When you put an investment banker and an art curator together, you are bound to get a well executed and well designed luxury brand.So is the story with handvaerk (yes it is meant to be lower case you heathen!). In Danish the term means ‘Hand Crafted’, and all of the products in this new, well received line are produced in family-owned and operated workshops in Peru.Partners Esteban Saba (from Lima, Peru) and Petra Brischnacova (from Prague, Czech Republic) were very focused on creating a thoughtfully curated, timeless wardrobe for both sexes with a well edited selection of garments including a sweatshirt, henley, t-shirts, intimates and scarves. Esteban’s grandfather’s company imported luxury fabrics from England and Italy to South America and his mother owned a well-known knitwear company in California for three decades. Needless to say, Saba knows what he is doing.The duo sources the finest Pima cotton from the northern coastal valleys of Peru to Scotland for the best Mongolian cashmere and superfine merino wool. More than a statement of their devotion to the highest standards of craftsmanship and quality, handveark aims to update the definition of “luxury” with thoughtful design, premium materials, and with how each product is made. Speaking of premium materials, take the piqué polo for instance, they hand harvest their cotton to preserve fiber length and pureness, maintaining its unmatched softness and natural luster. Hand harvest!Why the Danish name on the brand? Simple – the couple is obsessed with midcentury modern Danish furniture.Since it is the season of giving, handvaerk is giving away one wool scarf to a lucky reader of The Manual. Check our FaceBook page for more details!The retail price for handvaerk men’s collection ranges from $45 (intimates) up to $475 (cashmere scarf) and is exclusively available at www.handveark.com. What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations
The independent board of inquiry considering the human rights complaint of Lindsay Jane Willow will resume on Friday, Jan. 13, at 9:30 a.m., in the seminar room of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax. The hearing continues at the Art Gallery on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 a.m. The board will then complete its hearings on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day, in Room 303 of the Dalhousie Student Union Building, 6136 University Ave., Halifax. The board is considering whether Ms. Willow was discriminated against because of sexual orientation by Halifax Regional School Board and two teachers at Halifax West High School. -30-
TORONTO — The Canadian dollar surged to a level not seen in four months Wednesday as investors digested a more hawkish tone on interest rates by Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.The loonie jumped 0.74 of a U.S. cent to an average price of 76.57 cents US after comments from the head of the central bank raised speculation that an interest rate hike could come as early as next month.The currency’s ascent helped send financials stocks higher, with that sector leading gainers on the Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index, which climbed 74.36 points to 15,355.58.Bank and insurance stocks typically benefit from higher interest rates because it helps increase profits for short-term loans and increases yields for insurers.Poloz said in an interview broadcast on business news channel CNBC that the Canadian economy enjoyed “surprisingly” strong growth in the first three months of 2017 and he expected the pace to stay above potential.He also noted again that interest rate cuts that were put in place in 2015 appear to “have done their job.”TD Wealth portfolio manager James Morton says the tone of Poloz’s remarks signalled to financial markets that a rate increase at the bank’s next meeting on July 12 “is on the table and could certainly be in play.”But even if a hike does occur, he added, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be on a fast-moving upward trajectory.“It would be a very small incremental movement,” said Morton, adding that the central bank would “want to make sure they don’t cause too much of a dislocation in terms of other impacts across the market.”The bank lowered its rate twice in 2015 to the very low level of 0.5 per cent to help offset the effects of the oil-price shock. But Poloz says that growth has rebounded with an “encouraging” pace in recent months.Meanwhile south of the border, it was a similarly positive day for New York indexes as the Dow Jones industrial average gained 143.95 points to 21,454.61. The S&P 500 index added 21.31 points to 2,440.69 and the Nasdaq composite index was ahead 87.79 points to 6,234.41.In commodities, the August crude contract advanced 50 cents at US$44.74 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up three cents at US$3.09 per mmBTU.The August gold contract gained $2.20 to US$1,249.10 an ounce and the September copper contract climbed a penny at US$2.68 a pound.— With files from Andy BlatchfordFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.