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This reversible down jacket evolved out of my desire to create one jacket with two distinctly different looks that could be flipped one way or the other depending on the wearer’s mood. Both sides needed to me mountain friendly and could transition easily into town either way. Curved quilt lines and a shiny face fabric give the solid side it’s interest, while the the other side has a two-tone print, stormflapped front zipper and pockets and antique metal snaps giving it a spunkier look. Given the recent state of the economy a 2-in-1 jacket seemed like a no brainer!

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Named after Wilson Picket’s R&B hit ‘Mustang Sally’ I designed this multi purpose jacket to  ”Ride, Sally, Ride!”.  Ride through all sorts of temperature fluctuations and precipitous weather events that is, while still looking good  - regardless if you’re riding the lift, around in your late model Ford Mustang or the one in your paddock.

The street savvy tweedy waterproof fabric is feminized by interesting vertical and horizontal embroidery and pleat placement. What you can’t see here is the pop of color in the floral quilted insulated lining. Designed for Isis for F/W 2010/2011. To see more of my portfolio click here.

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I spent New Year’s weekend exploring the winding and cobbled streets of Quebec City on foot (when I wasn’t skiing that is). My Snow Queen Coat, which I designed for Isis, was the perfect choice for the city’s climate – damp cold and sometimes windy.

It was refreshing to be in a city where fashion conscious women know how to dress for the weather. For once I felt like I fit right in! The majority of women were wearing some type of long down coat with a hood – from ankle length to above the knee. Most were from major outdoor and ski brands, predominantly The North Face. Not surprisingly black was the prevalent color.

The practical and stylish boots I saw parading through the slush also impressed me. Knee high boots with good tread and insulation, from brands such as Merrell, outnumbered boots with narrow heels and thin soles.

It appears that Quebec women are not afraid of hat hair. I have never seen such an assortment of headwear outside a ski area – from stylish cable beanies to earflap hats with animal faces and ears (I’ve observed their popularity in the Big Apple too) and everything in between.

My Snow Queen kept me toasty walking from the old port along the St. Lawrence to the New Year’s eve street party up on the Grande Allee where we rang in the New Year with 50,000 other revelers. My camera and wallet were secure in easily accessible pockets. I opted to snap on the removable faux fur ruff that’s around the hood so it could catch snowflakes and keep them out of my eyes.

Here’s to keeping warm and stylish in 2011!

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My new favorite jacket is one that I designed for Isis for Fall 2010. It has a nice textured water resistant outer shell and a fuzzy lining. It’s a sporty around-town piece that’s cozy like a fleece jacket but a lot warmer. It’s nice to pull the hood up when the wind whips by. The only bummer is when the hood is down it covers the tonal embroidery on the back yoke.

The focal point of the jacket (I also designed a matching vest) is the embroidery, which I based on inspiration from Maori tattoos and carved designs. I have a weakness for spirals in any form. I think it’s because they are satisfying to draw and have symbolic meaning in many cultures. They remind me of growing things. Spirals can either travel in on themselves or unfurl from the center. My spirals are the latter.

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This is the inspiration board I put together for the Bliss Jacket.

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