Sunday, February 28, 2010
take one pair gold shoes, one grey tee shirt, one black belt, and one purple purse. mix together with either black leggings or a black high wasited skirt, and ladies, stir together, let simmer, and ta-da: one hot spring outfit.
hoi bo gold foil tee with hand painted colours, 49
hoi bo belt, 125
nokomis vintage short boots, 35
ashley watson tern bag, 370
Saturday, February 27, 2010
cluster necklace, 79 [confession: corrine from biko comes up with great names for her pieces, this one had 'french' in the title, but, well, i'm posting this from home right now, and i'm blanking on everything. so, we're just going to have to stick to my boring names. sorry.]
horse cameo necklace, 69
keys cluster necklace, 78
black crown necklace, 69
filigree heart necklace, 69
this one is my favourite! the harmonica necklace (yes! it's a harmonica!), 95. and, yes, it reads: little lady, and yes, it is a working harmonica, and yes, a heart clasp. necklaces just don't get better than this.
and while i was at it, i snapped a few photos of the outfit on the model, cause, gosh, it's a good one.
lily & jae sanderson shirt, 84 (available in white, too)
hoi bo belt, 125
the belt can be worn as a hip or a waist belt, it's the most versatile belt we've ever had! just poke the metal nobs thru the notches, and you are good to go. one size fits most.
Friday, February 26, 2010
caspian tern dress, stripe 154
comorant skirt, black 154
plover dress, black 184 (and it would look lovely with ashley watson's plover bag!)
rock wren dress, green pattern 195
isn't this one pretty! it slays me! willet dress, blue 184
i'm just about to open up our first box from body bag. i'll try to post pictures of the teasures, alogn with our new bag line: Hoi Bo! three cheers for spring! also: heads up, you might want to leave March 11 open, from say 4 to 9 pm. just saying.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
First, let me say: even though we bent the rules for this one line, I am still going to say we are a exclusively Canadian designed and produced clothing boutique. That might make me a tiny liar, but I think you'll understand soon enough.
Many moons ago we carried a line of clothing called Hastings & Main, designed by Maryanne Mathias. It was a beautiful collection, though I can't say it did super well with the customers. It did do super well with the noko staff. I own four pieces from that first collection, and they all still get regular rotation, four years later. I know Elizabeth, Tara, Genevieve and Miranda all own pieces from that collection too. We ate it up, like cake.
Anyway, Maryanne has teamed with Molly Keogh, and together they have a clothing line called Osei-Duro. While designed by Canadians, this clothing line is produced in Ghana, Africa. The mission of their clothing line is:
to create socially responsible and sustainable clothing that encourages international/intercultural cooperation. The designers integrate West African textiles with a contemporary Western approach to clothing design.
Mathias and Keogh work directly with the West African garment workers who produce the clothing. This allows the designers to pay their employees an equitable wage and observe high quality standards.
Osei-Duro’s designs use mainly natural (non-petroleum-based) materials such as hand-spun cotton and the garments are often hand-dyed. The final result is both structured and fluid.
They work with two women's cooperatives in Ghana, which you can read about on their website: www.oseiduro.com. While this clothing line isn't produced in Canada, it does follow the Nokomis tradition of honouring and respecting women. Nokomis, which means Grandmother in Ojibwa, was choose to show our respect and gratitude for all women who came before us. I think the Osei-Duro line empowers both the woman working at the cooperatives in Ghana, along with allowing Maryanne and Molly the opportunity to learn from these woman about Ghana culture and tradition, all while learning about international clothing production, on a small scale. Maryanne is currently pursing her MBA in Vancouver, and Molly spends much of her time in Ghana working closely with the two women's cooperatives.
Anyway, I could go on and on. But perhaps I should show you the spring 2010 collection! It's full of colour and amazing fabrics. I couldn't resist! Check it out:
this is what the package looked like when i arrived. i had my doubts that our full order could fit in that tiny package, but apparently molly has master packing 101.
oversized tank, 85, shown in black under rock
oversized tank, 85, shown in blue and is also available in nebula tie dye
cropped tank, 74, shown in nebula tie dye, also available in black under rock
togo top, 130 shown in lavender/blocks and also available in black funeral. back view:
sachel top, 149, shown in black, also available in nebula tie dye:
Ginger the Cat was in the shop yesterday, so we had to snap a few photos of her.
Anyway, there are only 30 pieces of this new collection, and once they're gone, they're gone. So come in soon to check them out!
'Not Your Curtain Tassel" earrings, 54
'Daydreaming" necklace, 79
'Bird on Chain' earrings, 54
'Musing Stevie' necklace, 79
'Merging Mirage' necklace, 79
in total we got in 9 neckalces, and 5 earrings (all tassels!). all earrings are 54 and necklaces range from 59-79. i hope you love them as much as i do!
also, was this anyone elses favourite book?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Please submit your cover letter and resume to the shop, or else via email: mail@nokomisclothing, the sooner the better! Thank you!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Okay, so, now: the winner. Kristena, Adeline and myself (Jessica), poured over the videos and basically evaluated which clips tugged at our heart strings the most. And, in an 2-1 vote, the winner is (drum roll, please!):
There is a $50 gift certificate waiting for you at the shop! Congratulations and thanks for making us bawl like babies. Waaa!
And just a reminder that the Valentine's Sale is on till Monday (12-5pm), which means 15% off everything! Also, this week we should be getting in new stock, Preloved is shipping more dresses and god only knows what else will arrive at our door. Everytime the canada post lady walks thru the doors it's like Christmas!
Thanks again for all of your videos! We love you! Happy Valentines Day! xox.