Summer 2013: Letter from the editor
A Muslim who works at Bikini Village– what could be more Canadian than that?
When we asked writer Maryam Siddiqi to talk to women about how they balance fashion and faith (“Feel the Heat,” page 107), little did we know the stories she would uncover.
A Brazilian who moved to Montreal and converted from sleeveless and strings to Orthodox Judaism. An Ontario woman who dons different outfits for her parents, in-laws, husband and friends. Clearly summer, for some, is complicated…far beyond deciding whether your new sandals should be gladiators or platforms.
The other eye-opener in this issue is how much success Canadian designers have had selling swimwear. In “Catch the Wave” (page 54), senior editor Sarah Casselman profiles five brands making a splash on the international scene—led by Montreal’s Shan, which has 125 employees and distribution in more than 25 countries. We’ve also aimed to make your swimsuit shopping smoother with market editor Caitlan Moneta’s roundup of the best new suits (“Bathing Beauties,” page 72) and our Focus guide to the country’s swimwear retailers (page 174).
And don’t miss our two powerhouse fashion spreads. “Central Air” (page 138) sets breezy dresses and vibrant prints against the diverse beauty of Nicaragua. And “Lana Mania” (page 148) stars the compelling Lana Del Rey, who endured a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call to start hair and makeup for our 10-page story. Del Rey was a total pro, eating her lunch of spaghetti and chocolate milk alongside our team, and hanging in till her interview with features editor Elio Iannacci wrapped at 6:30 p.m.
That’s just one example of the long days that went into this issue. Please let us know what you think at [email protected].