Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Interview with Design Assistant Sivan Levy

Your name and age:  Sivan Levy/25

How long have you worked for/with Paper People Clothing?
I have been working for Paper People Clothing for just over 2 years!
What is your position?
I am Jennifer’s design and production assistant.

What is your educational background? Where did you go to school?  How has your education adapted into your career today?
 I graduated from the George Brown Fashion Techniques and Design program in 2011. This was a 2 year program that definitely gave me the skills I needed to work in the fashion industry. In fact, it was through my school that I found out about the position at Paper People Clothing!
More recently I have decided to continue my education and I am heading back to school in the Fall! I will be studying visual arts at the University of Toronto.

What is your schedule on a daily basis?

My daily schedule is constantly changing. It may vary from cutting up reclaimed pieces for production, to quality checking finished garments before sending them out to the retailers, or even drafting my own designs and sewing samples.

What is the best part about working for Paper People?

There are a lot of things I love about working for PaperPeople. The work environment is fun and interactive and I work with great people.  I really enjoyed designing a couple pieces for the fall and spring collections. To be a part of the process from the very beginning sketching stages all the way through to the final outcome is really exciting! I also had the opportunity to model for the spring/summer collection that will be coming out in 2014. It was a lot of fun to play dress up and try on all the amazing outfits!

 How would you describe your own personal style?
I tend to gravitate towards basic silhouettes, but love mixing in fabrics that flow or have interesting prints. I often like to accent my look with ethnic or vintage jewelry "borrowed" from my moms jewellery box.

Where do you envision yourself in five years?
In five years I hope to be done school and working as a teacher! I love fashion and know that I will always incorporate my skills and knowledge of fashion into whatever I do.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Anticipating Autumn

 With our fall/winter release just around the corner we thought it was time to leak a sneak peak of our exciting new collection! 

Here at Paper People, fall is our favourite season!  We just love all the rich colours, textures and of course layering possibilities!  Above is designer, Jenn's favourite new dress of the season.  It combines beautiful Italian knits made from recycled fibres in a beautiful array of textures and totally flattering cut.

If you missed out last season, we've reissued some favourites with exciting new features.  For those who are sensitive to wool, the Stella Dress now comes fully lined with super soft organic cotton jersey!

 Another favourite, the Maude Blazer is back again.  We're now offering it in a printed option as well as classic solids.

 Check out the fun, structured cowl on the new Denise Sweater!

Another designer favourite.  Jenn lived in this sweater all last winter and now she's offering it to you!

We'll be unveiling the collection online August 1st so be sure to visit us bright and early.  The collection trickles into stores across Canada and the US starting August 15th!  Be sure to visit us for an updated list of retailers near you!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fall is just around the corner!

 Now that we're finally starting to enjoy the nice summer weather, fall is just around the corner.  Fall fashion arrivals that is!  But who doesn't love to plan ahead for when the weather changes?  Here at Paper People, fall is our favourite season and you can check out our new fall lookbook online starting August 5th!

We've got a lot of new and exciting things in store for you!  In addition to our beautiful, one of a kind reclaimed vintage pieces, we have some luxurious and sustainable Italian knits too this season!  We've sourced a lovely wool blend knit made from recycled wool fibres.  And for those of you who don't wear wool we also have a cotton knit also made from recycled fibres!

But this week we're busily working away trying to get all our fall goods ready to bring to you . . .

Jenn is doing some last minute revisions on a fall skirt sample.  

Siv is cutting some sweaters for a last minute order.  This fall Paper People will be coming to Eco Diva Clothing just outside of Chicago!

Intern, Soomin cuts ribbon for some fall cardigans.

Jessie is performing quality control on a batch of pullover sweaters that just came back from the sewers!

Don't forget to check back next week.  We may be posting some fall teasers!  And don't forget to check out our website on August 5th to see what we have in store for fall!!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Spring Summer 2014 Photoshoot!

I know it's hard to believe but we've already finished designing the Paper People Spring/Summer 2014 collection!  This season we've sourced eco fabrics from around the globe including organic cotton from India and the USA, beautiful linen/cotton knits from Italy and silk dyed with iron bearing mud.

Once the collection is all finished it's time to shoot!

Kim works on Sivan's makeup.
For the past few years we've worked with professional models to create our lookbook and lifestyle photos, but we decided to change things up this time!  We wanted to emphasize the small, hands on nature of our business so we decided to do model the clothing ourselves!

Design assistant, Sivan did the lookbook scenes.  With her height, proportions and beautiful features it isn't a stretch that she would end up modeling!  

For the "lifestyle" scenes, Siv and I modeled together.  We used a variety of props, equipment and our sense of humour to create a surreal studio environment.  We modeled fancy summer dresses in high heels while working with industrial sewing equipment and struggling with large rolls of fabric as a tongue in cheek reference to the glamourization of the fashion industry.  In real life we come to work in t-shirts and shorts, prepared to be covered in dust and thread, ready for any heavy lifting that may need to be done.  

Healthy snacks.

Photographer, Carmen Cheung doing her thing.

We were lucky to shoot again with my good friend Carmen Cheung.  Carmen has been shooting with us for years and I thought the posed, poised studio scenes would work perfectly with her style.  Check out some of her previous projects here to get a better idea:

Kim doing some last minute touch ups.
And this time we were joined by Kim Haddad who specializes in hair and makeup.  Kim was introduced by our friend and makeup artist Andrea Brown.  Kim was a joy to work with and made us look lovely.   And interestingly she comes from Montreal and has a vast array of experience in the fashion industry.  

Check back over the coming weeks and months for more sneak peaks of what we have in the works!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Interview with intern, Ainslie!

Ainslie models a dress of her own design.
Your name and age: Ainslie Lahey, 20

How long have you worked for/with Paper People Clothing?
I’ve been interning every Friday with Paper People since January of 2013.

What is your position?
 As an intern I do various tasks like cutting , sorting, and helping deliver clothing to shops.

What is your educational background? Where did you go to school?  How has your education adapted into your career today?
I took Fashion Techniques and Design at George Brown College. It was an intensive 2 year program that prepared me for working in the fashion industry. From proper drafting and sewing to garment production, it has taught me how much work goes into preparing a collection.

What is the best part about working for Paper People?
Working for PaperPeople has been fun – Jenn has been great to work with as well as her assistant Siv and the other interns. It’s a relaxed environment; while we work, we also chat and listen to great music! It’s been a great learning experience as well.

Ainslie models Paper People's Penny Dress.
Fast Fashion – is such a fad, why do you think Paper People Clothing will stand the test of time?
Paper People has an aesthetic that is true to the wearer – each piece is unique and therefore when a person picks out a Paper People garment, they are choosing something that reflects their personality and personal style. It is not like buying a trendy top with flash that in 5 years you won’t want to wear anymore. Paper People won’t be something that goes out of style because it follows classic lines with added little twists here and there to achieve a look that is fun and fresh, but also timeless.

How would you describe your own personal style?
My personal style is generally very feminine, but I can be as laid back as jeans and a t-shirt if I feel like it. I love wearing pretty dresses and silk tops and skirts when I go out, but when I’m feeling lazy, an oversized sweater or plaid shirt over a simple shift dress is my go to. I don’t generally go for trends and instead buy classic or vintage pieces that I can wear for a long time. 

Ainslie models a dress of her own design.

Tell us about some other Creative projects you have on the go!
I’m currently in the process of curating vintage clothing for an online venture, and helping to design a clothing line out of Ottawa. Keep your eyes peeled!

We've been very fortunate to have Ainslie's help at our studio over the past few months.  She's now returned to Ottawa to work with a start up fashion venture.  We wish her all the best and hope to see her again soon!