The OAK + FORT Circle

THE OAK + FORT CIRCLE

Minimal  |  Signature  |  Street

 

A collective connecting real people through curated looks.

 

Apart from its different meanings, the word ‘circle’ can be defined as a group of people with shared interests revolving around a common centre. Though people can share similar attributes – no two people are the same. Everyone brings a different perspective – from their profession, what a typical day looks like for them, the things they enjoy or the way that they dress.

We introduce The OAK + FORT Circle, a collective connecting real people through our curated looks that embody the essence of our brand’s style. We believe we are all connected through style and are influenced by one another. Five unique individuals have given shape to curated looks that represent our signature, street and minimal styles through their personal stories and shared visions.

Meet Sahra, a local designer finding harmony in homes in our Minimal Circle Looks of uncomplicated designs for a classic wardrobe.

On Design – “Spaces are people’s dreams, the little vehicles for their aspirations and stories.

Tell us your name and what you do.

My name is Sahra Samnani, and I am a designer… for now

How do you define your style?

Simple, simple, simple. Comfortable, clean and lots of straight lines.

What’s inspiring you in life right now?

I was recently gifted a set of watercolors, it seems to have cracked open something inside of me. I am now filling my mind and my life with art. Carving out creative time for myself has been one of the most wonderful things I’ve done recently. It’s inspiring my work life, home life and inner life.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

On a beautiful little plot of land on Vancouver Island. The island makes me feel so at home, the gentle pace, the friendly people and the easy access to everything. I love it. I have a dream of having a little minimalist farmhouse with a brook or a stream, with a garden and a large wooden table to host dinners and have long conversations.

Who is your favourite designer or architect and why?

John Pawson. I love the simplicity of his work. He built a wooden chapel inspired to “create a space for the mind to rest” – what he said resonates with me. His work is meaningful, spiritual, still, it’s utterly beautiful.

What do you love most about being an interior designer?

I love homes, I love people and the dreams they have, and I love space. I love crafting a space for life to take place in, whether is a cafe, a home or a shop. These spaces are people’s dreams, the little vehicles for their aspirations and stories.

Meet Leanne, our very own Regional Visual Manager in our Signature Circle Looks of updated silhouettes that add a modern touch to any look.

On Store Experience  – It can be such a beautiful experience walking into a store… the music, the people, the atmosphere, the colors…”

Tell us your name and what you do.

My name is Leanne and I am currently the Regional Visual Manager here at OAK + FORT.

How do you define your style?

I love anything oversized and I’m a sucker for basics, I think those pieces are the foundation to a good wardrobe, it makes adding a statement jacket or a pop of color look effortless. I also love to play around with textures and vintage pieces – I think it’s important to have an element of character to your outfit.

What are three things you can’t live without?

Carbs, coffee, and exfoliating.

What’s a movie that everyone should see once? OR What’s a book that everyone should read?

I’ll answer both: Call Me By Your Name and The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz.

What sparked your interest in visual merchandising?

Honestly I kind of fell into it, I spent some time being a stylist and then after doing a few store openings for OAK + FORT I really fell in love with how customers experience our brand but not just physically, but holistically. It can be such a beautiful experience walking into a store, everything matters; the music, the people, the atmosphere, the colors and the way the product is placed really – I could talk about this forever.

Who inspires you creatively?

I’m a very collaborative person and love the people I work with so really they inspire me every day. There’s always a new way to look at something!

Meet Kae, a curious experience and visual designer in our Street Circle Looks of effortless pieces and elevated basics for your casual wardrobe.

On Inspiration – “Talking to people, hearing their story… I come away from it learning something I didn’t know before, and it fills me with really good energy.”

Tell us your name and what you do.

My name is Kae and as an experience and visual designer, I help make things more enjoyable for people to use.

How do you define your style?

A mix of really plain classic pieces like a good pair of jeans, a tee, and a turtleneck. I’ll sprinkle in my dad’s old jacket and some sneakers, but overall, it’s pretty casual. Black and white.

What’s inspiring you in life right now?

Talking to people, hearing their story and what they’re up to. So, this comes from me trying to do this thing where I chat with someone new each week. Each time I come away from it learning something I didn’t know before, and it fills me with really good energy. It’s a way for me to understand ideas from different perspectives; which ultimately helps me design better.

Who is your biggest inspiration for design?

At this point in my life, I don’t have one. I’ve thought about it before, and it makes me feel a bit anxious, but I’m in this moment where I feel like I’m re-learning a lot of things, and re-discovering what design means to me. In time, I expect this to change and I’m excited to find out who I’ll be keeping an eye on for inspiration.

What’s a movie that everyone should see once? OR What’s a book that everyone should read?

Watch Princess Mononoke by Hayao Miyazaki. Or read After Dark by Haruki Murakami. Both were my gateway drugs to each of these bright minds.

What do you love most about being a designer?

I love how this industry gives me the breadth to explore different avenues of what it means to design. Whether or not that’s experience, interface, spacial, product, environmental, or graphic. They’re all connected and play off of the same principles and values in one way or another. I’m not too sure if I’ll always be an experience or visual designer, but I know that I want to continue learning and creating within this space.

Meet Drew, a chef and entrepreneur dressed in our Minimal Circle Looks of refined menswear pieces.

On Business – Just start. Experience is the best teacher.”

Tell us your name and what you do.

My name is Drew Munro, I’m a chef and the founder of Drew’s Catering & Events, a full-service event catering company specializing in customized culinary experiences.

How do you define your style?

The items I tend to gravitate towards are usually a balance of stylish, classy and functional. As a business owner my day can take me in different directions – one morning I may be in a boardroom presenting a proposal then in the kitchen creating new concepts with my team later that afternoon. Functionality is the key for me!

What’s inspiring you in life right now?

The rise of innovative, plant-based foods is incredibly inspiring to me right now. Bold companies are creating real, impactful change to the food industry and the way we eat. It’s been a privilege to be a part of this movement, as our company challenged ourselves to make our entire catering business at least 50% plant-based by the end of 2018, which we were proud to accomplish.

Best piece of advice you have received?

When I started my business 10 years ago I was working by myself as a private chef and had no intention of ever doing large, full-scale catered events. One of my early clients was a successful businessman and I would visit his home weekly to prepare meals for his family to enjoy throughout the week. One day, he told me his oldest daughter was getting married and he wanted me cater the wedding for 100 guests. I immediately said I wasn’t ready to handle an event that size and politely refused. He pressed me, and said, “In business, you’ll never fully be ready.” I rented a kitchen, built a small team and started to do bigger events from that day, including his daughter’s wedding 10 months later. The lesson? Just start. Experience is the best teacher.

Meet Angeloa talented dancer from local dance crew “Brotherhood” with dreams of making it international in our Street Circle Looks of casual basics with a laid-back appeal.

On Dance – “I love seeing how everyone hears the same song as I do but they all interpret it differently through the canvas which is their body.”

Tell us your name and what you do.

My name is Angelo Admana and I am a creative. A creative is an umbrella term for anyone exercising any form of making their ideas become reality, and that act is the driving force of what feeds a creative’s soul. My specific lane of creativity is Dance. I have been surrounded by music and dance ever since I was a child. I truly believe by the time I am 60 I will probably still be dancing.

How do you define your style?

I would define my style as comfy and casual. For a couple years now I have been constantly downsizing the amount of clothes I own. I also only buy specific pieces that truly are worth the money. In time, I started investing in brands I truly like and support. That simple act allowed me to find my own style and appreciate quality. Also, as a dancer I always appreciate when my clothes move with me not against me.

Best piece of advice you have received?

“Enjoy the Process”. One of the most common cliches thrown around is to “Trust the Process”. I used to always refer to it whenever I needed that extra boost of motivation, however when I heard “Enjoy the Process” it really changed my life. If you start enjoying the process rather than trusting in it then you will be more happy with whatever position you currently are in life rather than trusting that happiness will come after. 

What inspires you most about dance?

My biggest inspiration for dance is music. I fell in love with music before I fell in love with dance. I love seeing how everyone hears the same song as I do but they all interpret it differently through the canvas which is their body. Similar to how painters can all work with the same sized canvas, with the exact same shades of paint, with the exact same brushes, but they all create different paintings. Dancers work the exact same way and that is what I find so beautiful. I love showing what I hear when music plays and what my body tells me to do.

These curated looks are defined by you. Each piece and accessory is designed to be worn together as a complete look or to complement items already in your closet. This creates easy styling but also room for creativity and expression to make it your own.

Shop the complete Circle Look that relate to you and make it your own. Benefit from easy to shop head to toe outfits, free domestic shipping, free returns and save up to 20% on your order.

 

Discover the all The Circle Looks exclusively online at www.oakandfort.com

Creative Direction — Neil McMillan

VideographerSaina Atrchian

Stylist —Kelly Lee

Featured Style Influencers — Sahra, Leanne, Kae, Drew and Angelo

Hair & Makeup — Gemma Kim

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