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Inside the Midnight Collection

5-minute read

The Midnight Collection was inspired by the winter solstice -- the shortest day of the year when the sun barely peaks out and the skies are dark, lit only by stars and Northern lights. (At least in Edmonton, the northern city we call home.)

It is bleak, but also beautiful. Appropriately, the Midnight Collection pairs two dark colours -- Navy and Black -- that each acquire a new luminance when together. Long gone are the days when it was a fashion no-no to pair them; we see it in nature all the time, bold against the white of the snow. It’s in all of our favourite stores (in case you’re wondering, we called upon Shades of Grey), and this season in particular, it’s fashion forward, cozy, chic, and strikingly calming.

We're about to take you inside our Midnight Collection and the campaign we created with the extremely talented Jillian Schecher. Not only are her product styling and lighting techniques magic, but her personal tastes are on point: We shot the entire collection at her house for its impeccable decor.

Before you go behind-the-scenes at our photo shoot, here's what's new:

The Bow Flat: Bow down. This style is fit for a queen bee (Queen Bey?)

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Classic Point has got a bold update: bow embellishments! The polished Navy leather says refined, but the accenting Black bow is anything but boring. (It’s a series of tight loops handcrafted in our premium cowhide leather.)

The Slip-on Oxford: The most laid-back and dressed-up flat in your wardrobe.

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

*Note the gorgeous Black Nubuck... at last, a "slipper" that's acceptable in public!

Combining the best in ease, comfort and style, The Slip-on Oxford was created to be the ultimate, go-to shoe in your closet (or suitcase), whether you’re at the office, or on your feet all day exploring a city. As practical as it is fashion forward, this pointed toe flat is laceless and fills a void between choosing a typical ballet flat or a boot in the transition seasons.

The Zipper Bootie: The cool girl's approach to winter.

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The most practical and stylish way to accessorize your accessories: with zippers! Our first ankle boot with zippers is both good looking and functional, zipping down the centre on Black Nubuck leather and along the top of the shoe. Boasting a much-requested 2.5-inch stacked heel with a natural brown finish, the sole has exposed edges and is also a brand new last shape for Fall/Winter 2015-16. This Navy leather is the finishing touch to a polished winter get-up.

The Chelsea Boot: Unique enough that you won't find it anywhere else, classic enough to wear on the daily.

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - The Chelsea Boot by Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley

Your newest, greatest travel companion. This classic Chelsea boot appeals to a wide variety of tastes, and its exterior pull-tab at the heel makes it easy to slip on and off, whether you’re on a road trip or your next flight. Undeniably our favourite everyday shoe, this ankle boot is a must-have for every season.

The Chain Boot: This bold addition will kick your winter blues to the curb.

The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley Navy Boots

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The Midnight Collection: The Bow Flat - navy leather pointed toe ballet flat with bow - Narrow to Wide - Poppy Barley Navy Boots

Alt-rock style is reigning strong this season. Introducing our first knee boot with chain link hardware, this ankle detail adds a confident edge to a classic riding boot. Accenting the gold, studded metal chain is triangular seaming from a centre pivot point along the leather shaft, and then it’s finished with a gold side zipper. Meticulously crafted, the Chain Boot has some serious backbone. (As with all our boots, we take 4 measurements to make it a fit: foot length, foot width, calf width and boot height!)

The Military Boot: In the navy is right.

Navy and black tall boots - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Military Boot - black nubuck and navy leather 2.5-inch tall boots - Calf-fitted - Poppy Barley

The Midnight Collection: The Military Boot - black nubuck and navy leather 2.5-inch tall boots - Calf-fitted - Poppy Barley

A salute to timelessness, this navy military-inspired boot is the first Poppy Barley knee-high style to boast a 2.5-inch block heel and a sole with edges. Plus, it’s got a natural brown finish—a chic detail for day to day dressing. Add a pointed toe (a brand new last shape for Fall/Winter 2015-16) a soft, Black Nubuck shin gaiter, four gold snap straps, and an asymmetrical topline, and you’re ready to lead an army—whether you’re looking for wide calf boots, narrow calf boots, or something in between.

Behind-the-Scenes with Jillian Schecher

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Our gorgeous model, Lindsay, brought her adorable son, Noah, along with her to the shoot. In between naps, he provided loads of entertainment and sent us into baby fever. (Although, we're gearing up for a baby of our own.)

As always, we welcome your feedback on the Midnight Collection!

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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.