When I think of Tilley hats, I think of my dad. Dad has worn his way through many a Tilley hat, taking advantage of the lifetime guarantee multiple times. When I found out that Tilley was working with stylist and dear friend Linda Gaylard, I was pleased to have the opportunity to see what was new. Besides the iconic hats and 12-pocket vests, Tilley has a complete line of clothing created with traveling attractively in mind.
Want to check it out for yourself? Thanks to Tilley, I have a $250 (!!) gift card to give away. If you’re in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver you can use it in the flagship stores in those cities. As a little bonus for the winner, I’m also going to include a little something for you from me. To enter, please leave a comment on this post with the travel destination you’re dreaming of right now and your real email address so I can contact you. I’ll pick the winner randomly next Wednesday.
The Tilley store is down at Queen’s Quay by the lake, and walking back I was curious to see some tall ships docking, covered with young sailors (and sailettes?) in denim shirts, pulling ropes and tugging on sails.
Linda and Andrea from Edelman helped me pick out a beautiful straw hat for myself – it has a pocket too – and a pink printed top with my favourite feature, the rolly cuff. I’m wearing it here with Paper Denim & Cloth jeans and a new purchase, my first ever Converse All-Star hi-tops. Though its common to think of Tilley being for older ladies and gentleman, Linda showed me how good quality, versatile and functional clothing, can be styled to anyone’s taste.
This lady looks far too proper to be perched on the prow of a ship.
It was fun to go through the collection with Linda as a guide. I especially liked the military inspired bags Tilley is working on for fall. The fabrics are all practical, the signature pocket is in almost everything. Linda looks great here in a Liberty print top, techy-fabric cardigan and a terrific execution of an idea which is I’ve seen before but usually looks clunky – the skirt zips off to reveal shorts underneath. This version is sleek, the layers of fabric around the waist have been handled in a way that makes the zipper invisible.
Thanks so much to Tilley, Linda and Edelman PR for the generosity! Please take them up on a kind offer and enter your dream destination in the comments.