Thanks to my discovery of Dujour Magazine, I have almost kicked my glossy magazine habit. Goodbye to the days of pouring over fashion that is out of my price range or by designers I have little interest in. Goodbye to the days of guilt for amassing large stacks of glossy mags that will eventually end up in the recycling bin when moving day arrives.

Dujour is a independent magazine showcasing emerging talents in fashion and art, highlighting design that is relevant and attainable to the regular girl. Content is anything but compromised; Dujour features articles and editorials that rival even the best glossies. And the icing on the cake? Dujour is environmentally friendly! You can purchase a 1 year digital subscription for ten dollars.

For those of you who prefer something tangible to hold in your hands, Dujour offers a limited run of 1000 print copies per issue, packaged as little pieces of art with an accompanying gift.

From the Art Issue:
From the upcoming Vintage Issue:
Visit: Dujour
Samantha Pleet is a favourite around here. The Spring Summer '09 collection still has that quirky girlish element to it that we've come to know and expect from Samantha, but it also embodies a lovely old fashioned elegance.

No one does rompers quite like Samantha Pleet. (They've been featured prominently in each of her collections since launching in 2006).
If you're lucky enough to be in New York this weekend, pop by the Samantha Pleet trunk show at Eva (@ 355 Bowery)!
With the Rick Owen Boots out of my price range, my love for the MiniMarket Zipper boot has been reignited. The hidden wedge heel and thick industrial zipper are amazing.

Visit: MiniMarket
Nomia, named after a water nymph in Greek mythology, is a New York based label designed by Yara Flinn. The Spring Summer '09 collection is on first glance very classic, but modern touches reveal themselves in the detailing.

I love the unexpected straps on the two pieces below:
Visit: Nomia
Yesterday, I stumbled upon an amazing dress on Sunday Brunch Dress Shop by a label that I had never heard of - Kloset. This led me on a frantic search for more info about them. (Business note to aspiring fashion designers: Choose a label name that can be easily Googled!) I finally found Kloset's Website - and just as I suspected, their collection is absolutely beautiful.

Kloset is based in Thailand and sadly (or maybe best for my wallet) seem to only have one North American retail outlet (Sunday Brunch) with limited selection.
Visit: Kloset
Australia has no shortage of great independent designers. One of my favourite amongst them is Limedrop, a playful men's and women's wear label headed by Clea Garrick and Nathan Price. The current collection (AW'09 - the label is based in Australia) is titled Huntsman and features classics like tartans and cable knits presented in new edgy silhouettes.

I love the versatility of the collection and the mix of masculine and feminine elements.
And a sneak peak of the Spring Summer 09/10 "Places I've Never Been" collection!
Pour La Victoire confuses me. While certain styles scream office footwear circa the mid 90s, the majority of the collection leaves me with a severe case of the wants. Take the Ella Zip Ruffle Sandals for example...
Shining a spotlight on independent Canadian fashion.