A former fashion editor on acquiescing to the office dress code. During my decade as a freelance fashion and beauty writer, I spent my days darting between buzzy press previews and product launches all over Toronto. A typical outfit would look something like this: distressed jeans, a black Mackage leather jacket and Nike Air Max 95 OGs.
Janna Zittrer Appleby Special to The Globe and Mail Published January 11, 2019 Updated January 7, 2019 Open this photo in gallery Quartz's Edition line is a series of parkas featuring fresh shapes and volumes, along with enhanced colour options and one unisex style. /Quartz Not so long ago, the puffy parka was an almost entirely utilitarian piece of clothing, slipped on for snowy dog walks, ice-storm grocery runs and work commutes on the coldest January days.
Strangely enough, Ela Aldorsson’s namesake handbag line started with a shoe. The Toronto-based designer was working as an accessories wholesaler at the London, England, head office of Burberry when she suddenly got an idea for a practical heel that could more easily navigate the city’s cobblestone streets. Feeling she was on to something, a friend connected her with none other than Jimmy Choo, who praised Aldorsson’s sketches and suggested she create her own line. “He was like, ‘You know what?