Even with the temperature dropping, the fashion industry is one season ahead and bringing out the Spring and Summer pieces. This week we interviewed Sarah, the owner of Maybe by Catalfo, a contemporary fashion brand specializing in custom made dresses. With it’s flirty and sophisticated feel, it’s no wonder that her clothes makes for the perfect cocktail and party attire! Accessorizing is always key so we love to hear from an industry professional on how to wear them appropriately for SS15!
Link to Previous Interview: http://www.storyleather.com/blog/2014/06/story-leather-style-stories-sarah-catalfo
So give us a little information about you and your company.
Maybe by Catalfo is a flirty yet sophisticated, label for women who are young at heart. I design pieces for women that like to have fun with their personal style.
Maybe is based out of Toronto. We also do custom made dress designs, which is part of how I help women feel unique and confident with their style.
You seem to be incredibly knowledgeable about the industry, how would you describe your style and how does it translate to your brand?
Thank you! I can credit that knowledge to plenty of years working in the industry and continuous learning from some fabulous mentors.
As for my style, it’s been evolving since I discovered my love for fashion. I’ve always enjoyed wearing vibrant colours, and love anything that sparkles. Those things will never change! My style is now more sophisticated. But I still get so inspired from vintage haute couture; Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and glam 80’s party dresses.
What are your go-to accessories that you always carry around?
I’d have to say that my favourite accessory is a great handbag. I like to think of mine like a best friend, because it literally goes everywhere with me.
I find it kind of funny that when I’m shopping for a handbag, I don’t go for practically as much as I do for a statement. I could never imagine myself spending money on a plain black handbag, I’ve accepted that.
Do you think there is such a thing as too many accessories?
No, definitely not…no. As long as you can recognize the difference between hoarding and building a long lasting collection.
Do accessories make the outfit or take the outfit?
Of course! For example, my new Spring/Summer’15 collection is made up of pieces that speak for themselves. But with the right accessories; stylish sneakers, big heart sunglasses, or a lace kimono complete the looks from head to toe. Your accessories will also be different from day to night, which makes them very important for polishing your over all look.
What fall trends in accessories do you see carrying over into spring?
Typically we would only see textiles like fur, leather and tweed in Fall/Winter collections. But we’re seeing those textiles a lot in Designers’ Spring collections. Fur is very present in Spring/Summer’15, it was all over the runways for SS15 RTW. I loved DKNY’s SS15 collection, such a great range of pieces incorporating fur and leather.
In Maybe by Catalfo’s Spring/Summer’15 you’ll see an amazing pastel, mohair/tweed used for a skirt style. These textiles can be very versatile, it’s just all in how you present them.
Do you wear leather or suede in the summer?
Both! Leather jackets are an essential. I love seeing light coloured leather in neutrals come Spring/Summer. Suede will always be present in my shoe collection.
Maybe by Catalfo’s new SS15 collection includes some very wearable, new separate styles; shorts, skirts, and camisoles. They’re great pieces to mix with your classic wardrobe staples for Spring, like a leather jacket!
Are there any missed opportunities in our daily lives that you believe could be accessorized?
If you had asked me this question at 6 years old, I would have told you to belt everything. But I gave up on that along time ago.
I was also the girl in school that used large vintage earrings from my grandmother as quilt pins for my school uniform.
So yes, I believe there are plenty of opportunities in life to accessories where you typically wouldn’t!
What style tribes do you feel utilize leather goods the most?
I’d say the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ tribe.
What are some new ideas you think have not been done in the leather good business?
I can’t think of anything that hasn’t been made in leather, without good reason!
Below are some of styles from Maybe by Catalfo.
Just like Story Leather, Sarah understands the importance of individuality and uniqueness when it comes to creating our own piece. Fashion speaks in ways that your words can not.
Make sure to check her out. 10% of all proceeds go to charity (list of charities listed on website) and you get to choose which of those you would like it to go to!