Scout & Catalogue
Some of us go to Mexico only to return sunburnt with a handful of leftover pesos in the bottom of our carry-on. But for Breanna Musgrove, the boho-minded girl behind accessories line Scout & Catalogue, a stay south of the border—Puerto Vallarta!—with her boyfriend in 2008 spawned a business.
“For the first five months, I went to Spanish school a little bit, read a ton, slept, and just kind of got over the amount of manic energy I had been putting into my career,” she says, reflecting on the job she left behind in Vancouver as creative director of Aritzia. But after that decompression phase, Breanna’s creative energy kicked into overdrive, leading her to explore the plentiful fabric warehouses in the area, to dive into dyeing, and to post her creations on a blog, Scout & Catalogue—as she explains, “I was scouting a new culture and then cataloguing it.”
Now based in Toronto, her project has turned into a full-fledged business, with hand-dyed scarves and custom-sewn leather pouches leading the way. What’s the aesthetic, exactly? “The idea of being a little bit rumpled,” Breanna says. “I think it’s just trying to capture that beauty in being undone.” —jackie varriano