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Fashion Feed - Stories of the Week

1. André Leon Talley has curated the first exhibition of Oscar de la Renta's work since the legendary designer's passing. One ticket to Savannah, please. (via Vogue.com)
2. Paul McCartney is amazing and all, but Rihanna's cinched denim jacket in their new music video for "FourFiveSeconds" released this week has us swooning. (via Fashionista)
3. We happily enter another era of the well-dressed man as the boys get their own fashion week in New York. (via the New York Times)
4. The beauties at the Sundance Film Festival taught us a thing or two about surviving the next six weeks of winter. (via Allure)
5. Jeremy Scott shared all the details on the wild costumes for Katy Perry's Superbowl halftime show. (via Style.com)
Photo via Vogue.com


Spring Preview - Buyer's Diary from NYC

 

Every season Rebecca and Christina take the red eye to New York City in search of the next big thing and the most amazing trends of the season. We CAN'T WAIT for spring, so we had to give you a preview of everything we found. Crisp white, stripes, candy colours, pleats and so so much more! Follow along with Rebecca's diary as they take Manhattan in search of the best of the best for Spring 2015.
Day 1
  • Started off the day with Camilla & Marc. Bright neon pinks and pleats…just the way we like it!
  • Moved on to Smythe for candy coloured blazers. Then off to the Highline for cocktails with some New York friends. Next up was the stunning ICB by Prabal Gurung show (seen below).
  • Finally, we ended the day with a delicious dinner with our best friends at Babbo.
 
Day 2
  • Started the day in one of my favorite spots in the city, Bryant Park. Headed to the showroom (above) of one of our favorite brands, A.L.C. Such a gorgeous collection. Lots of black and white with pops of bright neons. Loved it!
  • Next, we headed downtown to one of our favorite showrooms to see M. Patmos, Harvey Faircloth and Allude cashmere. Then we went to see the designers Alexa Adams and Flora Gill for Ohne Titel. Bold leopard prints in gorgeous knits… that only they do best.
  • We finished the day at The Ace Hotel for a cocktail and a snack at their delicious restaurant The Breslin.

 

Day 3
  • Bright and early in midtown to see Mother of Pearl. Stunning prints on gorgeous silks. Great way to start an early morning…
  • Next we saw a gorgeous new brand called Tome. Beautiful pink lace, gold lamé jacket, mid-length lace skirts… just gorgeous!! Then we headed over to see Joseph, Frank & Eileen and Roseanna. Joseph was very strong for spring as always. Lots of sheer cut-outs and luxurious silks.
  • That afternoon we went down to the East Village to see one of our favourite spring collections, RHIÉ. We were so excited to finally meet the designer, Rhié Yamagata in person. She had just won an award at the Milan Fashion Film Festival for Best Director, Best Art Direction and Best Film!! The collection was spectacular…loved so many pieces. We can’t wait for it to arrive!
  • We decided to end the day at one of our favourite restaurants in New York City, Balthazar. We had their Steak au Poivre with spinach and pommes frites and a couple glasses of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Lazaret 2011. Get that for your wine cellar stat!
  • Well, almost end. After dinner we headed to the Gansevoort for cocktails with one of our favourite clients who lives in New York City. We sat on the patio for a wonderful evening while overlooking the city of lights. They also introduced us to the manager of the new Céline store in Soho. She was a delight and invited to come for a tour of the new location (below). We went the next day and it blew our minds. It is one of the most beautifully decorated stores I have even seen. The pink marble display shelves, the marble floor details, the gilded change room doors… it was like walking through a beautiful museum. Not to mention the bags, shoes and clothes!!

 

Day 4
  • After staying with some dear friends in Brooklyn, we checked in to The Standard East Village – fabulous room.
  • The first appointment was Tibi in Soho, then we were off to see Clu, Tess Giberson and R13 denim. Afterwards we stopped in at Kirna Zabete to see their new collections. We always love their fun neon signs (below).
  • Our next stop was a showroom on Centre Street where we saw Être Cécile and spotted Beth Richards swimwear from Vancouver! Then it was off to Epistomology for drinks with some friends and a little walk through the Italian Festival.
  • Home to bed for pizza!
 
Day 5
  • Early call time with a 9am appointment to see a new brand for us called Cacharel from Paris. Stunning beautiful silhouettes, feminine prints and silks. So looking forward to introducing the brand to our Vancouver clientele.
  • Next we were off to ATM tees and then the Capsule Show to see Janessa Leone hats. Following a quick lunch at Felix on the patio, we went to Bergdorf’s where we shopped and bought some killer shoes with our lovely sales guy, Carlos: Givenchy pumps and Manolo plaid pumps.
  • Finally to the Red Door Spa for much needed massages!
 
Day 6
  • It's our day off, so we slept in and had a wonderful brunch with one of our Vancouver besties who was also in town. Spotted Jason Schwartzman!!
  • We walked to Soho for some window shopping where we spotted one of our favourite Aussie celebrity couples, Lara BIngle and Sam Worthington! Love this city.
  • Back to the Céline store…too good to only visit once! We walked the Highline which was incredibly relaxing. Such a gorgeous way to view the city. Then we popped into the restaurant at The Standard for a snack.
  • We finished the day with a quick viewing of the IRO collection in Soho and then off dinner with all our New York friends at Hearth.

 

 
Day 7
  • For our last day we went to the Coterie show to see Marie Saint Pierre, Mother Denim and many more.
  • After the show we went to Barney’s to see their latest collections. We could spend hours in Barney’s. We always say it’s our museum. A quick stop in at one of my all time favourite boutiques, Curve, resulted in us in the dressing room trying on some incredible pieces. I particularly loved a black lace dress by Alessandra Rich.
  • Before we departed New York that night we had to stop at the famous Lombardi's for pizza on our way to the airport. Our favourite is the Margarita. SO GOOD!
  • Until next season!
 
Visit us in store now for some amazing pre-spring arrivals. Watch this space for a gorgeous spring collection!
xo RB


RB Inspiration - Every breath

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5 Minutes with The Sleep Shirt

Let's all take a moment to thank Alexandra Suhner Isenberg for helping us sleep in style. Since the launch of her luxurious cotton sleepwear line originally inspired by a 19th century chemise, our dreams have been so much sweeter. We're not the only ones. The Sleep Shirt has recently been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ELLE, and the Financial Times, winning the world over. We were so excited to work with her on a special collaboration in the perfect pink polka dot, Bonne Nuit.
She's a native Vancouverite, but Alexandra has lived all over the world in the name of fashion. She studied at les Ecoles de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris and completed her MA in Fashion Design at London's acclaimed Central Saint Martins. She has worked in Paris, London, and Vancouver, and counts Burberry, Sonia Rykiel, and St Martins as former employers. The Sleep Shirt story began at home in Vancouver, and is still made in Canada, but Alexandra and her family relocated to Sweden just over a year ago. We caught up with her to find out about her new home and her favorite new pieces for The Sleep Shirt 2015.

Photo by Nicole Gurney.

Tell us about life in Sweden!
Life in Sweden is way more chilled out and easy than it was in Vancouver, Paris, or London. I travel a lot, but the rest of the time, I am working from home. I take a long lunch break every day and walk the dog, work out, and eat. We spend most weekends in my husband's country house, which is only 45 minutes away, so very accessible. This country is set up to make people's lives easier and it has certainly worked for me!
Where do you send people when they come to visit?
I live in a pretty small city so there isn't much to see here. First of all, people usually fly in to Copenhagen so I normally encourage them to visit there. Höst and the restaurants in the meat packing district are great. The main shopping street has the Lego flagship (trust me, you don't need kids to want to shop there) and Illums Bolighus which is the ultimate homeware/furniture porn in the world.
Once over the border into Sweden, my favourite things to do are what the Swedes do best: hang out in the countryside (especially in the summer). We've got the forest, lakes, and the beach nearby, and boat tips through the many archipelagos are amazing. And while driving the country roads, be sure to stop at any signs that say "Loppis", which means flea market. They are gold mines, especially in remote areas.

 

Can you give us a sneak peek at what's coming up for The Sleep Shirt's spring collection?

We've tried to keep Spring 2015 light and a bit more colourful than usual, with a few new checks and stripes available in our classic shapes. One of my favourite fabrics is the Swiss Dot cotton, which is slightly sheer. We carried it for Resort but are offering it for Spring in some new shapes, including a very cute babydoll dress. The shape I am most excited about is the Sleeping Tunic, which is a sleeveless tunic that you can wear to bed or as loungewear. I'll be wearing mine (in white linen) with jeans or over a swimsuit in summer.

 

 

Stay tuned for new arrivals from The Sleep Shirt for spring. Click here to shop the classic collection and our exclusive collaboration, Bonne Nuit.


RB FAVE - FRANCIS LEON

There's something about finding the perfect leather jacket that pretty much feels like you've discovered your soul mate. That's exactly how we felt when we found Francis Leon, a label founded in 2010 and based in London, by way of Australia. Mixing Japanese cotton, neoprene, sportmesh and other sleek performance fabrics with supple Italian leather is their signature. Talk about an global sensation! We love their cheeky attitude and the cool way they find inspiration in in the pages of old superhero comic books, in the manifesto of the Italian Futurists, and in the systemic strength of urban landscapes and fast machines. A leather jacket is a must-have wardrobe investment for every woman, but we consider a jacket by Francis Leon is an investment in life.

Click here to shop Francis Leon on sale now! And stay tuned for more from this brand at Rebecca Bree.

xo RB


Fashion Feed - Stories of the Week

1. SO many stunning looks on the red carpet, but we had to agree with this Golden Globes best dressed list. Running into Emma Stone at Nobu in LA a few days later kind of sealed the deal for us too. (via Harper's Bazaar)

2. Spring is all about longer skirts so we're starting early with this maxi skirt primer. (via Style.com)

3. Men's fashion weeks hit London and Florence and the streets got decidedly more dapper. (via TheCut.com)

4. Simon Doonan gives the best beauty tip of all time. (via Into the Gloss)

5. We finally got around to cleaning out our closets using this genius guide for fashion lovers. (via Vogue)


Get the Look - All Layered Up

This is a super chic look for winter. I love pairing grey and camel together and Dutch blogger Lucy de Boer has it down to a tee. Easy separates, all layered up. It’s such a luxurious colour combo. Here's how to get the look:

This classic grey pea coat by Joseph is perfect, and even better layered with our favourite Clu cashmere cardigan.

Wear the layers over a charcoal t-shirt and skinny jeans. We love this one by ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo and Etienne Marcel's moto pants in faded black denim couldn't be more fitting for this look.

xo RB


RB Inspiration - Citrus and Stripes

It's that time of year where we have full respect for our winter wardrobes but can't wait for spring. We've been feeling inspired by Australian line Camilla and Marc lately as their diffusion line C&M Swim pre-Spring collection just arrived. Something about dreaming of a tropical retreat – or taking one! – feels so right when wearing citrus fruit and stripes. They're even better together. Shop C&M Swim here.

xo RB

 

Images found via blog.shopkoshka.com, stylelist.com913, laurenleighvalentine.blogspot.com, The Man Repeller, bloglosalgado.com.br, Sandra’s Closet, moda.vocerolatinonews.com, Who What Wear and The Fashion Tag.

 


Fashion Feed - Stories of the Week

1. HUGE changes at New York Fashion Week as Mercedes-Benz bows out as a sponsor. (via the New York Times)

2. Céline debuted the great American author Joan Didion as the face of their Spring 2015 campaign which had us wondering: are literary stars the new it crowd in fashion? (via Style.com)

3. We're still not sure about Google Glass, but with new jewelry options wearable tech continues to get more fashionable. (via Fashionista)

4. London-based Canadian Caroline Issa, fashion director of Tank magazine, talked about dipping her toe into fashion design. (via Vogue.com)

5. Red carpet season has begun! The People's Choice Awards gave us our first taste of this year's award season style. (via InStyle)


Day in the Life - Shannon Heth, Director at Heth PR

Shannon Heth is a constant source of inspiration. She's a mother (with baby number 2 on the way!), the founder and director of a successful lifestyle PR agency in Vancouver, Heth PR, finds time to write travel and art pieces for local magazines, and she does it all with enviable style. We love how she isn't afraid of colour, or turning heads, and she has mastered the art of the bold accessory. Plus, her shoe collection is insanely amazing!

We wanted to find out what an average day in Shannon's busy life looks like, so just before the holidays she gave us the inside scoop.

7:30 am: Wake to the sound of my son calling for me. It's the best alarm I could ask for.
8:30 am: Coffee, breakfast and a mad scramble to get out the door. I've got a full day ahead and won't be back home until close to 10 in the evening so I need to wear something comfortable that will easily transition from day to night. I decide on a Clu Too grey sweater dress with white pleats, black tights, a Loft 82 vest and my Tibi cobalt blue coat. 
10 am: Meeting with my team to run through the week's questions and last minute planning before our office closes for the holidays. We discuss current and upcoming campaigns, results, and reporting. 
11 am: Another meeting, this time with my business advisor to chart out my goals for next year. When you run your own business it's essential to have someone who can objectively listen and comment on your fears, hopes and plans and provide you with guidance. I leave feeling rejuvenated and excited for 2015. 
12:30 pm: A quick stop at Meat & Bread for takeout porchetta sandwich. Their first location is dangerously close to my office. 
1:45 pm: An appointment with my doctor. I'm due to have my second baby in February!
2:30 pm: I'm the only pregnant woman in the Signature Liquor Store on Cambie, here to pick up a few client gifts and bubbly for weekend Christmas parties.
3:30 pm: I pop into Chocolate Arts to check in on a magazine interview. Chocolatier Greg Hook and his wife Patricia are one of our newer clients and we've been keeping them busy with media requests and appearances. I grab a chocolate shot to go. (How can I resist?) 
4:15 pm: Back in the office I crank the holiday tunes as my team and I sit down to sign Christmas cards. This year we're sending out marshmallows from Chocolate Arts as thank you's to all of our fabulous media friends and clients.
5-6:30 pm: I catch up on emails, review and approve and couple of press releases and finish up a new business proposal. Being a mom has taught me to be incredibly efficient with my time. 
7 pm: I tuck into the bar at Ciopinno's to await the arrival of a good friend who also happens to be a VP at a very large PR agency in town. We try to meet up at least three times a year to talk work, life and balance.
9:30 pm: I arrive home and check email one more time before winding down for the night. My son has long been asleep but I sneak in to catch one last look at him before going to bed.