SHOP AROUND THE GLOBE WITH PATRICIA

A few lucky people here at Groupe Dynamite are tasked with travelling to the world’s fashion capitals (Paris, London, New York, oh my!) and reporting back with new and fresh ideas to delight our customers.

Patricia, Divisional Design Director for Garage, is one of these lucky people! She travels around the world to understand how the Garage brand would fit in the international market as well as to gain inspiration for future collections.

Patricia’s job is so cool that we decided to ask her a few questions about her travels…

Briefly describe your last shopping trip abroad.
Which cities did you visit and what was your mandate for the trip?

My last trip was an eye-opening one for me. I went to the Middle East and Europe. When I was in the Middle East, I learnt about the culture, the market, and understanding our client in that part of the world. The result of the trip was amazing because I now feel like I know our Middle Eastern customer.

We then went to Europe to shop for the brand. It was cool to do these two completely different markets in one trip because we were able to compare how big players, such as H&M, do things differently in Dubai versus London.

What’s your go-to airplane outfit?

A pair of high-waist leggings and a long-sleeve cropped tee. I definitely represent the Garage look while travelling.

When you travel, what are the key fashion items in your suitcase that you can’t leave without?

I always like to travel light and only take a carry-on because I hate losing my luggage. Therefore, I plan all key outfits in advance. If I am travelling to a hot country, I like to pack summer dresses because they are super easy to wear. You don’t need to think of an outfit because you can just throw it on. The same dress can look completely different by simply switching up the accessories.

What are your favourite stores to shop at while you are travelling?

There aren’t any specific stores I can think of, but I love to shop in Asian countries, such as Japan or South Korea. In Seoul, in the area around the university, there are many shops with very busy street fashion pieces. From one of these pieces I could get the inspiration to create a whole collection.

When abroad, what is your favourite…

  • Coffee shop?
    There are two spots that I love.
    1- Any coffee shop in Italy. I love the classic feeling.
    2- Kubrick Cafe in Hong Kong. I love this shop because it’s a book store and a coffee shop, and then there is a cinema with local movies right next to it.
  • Restaurant? 

I don’t have any. Usually, when I am travelling, I will wait until I’m hungry and explore the surrounding spots. That’s how I find the best hidden gems. I love to explore and never go back to the same place twice.

  • Place to get inspired?

Any new city. I am travel-crazy and LOVE to travel. Therefore, to really get inspired, I would go somewhere that I’ve never been before.

What is the number one trend you noticed on the runway during the latest Fashion Weeks?

The trend I have noticed is the mix of sport and feminine together. I find that the runways are coming back to the early 2000s.

What are three main trends you noticed locals wearing during your most recent trip?

In London, it is all about the tracksuit-inspired trend. Track is back in London.
They are also big on oversized matching ‘80s patterned suits; masculine chic.
I’ve also been seeing a lot of Paris Hilton type styles from the ‘00s.

If you could only travel to one of two destinations, which one would you choose?

  • Paris or London? London
  • New York or L.A.? L.A. Love the super chill vibe and I have tons of friends there.
  • Toronto or Montreal? Montreal

Shop around the globe with Raphaël

A few lucky people here at Groupe Dynamite are tasked with travelling to the world’s fashion capitals (Paris, London, New York, oh my!) and reporting back with new and fresh ideas to delight our customers.

Raphaël, the Director of Concept Design for Dynamite (and one of our most frequent travellers), is one of these lucky people! Every season, he gathers all the inspiration he finds on his trips and, with his team, puts together an assortment of colours, patterns, fabrics and key outfits to present to our Merchandising team.

His job is so cool, we decided to ask Raph a few questions about his travels…

Briefly describe your last shopping trip abroad. Which cities did you visit and what was your mandate for the trip?

The last journey I went on was a major seasonal kick-off trip! In February, I travelled with my team to four cities in 10 days: New York, London, Paris and Barcelona. We shopped and looked for current and emerging trends in stores and on the streets. We also spent two days on a creative work session with our fashion consultant in Barcelona; we brainstormed on the direction we want to take for our Spring 2018 Dynamite collection. It was a very fast yet productive trip!

What’s your go-to airplane outfit?

I like to keep it casual, yet dressy. Comfort is key as we walk through so many airports and carry a lot of luggage. These days, it’s a dressy jogger pant, minimal sweatshirt, a light mid-length overcoat and a great pair of sneakers!

When you travel, what are the key fashion items in your suitcase that you can’t leave without?

The dressy jogger in three colours is the most versatile piece as it can easily be dressed up or down. High-top Converse (these days, I’m loving the metallic material) are my best friends for the entire trip. Lastly, regardless of the time of year, I never leave without a light parka coat. London can be chilly in May.

What are your favourite stores to shop while you’re travelling?

I can’t leave Paris before stopping at Merci, a store in the Marais district. It is pure inspiration; they decorate the store to match the theme of the collection.When I last went, in February, the store was covered in blooming flowers! In London, a walk through Shoreditch will leave you fully inspired. The streets are lined with extremely well curated boutiques, urban vibes and a youthful pub scene.

Where do you find the best coffee?

Italy. Any old school coffee shop…

What is your favourite restaurant abroad?

I prefer casual dining, so we always look for a cool, local place to eat. For example, in London, they have amazing Indian restaurants. In Barcelona, we eat tapas all day long! Last October, in Tokyo, grilled Kobe beef was a treat. There are always so many places to check out!

What is your favourite location to relax or get inspired?

We don’t have much time to relax on business trips. I’m usually sent to cities for business, so I always try to get away to a place that’s more laid back when I travel on my own. Presently, I am packing for Costa Rica for two weeks, where I can recharge, take in all the greenery, and come back ready and inspired for the spring and summer seasons.

What is the number one trend you noticed on the runway during the latest Fashion Weeks?

Good question! If I had to highlight the trend that struck me the most, it would be colour! Get used to wearing red, fuchsia, purple… it’s back!

Which destination would you like to add to your itinerary?

I would like to travel more to Asian destinations. This market is exploding with newness and there is so much to be inspired by. We travel to Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, but I haven’t been to Singapore yet.

Who is your favourite fashion designer at the moment?

Yves Saint Laurent’s Anthony Vaccarello. YSL always manages to strike the perfect balance between “sexy” and “street”. Also, Alessandro Michele from Gucci. This brand has a very exuberant and over-the-top approach to fashion; it’s definitely shaking up the fashion world!

What is a fashion find you brought back from your travels that all your friends envy?

On my last trip to Tokyo, I bought an indigo Japanese denim kimono. I had an experienced salesperson put it on me and demonstrate how to fold it the traditional way. That was quite a special buy!

What are three main trends you noticed locals wearing during your most recent trip?

Each city has its own identity and style! The London girl loves makeup and an unexpected clothing mix. The Parisians pull off the “I just woke up, yet I look fabulous” look by wearing oversized pieces. The New York girl has a more on-the-go style. All of them wore a trench coat in their own way this spring!

If you could only travel to one of two destinations, which one would you choose?

  • Paris or London?

    London for being vibrant and one step ahead… but Paris for inspiration and to get a more romantic point of view on fashion.

  • New York or L.A.?

    New York! For the culture, the people, the street fashion and the most amazing shopping!

  • Toronto or Montreal?

    Toronto has better shopping, but I would stay in Montreal to hang out with friends and have a good time in restaurants and bars!

Shop around the globe with Amanda

A few lucky people here at Groupe Dynamite are tasked with travelling to the world’s fashion capitals (Paris, London, New York, oh my!) and reporting back with new and fresh ideas to delight our customers.

Amanda, Stylist and Designer for Garage’s Concept team, is one of these lucky people! She travels around the world to work on campaign photo shoots and even styles the featured models. She is tasked with noticing trends and her findings abroad really set the tone for upcoming Garage fashion lines.

Her job is so cool, we decided to ask Amanda a few questions about her travels…

Briefly describe your last trip abroad. Which cities did you visit and what was your mandate?

The last place I travelled to was California. I shot a lookbook with influencers and attended the Coachella music festival, which is always a great time. I was sent to Coachella to style five of our influencers in Garage clothing. Overall, my trip was so inspiring! I got to collaborate with teens, eat amazing food and above all, listen to some of my favourite musicians perform live.

What are the key fashion items in your suitcase you can’t travel without?

  • My Coach X Mickey Disney collaboration cross body bag (it’s tiny and the perfect size when you don’t want to lug around a huge purse)
  • A few pairs of sneakers
  • This isn’t considered a fashion item, but a notepad is a must! I love to write down all things that inspire me when I’m travelling abroad.
  • My wireless Sony headphones—they block out all noise which is perfect when I’m travelling on long flights!

What is your go-to airplane outfit?

Oversized hoodie, denim and sneakers. Comfort is key! I always carry a light jacket with me just in case it gets chilly on the plane. I am always dressed super casual and comfy! You will never find me wearing heels on a plane, unless they are platform sandals. 🙂

What are your favourite stores to shop while you’re travelling?

Ouf, I have so many! But I think the ones that stick out the most are Dover Street Market, Made in Earth, the Rose Bowl flea market and Kiliwatch. I remember the first time I walked into Dover Street, my jaw dropped to the floor. It’s one of the most inspiring stores I have ever stepped foot in. It’s very conceptual, great visual installations, and just overall so amazing! Made in Earth specializes in gemstone jewellery. The Rose Bowl flea market is a huge flea market that takes place once a month in LA and you can find such special pieces. Kiliwatch is a fun vintage store located in Paris! Last time I was there, Marc Jacobs had walked in with his stylist to pick out oriental floral prints from vintage kimonos. It’s very inspiring!

Which fashion item have you brought back from your travels that made all your friends envious?

Nothing material. What makes them envious is when I talk to them about travelling to such cool destinations for work such as Iceland, Finland, Alaska or Argentina, etc.

When abroad, what is your favourite…

  • Coffee shop? Toby’s Estate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—not only do they have the best coffee but also the best avocado toast!
  • Restaurant? Trishna in London is delicious! Best Indian food I’ve ever eaten!
  • Place to get shoes? Hmmm… For heels I love going to the Topshop in London. They have a really wide range of great shoes at affordable prices. For sneakers: Colette in Paris always carries great exclusives that I love to get my hands on… Kith is also one of my faves!
  • Place to get inspired? People-watching in every city I go to! There’s nothing more inspiring than people being their unique selves and just dressing how they want! I love that!

What is the number one trend you noticed during your last trip?

MESH MANIA! At Coachella, so many girls were wearing it! On swimsuits, dresses, tees, bra tops! It was literally everywhere!

Who is your favourite fashion designer at the moment?

I love what Stuart Vevers is doing at Coach. He really turned the brand around. The clothes are fun and the styling in his shows is incredible!

If you could only travel to one of two destinations, which would you choose and why?

  • New York or L.A.? NYC > everywhere! The vibe, the people… the energy is just so contagious and unlike any other city I’ve been to!
  • Paris or London? That’s tough. I love both! Paris is romantic but I would probably have to say London! The fashion is more eclectic, which I love!
  • Tokyo or Milan? Haven’t been to any of them yet! I’m dreaming of going to Tokyo though! So many influences and trends come from there so I’d like to explore it and see what it’s all about!

Which destination would you like to eventually add to your itinerary?

Tokyo! I really want to explore Japan and Asian destinations. The fashion, the culture, the food, everything looks so awesome!