It all started with the desire of Smythe designers Christie Smythe (above left) and Andrea Lenczner to create the perfect blazer. “We wanted to empower the women who wear them through advanced styling, meticulous tailoring and impeccable construction,” says Smythe. After 15 years, the uptown-based designers have evolved from their signature blazers into a full – and often acclaimed – ready-to-wear collection of pretty, preppy pieces. But her drive to empower women through strong style remains.
“Personal style is the most effective way to express yourself without words,” says Lenczner. “Whether it’s hair and makeup, body art, or clothing and accessories, these conscious choices reflect our self-image and our message to the world about how we want to be perceived.”
Now the two are expanding their fashion empire with their first shop in their beloved Summerhill. “Just like our manufacturing, our first shop should always be close to home,” says Lenczner. “We like to take a close look. It’s a place where we can meet with (our customers) and hear their feedback directly and try new ideas, new products and new partnerships.”
Are you looking for something to spice up your own spring look? Smythe and Lenczner share their top picks for fashion finds from GTA.
Blanket bag from Booth Supply, Boothsupply.approx
“First, we love a giant sack. This one is great because it’s neutral without being boring. The black and white graphic print goes with everything, and the hit neon makes it pop and unique.” —Smythe
Arlo Ear Cuffs by Jenny Bird, jenny-bird.ca
“Now that the hoods are off, add gold and silver jewelry to shine in the sun –
no piercings required. We love to double stack the Arlo ear cuffs.” —Lenczner
Meleg precision colored pencil from 19/99 Beauty, 1999beauty.com
“The perfect vermillion lip is found in this pencil. Use it to color your entire lip and see it last. This brand also makes our favorite mascara, by the way. Give it a try if you don’t like clumping and chipping.” —Smythe
Green tourmaline and wood ring by Marisa Klass, marisaklass.com
“The beautiful combination of wood and tourmaline results in a statement ring that feels grounded enough to wear when the weather turns, while also hinting at the green spring to come.” —Lenczner
Belted field suit from Horses Atelier, Pferdeatelier.com
“This jumpsuit hits our tomboy sweet spot. It’s just sexy in a chic way.” —Smythe
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