There is something universally appealing about Britt Barkwell’s style. It’s a combination of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s cool-girl minimalist aesthetic with a distinctly French slant: Think vintage denim, silk scarves and the crispest white blouses. It’s the type of elegant look that feels timeless and fresh no matter how many times it’s been replicated.
“I feel like no matter how full my closet gets, I always go back to the same dozen pieces,” Barkwell says. Her highly edited wardrobe translates directly into her vision for her digital lifestyle brand Trouvaille (named after the French word meaning ‘a lucky find’), which she developed after spending a decade working for fashion retailers in N.Y.C. and Toronto, including Holt Renfrew. At Trouvaille, visitors can shop T. Line capsule collections of thoughtful fashion staples and tastefully understated decor finds, designed by Barkwell.
“We want them to be the pieces you continually reach for,” she says. Each capsule collection is designed to build on the one before and is meant to be styled together effortlessly. “Our goal is to help women simplify their wardrobes by making fashion choices that are timeless and built on a foundation of high-quality staples.” From monogrammed handwoven basket totes to sculptural catch-alls, Barkwell has elevated living down to a science.
Her style philosophy transforms everything she touches, including her jaw-dropping home in Toronto’s Rosedale neighbourhood, which she used as a showroom to launch T. Line’s first collection back in February. (The next capsule is set to launch on June 8, FYI.) From its Edwardian-style facade to the sleek, modern interior, the house is gloriously aesthetically pleasing. “During my career, I was fortunate to see firsthand the incredible craftsmanship that goes into luxury design and gained a huge appreciation for the value of luxury goods and their artistry,” she says. “It was very important to me to incorporate handcrafted pieces into our home.”
Barkwell worked with Toronto designer Mary Ratcliffe to create her handmade foyer seat, made with Canadian hardwoods. (“The leather seat is laced onto the wood frame and takes 25 hours to create by hand,” she says). In her dining area, she commissioned furniture design studio Atelier Arking to build a dining table and banquette. “It is so special to see these pieces in my home and know that they will be around for generations to come.”
It’s her attention to detail and well-trained eye that makes Barkwell an authority in the lifestyle space, and why we were itching to get her top shopping recos. “Style is innate, but it’s taken decades to develop confidence and ease in my choices,” she says. “I think my career in fashion really helped me achieve that — along with the ability to make instinctual choices and effortlessly edit.” Ahead, the five things she tells everyone to buy.
A fragrant bath oil: “When you really want to chill out, this bath oil has you covered. It’s the perfect blend of essential oils to create a soothing spa experience at home. A mix of botanical ingredients like ylang-ylang, patchouli, and lavender — it’s even complete with a sprig of rosemary that’s great for boosting blood circulation and has anti-inflammatory properties”
A modern tote: “These handwoven totes are timeless and practical. Made from a durable woven neoprene, the bags can easily transition from day to night. They even come with a zippered clutch — perfect for a night out.”
An everyday shirt: “There is nothing more iconic than a crisp white shirt. The Isabel shirt is part of T. Line’s debut capsule — with curved sleeves and an oversized fit, the styling options are endless.”
A dainty bracelet: “I am a jewellery minimalist, but I never take off my Redline diamond on a string bracelet. It’s elegant and handmade in Paris—I am also a bit superstitious and believe in the power of the red string to bring protection, good luck, strength and connection.”
Ultra-elegant mules: “It will be hard to get back in heels post-pandemic and these Manolo flats are a great substitute that can be dressed up or down and will go with everything. They are worth the splurge — your feet will thank you!”
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Melissa Perdigao is an associate editor at The Kit, writing about beauty and lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram: @itsmelissaliliana