I’ve decided to add the occasional fashion post on my blog here because I think it would be great to have a mixture of things on here and I’ve decided to make my first fashion-related post about an independent clothing label that I discovered through a girl I follow on Instagram; and that is Ovate Clothing. Ovate Clothing have been among one of the clothing labels I’ve adored for ages but never got around to purchasing anything from them. Recently, I heard that when the Ovate’s designer, Audrey Cantwell, was retiring one of her iconic pieces, the Valhalla Hoodie, I finally caved an purchased my first Ovate clothing piece, along with another and have built up a little collection of their pieces.
Ovate are an independently owned and operated clothing label in Montreal, Canada. Everything is designed and handmade by Audrey Cantwell, whom I believe started her clothing label in 2011 and has since then built her brand upwards and has since developed a loyal clientele.
Each of the garments are made from “noble materials” – silks, cottons, leathers, hemp, wool, linen and other natural fibres. Cantwell steers away from man-made and artificial materials where she can for nothing is as tenacious or as beautiful as what Mother Nature can make.
In ancient times, an Ovate was a diviner, a healer, a prophet and a seer. They could transcend time, read into the future, contact ancestors and spirits and had a thorough understanding of the mysteries of death and rebirth. Essentially, the Seer in the History Channel TV series, “Vikings” (a personal favourite of mine ^_^), is an ovate.
All clothing labels have their own unique aesthetic and appeal to various audiences. Ovate clothing creates elegance and beauty through minimalism and simplicity, in a nutshell. But with a simple garment, such as a pair of black leggings, comes a multitude of ways to dress it up or down, and make it unique. Wearing Ovate pieces, Cantwell’s vision of her clothing label is evident in the pieces. And it’s beautiful.
A personal favourite of mine is the Black Boiled Wool coat. We all know that coats are to keep you warm in winter but this item is unlined and can also be worn during autumn (or fall) and even during the cooler spring and summer periods. And to top it off, it has a custom made scythe on atop one of the shoulders to fasten the coats front so it can be worn closed with a draped front, allowing plenty of room for chunky cowls and scarves.
I am also loving the Odessa dress which is a linen hemp maxi dress with a long, hessian shawl attached to it, which can be worn as a scarf or a shawl; an ideal piece for the summer and spring seasons.
I rarely get my hands on new clothes and in recent times, I’ve started to expand my wardrobe from just my basics and experimenting with different textures of fabrics and finding what I find comfortable for me. Ovate pieces are just a few that I have included and my collection of Ovate clothing items will be growing. The quality of the clothes is impeccable and they’re all designed and constructed so beautifully. It’s great to see independent designers start a store on Etsy or any other web-store hosting site with a dream that their brand will grow and develop a loyal group of clients and Ovate is a testament to that.