(Toronto, Ontario) October 31, 2011 – After wowing the Canadian media, consumers and fashion lovers alike last season with the launch of their three Designer collaborations, DANIER continues in their exciting direction with two new designer capsule collections. Spring 2012 will welcome an accessory capsule collection by Canadian talent Philip Sparks as well as see the return of OBJECT by George Antonopoulos. These new collections emphasize DANIER’s continued commitment to bridging a relationship between their valued consumer and the vast Canadian design talent.
”DANIER is thrilled to be able to expand our men’s offering and partner with these talented designers to bring something fresh and exciting for Spring 2012. George and Philip offer their own unique take on the season’s fashion essentials while keeping with the DANIER standards for quality and affordable luxury.” – Jennifer Steckel Elliott, DANIER VP Marketing
In looking for their next collaboration, designer Philip Sparks aligned perfectly with the DANIER design ideals. Canadian aesthetic fused with fashion forward design elements that celebrate craftsmanship and creativity. The Philip Sparks for DANIER collection will be comprised of men’s accessories for Spring, which fit seamlessly into the modern man’s wardrobe, perfectly balancing fashion and functionality.
“Working with DANIER to create a collection of men’s accessories has allowed me to focus on the small details and handsome hardware that make vintage bags and leather goods so collectable. We started with a nostalgic idea of travel and how people once boarded airplanes and train cars with a wardrobe of carryalls, duffle bags and cases. Then, we updated that mix to include iPad cases and backpacks filled with extra pockets and compartments for contemporary travelers who expect the functionality of five bags in one.” – Philip Sparks, Designer
Following the successful launch of his inaugural George Antonopoulos' OBJECT for DANIER collection this past fall, the designer was ready to build and grow his portfolio. OBJECT by George Antonopoulos Spring 2012 will see his signature minimalist aesthetic re-imagined with colour blocking, pastels and punchy statement colours, as well as an expanded accessories line of wallets, clutches and bags.
“After the incredible experience of designing last season, I was so excited to once again partner with DANIER for a Spring 2012 collection. The goal of OBJECT by George Antonopoulos is to provide key pieces each season to complete a woman’s wardrobe. My overall inspiration for this collection was MODERN MOD, a fun and colourful follow-up to last season’s monochromatic assembly.”– George Antonopoulos, Designer
Since 1972, premier leather manufacturer and retailer, DANIER Leather Inc, has been providing its customers with the finest quality and workmanship at a price that affords exceptional value. For over a quarter century this iconic Canadian brand has grown to over 90 stores across Canada and into a household name. DANIER Leather Inc. goes beyond their design, manufacturing and retailing expertise with a continued commitment to supporting community and charitable organizations such as Plan Canada and The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
ABOUT GEORGE ANTONOPOULOS
As one of the most sought after fashion stylists in Canada and contributing fashion editor for Fashion Magazine, George is constantly in demand for his forward and inspired visual point of view. His unique and creative vision can be seen in advertising campaigns, fashion editorials and runway shows. George's artistic flair has graced the pages of prestigious magazines such as Fashion, Men's Fashion, Elle Canada, Flare, Manhattan Magazine and The Holt Renfrew Book. He has also lent his creative talent to fashion lines such as Donna Karan, Arthur Mendonca, Miss Rowe and Pink Tartan. George has had the pleasure of working with Emily Blunt, Iman, Shalom Harlow, Audrey Marnay, Nicole Ritchie, Milla Jovovich, Helena Christensen and Yasmin Warsame.
ABOUT PHILIP SPARKS
Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc. was founded in Toronto, Canada in 2007. The brand has a nostalgic feeling, referencing vintage details and classic tailoring, but a contemporary sensibility that connects with men and women looking for quality, fit and functional clothing they look sharp in every day. Designer Philip Sparks developed his interest in heritage tailoring in the design departments of the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada and the Stratford Festival. Today, he draws inspiration from found photographs, Canada’s great outdoors and vintage fabrics, hardware and notions. All clothing and accessories are proudly made in Canada by specialized manufacturers, leather workers and knitters. He also produces a collection of men's Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc. footwear that is sold exclusively through his Toronto shop and online at PhilipSparks.com/Shop.