Designer Profile: Kara Yoo

With summertime and special occasions such as Mother’s Day fast approaching, we are delighted to highlight some of our favourite artisans of the season. We had a chance to interview Kara Yoo, a good friend and regular contributor to Much and Little.

Catering to women of all ages, Kara Yoo started designing and creating jewelry in 2012. With a meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship, Kara’s pieces are made with love right here in Vancouver. Use of high quality materials such as argentium sterling silver, gold fill, as well as solid gold ensures durability, versatility, and elegance for all Kara Yoo Jewelry products. You can find out more at: https://www.karayoo.com/

Pictured above: arc necklace, Claira cuff bracelet, three stick studs (https://www.karayoo.com/)

Pictured above: arc necklace, Claira cuff bracelet, three stick studs (https://www.karayoo.com/).

We hope you come in to take as much pleasure as we do in profiling these creative members of the Vancouver community:

1.   What inspired you to start your own business?

“My parents were entrepreneurs and owned several different businesses while I was growing up. They immigrated to Canada 40 years ago and have built a solid foundation for who I am today – I have always been inspired by their hard work and dedication.

With that in mind, I needed to figure out what kind of business I wanted to own. I learned how to make beaded jewellery from my sister in high school, and continued that hobby as a young adult. While in university, I did a case study on a successful Canadian jewellery brand – this sparked an interest in making my hobby into a business. In my last year at university, I met the founders of a successful NYC jewellery brand at a conference. Hearing their story, I knew immediately that a jewellery brand is what I wanted to pursue. I enrolled in a 2-year jewellery program at VCC to learn more advanced techniques, and started my business in the last year of school.”

2.   How would you explain your design philosophy?

“Whenever I design pieces, I always have in mind versatility (can this piece be worn on several different occasions?), wearability (is this piece practical to wear? Is it comfortable?) and price point (can my customers afford this piece?).”

3.   What does your choice of materials reflect about you?

“We use only hypoallergenic materials which means none of our materials contain nickel. We primarily use reclaimed precious metals such as sterling silver and gold-fill because they are hypoallergenic and high quality (they don’t leave your finger black!). Our choice in materials reflect the brand’s promise to create beautifully designed pieces that are practical and wearable.”

4.   Who do you create jewelry for (i.e. who is your audience)?

Most of our customers are 25-34 year-old females, who like to purchase from local or indie brands. Our customers are socially conscious.”

5.   What has been the most gratifying and the most challenging part of your journey as a designer?

“The most gratifying part of my job is hearing back from customers and creating meaningful work for my employees!

 The most challenging part of my journey is keeping up the momentum and pushing through the stressful times as a small business owner that often seem impossible to get through.”

6.   What are some of your other hobbies, interests, passions, motivations, and goals?

“I love to bake and craft in my spare time! I take up new hobbies every now and then like knitting, crocheting and calligraphy. I also enjoy travelling with my husband – we are moving to Berlin this June! One of my goals is to have new experiences and try things I’ve never done before – Life is short!”

I Love You, Mom!

There’s less than a week left to show your mom how much you care! We’ve got a large selection of gift ideas for her in store at M&L. You can find everything from candles and bath salts to clothing and shoes. Whether she wants to dress to impress or treat herself to some R&R, we’ve got you covered. Here a few gift ideas that we think would be sure to please her this Mother’s Day. But there’s so much more in the shop, so stop by and take a look. xx

 

Vibrant colours to go with the day. Sunshine yellow cotton top from Atelier Delphine, a painterly silk tank from Elk the Label, some sweet local jam and a Frankie mag for the creative mum.

Vibrant colours to go with the day. Sunshine yellow cotton top from Atelier Delphine, a painterly silk tank from Elk the Label, some sweet local jam and a Frankie mag for the creative mom.

 

An every tote bag from Herschel to carry life's essentials, an assortment of craft chocolate, and some good reads!

An every tote bag from Herschel to carry life’s essentials, an assortment of craft chocolate, and some good reads!

 

Classic nautically-inspired pullover from Harris Wilson, an addictive Sidney Hale candle and locally made bath salt from Kismet Essentials.

Classic nautically-inspired pullover from Harris Wilson, an addictive Sidney Hale candle and locally made bath salts from Kismet Essentials.

 

 

Pendleton saddle blanket, Corkcicle canteen, large enamel locket, and an addictive Sydney Hale candle.

Pendleton saddle blanket, Corkcicle canteen, large enamel locket, and a Sydney Hale candle in on of our best selling scents.

 

Linen top from Black Crane,  locally bath salts from Kismet, local caramels made by Candid Confectioner, enamel locket from Paris and a very handy tray for anything from jewelry to keys to cosmetics.

Linen top from Black Crane, locally made bath salts, local caramels made by Candid Confectioner, enamel locket from Paris and a very handy tray for anything from jewelry to keys to cosmetics.

 

Radical Women print and cards from Banquet Atelier

Radical Women print and cards from Banquet Atelier.

 

Hooray For Herschel!

It’s 2018 and we’re back with some fresh new Herschel stock! Visit us today to explore these practical, versatile, and fun items available in a variety of styles, patterns and colours.

Pictured from left to right: Herschel Mac coat, Herschel Field jacket, Herschel Varsity jacket. Great stand alone or layering pieces!

Pictured from left to right: Herschel Mac jacket, Herschel Field jacket, and Herschel Varsity peacoat. Great stand alone or layering pieces!

 

The Mac jacket in khaki offers a sleek yet chic design with branded detailing and a flattering fit. It's a wardrobe essential for the upcoming spring months!

The Mac trench coat in khaki offers a sleek yet chic design with branded detailing and a flattering fit. It’s a wardrobe essential for the upcoming spring months!

 

The Varsity jacket in navy is sportswear-inspired with snap hardware. Cool, comfortable, and a classic!

The Varsity peacoat in navy is sportswear-inspired with snap hardware. Cool, comfortable, and a classic!

 

The Field jacket in olive is a military-inspired design with a minimal yet functional look. The utility pocketing is practical and modern!

The Field jacket in dark olive is a military-inspired design with a minimal yet functional look. The utility pocketing is practical and modern!

 

Hooray for accessories! The Vincent bifold wallet (from bottom to top) in tan, picante, and black leather is a necessary everyday staple. Beautifully made, great to the touch, an excellent gift.

Hooray for accessories! The Vincent bifold wallet (from bottom to top) in tan, picante, and black leather is a necessary everyday staple. Beautifully made and great to the touch!

 

The Ace wallet offers a compact cardholder design with brushed metal branded detailing.

The Ace wallet offers a compact cardholder design with brushed metal branded detailing.

 

Carry your belongings in style with these vibrant patterned laptop sleeves by Herschel.

Carry your belongings in style with these vibrant patterned laptop sleeves by Herschel.

 

These assorted travel kits are available in a variety of patterns and colours. As the spring season approaches, make sure that your packed essentials stand out on your next trip!

These assorted travel kits are available in a variety of patterns and colours. As the spring season approaches, make sure that your packed essentials stand out on your next trip!

 

Herschel hasn't left out the kids in your life! Cute, colourful, and practical lunchboxes and backpacks make for perfect school accessories. Available in variety of sizes and styles!

Herschel hasn’t left out the kids in your life! Cute, colourful, and practical lunch boxes and backpacks make for perfect school accessories. Available in a variety of sizes and styles!

All Things Shiny & New!

Mugs, canteens, and all things shiny and new! Browse through our beautiful selection of various home goods in all their metallic glory. Don’t forget to stop by Much&Little for many more last minute gift ideas.

Exceptionally made canteens in a multitude of fun and metallic finishes. Hot, cold, whatever you'd like to drink! Perfect for carrying your holiday beverage on the go.

Exceptionally made canteens in a multitude of fun and metallic finishes. Hot, cold, whatever you’d like to drink! Perfect for carrying your holiday beverage on the go.

Calling all copper fans! Featured in the photo: copper plated stainless steel flask, United By Blue copper mule mug and shot glass.

Calling all copper fans! Featured in the photo: copper plated stainless steel flask, United By Blue copper mule mug and shot glass.

Roost moon phase shot glasses (set of 4) with attached leather carrier. Pick your favourite; stainless steel or brass. Pour your shots in style!

Roost moon phase shot glasses (set of 4) with attached leather carrier. Pick your favourite; stainless steel or brass. Pour your shots in style! Also featured in the photo: gold wine key/bottle opener and stainless steel jigger.

Carry on cocktail kits in a fun assortment of flavours and finishes. Compact and delicious!

Carry on cocktail kits in a fun assortment of flavours and finishes. Compact and delicious!

Celebrate the holidays and your loved ones in style with these elegant yet edgy photo frames from Roost. Available in a stainless steel or brass finish. Capture those special moments and keep them forever!

Celebrate the holidays and your loved ones in style with these elegant yet edgy photo frames from Roost. Available in a stainless steel or brass finish. Capture those special moments and keep them forever!

 

 

Gifts On The Go: His & Hers

Don’t know what to gift him or her for the holidays? At Much and Little, we’ve got a wide selection of fun and practical products that are perfect for the on-the-go man or woman in your life. Everything from tumblers to umbrellas to deodorant, we’ve got you covered to make your holiday shopping that much easier! Visit us in store today to browse through our wide variety of gift items.

Ideas For Him

These items capture everything that he would need to prepare for a day out and about. Talk about putting the fun in functional!

These ten items capture everything that he would need to prepare for a day out and about. Talk about putting the fun in functional!

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Featured in the photo:

  • Herschel Dawson knapsack
  • Baggu reusable tote
  • United By Blue t-shirt
  • Corksicle steel tumbler
  • Journal/planner
  • Ted Baker manicure set
  • Growler carrier
  • Activated charcoal deodorant
  • Leather key carrier
  • Aromatherapy spray – Rugged Gentleman
  • Blunt XS umbrella – Navy

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Ideas For Her

Keep her hydrated, refreshed, and inspired with these colourful essentials for the girl on the go.

Keep her hydrated, refreshed, and inspired with these colourful essentials for the girl on the go.

 

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Featured in the photo:

  • Fog Linen tote bag
  • Baggu reusable tote
  • XS Unified cuffed pom pom beanie
  • Corksicle stemless tumbler
  • Concept planner
  • Gold nail clippers
  • Everyday Oil
  • Hola natural deodorant
  • Booda Butter daily moisturizer
  • Aromatherapy spray – Good Morning Beautiful
  • Blunt XS umbrella – Red

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Fall Coats & Jackets

As lovely as summer was,  fall is here, which means warm sweaters, thick scarves, and digging out those perfect leather boots. Included in the line up for fall trends are coats and jackets, which we have aplenty. With some new lines in the shop, and gorgeous silhouettes lining our racks, we wanted you to see what kind of outerwear you can expect to see from us this season. There are cocoon coats, wrap coats, and even a cropped jacket or two that are perfect for those chilly days approaching.

 

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The Long Coat by Black Crane can be worn loose and open, or belted and fitted for alternative looks

 

The Volga Coat in black from French brand Harris Wilson

The Volga Coat in black from French brand Harris Wilson

 

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The Raphia Cardigan from Harris Wilson is a great option for warmer days

 

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The gorgeous classic silhouette on the long coat from Noa Noa wraps around you with snap buttons and a belt

 

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This short black Jacquard jacket from Noa Noa is an easy way to dress up jeans and a tee

 

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This Nice Things double breasted cream coat is a relaxed take on the classic pea coat

 

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A fun black and white throw over jacket from Portland-based designer Reif Haus

 

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The Howe coat from Ursa Minor can be worn closed or open, for those days when you need to bundle up

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The Ursa Minor Howe coat worn open

 

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The Pacome coat from Des Petit Hauts comes in heather grey has a fun cocoon shape with a single gold button