The days are getting longer and warmer — spring is just a hop skip and a jump away. It’s the perfect time to clear out the closet and we’d love to see you in store. We are currently taking Spring items, and we’ve whipped up a little editorial of what we’re craving at Front!

Please note, availability of consignment pieces may vary. if you see something you like, we’d be happy to try and find something similar when you come by!

IMG_5584Romance is always in style. This season we’ve fallen for a silhouette reminescent of the 1990’s; grungey magic meets the modern sweetheart.

Vintage Levi’s jacket, Aldo Rise heels, Lumiere dress, Front moon necklace.

IMG_5654This ain’t Woodstock! The new bohemian is carefree and cool. Free flowing layers, gladiators and earthen tones make getting ready a breeze.

Vintage silk duster, Wilfred Le Fou top, Wilfred pants, Forever 21 sandals, Brixton hat, AJ Morgan sunglasses, vintage eelskin bag.

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IMG_5468A Spin on the new classic. Trenchcoats are a perennial favourite, and we love this fashion forward and modern take. Paired with a simple pair of slides and neutral colors, it’s easy to achieve both fashion and function.

H&M trench, Gap sweater, Zara leather skirt, Zara slides, Front necklace, Rebecca Minkoff bag, AJ Morgan sunglasses.

IMG_5518Sometimes the easy does it. Athletic inspired pieces are going strong, and we love the look paired with relaxed denim and bright monochrome accents.

Maison Scotch tee, Press jacket, Cheap Monday jeans, J + shoes, AJ Morgan sunglasses, Mat & Nat backpack.

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Double denim done it right! Whether you are a gal about town or just out grabbing an iced americano, it’s easy to cozy up to a Canadian Tuxedo. Keep in simple with white accents and a true blue bag.

Love Tree blazer, ACNE jeans, Replay shirt, Qupid shoes, AJ Morgan sunglasses, Front blue clutch & necklace.

Photographed by Grace Altobar
Modeled by Tianna Franks
Styled by Lydia Okello

Consignment Fall Trends for 2014

Although we’re still rolling out our beach towels and slapping on sunscreen, it’s almost time for the coziest of seasons: Fall/Winter! Can’t wait for the thrill of getting to snuggle up to woolens and knits, as well as more layering options. We’ve gathered our forecast for the coming seasons, and what we’re looking for in the consignment department. There is a sense of ease in the air, and we’re looking forward to stocking up on cold weather essentials!

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“PUT YOUR COAT ON”

The most essential item in a cold climate is the coat (or jacket). Classics such as the peacoat and duffle will never go out of style, but this winter we’re looking forward to simple lines and longer lengths. Duster coats reign supreme, with  as well as textured jacquards and tweeds. Capes and blanket coats make a comeback, just in time for cold winds and chilly nights. On the other side of the spectrum, boxy cropped styles also popped up in many collections. Whether you like your coats on the long or very short side, a plethora of options are coming your way!  Statement outerwear will get you through wet and windy winter. Editor’s pick: a windowpane plaid coat!

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“TAKIN’ IT EASY”

Although a dark, slim cut pair of jeans looks darling, we’ve noticed a swing in the shape of things. Touting relaxed and destroyed styles, jeans seem to be leaning towards a louche attitude. White denim is a viable option, and we are warming up to the idea of a Canadian tuxedo. Double denim, anyone?

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“WE’LL SKIRT THE ISSUE”

Sharply asymmetrical skirts were rampant on the runways. Cut across the body and akin to a futuristic, Blade Runner-esque aesthetic, these pseudo-kilts are a surefire FW2014 trend. In other skirted issues, the midi trend keeps on keepin’ on! Longer length skirts are prim ‘n’ proper with a simple button down, or more streetwise with a worn in vintage t-shirt. Add a pair of ankle boots or some sneakers and you’ll be ready for whatever the day may bring.

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“SET THE TONE”

There is an air of chromatic dedication this season. Outfitted in similar tones or simple black and white, color makes a very important statement. The easiest way to get dressed is adopting a wardrobe of minimal shades. If an austere palette isn’t your thing, fret not! Deeply pigmented textiles aren’t going anywhere. Vibrant blues (cobalt, indigo, sea) and reds (sangria, crimson, cherry) as well as a bevy of greens bring a potent punch to fall’s palette. Try a monochromatic look to be ever-so-au-courant. Don’t forget about plaids and painterly patterns, as they add a delectable splash of art-world inspiration to you attire!

“ACCESSORIZE IT”

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In the shoe department, thick tread soles have made a major comeback. Think 90’s inspired lugs (we’re just as surprised as you are!). Menswear detailing proves to be prominent, such as buckled monk-strap shoes. Ankle boots are a solid choice, as Chelsea boots and cutout styles maintain a stronghold on the fashion forward set!

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It’s easy to get ahead in a pair of stylish sneakers, be it skateboard inspired slip on, or a pair of decadent lace runners, via Chanel. For once, comfort is en vogue!

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As far as bags, decadent detailing is just as popular as pared down simplicity. Maximal or minimal, it’s up to you which end of the spectrum you choose!  

Spring In Your Step!

Yes, yes y’all, winter’s cold grip is finally prying it’s chilly fingers from Vancouver. We braved the lesser version of Polar Vortex and let’s just say: we survived. We here at Front are ecstatic to finally shed our wooly layers for something a little more…lightweight. We’ve styled some spring transitional outfits for the manfolk to help us through this in-betweeny weather.

please note, availability of consignment pieces may vary . if you see something you like, we’d be happy to try and find something similar when you come by!

 

Sundays Are For Chillin’
(styled by Karen La)

In this round, a vintage striped button down is worn in to perfection. Add a striped tee and classic blue jeans for low-key style. But just because you are in a jeans-cap-and-tee combo doesn’t mean that you can’t bring your A-game, style wise. We’ve topped off this chill ensemble with punchy New Balance sneakers. Simple proof that comfort and style are not mutually exclusive.

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Dapper Ain’t Just A Phase
(styled by Lydia Okello)
This look is for the more gentlemanly among us. When it’s warm enough for shorts but not quite hot enough to pair them with a tank top, you can rely on some creative layers to keep you warm. Throwing a varsity jacket over a luxe tuxedo jacket brings the Ritz without going over the top. A trusty grey crewneck brings the look back down to earth, and Vans high top sneaks are nothing but comfortable.
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You’ll Have Good Jeans!

Trousers, jeans, pants. Whatever you wear, one thing is for sure: a good pair is tough to find. Whether you’re seeking perfectly worn denim, slim slacks or printed pants, the search can be arduous at best. So, how do you find the perfect bottoms? Here are some things to keep in mind!

Try on various sizes: Sizing is never consistent in the garment industry, so fit can vary from brand to brand. Be sure to bring in several size options into the fitting room! Size ain’t nothing but a number; if the pants fit you perfectly, we can guarantee no one will be asking if they are a 4 or a 6.

When/where you’ll be wearing them:When shopping for new bottoms, it’s key to think about when you are planning on wearing them. Do you need an every day pair that will seamlessly fit with your wardrobe? You may want to select a dark denim in black or deep blue that will easily coordinate.  Looking to switch it up? Try a super distressed pair or coloured pants! In the mood for a fashionable but relaxed weekend option? Perhaps a printed pair of looser fit trousers will be your new best friend.

Footwear: Another important factor are the shoes you plan to wear with said pants. For a loose fit you may want to wear a sizable heel for a decorative look, whereas you might rock a low Chelsea boot with a super slim leg.

We’ve styled three distinct styles of bottoms, check out our picks!
Please note, consignment items may no longer be available. We can help you find something similar in store!

Distressed Light Wash Denim
Mickey Mouse Clutch – $12
Zara army olive green vest – $36
Forever21 black/white grid sweater – $20
Nike purple/black hi tops – $38
RNA Inc light blue jeans – $28

Classic Black Slim
Free People tapestry floral moto jacket – $34
Vintage black Lion graphic tee – $24
Topshop dark grey destroyed jeans – $36
Rachel Comey cream oxfords – $68

Patterned Pants

Deena & Ozzy gold loafers – $32
Bottega Veneta red/blue bag – $64
Rachel Comey brown abstract printed pants – $54

Spring 2014 Consignment Trends

The frost of winter may have just begun to melt away, but we are gearing up for Spring Consignment here at Front & Company! After scouring editorials, runways and blogs, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the trends we’re looking forward to for 2014. Check out our Spring trend forecast and bring us your Spring goodies!

Please note that we won’t be accepting summer consignment (sandals, cut-offs, etc.) until May!

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WOMEN’S WEAR
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Lighter washes and looser fits seem to be the nature of Spring’s denim. A relaxed and destroyed fit reminiscent of the 1990s is the cut du jour and classic slim, dark jeans remain a staple. For those of us who enjoy our denim all­in­one, overalls & jumpsuits ain’t going nowhere.

Urban Outfitters

        

J Brand, Balmain
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The trenchcoat is a modern classic, and this season we see it updated with contrast piping, as well as raw edges, softer collars and abbreviated lengths. You can’t go wrong with a staple like a sharp trench!

Burberry

         

H&M, Steven Alan

Leather gets a revamp with new finishes; florals and prints turn a tough girl staple into something
a little softer. Tomboys, fret not: there are plenty of masculine leaning options as well. Vests,
varsity jackets and bombers aren’t losing steam.
     
Wildfang, Rebecca Taylor

     

Tucker, Sea

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The must have shade of Spring 2014 is blue. Whether it’s deep cobalt, vibrant sky, teal or an
innocent seeming pastel hue, there is no denying that the ever cool shade is back with a
vengeance.
          
Marc By Marc Jacobs, Lanvin, Otswald Helgason     

Chanel, Topshop Unique

Blush, mint, lilac: no longer just for nurseries and Easter Eggs. The softer side of the rainbow
made a strong comeback this spring, and a delicate palette packs a visual punch in unexpected
silhouettes.
     
Sister by Sibling, Burberry

Marc by Marc Jacobs

     

Sonia Rykiel, Miu Miu

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Each spring brings a new crop of prints: 2014 has yielded bolder than thou art inspired motifs
and vibrant florals. Fearless in their execution, this season’s prints are bold, bright and abstract.
These patterns take inspiration from the Art World and nature’s canvas alike. Wallflowers take
note: this trend is not for the shy.
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Opening Ceremony

     

MSGM, Whit

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The nostalgia isn’t wearing off anytime soon. Daisies, metallic finishes, grunge silhouettes: a
Nineties wardrobe is fresh off the runway yet again. Don’t worry, this time around your ditsy
florals are 100% angst free.          

Marc by Marc Jacobs, Wren, Urban Outfitters
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Patterns, prints and saturated tones appeared on many a runway this season, leaving no room
for the faint of heart. A bold visual impact is easily achieved with an artinspired
graphic top, or a deeply pigmented light knit.
    
Raf Simons, Prada, Paul Smith
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Outerwear for the gents is decidedly utilitarian for Spring 2014. Varsity jackets and lightweight
bombers, vests, anoraks reign supreme.          

Topman Design, Patrik Ervell, Louis Vuitton     

Street Etiquette, American Apparel

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The boys are showing some leg! Loose through the leg and abbreviated just above the knee,
they bring to mind a very, very cool soccer player. A perfect blend of subversive and
athleticism…      

Paul Smith. Opening Ceremony, Carven
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Luckily for those of us who lean towards the laid back, running shoes are not going anywhere.
Think classic Vans, Converse and Adidas, as well as modern Nikes. Sandals took a relaxed turn;
It’s clear that ease is en vogue.
     
Louis Vuitton (men’s), Vans (men’s)     

Derek Lam, Donna Karan

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ACCESSORIES
 
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The perfect mate for a new & bright wardrobe? Punchy accessories. Reflective sunglasses with
bold frames and saturated bags were spotted all over, bringing a delightfully positive outlook to
the upcoming season. Jewels and baubles were oversized and visually arresting, completing the
boldness of the season.          

3.1 Phillip Lim, Burberry Prorsum     

Celine, Chanel

     

Bags: Lanvin, Marc by Marc Jacobs     

Alexander Wang, Mulberry

Cashmere, Cowichan, and Wool, Oh My!

We put out a call for winter consignment and you responded with a whole haul of goodies!
We’ve got sweaters and cardigans available in cashmere, Cowichan patterns, and 100% wool in a wide variety of styles. If you layer up and bundle up, we assure you’ll survive this weather.
Fun fact: Did you know that Cowichan knitting originated from our very own British Columbia? The Cowichan were an Aboriginal peoples who lived on southeastern Vancouver Island.
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