An Apron Made By a Motorcycle Upholsterer, a Weekend Bag Crafted in Downtown Calgary and Textiles from an HGTV Expert

Three things to buy right now.


Blue Collar Textiles

Aprons are enjoying a bit of a renaissance right now, and Red Deer-based Blue Collar Textiles owner Tyler Wheeler is right on trend. He started making these kitchen essentials and other accessories as a side project while working as an automotive and motorcycle upholsterer. Each apron is made by hand and is an homage to work aprons in days of yore. The base model varies from 12- to 14-ounce denim and starts at $85. Aprons can be customized with embroidery for an extra charge.

Contact to order.


Mother Co. 

Your next weekend-getaway essential has arrived. Local bag designers Mother Co. is known for its classic and durable backpacks and messenger bags, but the Forge Weekender Bag ($169) takes the cake for a be-all, end-all adventure tote. The acrylic canvas bag comes in three colours: navy (pictured here), slate and sand, and each bag is handcrafted in downtown Calgary with thoughtful details such as full-grain leather accents and straps. in the Mother Co. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, so it will take your around the world and back again — and then some.

203, 822 11 Ave. S.W., 403-831-0684,


Samantha Pynn x Simons Maison

Notable Canadian designer and HGTV expert Samantha Pynn has partnered with Quebec City-based retailer Simons to create a textile collection for its Simons Maison line. Watercolour florals take center stage on the crisp Green Pansy napkins ($6) and coordinating tablecloth (starting at $30). Mix and match the wide variety of available prints to create a look that’s uniquely yours.

Available at Simons, CORE Shopping Centre, 403-697-1840,

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