If you didn’t know already, five, that’s right FIVE businesses from Nova Scotia were representing at The Golden Globes gifting suite this past week. From Yarmouth to Sydney, Nova Scotians seem to be hitting the big time in LA. Yay! We’re super pumped for them! If you don’t know who these fab five are then I suggest you become familiar because I have a feeling you’re going to be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. Here’s our very basic rundown on the five businesses that have had their MADE IN NOVA SCOTIA products on display.
Turbine is a fashion label established in 1997 by designer and owner Lisa Drager-Murphy in Calgary. She moved to Nova Scotia to change her pace of life. She now works out of her studio/ Café in Falmouth, Nova Scotia and has also opened a boutique in Bishop’s Landing in Downtown Halifax by the same name. Her collection consists of a ready-to-wear clothing, hand bags, jewellery and cosmetics. She specializes in using vintage fabrics in her designs and has attracted much attention from various media outlets. Turbine has an active tumblr account on which they keep their diehard fans up-to-date on the happenings in LA. Their biggest hit so far seems to be a dress she calls an Upside-Down dress which celebrities such as Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Lorraine Bracco from The Sopranos and Cosmo Magazine have all picked up at the gifting suites. She is the only Canadian Designer invited to attend the gifting suites at the Golden Globes. They’ve also been featured on Nova Scotia Comes to Life Video in which she describes why she chose Nova Scotia over Calgary
I call them the handbag twins from Cape Breton. Michelle Newcombe and Monique Delisle are twin sisters from Sydney, Cape Breton whose handbags are making a huge splash with their distinctive patterns and style. I must admit... I’m in love and I want one. If you’re a handbag lover then you need to check them out online. They also have been vloging from the Golden Globes and you can see them all on their youtube channel (their latest vlog is super cute!). There is also a photo of Jennifer Love-Hewitt holding one of their clutches in the Halifax Metro which I can’t find the link for, but wish I had it...
Glass Harp Studios
This lady works with fire... literally. Oh, and she works at the Yarmouth Library, just hopefully she doesn’t work with the fire while at the library. Susan Hood designs and creates incredible unique glass beads. The incredibly complex process that I didn’t bother to read is explained on her website. She also teaches workshops that attract students from all over the world. Believe it or not, Susan was actually creating beads and necklaces while she was at the gifting suites in L.A. and you can get a look at a strawberry themed necklace she created in The Chronicle Herald.
Lou Lou Bell is an online retailer of handmade bridal party accessories and baby clothes that is sold on the etsy.com website. It’s run by designer Lyndsay Hubley who works in her home studio in Tantallon, Nova Scotia. Her handmade clutches are adorable and I’d love to get my hands on one of her custom hair pieces. The direct link to the etsy page to check them out or to purchase, click here! or check out her blog
Galloping Cows Fine Foods
First things first... that’s a brilliant name. BRILLIANT, I say! Galloping Cows comes from humble beginnings in Port Hood, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Joanne and Ron Schmidt created these fine sauces and jellies made with new flavor and spice combinations the old fashion way in 1994. If you live in Nova Scotia, more than likely you’ve seen their products around. The product that sticks out in my mind is their Blueberry Sauce in the fiddle jar. I know, fiddles, lame but I guess that’s what sells ... and now I want pancakes... I see on their website that they make wine jelly, yeah like jelly made out of WINE, red and white, Merlot and Riesling... as a jelly. I’m intrigued and still want pancakes....