New from Soak | Heel- foot cream for feet worthy of hand-knit socks.

Our unique combination of ingredients restores the skin and soothes tired feet. Cucumber extract, Vitamin E and the soothing powers of menthol work together to form a luxuriously rich treat for sock worthy feet. Go ahead. Indulge.

 

Not a knitter? Heel– is perfect for all feet. Whether you are walking the mall in search of holiday gifts or treating your feet after a run, Heel is for you.

 

We’ve launched this great product with a few of our favorite knitting friends. If you are part of the Loopy Ewe sock club, you were treated to the first batch of peppermint infused foot cream. 

 

We were proud to launch Heel with the Loopy Ewe.Heel - Loopy Ewe

  

Jimmybeanswool.com devotee? Get a customized tub of soothing scentless with menthol to match the Lorna’s Lace limited edition yarn Goblin. We’ll feature a new limited edition tub each month. There’s also a lovely basic Jimmybeanswool.com batch as well.
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Soak is also new to JBW. Check out the two-packs on their site.

2 pack mini-soaks for Jimmy Beans Wool

 

Along with our scentless Heel, you can also choose from our delicate and cooling cucumer or rich and soothing spearmint.

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These delectable treats can also be customized! With a minimum order of 24 units, we can customize the label to your heart’s content. Got a sock club, we can make a label for you. Are you a yarn retailer looking for special holiday gifts for your top customers, Heel is perfect. Knitting retreat? Yoga store? Shoe shop? Even if you have a great group of lucky friends (showers, bridal parties or charity runs) we can personalize Heel for you.

 

Email us for a quote and conversation on custom designs.

 

Another brilliant creation by the experts at Soak Wash Inc. Like Soak, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

 


Business’S cool. Week 1.

This Friday we are shaking things up. It’s time to put away our summer bags for a school bag fit for fall. We’re trading silk for leather, cotton for vinyl and soft sacs for sturdy back packs. Join us each Friday for Business’S cool.

Stories to inspire and educate, from owner and founder Jacqueline Sava.


Office desk

Tuesday mornings you won’t find me at the Soak office. I’ll be held up in an interior classroom at George Brown College’s School of Design. My philosophies and practices combining design and business led me right to the Design Management program at George Brown. In class you ask? Well, I’m not taking classes, I’m teaching a class called Design Strategy.     Essentially, I teach designers how to think and work like/with business people. I believe (and as a trained designer, I feel comfortable saying this) that designers should learn, at some point or another, that there is a whole world out there that doesn’t understand, speak or think design. More importantly, if we designers want to live in the real world, we need to learn to communicate, work and live in unison with business people.

Most of the students have, like I do, undergraduate degrees in various design disciplines. They all want to work as design managers, design directors or key players in the corporate world, bringing design to the masses, or at least management. Each week (or so) I’ll bring you insights from the classroom.  A sneak preview at what we are working on, great books to read, insights from students, and experiences from the Soak office. It is shockingly true, that nothing is more valuable than experience, and these days, we are getting more than our fair share.

This photo was taken at one of our branding sessions.

Education is a core value here at Soak. We not only educate our consumers on best practices with our product, but also continue to learn at the office as well. We are always seeking to improve, share and develop ourselves, as we develop the business. Feel free to send thoughts and ask questions. Sharing knowledge is my passion and I hope you can learn new things here, to apply to your work and life.

Enjoy.

Back to the design school, and a little bit of history on myself and the program:

The School of Design features many award-winning programs.  Design Management draws international students together with diverse backgrounds such as Industrial Design, Fashion, Graphic Design, Advertising, Architecture, Interior Design etc. All students have work experience, ranging from one to several years, in various disciplines and countries.  The richness of cultures, experiences and insights is staggering. There is nothing more rewarding than learning while you teach. This is my second year working with the brilliant faculty at the School of Design. In the past I’ve taught at Humber College (in both the Industrial Design department and the School of Fashion Business) as well as done lecture series with various business organizations. My background combining an undergraduate degree industrial design from an art college (RISD) and an MBA in strategy and marketing from SSB (York University) offers a unique combination of art and business, design and strategy. When I speak I try to bridge design and business enabling easy and enthusiastic communication from both perspectives.

Next week, let the games begin. I’ve got my school bag ready. Do you have yours?


101 things to do with Soak | 033 Life jackets

Author: Ngoc

I had been searching for a place to volunteer when my friend suggested that I look into the Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario (DSAO). They are a great non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing people living with a disability the opportunity to learn about and enjoy sailing.


 

I had no idea when I walked into the small office at the beginning of the summer, that I would want to spend every single evening down at the Harbourfront volunteering for them. I volunteered as a sailing companion and was able to learn how to sail, spend my summer surrounded by water, and hang out with some of the best company I’ve ever had. I met more inspirational and positive people this summer than I have in my whole life. They showed me that you can overcome any obstacle with the right mind set. One particularly amazing person that I met was Joseph Chessari who had both of his legs severed last year in a work place accident while cleaning a machine. Visit his site www.walkingwithnewlegs.com and learn more about his story and his initiatives to support and encourage other amputees.

Sadly, the sailing season is coming to an end and the time has come to lift the boats out of the water and store all the equipment away until next summer. While putting away the life jackets, I noticed that they had become extremely dirty and had a slight musty smell to them. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was, “These could use a good wash in Soak.”

Washing your life jacket.

There are several types of life jackets out there so take a look at the care tag before washing. Make sure you do this early enough in the day that the life jackets will have enough time to dry completely.

  • We had a lot of life jackets to clean so we laid them out on the grass and hosed them all down.
  • I filled up a Carrie basin with some cool water and some Soak.
  • I used a soft cloth and dipped it in the Soak water and gave each life jacket a gentle rub down.
  • Hang them up to dry.
  • Make sure they are completely dry before storing.

There are many great activities in Toronto dedicated to providing activities for those living with a disability. If you have someone special in your life that has a disability, I would strongly encourage you to tell them about disabled sailing, or perhaps disabled skiing for the winter. If you or anyone you know has questions about disabled sailing, feel free to contact me at ngoc@soakwash.com and I’d be happy to help you in any way I can.

I am also looking for another interesting place to volunteer. Let me know if you know if any great organizations in need of helpers.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 31. Romni Wools

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course! 


Sometimes you just need to take your favourite shopping bag and visit your LYS for some yarn therapy. With the cooler weather moving in fast, perhaps it is time to pick up some fall/winter weight yarn.

We don’t have a soakworthy bag this week, instead if you are located anywhere near Goodwood, Ontario, then we encourage you to grab your favourite shopping bag and visit Marilyn’s new store Romni Goodwood. Marilyn is the owner of Romni Wools and will be holding her grand opening event next Sunday for her newest store.

A restored confederation building that was built in 1867 will be the home of this brand new yarn store. They are also big fans of Soak so don’t forgot to pick up a bottle or perhaps a Carrie or Phil basin while you are there.

We always love seeing what our customers are working on. Send us a photo of your Soakworthy project (and reference this post) and tell us why it is so special to you and we’ll send you some mini-soaks to help you care for your most cherished FOs.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 30. The Gift Philosophy.

Author: Ngoc 

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course! 


This week’s bag is less of a bag and more of a box. A gift box from The Gift Philosophy to be exact. The Gift Philosophy is a brand new store that specializes in putting together thoughtful gift sets for all types of occasions. Farah, the owner, has hand picked fun, unique, and eco-friendly luxery items to include in each gift set that will surely please the recipient.
The Gift Philosophy is particularly Soak worthy because of the idea behind the gift boxes. Each gift is housed in an eco-friendly gift box that not only looks beautiful, but is tough as well. The boxes are designed to endure being regifted and reused several times to cut back on the amount of waste that accompanies gift giving. When you open the box, inside is a printed message that encourages and inspires the gift recipient to take action and make a small difference in our world. Farah hopes that her gift boxes will be reused at least 3 times and will inspire 1 million big and small acts of difference by 2013.

We should all take a page out of the Gift Philosophy’s book and make a conscious effort to be a little more socially and environmentally responsible.

Some of my favourite gift sets include:

Love Soaked in Natural for baby showers

Fresh Start In Celebration

SIMPLE PLEASURES in SWEET LOVE


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 29. This bag is Magic

Author: Jacqueline 

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


Last week Soak exhibited at Magic in Las Vegas. We had a great show, welcoming several new Soak accounts such as Lucy B Lingerie, and Apricot Lane as well as seeing old friends like My Philosophy, and Anne van Hauwaert, While seeing friends was the highlight of the show, there were some pretty spectacular bags walking around.

The most coveted one featured Hello Kitty and Elmo, crazy I know. Jane from Itty Bitty Bra scored one of those. 

  

There were several other shows going on during Magic, such as Workroom, which happened to boast my favourite bag of the week. Sorry Karyn I couldn’t snag you one, I tried. They were for buyers only. 

 

The Kersh bag was the most functional, soft cotton, pretty and stylish- definitely a bag that might have use in real life. 

 

The Playboy bag was the shiniest bag, no surprise, but I can’t quite figure out where I’d use it post-show. 

 

I brought home a few other bags to add to our office stash. We use them for post office runs, store visits and taking work home on the weekends. I wonder of I’d get to cut the line at the post office with a playboy bag? I’ll keep you posted.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 24. A French rendez-vous

Author: Jacqueline

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


What a week it has been. Out every night, early days in the warehouse. Seriously, I’m not 22 anymore!

Wednesday night, the highlight of the week, Lingerie Française Paris (the French federation of lingerie and swimwear) hosted its annual French lingerie fashion show in Toronto. The beautiful (why on earth have I not been there before?) Wychwood Barns  was the venue for a hot and sticky night of fashion and fun. 

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I was the guest of the lovely and talented shop owner Jen, from Secrets from your Sister (2 shops, one on Bloor, one on Yonge, in Toronto). We sipped champagne (followed by many glasses of water) and enjoyed a cabaret style fashion show filled with singing, dancing and style.

Hoisery tap performance

We brushed shoulders with industry insiders, distributors, sales reps and shop owners, including Soak retailer, Christine from Brava Boutique.

Following the extraordinary event we dined with friends such as owners Joan and Greta of The Spa on Main in Georgetown. Our dinner was hosted by Paul from Empreinte makers of my favorite bras. (Dear Paul, I love my new IVA bra, especially the Feather detail!)

No fashion event would be complete without a fun filled swag bag. We opened it up and divided the treats at the office just this morning. The bag wasn’t as photo worthy as the event itself, so I leave you with my favorite parts of this cabaret inspired performance. The open scene featured dancers en pointe with parasols and elegant lingerie. The lights were hot but you barely noticed for the lovely lingerie.

Ballet

Mid-way through, between scene changes and singing, hosiery collections were shown in true cabaret style. With hats, gloves and canes, dancers showed the latest styles and textures, fall is sure going to be stylish and fun. Visit the Lingerie Francaise website for all featured brands and retailers.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 19. Melt.

Author: Jacqueline

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


There has been great debate about whether this blog is about just Soak, or great products in general. Is it commercial, or personal? Is it promotional or creative exploration? Well, we’re not ready to commit either way, but we feel that anything that inspires us enough to share should be included.

Sometimes it is about Soak, sometimes our customers, sometimes, like today, brilliant design, merchandising and products in totally unrelated fields. Today, I bring you, Melt.

While in London (yes, there’ll be several posts about great British discoveries), we discovered, at Liberty of London in the ‘confectionery department’, Melt chocolates. More specifically, hot chocolate lollipops.  A stick of perfectly square chocolate, wrapped in vividly coloured papers, filled with deliciousness.  Single origin hot chocolate blocks, as they are called. Hand made in their own kitchen.

Directions: swirl the lollipop in steeped milk and enjoy. How decadent.

A few steps from Portobello Road in a posh neighbourhood in Notting Hill, we found a Melt retail store. There were bars of chocolate, truffles and other caramel treats in the most perfectly elegant space.

There was even a Melt bike for carrying chilled bundles of deliciousness around town.

As I was leaving with my perfectly lovely bag filled with hot chocolate lollipops, I couldn’t resist photographing the shop, to share it with you. From brand to bar, Melt is a true example of a leading company. Check them out; we hope you’ll be as inspired as we were. Oh, and yes, the hot chocolate was delicious!


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 18: Part 2, Feast of Fabric.

Author: Jacqueline  

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


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Katherine called it the Mother Ship. Some refer to it as Mecca. You may know it as Liberty of London. This London-based department store is, in my opinion, the perfect store. I could live there (on the fourth floor, in modern antiques/home textiles to be exact). I would venture to the second floor for cosmetics, linens and art deco printed towels and go to the ground floor for sweets, garden accessories and an endless supply of scarves. 
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Most importantly though, I would spend time on the fifth floor, in the haberdashery. Four walls. One yarn, one fabric, one crafts, and one of books and trinkets. An endless wall of Liberty prints is truely my quilting dream come true. I bought six half yards of decadent fabrics as well as an assortment of cotton hankies and scarves.IMG_4203 

There’s a Rowan concession, filled with Amy Butler fabric, Rowan yarns and knitters who demo yarns and books all day long. They can knit on the job, but they can’t sit. One lovely lady told us it took three months for her arms and back to adjust to knitting while standing up.  Best of all, when we talked of our Soak travels, they had heard of us! Fancy that. 

More London updates upon my return. I’ll be flying home when this post goes live. I hope my fabric stash will accept my new Liberty prints with the same enthusiasm with which they were purchased. I can’t wait to get them home.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 17: Mission accomplished. Well, the first half.

Author: Jacqueline Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


I’ve travelled across the Atlantic to see the Quilt Exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. This morning, we started off at Quilts 1700-2010. What a way to start the day. The exhibition includes historical work created in the UK from eighteenth century patchwork through to modern times. My favorite piece was a quilt made entire of wool by a tailor, James Williams, of Wrexham, Wales, 1842-52. He, yes he, used left over pieces of wool from his tailor shop and spent over 18 years making innovative quilts.  Following the exhibit I went to the shop to secure a stash of limited production, reproduction fabrics made especially for the show. Needless to say, my bag was full. 

 

I bought fat quarters galore, and don’t worry dear quilting friends, you know who you are, I bought fat quarters and treats for you too.  We bought one copy of the show catalog, which I’ll surely bring to the next Quilt Sunday

Incidentally, I’ve also been photographing inspirational patterns as I come across them on my travels. A new sketchbook is surely in the works… but that’s another story. 

 The second half of the journey you ask? Liberty of London, on Thursday.