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Introducing Mackage

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Recently I had the opportunity to meet the Co-Creative Directors of Mackage, Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy. Not familiar with their brand, I was curious and excited to meet the Canadian duo behind the high-quality chic outerwear (for women & men) and handbags. Eran and Elisa walked me around the showroom to discuss their line as I got a close-up view of their well-made jackets and bags. They came up with the name Mackage as their brand by hearing their niece saying the word makeup in French,"maquillage", and thus Mackage was born.

They have been in the fashion business for 15 years and outerwear is where they started. Deemed a lifestyle brand, Mackage strives to make someone feel good even though they are covered up in a jacket - which is definitely the way to go! Their coats breathe functionality vs. being pretty, but you still feel sexy. One thing I noticed about the line is that there were pops of color here and there - I asked if they were going to add more color to their line but being practical about the colors most would wear they feel having a splash of it makes it classic. Every girl needs a moto jacket and my favorite one from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection is the Dasia poppy jacket in poppy red.

This is the perfect shade of fun for the summer and even into the fall! Mackage outwear has been seen on many celebrities, but one person Elisa would love to see in her jacket is Sarah Jessica Parker, which I agree would be a great fit! Eran would like to see Ryan Gosling wearing a Mackage jacket and I can just say picturing that is easy and effortless for him.

Last fall Mackage launched their handbag line and the focus was all about the details on contemporary leather. They wanted the handbags to have a signature look, and create a bag that was needed instead of wanted. A unique feature on some of their handbags is the arrow closure, and once you pull it out there's a holder for it! I can't recall seeing a holder for a dangling closure on any other bags, so this is a fab addition! The Rubie bag is the bestseller right now, retailing at $350.

It was such a pleasure to meet Elisa and Eran and they were nice enough to gift me with the Novaki S-4 crossbody bag! I can't wait to wear it as crossbody bags are my thing right now and it can be worn with mostly everything. Mackage is sold at high-end department stores such as Saks, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. See the entire collection at www.mackage.com

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