Monday, 23 December 2013

Happy Holidays from Petra Karthaus!

We will be open on December 24th from 10 AM to 4 PM, closed on December 25th and open on December 26th from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Secret of Gardeur

 Founded in 1920, Gardeur employs a workforce of some 2,000 and supplies approximately 3,000 customers in 50 countries around the globe. As Germany’s only fully integrated trousers atelier, Gardeur ensures absolutely assured fit, a high standard of craftsmanship and flexible collection control.

At their German headquarters, two in-house creative teams design the pants with a great sense of style, and pattern makers then translate the styles into true-to-size patterns. Seamstresses in the sample-making department always lovingly handcraft the first prototypes.

Gardeur runs its own sewing shops, laundry and quality assurance, because making trousers requires high-precision craftsmanship. All operations are certified and coordinated by Gardeur technicians in the company’s own laboratories – they don’t leave anything to chance. In brief: it is the special creativity and the high degree of skilled trade that has made Gardeur the trouser specialists they are, for over 90 years now!

Now at the end of this season we have selected Gardeur pants for only CAD$ 99!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Down With the Winter

It's light. It's flexible. It withstands frigid temperatures on mountaintops. And in the entire history of humans staying warm, nobody's been able to beat it.

Down jackets come in different shapes and sizes. For more flexibility and something to wear when you're out on a cool day, there are narrower strips of down. Which means there's less bulk and it's easier to move about.

Now, for a big snowy day, think big! Bigger quilts, but fewer, so the jacket stays lightweight and comfortable. Each larger quilt gives the down more room to loft - more room to fluff out. Which results in more insulation, and transforms your stylish jacket into the perfect shield against the cold!

Friday, 8 November 2013

From Spain, con amor!

Aldo Martins is a brand designed and made in the mountain town of Igualada, just outside of the vibrant Catalan capital, Barcelona.

There, Marti Bisbal and his family have built a unique and fast growing business. Aldo Martins’ specialty: multi-coloured knitwear!

Each and every garment is a piece of art. The father, two sons and a daughter, each in charge of a key aspect of the business, make sure everything is done perfectly.

The whole process of creating their garments begins by translating the fabric designs into a computer software that is then sent to sophisticated knitting machines. They turn it into yards and yards of supple and soft material.

The fabrics are then cut and put together in a labour intensive process, all by hand. Pre-laundering and pressing ensure that every piece will maintain their quality after the first cleaning.

Each item is carefully checked for flaws, labeled, packaged and is ready to be sent anywhere in the world!

And, the best part: these handcrafted luxury garments, made in Spain, still come at a very affordable price!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

At The Tip of your Fingers

Petra Karthaus has an innovative surprise for you this Fall/Winter! We just received our touchscreen enabled leather gloves!

Touchscreens on most devices today do not react to heat. Instead, they react to one’s skin and its changes in electrical currents – or, to put simply, touch. Our new leather gloves employ specially engineered leather on the palm-side that reproduce the human touch so that users can operate their devices without having to take their gloves off.

To give the leather the ability to interface with touchscreen devices, it is immersed and treated with a specially formulated solution during the traditional tannery process. Thus, this feature is lasting, as it is ingrained within the leather itself. As a result of the treatment process, touchscreen enabled leather is also more durable, water-repellent, wind-proof, and soil-resistant.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Happy Wool Week!

 At Petra Karthaus we have, from the alluring and unique boiled wool Geiger jackets, to the colourful and vibrant wool tops from Aldo Martins, and the chic designs from Garella and Bogner. Whichever you choose, you are sure to look elegant and make a smart decision!


NATURAL: Wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin of sheep, and is thus one hundred percent natural, not man-made. Since the Stone Age, it has been appreciated as one of the most effective forms of all-weather protection known to man, and science has yet to produce a fibre which matches its unique properties.

RENEWABLE: As long as there is grass to graze on, every year sheep will produce a new fleece; making wool a renewable fibre source. Woolgrowers actively work to safeguard the environment and improve efficiency, endeavouring to make the wool industry sustainable for future generations.

BIODEGRADABLE: At the end of its useful life, wool can be returned to the soil, where it decomposes, releasing valuable nutrients into the ground. When a natural wool fibre is disposed of in soil, it takes a very short time to break down, whereas most synthetics are extremely slow to degrade.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Falling For It!

The weather is getting cooler, and our inspiration for this week's look is in the colours of the beautiful falling leaves.

This silk Caroline Biss tunic is perfect for this season: the tones of orange, brown and yellow will make you look dashing!

Friday, 27 September 2013

The Cool Chic Aftermath

The evening was full of fun, cool jazz music, delicious food and drinks and lots of fashion.

Clients and the Petra Karthaus team gathered together for a night to remember.

While trying on our new collection, clients enjoyed the lovely party atmosphere.

We thank everybody who had the chance to attend and hope to see those who couldn't the next time around.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Twin Sets - Double the love!

Caroline Biss' twin sets grace our store this Fall/Winter.

From the stylish and colourful tones of purple and orange to the classic and sophisticated black and white. Twin sets are a simple and chic combinations for this season!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Hot Trend: The Leather Look

The Fall 2013 runways were rife with Couture-like creations, Hitchcockian elegance, new takes on navy and more notable trends such as the leather look.

Visit our updated website to browse through more of our Fall/Winter trends.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Autumn Daybreak

Come journey with us through our AW13 collections.

Awash with luxurious fabrics, elaborate embroidery, colourful prints and intricate embellishment for timeless style, our new collections from Bogner, Caroline Biss, Garella, Gardeur, Gloriette, Devernois and Aldo Martins are waiting for you.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Red Pencil Sale - Special of the Week

From July 24th to July 30th, all pedal pushers and short summer pants are 50% off!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Red Pencil Sale - Special of the Week

This beautiful Bleu Blanc Rouge dress is perfect for the summer, with its light and flowy fabric you will feel both fresh and elegant!

From: $659
To: $329

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Red Pencil Sale - Special of the Week

We talked in the beginning of the season about the use of Satin for Daytime, so this is your chance to have this lovely Caroline Biss satin dress in your wardrobe.

From: $395.00
To: $199.00

Friday, 24 May 2013

Perfect fitting? Gardeur!

We at Petra Karthaus love Gardeur, and we do so with good reason. The Gardeur team strives to improve on a perfect product - so when you put on Gardeur pants, they instantly become your favourite.

To ensure a perfect fit, Gardeur practices intensive category management. They continuously monitor shrink values of the fabrics and incorporate results in the tailoring process.

They provide trousers for all types of figures, with sizing varying from 34 to 48, lengths ranging from short to normal and long, a variety of tailored fits and an unmistakable labeling system.

Here are a few examples of their fits:

At Petra Karthaus you can find the greatest selection of Gardeur pants in Toronto. Come and let our expert team find the perfect pants especially for you!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

art + fashion

Hazelton Lanes is holding an Art Festival from May 10 to May 19. For 10 days, OCAD University's artists will take over the famous Oval Square in the mall, turning the centre's common space into a pop-up gallery. You can check out the entire schedule for the event here.

As part of the festival, Petra Karthaus is featuring works by Jacqueline Treloar in the store.

Elm Tree Near Bath

Jacqueline Treloar is an artist and educator. She is a graduate of the Central School of Art and Design in London, England, where she received a Leverhume Traveling Scholarship to further her studies. She has also been the recipient of national and international awards and her work is held in private and corporate collections in Canada, USA, the UK, Belgium and Italy.

Featuring Jacqueline at our store is part of an initiative to bring art and fashion together: from time to time we, at Petra Karthaus, want to bring new artists to the store.

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