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Founder's Letter

A Personal Note—And a 2018 Announcement

Work only works when life works. And when life isn’t working, you need a support team. Our co-founders share a personal story about their dad’s passing, and reveal the details behind Poppy Barley’s Southgate Flagship move.

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The Read

The Gift of Time: The Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute

Our Director of Content shares how the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Poppy Barley’s Q1 charity partner, saved her dad’s life—twice—and continues to change her own.

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The Conversation

In Her Shoes: Brittni Jessie, Leon Bridges

Last August, we met Brittni Jessie while she was headlining with Leon Bridges at EFMF. Here, she talks travel, music, and why—when it comes to great style—less is more: “You don’t need a lot of instruments to make a great song.”

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The Look

Everyday Luxury With Fine Artist Giselle Denis

Providing the near-hypnotic paintings for our Spring 2018 campaign—and Flagship—performance painter Giselle Denis tells us the meaning of “everyday luxury”.

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Founder's Letter

When Happiness Drives Success

Almost 5 years into business, a new flagship store, and a new baby on the way, our co-founder, Kendall, believes that time is moving just the way it should.

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The Product

Dissecting Our Fall 2017 Collection

Inspired by Paris in the Fall, and demanding luxury basics that elevate daily life, our co-founder, Justine, breaks down our Fall 2017 Collection.

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The Read

24 Hours with Poppy Barley’s Mexico Operations Manager

From morning to night, Laura—Poppy Barley’s Mexico Operations Manager—outlines a typical day in the business of shoemaking in León, Mexico.

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The Tutorial

How To Work At Poppy Barley

Without great people to make ideas happen, businesses fail. From fans to employees, from a quick Skype interview to a 3-year courting process, here’s how some of our team members got their start at Poppy Barley.

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Poppy Barley Southgate Flagship
The Look

Go Inside #PoppyBarleySouthgate

This Fall, we opened the Poppy Barley Flagship at Southgate Centre, one of the top malls in Canada. Here, we talk budget, process and share the end result.

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Founder's Letter

Year Over. Here’s Where Our Headspace Is At

Looking ahead to 2017, we need a little more “I can’t sleep at night”. Magic happens outside of comfort zones. It’s time to take more risks, push more limits and get back to “re-thinking” our industry.

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The Wanderer

#PoppyBarleyPassport: Poppy Barley Around the World

See our interactive social map of all the places you brought your Poppy Barley shoes in 2016—and all the accessories we designed to go with it!

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Founder's Letter

How Becoming a Mom Changed Me—and My Company

“Sometimes when you can’t work harder, you have to work smarter.” Justine reflects on early motherhood and running a business.

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The Read

Best of 2016

Justine had a baby. Kendall bought a house. Caroline got married. Monica got engaged. Marina completed her degree. New jobs, and lots of travel. Here are the special moments we’ll be carrying into 2017, and for some, into forever.

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Founder's Letter

An Open Letter to the Canadian Fashion Industry

The end of Toronto Fashion Week, the shrinking staff at fashion magazines, the rise (and fall?) of influencers, and a stretched economy. When it comes to Canadian fashion, our co-founder asks the question, “Are we crazy to try and stay?”

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The Product

Here’s What Ethical Manufacturing Means at Poppy Barley

Behind everything you wear, including your shoes, is a person with a sewing machine. Here, our co-founder, Justine, shares our approach to screening our suppliers and factories.

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Tina Chang - Grazia - Feature
The Wanderer

Fashion in the Middle East: Traveling (Far) For Work

Photographer Tina Chang travels from Edmonton to Abu Dhabi in pursuit of fashion. She returns with a big portfolio, and an even bigger perspective on life.

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Daniel Braun - In His Shoes - Tres Carnales, Poppy Barley, León, Mexico
The Conversation

In His Shoes: Daniel Braun @TresCarnales

From the co-owner of Tres Carnales and Rostizados, find out Daniel Braun’s approach to dining, what life is really like in the Shoe Capital of the World, and the Mexican cure to a hangover.

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The Look

What to Wear With Those Ankle Boots: Meet Stylist Kara Chomistek

Biomedical engineer, turned fashion stylist, turned entrepreneur. Kara Chomistek tells us how she’s pushing the fashion industry in Canada (and, perhaps equally important, how to style up those Poppy Barley ankle boots).

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