Other photos unless otherwise noted are courtesy of Adhesif.
"I am inspired by the historical content and the obscurity [of vintage clothing] - the weird characteristics - and am attracted to anything out of the ordinary like unusual textures and detailing. As a visual artist, I enjoy the creativity involved in combining the various textiles to create new designs." - Melissa Ferreira
I have to admit - I've been a slug all summer and haven't been posting much. This blog was supposed to go up a long time ago. BUT it turns out the timing is perfect after all as Adhesif and Forsya Boutique are having an amazing sidewalk sale on Sunday, August 26th. For information on this sale click here. The universe is in charge and doing well.
I had the privilege of meeting Melissa Ferreira about 7 years ago when my daughter was doing some freelance modeling. This designer became one of my first interviews when I stepped into writing a year later. Looking back, there have been many personal wow moments and I have searched high and low to find photos of just a few of my favourites from previous seasons. The first design I fell totally in love several years ago was angora knit capris. They were part of a sweater/capri set created from vintage sweaters. I adored them and had them photographed for submission to Gestalt Magazine in NYC in 2006.
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Adhesif is a home grown indie label, so being a part of local events is important for the brand. Ferreira has shown her collections at Eco Fashion Week for the last three seasons. "It is always great fun and provides the brand with excellent visibility in terms of both media and public attention." The brand has also been a regular at Circle Craft's traditional Christmas Market for the last seven years. Ferreira takes on another role as the organizer for the successful "Nifty For Fifty" sale that happens every April. It features 30 local designers selling handmade wares for $50 and under. A great chance to support local designers at a price everyone can afford!
For Fall/Winter 2012, you'll see polished, but cozy layering inspired by real women the designer spotted on the streets during travels in Germany and France. Titled "Big City Lights," the collection showcases a luxurious mix of fabrics such as reclaimed lambswool, cashmere, jersey knit, silk, cotton and denim in an colourful combination of mustard, amber, blue, red and chocolate. This season Ferreira is particularly proud of her outerwear offering. "In Europe there were lots of cute, 1960's three-quarter length box cut coats which inspired the Boxcar Coat. It has become my favourite piece in the entire collection." This colourful jacket is created from vintage Melton wool blankets and sports an asymmetrical collar, elbow patches and a reversible applique. The perfect accessory? Adhesif's fingerless mittens which are a best seller year after year.