Thursday, 14 November 2013


~ Sienna Vittoria
Toronto - Nov. 14, 2013
Sanctuary Spring 2014 Campaign Photo 

Los Angeles-based sportswear label Sanctuary is launching their collection in Canada this coming season. The clothing can be found this spring in boutiques in Toronto such as Over the Rainbow (in Yorkville) and Body Blue (Queen St. W), among others.

The label was founded in 1997 by designer Debra Polanco, and her business-savvy husband Ken. "We are both so passionate so it works well," Polanco explained of her partnership.

The company started out focusing on tailoring the perfect pair of pants, and Sanctuary was instantly recognized as a "Master Pant Maker." This background of precision, detail-oriented focus and practicality has lent itself well to the evolution of the brand.

Today, Polanco designs for the modern woman in her early years, primarily ranging from 25 to 45 years old. Her target woman is professional, but requires clothing that is relaxed and comfortable. Palanco offers her customer many options for versatility, as her pieces are easily layered to create looks that can seamlessly get you from business to an evening out.

The price range is typically from $100-$200, and all the fabrics are chosen with quality in mind. "For me, it always starts with the fabric," said Polanco.

Inspiration is drawn for the collections from the streets of Los Angeles. The collections are always breezy, cool, and edgy. This upcoming season the clothing is mostly black, white and army-green.

Read on for some of my highlights...

Graphic Black and White 

Striped skirt-suit with peplumed top and open-back. 

Colour-blocked cropped shirt. 

Colour-blocked mod shaped dress.

More stripes, stripes, stripes. 

Layered, choppy leather skirt. 

Crisp and Fresh Whites

Cool-cotton textured biker jacket

Peek-through loosely-knitted sweater

Another peek-a-boo crisp white top

Sharp, knitted vest

Loose slinky tie-waist pants

Breezy, cotton pants

Polanco was a pleasure to speak with, and her love for her craft was apparent. She advises aspiring designers to focus on developing their skill set first, and thus building their foundation. "It's so competitive now," said Polanco.

We look forward to seeing her Spring 2014 collection in stores late-February, early-March, but until then check out the Sanctuary website for more.
Twitter: @Sanctuary1997

Left to right: Sienna Vittoria, Debra Polanco


Sienna Vittoria
Toronto - Nov. 14, 2013


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