New Arrivals – Guess Spring 2015

New Arrivals – David Tyler Spring 2015

New Espadrilles by David Tyler!

These flats and wedges have an extremely soft, cushioning sole, and are made of leather in Spain!

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Beads by Gosh

1424539684999 Beads by Gosh is a unique line of jewelry made by Susie Wilgosh, a longtime local of Jasper. Her designs are sold exclusively in Jasper at Mountain Air and Open Country stores. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind and incorporates a wide range of materials from authentic semi-precious stones and crystals to lighter, more affordable synthetics. Susie Wilgosh of Beads by Gosh comes from a family of artists and craftspeople. Her father was a woodworker and her mother was one of the first art teachers in Hinton. She and her siblings, one brother a cartoonist, the other skilled at wildlife paintings, have all inherited a strong creative instinct. Susie has been making beads for over a decade since 2003 when she and her daughter entered into a local craft fair and she was encourage to pursue bead-making as more than just a hobby. Her designs are inspired from a wide variety of sources. Susie says she keeps an eye on newscasters to see what they’re wearing, reads magazines,  and loves to try new designs and materials. Sometimes the staff at Mountain Air will make requests based on a trend or what colours of clothing we have in stock. For materials, Susie brings in beads from all over. Authentic Swarovski crystals will come in from Austria, but she also keeps an eye out for new stones and beads as close to home as Edmonton and as far afield as Jamaica. In her 9 by 11 foot beading room filled to the brim with supplies, Susie crimps, cuts, and shapes her pieces. While Susie has been asked to sell her work elsewhere and online, she finds it easier to just sell in the two local stores. “If something goes wrong I can fix it, at least for locals,” she says. Mountain Air is always receiving new pieces from Susie and trading out old stock, resulting in an ever-changing collection of jewelry. While Susie often uses semi-precious stones and exotic material like lava beads and freshwater pearls from Vietnam, many of her earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are designed to be more affordable and start at only $5 for bracelets and earrings to $20 for one-of-a-kind necklaces. Browse some of her designs below or come in to see the latest from Beads by Gosh.

Browse more Beads by Gosh at Mountain Air

New Arrivals – Timberland Spring 2015 Part 2

New Arrivals – Maaji Swimsuits Spring 2015

Maajiridersspring2015New Arrivals from Maaji to help you gear up for the season (or while you’re taking advantage of some seat-sales!) Introducing the Royal Riders collection of equestrian inspired prints that are fully reversible as ever, and more! Available in S, M, L.

New Arrivals – Maciejka Spring 2015

New arrivals from Maciejka (pronounced Ma-CHEY-ka)

This fun new line is made and designed in Poland using soft leathers and vivid colors and prints. Two whimsical pumps and one summery slingback just rolled in. Come try on a pair!

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New Arrivals – Bruun and Stengade Spring 2015

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Fresh European styles from Bruun & Stengade including five new styles of men’s shirt, a sweater, and a smart blue blazer.

New Arrivals – Timberland Spring 2015

New Arrivals from Timberland for spring! For ladies, we have cute suede mule with a wooden heel and a short olive leather boot with buckles.

For the gentlemen, earthy suede desert boots! Come try a pair on!

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New Arrivals – RVLT Spring 2015

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New men’s RVLT, soft cotton tees and printed shirts, as well as two new jackets.

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What’s your travel fashion IQ?

Winter travel is all about breaking up our long Canadian winter with a getaway somewhere warm, but even if Canadian Spring is still a long ways off the start of the spring season elsewhere in the world marks the beginning of the travel season. Many travellers use the spring to cash in some of those vacation days for April in Paris, Easter in Rome or a trip to NYC. Unlike vacations, travel is about finding new experiences and getting to know someplace new. Whether you’re a marathon museum visitor, wine taster, or amateur photographer, we’ve got some tips and products to help you enjoy your adventures while staying stylish.

Pro-tip #1: Sensible shoes

Wear shoes you know you’re going to be able to walk a lot in, even if you don’t expect to do a lot of walking. Remember, you CAN pack more than more pair of shoes, so don’t feel like you have to find one shoe that does EVERYTHING. Even if a tall black boot that’s warm but also good for hiking but also a sandal but also a high heel DOES exist, it will probably cost an arm and a leg. Sensible doesn’t have to be the opposite of stylish. Pick something simple and remember that the best look is the blister-free look.

For a good walking shoe, we like Josef Seibel’s Caspian shoe. It comes in a few fun colours as well as basic grey and black and has a removable cushioning insole, so if you wear orthotics (don’t even think about leaving them behind if you do) you can pop them in. the cushy insoles will help reduce fatigue while walking.

Remember, break your shoes in before you leave, or put band-aids on your heels before you get blisters and spare yourself some pain. Allow yourself time to rest between big walking days just like you would if you’d been hiking. Have yourself a cuppa. Smell the roses.

Pro-tip #2: Coordinate

You don’t have to choose one single colour to wear while you’re travelling, no matter how light you want to pack. Instead decide what item in your ensemble is the base–the item you plan all your other accessories around and probably wear more than one day a week, usually your jeans or trousers. So long as your tops match your base, it doesn’t matter if they match one-another. Jeans and neutral bottoms are great because they go with just about everything and so you don’t have to pack the same outfit seven times over. A black cardigan (like this one from Yest) goes  with everything and can be layered under a jacket for comfort and warmth. Comfort goes a long ways, especially if you plan on driving or a train or plane on your adventure.

We like to choose a base colour to coordinate everything with, like choosing black or brown as our neutral and avoiding everything that doesn’t go well with it.

Pack a Tide-to-go pen or a spot remover and save yourself a trip to the laundromat after your first Currywurst experience lands some ketchup on your jeans.

Pro-tip #3: Skip the ironing

Ditch the wrinkles–or embrace them! You’re not going to want to spend a lot of time doing laundry or ironing dress shirts, so opt for something that’s going to wear well all day long. While your travel lifestyle probably won’t be too far off from what you normally get up to at home, you might be driving, riding, and walking more than usual under conditions you can’t control. All that adds up to increased pressure on your clothes.

Something soft and stretchy like our pre-creased David Cline collection are great for travel because they won’t show wear and are supremely comfortable. Since these pieces are supposed to be wrinkled you don’t have to worry about balling them up in your suitcase (though you should know you ought to roll your clothes) and wearing them all day and night. And why not, with such lush spring colours! From collared shirts to long-sleeved tees, David Cline is our travel favourite.

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Pro-tip #4: Bring a scarf

You already knew that a scarf would be the perfect accessory to tie your outfit together and keep you warm. Scarves are one of the best accessories to have while travelling. When it gets too hot, just tie them to your purse, and you can even use your scarf as a blanket when huddling aboard an over-air conditioned train or plane or when that cool breeze starts coming off the Adriatic sea. Bring one. Buy one as a souvenir. You won’t regret it, especially when you master 25 Ways to Wear A Scarf (and invent one or two of your own).

Pro-tip #5: Don’t be afraid to bring your leather jacket

One of my biggest personal travel-regrets is forgetting to pack a stylish jacket for going out at night. You already packed a nice outfit and put on your dressy shoes, but there’s only so fancy you can get when the only jacket you packed is the super-sensible rain jacket that you’ve been hiking around in all week (preferably in slate-grey like mine for added dullness). A leather jacket or a blazer may not be practical for everyday wear on your travels, but you owe yourself the opportunity go look your best on a classy night out. You’re going to want ONE photo of you that isn’t in that rain jacket. Trust me.

This LaMarque blazer-style leather jacket is one of our faves. The goring in the sleeves even makes it comfortable enough to wear all day.

Pro-tip #6: Leave room for a souvenir

Often while you’re travelling you won’t want to do a lot of shopping, but every now and then you need to take a break from sightseeing to do a bit of shopping. Rather than a canvas bag or a hoodie with the name of whatever city you’re in on it, consider buying something unique from the region you’re in. If shopping is your goal, do some research before your trip and get to know the manufacturing techniques, materials, or brands that are the specialty of your destination. Make sure the items you pick up are authentic, too. It’s easy to buy the first authentic-looking item in the tourist districts, but ask some locals for tips about what’s cool or where to find the real deal. You wouldn’t want to come back from Italy with shoes made in China.

At Mountain Air, we try to stock as many Made in Canada brands as possible, like Canada Goose, Lisette, Parkhurst, Mackage, Lili & Cohoe, Oleanna Zylak, Ambler, and our souvenir line are all designed and manufactured in Canada. Not only does it give visitors a piece of Canada to take home with them, but it helps the economy!

Whether you’re a vacationer or a die-hard adventure-traveller, experience is the best teacher. Do you have any travel tips to share? Tell us in the comments!

Need help putting together some items our outfits for an upcoming trip? Come into the store! We’re getting new spring fashions in every day now, snow be damned!

New Arrivals – Spring Guess bags 2015

New Guess denim collection, including large day bag that converts into a backpack and some classy day-to-night patent purses.