Our time in Germany and Austria flew by in a whirlwind of activity.   The weather was nothing short of spectacular...which gave us lots of energy!  After a very (very!) cold and snowy Canadian winter, it was a treat to take our morning coffee on the sunny balcony of our holiday apartment, and eat lunch at an outdoor cafe in one of the nearby towns.

We began our trip in the usual way, with a visit to Hammerschmid trachten in Marquartstein, to choose from their overstock children's dirndls, (great savings!).   We  lucked-out and were also able to pick up some lovely ladies' dirndl blouses, linen jackets, and mieders...all at great prices. I do love a bargain - and best of all I love being able to pass our savings on to you!

A couple of days later we were in Salzburg at The Tracht & Country trade show, which was bigger and better than ever, with lots of new exhibitors and products.  We...

In my last post I wrote about our upcoming purchasing trip to the Tracht & Country Trade Show in Salzburg.    As a follow-up (and because so many customers ask) I'm going to elaborate a little on the whole trade show experience, and give the inside scoop on how the industry works.  

The sole purpose of the Tracht & Country show is to allow retailers from across Europe (and one from Canada!) to meet with various suppliers in order to view and order merchandise.  It's also a wonderful opportunity for up-and-coming designers and small to medium sized manufacturers to "network" and to have their products seen by literally hundreds of buyers from the retail sector.

Most of the fashion industry works on two production cycles or "seasons"  per year i.e.: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.  The specific designs, colours, and fabrics to be used in each collection are finalized by...

With Christmas and the busy holiday season behind us,  our thoughts are now turning to our upcoming trip to Salzburg.  The purpose of our trip?  Shopping!   Each year we travel to the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria for three days of intensive shopping and schmoozing at the Tracht and Country trade show. Our objective?  To fill our store with new and exciting fashions and accessories!   You can see highlights of the August, 2013 show here:  http://trachtsalzburg.at

There are over 300 companies represented at the show, and they manufacture everything trachten and landhausmode ("casual weekend wear"); from beautiful traditional dirndls, hats, shirts and lederhosen for everyday wear (in Bavaria and Austria, anyway), to the jaw-dropping gorgeous designer dirndls favoured by jet-setter celebs, and the "who's who" of Austria and Bavaria.  Many of the most popular...

KW Oktoberfest 2013 is behind us now, and it was Trachten-Quelle's most successful fall season ever!!!  It is so gratifying to us that so many of you recognize and appreciate the quality, selection and value we offer our customers...not to mention our "service with a smile"!  We had loads of fun getting everyone fitted out for the 'fest.  

After taking a few weeks to recoup and regroup, we are now full steam ahead into the Christmas season.   Over the past two weeks we've "jingled all the way" to weekend Christmas markets in Brampton and Toronto, and are looking forward to Kitchener's own Christkindl Market, which begins Thursday, December 5 and runs through Sunday, December 8, 2013. It's a great event...filled with music, dance, good food, great vendors, and of course...Gluhwein!  For more information on the Kitchener Christkindl...

Online orders are coming fast and furious, our phone has been ringing off the hook and there's always new mail in the inbox...sure signs   that Oktoberfest celebrations must be just around the corner.  Though we're kept pretty busy all year long, come September things really start hoppin' around here, with people of German heritage from across Canada, the U.S.,  and around the globe purchasing new finery to wear to their fall festivals.

During Oktoberfest, everyone gets into the spirit. Whether celebrating their German heritage, or channeling their "Inner Bavarian" for a few days, sporting traditional German attire is a big part of the fun. That's where we come in! Our pre-Oktoberfest trunk shows are the place to be in Kitchener for dirndls, lederhosen, shirts, vests, jewellery...all things Trachten. Over the years, we've outfitted countless Oktoberfest volunteers, festhalle staff, club dance groups,...