28 3 / 2013

Lisa Drader-Murphy ~ National Fashion Columnist, FineLifestyles Magazine!

We’re so excited that Lisa Drader-Murphy is now the National Fashion Columnist for FineLifestyles Magazine!  Posted here is her introduction.  Watch for future issues which will feature trends, design news, travel, and her celebrity interactions!  For subscriptions and info, checkhttp://www.finelifestyles.ca/ !

31 10 / 2012

Think a classic LBD (little black dress).  Like the LBD, Cowhide can complement the bedroom, boardroom, or like at Turbine, our very own Boutique “living room”.  You can even throw it over a couch!

PHOTO: Cowhide ($628) over sofa in Lisa’s Annapolis Valley home.

From Vogue magazine, to Architectural Digest, Cowhide has recently seen a surge in fashion, from belts and vests; cowhides are quickly becoming one of the most talked about trends this season. Depending on their color, each cowhide reflects a different environment. Whether it’s old worldly and quaint, trendy and hip; whether you’re shy, or bold; or whether you’re more handbag than home décor, Cowhide is the designer’s choice.

PHOTO: Cowhide Sam-Satchel $148

Turbine is introducing its latest collection of Handbags, including our classic Sam Satchel made from Genuine Cowhide, as well as Lisa’s newest design: Cowhide Shoulder Bag.


PHOTO: Cowhide box-bottom shoulder bag $228

PHOTO: Cowhide rug ($628) in front of Lisa’s fireplace

A cowhide rug is probably one of hottest trends in homes today, being sold at some of the most luxurious stores around the world.  Cowhides add warmth, texture, luxury, and sense of play and fun to a room and you might even say eco-friendly to the max!  We are proud to be carrying a select few in our Turbine boutique at Bishop’s Landing and as with all of our genuine leather products, our cowhide rugs are by-products of the food industry, and therefore contributing to sustainability, with style!

See you soon at the boutique!

mooooo! (I just did that! haha.)

xo Elise

26 8 / 2012

Hello dear friends,

Wow, It’s hard to believe it is already the end of August! What a summer it has been for Turbine!

On July 26th we held an intimate fundraiser for the Turbine India Project at the Halifax Club, sponsored by LifeQuest Financial, True North DJ Services, and Dr. Sura Hadad Family Dentistry. It was a fabulous evening full of love as well as a teaser fashion show of some of the pieces from our latest collection inspired by Lisa’s recent trip to India.  As a result of Lisa’s travels to India, the Turbine team has been busy organizing a fund for young women to attend college in Hyderabad, India.  For as little as $140 we are able to provide room, board, and tuition for a student for an entire year!  The fundraiser was an absolute success!

The Halifax Club served us delightful Indian inspired hors d’oeuvres, a belly dancer, and we toasted to the success of Turbine’s helping women abroad. 
It’s of no surprise that Lisa created this fund, a branch of the Turbine Fund, with the mandate to support women through education, support and example. It is very rewarding for all involved in the project to see that so little can make such a difference. Considering the rapid growth and industrialization of India, many are often left behind and it is a phenomenal opportunity to be able to help these bright young women achieve educational success. Their education will then in turn support their families and communities, it is a cycle. 
I’m sharing a few fun images of the generous and gracious friends that shared this evening with us! Thank you to all who attended.
We are busy preparing for our annual Fall Showcase! I am looking forward to sharing the details for the event very soon…
With gratitude, Namaste.
Elise xo

18 7 / 2012

samantha-stylish:

Its DAY TWO! I am in love with this - Made in Canada - look from Halifax clothing line Turbine!  As a matter of fact, as these are posting I am actually in Halifax getting ready for my appearance tomorrow on CTV Atlantic Morning live! In which I will be showing 5 - Made in Canada - summer fashion looks! if you are on the east coast, please tune in! Today’s dress can be worn 10 DIFFERENT ways!

samantha-stylish:

Its DAY TWO! I am in love with this - Made in Canada - look from Halifax clothing line Turbine!  As a matter of fact, as these are posting I am actually in Halifax getting ready for my appearance tomorrow on CTV Atlantic Morning live! In which I will be showing 5 - Made in Canada - summer fashion looks! if you are on the east coast, please tune in! Today’s dress can be worn 10 DIFFERENT ways!

19 6 / 2012

This quote has been posted at my cutting table at the Turbine Studio since 1999. The apple trees are my view out the studio window. The orchard and this quote have inspired me to press forward many times over the years when the challenges of entrepreneurship temporarily seem to outweigh the thrill of a creative, fulfilling, and independent life. Follow your dreams… I’m so glad that I did!
~Lisa

This quote has been posted at my cutting table at the Turbine Studio since 1999. The apple trees are my view out the studio window. The orchard and this quote have inspired me to press forward many times over the years when the challenges of entrepreneurship temporarily seem to outweigh the thrill of a creative, fulfilling, and independent life. Follow your dreams… I’m so glad that I did!

~Lisa

07 6 / 2012

Hi from the Studio!

Well the Turbine Studio Grand Re-Opening party was a huge success! With over 60 guests in attendance we had a shopping and partying frenzy, as we enjoyed delicious wines from Jost Vineyards!!

We unveiled our newest addition to the Turbine experience: The Facial Bar!

Mineral Cosmetics and a detailed Skin Regime for an intimate and friendly Facial experience!

Looks like these pretty ladies had a LOT of fun!

Love the animal print Asymmetric!

Tanya and Ashley rockin’ the OBI belt! And of course Ashley is wearing our classic Asymmetric and Tanya is dressed in one of our favorite looks for summer, the French inspired Paysan dress!

Leslie and myself, someone wins for guessing how many Asymmetric’s Leslie owns! And who can guess from what collection she purchased the newest Mini Hobo Bag that night? Something to do with Handwoven Silk from India?

Love the Indian Bangles on Lisa! They are selling so quickly! Must have this summer!

The entire Turbine team would like to thank you for you coming out and supporting our re-opening of the studio! What an amazing night we had! 

For those who couldn’t make it last Friday, but are interested in experiencing the Turbine Studio including our Facial Bar, and shopping fun times, we are open Wednesday through Saturday 10-6, and Sunday 12-4.

With love and gratitude, see you in Falmouth!!

Elise xo

27 5 / 2012

Thirteen years ago in 1999 when I was 29 (ok, do the math…) Turbine was a thriving business in Calgary with a 3rd store opening, a design & production studio (with seamless walls for in-house photo-shoots!), and I had a gig as industry expert on an international TV show. I had just been listed on Western Living Magazine’s prestigious “Top Designers List” and had developed a loyal following in just over a year of launching my own independent label.  Life was so busy with new opportunities at every turn.  During those crazy early months, our kids, Sam-6, Sarah-18 months, were being dressed each morning and tucked in each night by our wonderful nanny, Anke.  The trouble with it was that my life lacked balance.  Too much, too soon….

In an effort to re-prioritize, Carey & I felt it was best to move our family out of the concrete-jungle to rural Nova Scotia to enjoy forts in old apple trees, visits to the lake, and pet-ownership.  This is when the transition of the Turbine mini-empire and the Drader-Murphy family to the Annapolis Valley occurred. 

We started by keeping things close to home by purchasing a 4 acre orchard in Falmouth and rezoning and renovating the barn on the property as the Turbine Studio.  It began as the production/showroom entertaining clients and shopping parties for numerous groups and supplying a growing list of wholesale accounts.  A few years later we added the Turbine Cafe.  The goal was to start opening stores again after transition year 10. 

In Dec. 2008 the retail operation at the Studio moved and the Turbine Boutique at Bishop’s Landing opened, doubling in size a year later, opening doors for opportunities. I traveled with the Turbine collection to the celebrity gift suites at TIFF, The Golden Globes, and the Cannes Film Festival and sourced fabric in France and Vienna.  I traveled alone to India where the Turbine Fund provided healthy biscuits and scholarships to women and children in the villages. 

To meet the demand of the waterfront store, the production equipment took over the studio.  Now after catching up to fulfill the demand at the Turbine Boutique we are able to expand our production and provide our full product and service offering again in Falmouth.  We’ve renovated and are reopening the Turbine Studio to the public, fully stocked with our entire collection of clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and shoes!

We’re so excited to be coming full circle and publicly opening our Turbine Studio during our Grand RE-Opening Celebration!  All are invited to join us on Friday June 1st at 7pm at 1901 Highway 1, Falmouth. (Take Exit 7 on the 101 and turn right at the 3-way intersection.  We’re directly across from Pothier Motors.)  We have some exciting surprises and will be making an announcement…. It’s going to be quite a party!

With Gratitude,

Lisa & the Turbine Team

06 5 / 2012

Turbine India Project - Update Eight.

Shopping for silk and traditional handmade mud bangles in the 400+ year old market at Charminar in Hyderabad, India.  These beautiful bracelets are now at the Turbine Boutique in Halifax!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_City,_Hyderabad

02 5 / 2012

Turbine India Project - Update Seven.

While visiting Imamguda for a free Health Camp for the villagers, I ventured to discover a temple with women and girls sitting quietly in the shade.  With the help of bodyguard (and dear friend!) Zishan, I asked if they would mind if I took a picture of them in their beautiful sarees.  Not only did they say “yes”, they asked me to photograph them individually!  So that’s what I did.  Although we spoke not one word of a common language, we communicated friendship and community.

26 4 / 2012

Turbine India Project - Update Six.

Saree shopping in Mumbai…