A Peace Treaty

We fell in love with A Peace Treaty for the collections’ beauty – high fashion scarves and jewelry. We were sold on A Peace Treaty based on their final product alone.  The whole process that they go through to create their line is an added bonus. The fact that they are creating these products ethically, while utlizing techniques at risk of extinction created additional value.  

A Peace Treaty jewelry are limited edition pieces that complement the clothing at era.  The pieces can add a unique edge to a feminine silk or flirty floral.  Each collection is created seasonally, with exclusive pieces, offered in a small number of boutiques across Canada and worldwide.  

A Peace Treaty scarves are stunning, stand-alone pieces that will sit prominently in any fashionista’s closet.  Created in artisan workshops across the world, A Peace Treaty uses local methods for creating their scarves.  This process results in internationally influenced prints and colors.

Mixing ethics and high fashion can be a difficult feat.  We think that A Peace Treaty is leading the way!

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Here is A Peace Treaty’s story: 

A PEACE TREATY IS AN EVOLVING COLLECTION AIMED AT CREATING ETHICALLY-PRODUCED, ARTISAN LEVEL ACCESSORIES AND APPAREL FOR THE LUXURY FASHION MARKETPLACE.

Born in 2008, as a personal pact between Farah Malik, a Pakistani Muslim, and Dana Arbib, a Libyan Jew, A PEACE TREATY creates employment for skilled artisans working in places of socio-political strife, effectively supporting their technique and craft while elevating their products to the level of high design for an exclusive and international fashion audience.

Inspired by the hand-crafting cultures of the Middle East, Asia, South America and Africa, A PEACE TREATY was conceived when Arbib and Malik met while living in Rome. The two discovered that they shared both a love of high fashion and a desire to increase awareness of ancient, disappearing crafting traditions. Intermingling Arbib’s strong background in graphic, textile and product design with Malik’s history of developing multimedia marketing campaigns for social justice and human rights, as well as her training in ancient Roman gold-smithing, they set about connecting discerning fashion connoisseurs with cache, boutique level artifacts from places typically seen only negatively through the media lens.

Each season, A PEACE TREATY travels to a particular region and seeks out local village artisans to re-define an accessory, designing limited edition pieces in style unique colorways. Each jewelry or scarf collection resuscitates ancient handmade textile and metalsmithing techniques that are at risk of extinction. Working with craftspeople in nine countries and injecting life and trade back into local economies, A PEACE TREATY employs artisans with above fair trade wages and invests in creating income generation opportunities for out-of-work artisans, disabled and widowed women. A PEACE TREATY artisan projects and partnerships are situated in Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the US.

A Peace Treaty jewelry and scarves, available at era.

Photo cred:(A Peace Treaty)

1 Dress, 3 Ways: Camden dress by Rag & Bone

You search and search for that perfect little black dress.  You finally find “the one”, and plan to wear it to every occasion.  But, in reality, does that happen?  How many of those “perfect” little black dresses do you have just sitting in your closet.  It never fails, no matter how many perfect LBD’s you find, you always want a new one.

The fact still remains – you NEED a perfect little black dress.  We say, wear it!  Make use of that perfect piece because it won’t be too long until you deserve a new one!

The Rag & Bone Camden dress IS the perfect little black dress.  The cut, the detail, and the fabric make this a wardrobe essential.

 

 

(Rag & Bone Camden dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA envelope clutch, Rag & Bone Eton blazer, Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote, Kova & T Griffith Jacket, Rebecca Minkoff Moonstruck handbag, Rag & Bone perforated newbury's, all available at era)

A Surreal Iconic Meeting

A power partnership between two of our favourite things - Kate Moss, a fashion icon and Rag & Bone, our favourite edgy brand.

We (like anyone would be) were ecstatic to see Kate Moss in clothing from our Saskatoon shop, era style loft.  We almost feel like we are hanging out with one of the biggest fashion icons around.  We know about the seven degrees of separation, but when you actually see that you are less than seven steps away from Kate Moss, it is pretty surreal!

Rag & Bone has been popularized by its /JEAN line.  We love their jeans and are even more in love with their ready to wear collection and footwear.  Era style loft is one of nineteen stores in Canada to carry the line.  We are pleased to offer such a great brand in store and on-line (soon!).

Designers, Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s brand has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that innovatively melds classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated New York Aesthetic.  The importance of quality, expert craftsmanship and attention to detail resonate deeply.  Each piece is impeccably crafted from the finest materials available and approached from a form and function design standpoint.  

The era girl appreciates the quality built into each item along with the beautiful piece that is the final product.

The Jefferson Blazer by Rag & Bone, available at era

Photo cred:(rag & bone) 

 

Welcome to Café Society by era style loft

definition: n.  the social group that frequents fashionable spots, such as nightclubs, cafes and resorts: “the glittering café society that revolves around the city’s elite cultural institutions”

Welcome to Café Society by era, a blog inspired by our clothing store, era style loft.  It will bring you fashion inspiration, styling advice, stories of our travels, and all the latest updates from the loft.  

We invite you to be part of our café society, as we leave our autopilot lives and dream of fabulous fashion, exotic destinations, and love for all things stylish.  Era was created to bring this lifestyle to the amazing women of Saskatoon and push the boundaries of fashion on the prairies.  

Era girls are found everywhere, from anywhere.  

An era girl is, smart, intelligent, modern, timeless, and doesn’t take herselft too seriously – has fun with fashion and life!

Some of our favourtie brands that we like to talk about and highlight are Rag & Bone, Equipment, Joie, Michael Kors, Elizabeth and James, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Rebecca Taylor, Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Diane von Furstenberg, AG, Current/Elliott, and Cynthia Vincent.  And of course, those amazing pieces that we all covet, Alexander McQueen, Celine, Chanel, Manolo Blahnik, Alexander Wang, and much, much more!

So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy. 

 

Photo cred:(cheetah is the new black, this time tomorrow, sincerely jules, weworewhat)

about us

Era Style Loft is an upmarket women's boutique located in the heart of downtown Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the historic Birk's Building on 21st Street. With its convenient location and modern design, the women of Saskatoon finally have a luxurious place to shop. Now, era has expanded to offer that same in-store experience, online. Era offers everything from clothing and shoes, to handbags and accessories.

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