When Kristi MacDonald, fashion fiend and co-owner of rchmnd (1869 Granville Street), was getting married last year, she scoured shops for the right barrette only to continuously come up empty-handed. When she finally landed on a look she liked, MacDonald—thanks to her wide-spanning connections in the fashion world—ordered a whack of hair accessories from Australia, and planned to gift them to friends and family with similar taste. Then, thinking nothing of it, she posted a her haul on Instagram.
After an outpouring of oooos, ahhhs and DMs begging for details, suite was born. "It's no secret that hair accessories are having a major moment this season, but to date, they have really only been available online through International," meaning mega shipping and duty costs, says MacDonald. She went back to her contacts and ordered an even bigger batch for Haligonian shoppers and, last weekend, hosted a her first pop-up (and sell-out) as an accessory dealer. Now she's planning her next event for April 27 at Sweet Pea Boutique, this time with more items that might appeal to brides, bridesmaids and wedding guests with barrettes on the brain.
And while she's sticking with hair stuff for the time being, MacDonald will follow where fashion leads her. "We have deep roots in the global fashion industry," she says, "and as we travel and observe the latest in fashion around the world, we look forward to bringing what's going on, in real time, to Canada." Follow along with the latest and most adorable at @__suite.