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Poppy Barley

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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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Erica Wark - Poppy Barley Shoes
The Conversation

In Her Shoes: Erica Wark @EricaOnFashion

When someone yells at us on the street and fires us a hand symbol, it’s not always awesome. For Erica Wark, awesome is the only way to describe it. Meet The Social CTV’s resident stylist and find out what Poppy Barley shoe she loves.

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The Read

Designer Nicole Bridger Discusses the “Grey” of Ethical Fashion

“I believe that all change starts with conversation.” Here, Poppy Barley co-founder Kendall Barber has an imperfect conversation with Nicole Bridger about ethical fashion and manufacturing. Watch.

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Founder's Letter

Show Us Your Shoes

When I was a teenager, my gym teacher had a sign on her door that said “Show Me Your Friends. I’ll Show You Your Future”. If there’s truth to this statement, Poppy Barley has a cool, smart future. In this issue, we chat dress codes, work and life with friends of Poppy Barley.

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Working as a Stylist in Canada: Meet Talia Brown
The Read

What It’s Like to Work As a Stylist in Canada

Toronto-based personal + celebrity stylist Talia Brown real-talks about breaking into the Canadian fashion industry. Plus: Why she chose the Heeled Mule from Poppy Barley’s SS16 Collection.

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