Since 1998, Allison Smith has been hard at the drawing board, pumping out her cleverly titled line, Allison Wonderland. Her mentality is that women should have clothes that are functional for many walks of life, that are still stylish and fun to wear, and easily transitional from work to evening. Allison is a BC girl and after her stint in Montreal for her official fashion education and a number of years soaking up what the city had to offer her artistically, she has found herself back on the West Coast. Allison reached out to Thrive and it was immediately obvious that we were a good fit.
Her Wonderland line showcases classic, conservative lines that can be dressed up for business, and easily combined with something more casual to transition into street wear. Many of the tops and dresses are done in bold floral prints and geometric patterns, easily paired with neutral bottoms and shoes. Her designs come to life in natural fibres, like cotton and linen that give the boyfriend-like silhouettes structure, with a bit of added stretch from our ever forgiving friend spandex.
Her second line, Pillar, is a proclaimed eco-friendly line, introducing fibres such as tencel, bamboo, hemp, and rayon. All originally plant based fibres, these fabrics have surprising resilience and mostly derive from wood pulp, except for hemp. Who knew that tall stalks of bamboo could be refined into something so soft against your skin? Tencel, which is a form of rayon, is soft, strong, and wrinkle resistant. Its is often used to simulate suede, leather, or silk, but in a vegan form that can be machine washed. The pieces she produces in these moral fabrics explore a girlier side of Allison's creativity. There are more playful hemlines and necklines, with more color pops and even a few rompers.
Allison has kept her entire supply chain close to home, manufacturing both her lines in Vancouver, where she resides. That's pretty local for us, and we love that! At Thrive, we like to support the little guys and gals, the Moms and Pops, those entrepreneurs like us who are trying to make their square of the world a little more stylish. Buying local helps the economy around you, is more sustainable, and there is less fossil fuel combusted for transportation. Plus, it's probably good karma.
Allison was recently featured in Vancouver Fashion Week for her first time, showcasing both lines on the runway to the thronging crowds. As a Vancouver resident, this was a great opportunity to remind people of a great local designer who has been in their midst for over 15 years.
Thrive has recently brought in the Belmont Dress from her Spring 2015 Allison Wonderland line and we look forward to working more with her in the future. Stay tuned as we will have the worlds best plaid tunic in from her come Fall 2015!
Shop online today for the Belmont Dress, just click the image below!