A visit to La Cache Comox Valley is an experience of a world of colour, texture, beauty and abundance. Come in, take your time and explore. Opened April 30, the store provides shoppers with an explosion of textiles designed by April Cornell in clothing for women and girls as well as table linens, bedding, home decor, furniture and other lines of clothing, jewelry, shoes, hats and accessories that compliment Cornell’s style.
Spring and summer featured bright, floral and colorful fabrics. The fall line, which arrives in store in September, offers rich shades reflective of nature as well as jewel tones and textures to cozy up in this autumn. Other clothing lines will offer sweaters, hats, gloves and accessories to add spice and brilliance to the brisk grey days to come. Cornell’s clothing suits women of every age and is either 100 per cent cotton or rayon. Selections range from extra small to extra large as well as plus-sized selections.
Cornell is a designer born in Canada whose international travel to Turkey, Afghanistan and India brought her an appreciation of old world style, colours and textures. She began her retailing in 1973 with the importing of furnishings, textiles and handicrafts. Her skill in illustration and painting has led to the creation of prints for table linens and bedding. Many patterns began as paintings. Most commonly known for the simple 100 per cent white cotton nightie, the April Cornell line has expanded to include items for every room of your home and beyond.
In the 1990s April’s manufacturing moved to India where she created a strong commitment to charitable giving through the Giving World Foundation. From slum schooling to micro-enterprising for widowed women, this organization reaches out to those who are searching for a hand up not a hand out. For the past 10 years, the organization has provided financial support to a variety of grassroots projects that help disadvantaged individuals create a better future through education, improved health services and skills training.
Feel Beautiful. Live Beautiful. Be Beautiful. It’s April Cornell’s philosophy. Like Act Locally, Think Globally, it implies that bringing beauty into your home radiates outwards and the influence of that beauty will impact the people around you.
“I want to encourage you as friends to really feel beautiful and appreciate your own personal beauty,” Cornell said. “And I want to ask you as people to live beautifully; give to those who are in need and present your light to the world. Lastly be beautiful, because you already are.”
Cornell will visit the store in the fall. Check for announcements in store and on Facebook at La Cache Comox Valley.
La Cache holds strong memories of a beautiful shopping experience for many people. Most recently shopping the full April Cornell line was an online experience. La Cache and the designs of April Cornell can now be enjoyed in store in the Comox Valley at 244 5th St. in Courtenay, the only La Cache west of Montreal.