Spring has sprung and what better way to spruce up your wardrobe but with INUKT’s one-of-a-kind, beautifully crafted canvas totes. Each one of our four shoppers is striking and unique in their own way. Each one showcases a powerful and vibrant image, which is tied to Canada’s right heritage. And each has an inspiring quote printed on it.
INUKT’s signature eagle is perfectly in tune with the quote,“The thoughts of Man should rise as HIGH as the Eagles do” on our Nitawig tote.Bibagima with its First Nations woman revisited in the style of Andy Warhol reads, “We Celebrate the First Laugh of our newborns.” Wawina that carries the image of a deep blue-eyed Husky invokes our love of animals through, “One thing to remember is to TALK to the animals”. And Monia quotes “I am Inuk and my HEART is free” while showing a picture of legendary Chief Joseph.
Neyali, INUKT’s very own small handcrafted native doll, which we also love to use as a key chain, adorns our canvas totes andgives them added playfulness and charm. And just so you’re all in the know Neyali means “I love you”.
Choosing between these four may not be easy, but we promise that you’re sure to make a statement and turn heads with whichever one or ones you do end up wearing. Whether you through it over your shoulder or flaunt it across your body, you’ll appreciate its craftsmanship and love the feel of its sturdy leather strap and pompom, which are the perfect allies to the neutral coloured canvas from which the handbags aremade out of.
Pair yours today with cropped jeans, frayed jean shorts or a sundress. It’ll add a dose of luxury to your outfit and take your look from laid back to casual chic.
As promoters, endorsers and sellers of art (you can find incredible artwork by William Rusedski, Alain Dahan and Melinda Brewer on our site) and statement furniture, collaborating with an art gallery for our first retail experience was a no-brainer. With streets that are reminiscent of Paris and surrounded by high-end boutiques, restaurants and other art galleries Old Montreal was the optimal choice for us to make our premiere in the physical retail market.
While www.inukt.com is our primary and fixed place of commerce, we also deem it important to offer you a physical space where you can walk in and purchase certain INUKT pieces. We are nothing short of excited by this new venture. It takes us out from behind the scenes and pulls us into the foreground. It gives us access to and direct contact with you: our customers. This is how you can actually touch and feel our products, and appreciate their beauty.
And the feedback has been nothing but positive ever since day one. As soon as our Mohan pillows and Illanit boots hit the window display at Galerie 203, passersby have stopped in their tracks to look, admire and best of all walk-in to discover our products.
This first location in Montreal is one of many to come. In the near future INUKT will take up temporary residency across North America’s top cities, like Toronto, New York, Vancouver and L.A. And Europe and Hong Kong aren’t far behind.
What woman doesn’t want youthful, flawless, radiant skin? After all, most of us know that you can cake on layers of makeup onto your face, but true beauty starts with a healthy complexion. Nowadays the choice of how to attain immaculate, glowing skin is vast. You can opt for simple facials, chemical peels, Botox, filler injections, micro-dermabrasion, laser treatments and even surgery. But why go the drastic route when you can simply apply a cream that promises incredible results?
Gigi Amar, a Montreal woman, swears by her recently launched cream Frequence. “After using my cream for just one week my co-workers asked me if I had undergone a cosmetic procedure,” said an enthusiastic Amar when we sat down for a cup of coffee, outside the hair salon she works at in Montreal, “they said that I was glowing and I felt I was.”
The creation of Frequence actually happened accidentally. Essentially out of despair and need. Amar had an irritating rash, which no dermatologist could cure. After too many sleepless nights she had had enough. Amar rushed to Home Depot where she purchased an Aloe Vera plant. She threw it in the blender with some other natural products she remembered were stashed in a drawer. She applied the concoction to the rash and was instantly relieved of the pain. And to her surprise the rash was gone by the next morning.
A native of Morocco, Amar recounts how her grandmother and mother had been avid users of their country’s natural resources, especially of Argan oil. Extracted from Argan trees that thrive in the South West of Morocco Amar explains that “Argan oil, one of the carrier oils in my cream, is and has been revered as the most powerful, most precious oils by the Berbers, the native people of Morocco.”
In her youth Amar had disregarded the benefits of Argan oil and the other natural ingredients, such as rose water or Frankincense oil. But with her pain alievated and rash gone Amar had a change of heart. Maybe her grandmother and mother were onto something?
Amar started researching the ingredients highly praised by her female ancestors. Soon she discovered scientific evidence that proved their incredible abilities. Over the course of time, while continuing her research, she added and mixed more ingredients into her initial concoction. “I was like a chemist, building on that first batch, adding more ingredients. I bought books and read more and more,” Amar stated.
After 25 years in the making, she came up with what is now Frequence, which she used to sell privately to clients.
In a world saturated with beauty products one wonders what makes Frequence different from the myriad face creams that one can chose from?
Whereas seventy percent of the cosmetic industry uses distilled water in their products, which ultimately dilutes their effectiveness, Frequence uses seventy percent therapeutic organic hydrolates, such as rose and orange blossom flower waters and Aloe Vera (also considered a water). These waters are advantageous because they contain active ingredients that penetrate the skin and supply moisture directly to the tissue. They not only provide extreme hydration, but also have softening and cooling abilities and anti-inflammatory properties.
The use of seven carrier oils in Frequence also distinguishes it from other products on the market. Carrier oils transmit oil onto the skin. They hold powerful antioxidants that are high in essential fatty acids. Frequence’s carrier oils include: argan, apricot kernel, grape seed, palm, coconut, evening prime rose and avocado oils.
On top of carrier oils Frequence contains a mixture of twenty-four essential oils. Amar likes to refer to these as the “plant’s lifeblood” as they are extracted through distillation or expression. Essential oils are effective because they’re small enough in molecular size to quickly penetrate the skin’s cell membranes. This results in increasing the skin’s oxygen levels by 21% within 20 minutes of application. Essential oils also contain powerful and natural antioxidants that gobble up free radicals. “Basically they stop the aging process,” explained Amar.
Myrrh oil and Frankincense are two very important essential oils in Amar’s cream, “they go beyond being physically beneficial for the skin. They have ingredients that directly effect the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdale glands.” These are glands that affect our emotions. According to Amar these oils help focus the mind and overcome stress. And there’s more. In Biblical times Myrrh and Frankincense were used by the highest of priests before entering temples. Therefore, their quality goes beyond the tactile. They possess a spiritual property and perhaps, as Amar avidly believes, a powerful beauty secret.
Amar chose to name her cream Frequence because each essential oil can actually be measured in either Megahertz, which measure the bioelectrical frequencies in humans, foods and plants. Amar explained that “at 68 Megahertz the body is healthy, but starting at 58 Megahertz it’s not.” Essential oils carry a frequency between 50 to 320 Megahertz and create an environment in which disease, bacteria, virus and fungus can’t live. “Each oil has a frequency and each of our organs and body parts has a frequency. The frequency of an oil is attracted by a like frequency within the body,” she explained.
The ORAC text, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity, is another method of measuring essential oils. The higher the ORAC score in an essential oil the more capable that particular oil is at destroying free radicals, thus delaying the aging process.
most of us adorn our bodies with rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. We wear jewellery that contains stones and minerals unaware that these can affect our mood and our physical state.
That’s not the case for Tatiana Castellanos, a 27 year old Fine Arts student at Dawson College, in Montreal, who also holds an Anthropology degree from Concordia University and Camila Escobar, a 24-year-old photographer. They are the founders of Qura, which we here at INUKT refer to as the “Fortune Cookie Charm” given that the stones pick the wearer rather than the other way around.
“Qura means healing plant and coming from the earth,” explains Castellanos, who I had the pleasure to sit down and chat with alongside Escobar. The word originates from the Quechua language, which is spoken by a culture of people who are spread throughout South America, specifically in the Andes Region.
During our time together the two young, lovely, articulate Columbian women, who now live in Montreal, shared with me their passion for gemmology and introduced me to Qura, their line of hand-made bracelets which they created in July of 2012.
A Qura bracelet contains three stones. Each one is associated with one of the seven Chakras: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. In the Hindu culture, as Escobar explains, “Charkas are energetic centres in our bodies.” Each Chakra is aligned with an actual physical part of the body and an emotional state. “The Solar Plexus Chakra, for example,” says Escobar, “is physically associated with our digestive system, the upper-abdomen. Emotionally it’s connected with our self-esteem.”
As firm believers in the healing powers of stones and minerals
The two jewellery designers, who advocate the link between stones and the seven Chakras, have an extensive scope of stones to can choose from when assembling their bracelets. They possess stones -all of which are certified as semi-precious- that hail from Columbia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, China (known for their Jade), Canada and Russia. But choosing the right stones for each client is all about the client’s needs. If you’re looking to better communicate with people, it’s likely that your Qura bracelet will contain blue quartz. “It deals with everything that is related to communication and expression, and physically it helps with throat ailments,” says Castellanos.
What makes Qura bracelets unique is that each is personalized to the needs of the wearer. “If you’re attracted to a certain stone it’s because subconsciously you’re picking one that will serve you a specific purpose,” declares Castellanos. Some stones have more than one purpose and are related to more than one Chakra.
When asked if you can mix any three stones together, I learned that there are certain combinations that work better than others. “You wouldn’t want to put together a stone that gives you energy with one that soothes your mind, they just contradict each other,” says Escobar. She elaborates by giving the following example, “someone who wants help to better express their feelings to others and to learn how to get in touch with their own emotions will probably end up with a bracelet that contains the following combination: blue quartz (Throat/communication), African turquoise (Third Eye/Mindfulness) and aventurine (Heart/love).”
There are even stones, that should be avoided or worn rarely, especially by women. Hematite is one such example. Its energy is so strong; it would drain a woman of hers. Both physically and emotionally. This is a stone that is better worn by men.
Each Qura bracelet is made of thread treated with bee’s wax to strengthen it. Tan, brown, black and deep red are just the basic thread colours that customers can choose from. If you’re looking for a pop of colour, especially with spring just around the corner, you can opt for neon yellow, orange, pink and purple. Pastels, like pink and blues, are also a choice if you want something more subdued.
Leather pouches that contain three to five loose stones are another option that we offer here at INUKT. These are perfect if you want to explore the healing powers of stones, but aren’t interested in wearing them. “Someone who is having trouble sleeping at night doesn’t need to wear a lapis lazuli. They can just place it under their pillow. It’ll help them calm their mind,” explains Castellanos.