Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Founder of Triumph & Disaster and former New Zealand cricket player, Dion Nash knows what it's like spending all day in the sun and the effects that the environment has on our skin.

When Dion was 13 years old his father gave him a poem called, 'IF' By Rudyard Kipling. He threw the poem into a drawer and didn't think of it again; the poem is advise from a father to his son on how to be a man. Many years later, playing with ideas of what to call his up and coming men's grooming product line, he found the poem and instantly the meaning behind the poem and specifically the line, 'if you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same', resonated with Nash and thus, the brand Triumph & Disaster was created.

Using ingredients such as Horopito oil, Cumingii leaf extract and the cleverest combination of natural manly scents, Nash's philosophy is not to label the brand as 100% natural but rather to have the best of science combined with the best of nature to produce naturally derived, but scientifically engineered products that just work.

Developing and evolving his own ideas of what men need in their grooming products, Nash collaborated with a team of chemists and a world class perfumer, to create a brand for men who want old fashioned values, Rock & Roll swagger and just gentlemanly charm.

The full line by Triumph & Disaster can be found on our website here:

Posted by Megan

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Provide is pleased to announce that we are now offering the new collection by On Our Table. Handmade in Canada using Walnut, these kitchen accessories are the perfect gift for anyone this holiday season.

On Our Table duo, Cindy Lazarenko and Geoffrey Lilge, have put together a diverse collection of objects for the kitchen and dining room. Created to inspire people to savor every detail when cooking, dining and sharing.

100% committed to local manufacturing, sustainable materials and ethical production, On Our Table's goal is to collaborate with designers such as Loyal Loot Collective and create original, functional objects handcrafted to be used every day and passed down for generations.

Posted by Megan

Friday, November 9, 2012


Provide is pleased to announce that we are now offering the new collection of blankets and pillows designed by Cristian Zuzunaga for Teixidors. Titled "Integrate: Time and Space", the collection is based on the pixelated image and is hand woven on classic wool looms in 100% ecological merino wool. Launched at ICFF 2012 in New York, the collection won the editors award in the Textile category.

Zuzunaga was founded by artist and designer Cristian Zuzunaga with a belief in quality over quantity as well as the restorative and enhancing power of colour. Their philosophy is to uphold sustainable and ethical ways of working, valuing handmade craft over mass-produced, trend following products.

Robert and I had the pleasure of meeting Cristian at his Barcelona studio and were thrilled to talk to him first hand on his design inspirations and thoughts on business. In addition we visited Teixidors (see our previous post on Teixidors) and witnessed these beautiful products being woven by highly skilled crafts people.

To view more of the collection, please visit our website

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Cire Trudon's representative, Anthony. Anthony popped into Provide with a very large, and I'm sure extremely heavy bag filled with candles he had been lugging across North America for weeks. He took some time to chat with me a bit about the candles and also to give me a brief, but very informative history lesson.

He spoke of each candle like a fine wine, which was actually quite fitting considering his background was in wine. Walking me through each and every fragrance he described in adoring detail how each were created, such as  'Rol Soleil' which mimics the scent of the large wooden floors of the Hall of Mirrors in the Chateau de Versailles, vapors of wax, candelabras and palace.

In 1643, Claude Trudon and his son Jacques were shopkeepers and wax producers, supplying candles to light their customers' homes and for the parish. As the company grew, it wasn't long until Trudon became the official wax provider to King Louis XV and to some of the most important churches. Trudon was Napoleans producer during the Empire, and survived the electric revolution as well as the industrial revolution. Today, Cire Trudon continues to produce clean burning wax candles made with vegetal material and whimsical scents that take you back to a past place each time you light them.

Posted by Megan