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

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

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