Louis Carioto, A passion for style

Louis Carioto has worked hard to establish a rich and fascinating career. He was educated at the University of Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce, and then earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at New York University. The Ottawa native got his start at the original Bloomingdale’s, the prestigious New York department store. The … Continue reading Louis Carioto, A passion for style

legends of the fall

Wool jacket, silk shirt with velvetbanded appliqué, wool capri pants, Hermès; leather studded handbag, Red Valentino, HOLT RENFREW, cowhide boots with leopard print, STUART WEITZMAN. Cashmere turtleneck, ÇA VA DE SOI, loose-fitting wool cardigan, Tavan & Mitto; cropped wool pants, Filippa K; adorned silver bracelet, Crystal Josh; Kors Michael Kors suede sandals, MICHAEL KORS. Wool … Continue reading legends of the fall


Working in the retail industry is laborious. Selling clothes is even riskier. Selling successfully to men who despise shopping is a singular achievement. Succeeding at it for 50 years is the legend of Henri Vézina!h2> When his boss, financier Jean-Louis Lévesque, closed his Montréal Fashion Craft shops in 1962, Henri Vézina, father of three, found … Continue reading Perfectionism

Must haves for Fall

Manolo Blahnik at Holt Renfrew, $695 Boots Giuseppe Zanotti at Ogilvy, $895 iPad bag Marc Jacobs at Holt Renfrew, $625 Velvet glasses Italia Independent at Ogilvy, $219 Alexander Wang at Holt Renfrew, $295 Weekend MaxMara at Ogilvy, $495 Watch TW Steel at Signature, $850 Hugo Boss at Henri Vézina, $125 Hugo Boss at Henri Vézina, … Continue reading Must haves for Fall

Driving the future

Tomorrow, we will need leaders, developers, and thinkers to govern our society, and a host of workers across the spectrum from specialist to generalist. To do this, we must promote education, and above all, keep kids in school, by encouraging troubled youth to pursue a dream and to never give it up. That is exactly … Continue reading Driving the future


The story of how a city’s lights, reflected in a young woman’s eyes, illuminated a mother’s heart. I have always loved travelling with my daughter, and to mark her 21st birthday, I offered up Paris, capital of fashion, good taste … and macaroons! As a student majoring in fashion marketing, it goes without saying that … Continue reading Paris

Temba – The Tibetan

In 1959, at twenty-four years of age, Tenzin Gyatso fled Lhasa, Tibet’s capital, down the Friendship Highway into exile. His journey continues today, fifty-three years later. The 14th Dalai Lama has been and remains an inspiration for a people who have struggled to keep their identity, culture and beliefs in the face of Chinese government … Continue reading Temba – The Tibetan

Hairdressing, one-upmanship is a given

Haute Coiffure Française, the world’s most prestigious organization in its field, in partnership with L’Oréal Professionnel, presented the HCF Trophy last February which recognizes styling work of global caliber on a female model. Harmonization of cut and color is emphasized in the award selection. The aesthetics, the styling, and the makeup must also contribute to … Continue reading Hairdressing, one-upmanship is a given