Friday, December 19, 2008

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

The next time we will post a blog won't be until January 2nd! Can you believe it? Another year come and gone...again. January second is inventory day here in the Smoking Lily studio. We go through all the drawers and shelves measuring every meter of fabric and counting every spool of thread and individual button. It's a lot of work, but it has to get done!

The picture we chose to post this week is of our lovely fabric cutter, Rachael, and her new friend Pepper. Pepper is visiting us here in the studio today because her Mommy, Tara, is taking her on an airplane after work to visit their family for Christmas. Pepper is very cute and peticularily curious...she thinks buttons are food. So adorable!

Rachael happens to be modeling our newest creation, the "Good Fortune" skirt, just like the old one but this time made of a grey stretch cotton. This skirt has a cute front pleat with a print peeping out. Sorry you can't see this all very well in the photo, we will get better ones up on our website soon!

All the girls here in the studio wish you the best wishes for Christmas and the New Years. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, December 12, 2008

A Very Successful Sausage Party!

Last night our first annual Sausage Party was a total success! As promised, we served every man through our door with a sausage and a cold beer from our wicked local microbrewery Phillips
(thanks again to Matt and Simon). With fun and shopping had by all, the ladies of Lily had a great time wrapping each gift with our printed wrapping paper (so cute). A special thanks to all the girls in the studio for their hard work: Rachael (great idea!), Nicole, Steph, Tara and Beth (our resident foose ball bad ass), and to Mr. Richard Pyatt for all your help.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Forget about the cold...we're busy with Spring!

Here in the studio we always have to be a step ahead so we've begun designing for Spring! The theme this spring is "under the sea" so what would be better than an apron with a windmill on it? There's nothing more under the sea than Holland. Well except for maybe things that are actually under the water literally.

We're also working on a new dress based on the "Seahorse Blouse". This dress has a keyhole opening instead of buttons and a cute flared skirt bottom. It comes in black, and it's so new that we are still thinking whether or not to print it, and with what and where.

What's the cutest skirt ever? The pothole skirt made in a beige stretch cotton printed with the all over "plate" print is! Available to you right at this very moment!

We're also really liking the bamboo fabric these days. And what's not to like? This material is amazingly soft and is a sustainable resource...bamboo just keeps on growin' and doesn't need much water! We've altered our "Forget me knot" top into the "Forget the Knot" top to bring you the most comfortable good looking scoop neck top you'll ever put on.

Keep posted for even more stuff to come in the new year, but in the mean time....Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Candi Factory Christmas

Things are getting naughty over at our Victoria shop! We are happy to let you know that we are now carrying Candi Factory brief's. Sewn and printed in Toronto, these cheeky underpants are the perfect gift for the man in your life. Available in a variety of colours, prints and sizes, these undies are already flying out of Johnson St. shop at $30 a pair. The Lily Ladies love them and so will you!

If you aren't able to come down to the store you can also order them by phone at 250.382.5459. We're almost sold out and patiently waiting for a new shipment.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Smitten Mittens

Steph has been sewing up a storm this week making her adorable Smitten Mittens! Made of soft shrunken boiled wool, the mittens look perfect with a warm sweater or winter jacket. Each set is adorned with cute skulls, trees, octopus or bombs!! We love them and know you will too. The Smitten Mittens are available on our website, in our Victoria and Vancouver stores and we'll also be selling them at the Noel Baazar. When Steph isn't sewing for Lily she's making wicked designs for her own label Skeptic. Check out her awesome website here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Noel Bazaar

Come check out the Ladies of Lily and all our own amazing creations November 26th, 27th and the 28th at the Victoria Event Center. (we ARE busy)

We love to Party

Only one month left...

For all our lovely Lily shoppers, please note that we have a cut off date of December 10th for all online purchases! If you would like to receive your order in time for Christmas, be sure to order before this date!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Things are gearing up here in the studio! We're all a buzz crafting for the craft show coming up, and we're up to our ears in wool, velvet and well...more wool, creating beautiful cool weather accessories and jackets! We've come up with the slippers, and now we've even got flannel PJ bottoms! The perfect gift for staying comfy all Christmas morning!

Tara, our Lily computer Guru has come up with an amazing e-newsletter sent out to all of our favourite customers from both our Victoria and Vancouver stores. This newsletter will let you know all about our upcoming events, new products and cool things like this new Blog we're trying out! It should be coming your way about once a season or whenever there is something especially important we think you should know. If you didn't receive an e-newsletter from us and are interested, just e-mail us at

Friday, November 7, 2008

Karmin Rocks the Wool Over Thing!

What's new at Smoking Lily!? Our awesome new sewer Karmin AND the all new plum Wool Over Thing! Karmin is an Art History major at the University of Victoria and plays the drums when she's not busy whipping up Hama Hama's here at the studio! This perfect Fall coat is also available in Turquoise and Navy.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Cozy Feet

Just in time for Christmas, we’ve come up with the cutest slippers ever! Made of thick wool and lined with fleece, these little booties are unique in that they are made of one peice of fabric! This makes for a very cool design with minimal seams and a fancy side detail. Each pair is hand appliqueed and printed on the inside. So far there are just the three designs but there are more colours of wool coming. At the moment they fit everyone in the studio size 7 1/2 to 9. Not to worry though, we have a smaller pattern in the works!

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Child of the Planet in our Demi Jacket

We are always happy to see amazing women wearing Smoking Lily! This week, the inspiring and beautiful environmentalist Severn Cullis-Suzuki, is featured in the Vancouver Sun wearing one of our bobbin print Demi Jackets. Read the article that accompanied her photograph here.

*Ideal for West Coast weather, the Demi Jacket is available on our website.

Gracing the Cover of Monday Magazine

It's been an exciting week for Smoking Lily! Not only is it Small Business Week here in Victoria (Yeah!) we're on the cover of our local Monday Magazine. Accompanied by a wonderful interview with Trish Tacoma, the Lily Ladies leader, we are so happy to be on newsstands all week long! Read the article here.

From top left- Alex, Zoe, Tara, Nicole, Beth, and Trish. Below from left to right, Rachel and Steph at our Johnson St. location. 

We've Got a New Dress!

Not only super flattering, but also super comfy and made of bamboo! This dress is the ultimate and Trish agrees. The red lace is Trish's slip and sticking out and being pretty... just an example of the different ways this dress can be worn. Bamboo is the ultimate fabric. It's supoer soft, machine washable, naturally anti-bacterial and also has wicking properties, keeping you un-smelly and cool. Bamboo is also a great alternative to oother fabrics because it is ecologically friendly, requiring no pesticides and little irrigation. The girls in the studio all love working with this fabric and wonderful new designs will soon be ready for you!