Exotic Imports

May 2, 2008

Crazy Mamas

British designers Vanessa Knox-Brien and Baukjen de Swaan Arons launched their sophisticated maternity line, Isabella Oliver, in 2003 but they’ve only recently debuted in Canada. The line is a celeb fave: Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Alba, Minnie Driver, and Angelina Jolie were all snapped wearing signature pieces. Available at Isabellaoliver.com.

No Hands

With the new Motorokr T505 Bluetooth in-car speakerphone and digital FM transmitter, calls sound clear as day with echo/noise reduction. An internal two-watt speaker lets you transmit tunes from your phone. $129.

Swedish Touch

Haven’t braved the IKEA maze since college days? Time for a revisit. The 2009 collection features on-trend, high-gloss furniture and bold, primary colours that aren’t just for accent pieces. We love this Trollsta side table, $69, and the Slatthult Folk Tree wall decal, $19.99. Various locations

Rally Cry

It’s breast cancer awareness month, and cancer survivor Susan Fiedler has designed this bracelet, with a wonderfully forthright message, for Soul Flower jewellery. $120, with $50 going directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. To order call 604-873-0603.

French Twist

Home Outfitters teamed up with Marie Claire Paris to release a line of country-chic (and very affordable) products for every room in your home. Channel la vie en rose with pretty linens, bright crockery, and plush bedding. Various locations.

Eye Candy

Jeweller to the stars Stephen Webster stopped by Palladio (the city’s exclusive carrier of his line) to debut a fresh collection of big, juicy gems. No sign of Christina Aguilera, Webster’s number one fan and star of his spring campaign. 855 W. Hastings St., 604-685-3885.

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