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Meet the Team: Monica, Brand Design Manager

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Poppy Barley Brand Design Manager

It's time to meet Monica, Poppy Barley's Brand Design Manager, and one of the first to join the Poppy Barley team. We connected with Monica while she was living in Vancouver, at which time Poppy Barley was just an idea. After our first Skype-chat, she took us through an in-depth company identity brief that would eventually define the Poppy Barley brand. From that point on, we knew we wanted her insight and artistic eye working for us on a daily basis.

With an Honours BA in English from the University of Alberta, and a Communication & Ideation Certificate from the Continuing Education Program at Langara College, Monica has a love for all things typography, illustration, and design. From the visuals you see on our website, to our logo, Leather Swatch Kits and packaging--all are Monica's brainchild. Learn more about Monica in our rapid-fire Q&A after the jump...

P.S.: In addition to founders Kendall & Justine, we've got another set of sisters at the PB Headquarters. Monica is the older sister to Caroline, our Community Manager. Stay tuned for a post on what it's like to work with family--where blunt honesty reigns.

Poppy Barley Headquarters

Name: Monica

Job Title: Brand Design Manager

Nickname: Monsies, Monbons

My typical day at the office... starts with a visit to Roast for coffee! After I walk into the office and see the lovely smiling faces of the PB staff, I sift through emails and get organized with my Evernote to-do list. Then I juggle between Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and our website to work toward creating the best customer experience possible with the team.

Fit Issue: Generous calves (need: wide calf boots)

Favourite Poppy Barley boot style right now: The Off Duty Boot in Black

Favourite Poppy Barley shoe style right now: The Feminine Slipper in Metallic Gold and Black Python

Favourite online hangout spot: Fast Co. Design

Fashion piece I never leave home without: My brown Tano purse

Item I never leave home without: iPhone

Favourite quote: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs

Wanderlusting after: Thailand for my birthday (as it’s a significant one... I will not disclose which one). Also thinking about San Francisco and Brazil.

Lusting after: A white cruiser bike with a big basket and brown leather seat.

I have a weakness for: Toblerone and shoes

Fun fact: I lived in Vancouver for three years.

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: Amsterdam for its beautiful canals, cobblestone streets, lovely shops, outdoor cafes, and bike culture.

When it's time to unwind: I do yoga and/or have a glass of red... in either order.

Favourite App: Mint, Flipboard & Kindle

*Shot by Harvey Miedreich

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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.