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The Founders Assembly: Janis Galloway on Entrepreneurship

2-minute read

Every community needs a storyteller, collaborator and all-around cheerleader. The Edmonton fashion community has Janis Galloway of Dress Me Dearly. When we partnered up with BLOOM for The Founders Assembly, we couldn't think of a better person to be the face of our campaign than Janis. She represents everything I admire in entrepreneurs – motivated, kind, collaborative, genuine, smart and gritty in a get-shit-done kind of way.

For Janis, it’s always been about elevating the community – the designers, retailers, photographers, brands, bloggers, journalists – that shape the Edmonton fashion community (read an inspired post about Janis' personal journey here). In the fashion industry, where so many people are searching for personal fame, Janis works to tell the stories of others. Her love of emerging designers, new brands and retail concepts makes Janis one of the most connected persons in Alberta’s fashion scene. Janis is smart, creative and fun – the perfect ambassador of any city. I’m so happy she chooses to call Edmonton home.

And from the beginning, Janis has provided support for Poppy Barley. Our company is better because Janis has graciously shared her business smarts and marketing mind with us. If you ever need assistance building a brand, just call Janis (sounds like her tagline, right?!).

In this video, I interview Janis on entrepreneurship and the Edmonton fashion community in preparation for The Founders Assembly on Saturday--a one-day workshop for Edmonton's female entrepreneurs for vision building, radical goal setting, and yoga led by bliss-crafters Jacki Carr and Mary Beth LaRue.

While we've already selected seven applicants (from more than 50 submissions!) joining the other 25 female entrepreneurs we called upon to join us, there are still lots of opportunities to get involved in BLOOM (like Friday night's opening gala at the Muttart!). Go here to find out more.

Entrepreneur Janis Galloway of Dress Me Dearly Poppy Barley Ankle BootsPhotographed beautifully by Aaron Pedersen, Janis is wearing the Blue Jean Baby Classic Ankle Bootie by Poppy Barley

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.



Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.