We know you’re trying to forget about winter, but we can’t resist the interesting clothes being presented in Toronto for Fall/Winter 2013, including Moose&Beaver Apparel.

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The label’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection features cozy knitwear made from merino wool, alpaca and viscose yarns mixed with distressed leather and fur trim. Neutral tones dominated the runway, with certain designs showcasing unexpected pops of navy blue silk.

Models wore natural makeup and nude lipstick to coincide with the collection’s casual yet chic vibe. It was hard to miss some of the outerwear pieces like a brown rustic leather vest trimmed with vintage white fur (above) and a stunning fur hoodie that many Canadians will be coveting.

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Leah Antoinette, the Creative Director and Owner of Moose&Beaver Apparel, is specially trained in knitwear garment and textile print design. She channeled the inspiration of her first collection from Cornelia Parker’s Cold Dark Matter and Anti-Mass installations that were housed at the De Yonge Museum in San Francisco. “There is a quote from [Parker] that sums up much of what this collection represents, ‘…My work is all about the potential of materials – even when it looks like they’ve lost all possibilities,’ explains Antoinette.

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The label’s clothing aims to celebrate the contradictions of everyday womanhood through hand knit garments combining soft luxury and raw deconstruction. Part of the appeal of Moose&Beaver Apparel is the company’s environmental awareness. Where possible, the fashion label uses re-purposed materials, including vintage fur.

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Moose & Beaver Apparel’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection will be available at mooseandbeaver.com.

Story by: Sheetal Nanda