I had a chance to interview the ladies behind Toronto Based Line SMYTHE. Name sound familiar? It should. Christie is the sister of interior designer Tommy Smythe. (Yep. The one I heart) Christie Smythe and her business partner Andrea Lenczner have a line of jackets that are edgy and yet sophisticated. When you see women in their jackets, you take a second look. Hell I know I do when browsing the magazines. Their designs are detailed, and tailored in everyway. Even a traditional jacket has that edge that you want, when your wanting your look to stand out from the rest. But what else do I love about these women???
“We’re both working mothers, so we have our social lives, our work lives, we love to travel, and we have our home lives with our kids,” says Andrea. “We try to design a jacket or coat for all those different scenarios and moods — every collection feels like someone’s closet.”
Two beauties with a great talent for design. GET IT GIRLS!
Here are my favorites
We wanted to do one thing and do it well. Six years ago, item jackets weren't available in the market. If you wanted something to wear with your jeans and top then you had to wear a suit blazer. There were no other options.
One word to describe SMYTHE
What was your original vision and goal?
To make a jacket that actually fit like those you saw in photographs or on a mannequin (that didn't have the stylists clips in the back pulling the jacket into its perfect shape). To put nostalgic, menswear fabrics into modern, feminine silhouettes. To create jackets that would be worn season after season.
What makes SMYTHE different from the rest?
Tailoring! Our fit and our choice of fabrics and notions makes the brand immediately recognizable. Quality is important too. We import European fabrics and are proud to manufacture here in Canada.
What would a SMYTHE girl look like?
What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now with the line?
What advice would you offer women with the same hopes and dreams?
Sometimes its not a good idea to over-think a concept and you just have to take a leap of faith and see if you can make a product that you are proud of and that others want to buy. Take a responsible risk.
Was there a plan B?
Not at all.
One wish for Smythe?
First major splurge purchase?
Christie - Calvin Klein Camel Hair Coat circa early 90's
Andrea - Prada Bowling Bag circa's mid 90's
What would those close to you say is your favorite personal item to wear?
Christie - Gold Necklace with St. Christopher Pendant
Andrea - My Husbands watch
What's one thing you put in every handbag?
Christie - Tart Cheek Stain and chapstick
Andrea – Three different pairs of glasses....I need options
Silver or Gold?
Christie - Gold
Andrea - Stainless steel or platinum!
Flats or Heels?
Andrea - Heels if anyone is watching
Christie - heels (Andrea: she's fibbing, she always wears flats)
Gloss or Lipstick?
Andrea - Gloss.
Christie - Red Lipstick
Coffee or Tea?
Both - Lots and lots of coffee
Cake or Pie?
Andrea - Cake 100%
Christie - Pie
PC or MAC?
Both - PC at the office, Mac at home
Books or Magazines?
The embarrassing choice
Colored Nails or Naturally Beautiful?
Andrea - nude color on nails. no color.
Christie - nude nails and colored toes
Early Riser, or Late Riser?
Andrea - Early.
Christie - Late
Apartment or House?
Both - House
SUV/Truck or Cute Car?
Andrea - Small blond. Big car.
Christie - small brunette. small car.
Favorite TV shows?
FNL. We are OBSESSED.
Yours of course.
Favorite Real Housewives series?
Both - don't watch it.
Favorite City to visit?
Both: Favorite city to visit together is New York by default.
After all that, wouldn’t you want to war Smythe?
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