minimalist flats give us Tilda Swinton vibes (the best kind). Osborn makes all their shoes by hand in Guatemala using locally sourced leather. Their ethos focuses on small-scale production, reducing waste, and creating on a core group of perennial styles. Osborn doesn't offer a ton of choices, just the right ones.
Madeline Loafers in Black and Grey by Fortress of Inca
Known hereabouts as the "magic shoe". The Madeline is a perfect loafer-ankle boot compromise that looks good with skirts and pants of all lengths (we've tested!). The slight heel turns your walk into a strut. Office appropriate and smart-casual-approved. Fortress of Inca's operations are based in Peru where they employ local communities who have generations of shoe-making experience with a thriving (not just a living) wage.
Superga Cotu Classics in Grey and Buttercup at PedX on Alberta Street. Also at PedX North in Black, White, Vintage Blue, and Red.
Supergas are known as "the people's shoe of Italy". If you want to refresh your sneaker collection this year, these are a classic option. The youthful style is very flattering on, plus they feel great. The footbed is supportive and the canvas is sturdy enough to wear through the chilly days of early spring with a little sock. If you're tired of wearing through your canvas sneakers quickly, give this durable, timeless style a try.