The jackets are designed by Toronto based design team and high school friends Christie Smythe and Andrea Lenczner. The duo decided against the idea of producing an entire collection, instead they were interested in putting their energy into one piece and perfecting it as much as possible. “We don't like the idea of prescribing what a woman wears from head to toe...and in this way we weren't interested in producing a full collection with looks. The jacket is such a critical piece in every woman's wardrobe, [both] an emotional and versatile piece, one that can bring it all together and finish any look, leaving the interpretation up to the individual. We also wanted to do one thing and do it well, to become experts in a category." The coats are very versatile; they can be dressed down with a pair of jeans and Chuck’s, or can accessorize a cute dress and sky high heels. Their pieces feature quality material and flawless tailoring, and the coats come in an array of styles and colours.
The fashion world has taken notice of Smythe as well. They’ve been featured in spreads in InStyle, FLARE, FASHION, and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as on eTalk. Their coats have also graced the backs of Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively.
Smythe coats can be found at Holt Renfrew and other high end boutiques in Canada. They’re also sold at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman in the US as well as being available online at net-a-porter.com and shopbop.com.
Smythe coats don’t run cheap, but you can’t put a price on quality... or Canadiana!
Writer: Kate Murphy