The Vancouver based label lily + jae is quickly becoming known for their no fuss, easy to wear designs. The spring collection is filled with flirty dresses, perfectly tailored denim, and spruced up basics. As a special gift to Paper-Doll readers, lily + jae is giving away one $150 CAD Gift Certificate to their online store.

How to Enter:
Simply follow this link to lily + jae's site and sign up to their mailing list before June 15th. On June 15th, a winner will be chosen at random, and notified by email.

Good luck!
Under the current economic climate it sometimes surprises me that the trend is moving more towards cheap, disposable fashion, rather than investing in well made, classic pieces. Swedish label Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair's focus is the latter: a label centered around high-quality construction and traditional tailoring.

I'm typically not such a big fan of shorts, but I absolutely love the Double Pocket Shorts pictured above. The structural detailing of the pocket is beautiful, and the length is perfect. Opening Ceremony has pictures of the shorts in action.

Visit: Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair
A beautiful Spring Summer '09 collection by finnish label ILOA, headed by designer Anu Salonen.
Visit: ILOA
Shopflick - a video-powered marketplace for indie-inspired goods - is giving away a $200 Gift Certificate to one lucky Paper-Doll reader. Shopflick offers a brand new type of online shopping experience where you can actually watch video clips from great indie designers like Raquel Allegra, The Battalion, Popomomo, KidViskous and many more.

How to Enter:
Visit Shopflick, then use the comment box below to tell us what you would purchase with the gift certificate. Contest closes on May 30th. Winner will be notified on June 2nd.

Note: The gift certificate can only be applied to items from on-site vendors. All on-site items have an "add to cart" button (not a "buy now" button). Make sure you're only including on-site items in your entry!
How can you not get excited about a collection filled with oversized bows? Excited might even be an understatement. I absolutely love the quirky, playful designs of hansel, a Singapore based label headed by designer Jo Soh.

Seriously - how amazing are the skirts pictured above? My wallet is saying a quiet thank you to the fact that they are not available in hansel's online store. My heart is not. Most other styles from the SS'09 collection are available though. And, there are some gems in the sale section, all with 30% off.
Sheila Frank refuses to pigeonhole herself. From season to season, her focus changes - one collection might be all about luxurious silk dresses, while the next collection consists entirely of swimwear. The one constant thread in Sheila's work: the coming together of old and new in a perfectly distinct aesthetic.

Paper-Doll: How did you get into fashion design?
Sheila Frank: I always had a quirky style growing up. I remember making outfits for my Barbie dolls out of toilet paper, construction paper, markers and tape.

What is the first thing you designed?
I have a collection of sketches of wedding gowns that I designed when I was 8yrs old.

What inspires you / your work?
I admire the design aesthetic of vintage garments.

Describe your Spring Summer 09 Collection.
The Spring 09 collection takes a departure from my retro/pinup playful style to a more sophisticated feminine attitude of Charles Dana Gibsonís ďGibson GirlĒ. I journeys through early Victorian; Aesthetic dress, Edwardian influence and a painting by John Singer Sargent titled Lady Agnew of Lochnaw. You will not see corsets, bustles and hoop skirts. This collection shows a subtle marriage of old and new, provocative and prudish.
What is your favourite piece from your Spring Summer 09 Collection?
The woven neck swimsuit.

What is the most difficult thing about your job?
A lot of people think that Sheila Frank is a huge company. Little do they know Iím just starting out. Juggling a full time job, while working on the label is not an easy task. I launched the label 2 months after graduating college and did everything on my own. Now after a year I have 3 wonderful interns to assist me when I need them.

If you could collaborate with any designer / artist / musician / etc. on a single project, who would it be and what would you do?
I admire Vivian Westwood, Betsey Johnson, Jennifer Nicholson, Erin Fetherston and Samantha Pleet. I would like to design a line for Urban or Target.
What fashion era do you love? Is there one that you don't like?
I especially love Victorian, art deco, and 1950ís. All eras have fashion doníts, so I canít complain!

Do you have a real or imaginary muse?
I currently love Anne Hathaway, Zoe Duschnell and Dita Von Teese. I also admire Bettie Page and all old and modern day pinups, having a beautiful body and embarrassing it, is a huge inspiration.

What fashion trend would you not be caught dead in?
Shapeless dresses do not work on my curvy figure. Iíll belt it!

What is your favourite item in your personal wardrobe?
Faux leather jacket from Wet Seal.
Where do you shop for clothes when you're not wearing your own?
Salvation Army and thrift shops are a must. I like to look for cheap trendy finds at H&M, Forever 21 and Wet Seal.

What is on your current fashion wishlist?
Harem pants. Iím loving them!

What is your favourite thing about the city you live in?
I live in Central PA. We have a beautiful waterfront. Tons of little shops, boutiques, coffee shops, nice restaurants. I love it here, plusÖ NYC is 3 hours away, Philly is 2 hours away, Lancaster is 1 hour away! Itís fantastic.

What is next for your label?
In July we're launching Sheila Frank Swimwear and in September we'll be launching the Spring 10 collection!

Visit Sheila Frank for more images and shopping links.
Shining a spotlight on independent Canadian fashion.