October 01, 2013
By Joy Pecknold Date October 1, 2013
Falling in love with a Calgarian brought this New Yorker across the border, but the way designer Lauren Bagliore packs her collection for travel between the two countries qualifies her as a full-fledged Canadian: She hauls it all in a hockey bag. Since Bagliore launched her line—which she describes as conceptual yet wearable—in 2009, it’s included luxe outerwear, which her family doesn’t find surprising. “They say, ‘It’s funny that you split your time between Calgary and New York, because you always loved winter coats.’” But fashion isn’t all frothy for Bagliore. Her latest collection, dubbed “Lamentations,” is an impassioned response to the global plight of human trafficking—a cause she’s deeply involved in. There are lots of deconstructed knits in shades of black, blue and mélange grey, which she contrasts with sleeker tailored silhouettes. The Futurist Coat exemplifies the latter; constructed of polar fleece-lined neoprene, it is designed to withstand the elements. With other pieces in the collection made of wind- and water-resistant Japanese nylon, a high-tech fabric she helped develop, and some long-haired furs for the first time, Bagliore is more than equipped to handle what-ever weather the Big Apple or Cowtown throws at her.