For those of you who have been following along one year ago, I challenged myself to buy nothing new for the calendar year. I could buy second hand and consigned items but nothing that was straight off the rack. This might not seem like a huge...

We've almost survived the holiday season, boxing day is behind us, but the sales will continue to rage on and tempt us into stuff we don't need or may not endure more than a few fashion seasons. Full disclosure, I am no saint and have...

It was a whirlwind eleven days at the OOAK 2016 show! My first show, with a last minute booth (only four weeks to prep), really taught me a lot about the scalability of my designs and business, and how much can be in done in...

Let's start with the Witches feet…. [caption id="attachment_5362" align="alignnone" width="1024"] magic phoenix [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5358" align="alignnone" width="1024"] lab consignment[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5372" align="alignnone" width="1024"] top drawer [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5370" align="alignnone" width="1024"] nouveau riche [/caption] [caption id="attachment_5365" align="alignnone" width="1024"] life of manek [/caption]   As part of the Toronto Vintage Crawl, I put together a Coven of my...

I consider myself a costume designer and stylist first and foremost, but by way of opening my shop and my deep deep deep love of handbags I have been lead into the landscape of designing accessories - and now, by chance, clothing.  There are too many...

Yes, it’s true we're moving, online and global! After 4 incredible years on Dundas West, life of manek will be moving to our virtual store at www.lifeofmanek.com. Our growing success online, both locally and internationally, is undeniable and we're excited to offer our loyal and lovely customers even...

Okay so if you are following along I haven't caved and bought anything new…yet. I had a "Business with a capital B" meeting last week for my accessories line and I had to get all lady-like and shit, which is hard for me to do...

So it's almost May here in lovely TO and spring still teasing the crap out of us. A few days of warmth and then back to wool coats and socks - think sunny thoughts, think sunny thoughts. I still have not broken and bought new but...