10 Things the Ultra-Stylish Smythe Founders Can’t Live Without

Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe turn to red lipstick and music by Talking Heads for a pick-me-up
Andrea Lenczner, left, and Christie Smythe, right, the founders of SMYTHE (Photograph: SMYTHE)

Toronto-based fashion brand Smythe was born out of two long-time friends’ frustration with women’s workwear. Andrea Lenczner and Christie Smythe used their love of fashion to design their ideal women’s tailored blazer in 2004—a garment that still sells today. Nearly two decades later, the duo has expanded into ready-to-wear dresses, outerwear and fragrance, and recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their first bricks-and-mortar location in Toronto after years of focusing on wholesale and e-commerce. 

Through their designs, Lenczner and Smythe are also helping raise awareness for the Woman Life Freedom movement, a global collective that is fighting for the human rights of women and girls in Iran. SMYTHE recently released an 11-piece collection in collaboration with graffiti artist Chiara Catalano, of which all of the proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International to support its work in Iran. Items include a hand-painted trench coat that says “Women life freedom” in black paint, and blazers with quotes like, “I really do care” and, “For all womankind” emblazoned on them. The collection is available to purchase exclusively through an online auction from March 30 to April 2. 

Here are 10 things that Lenczner and Smythe swear by for inspiration, relaxation and getting the job done.


To Lenczner, jewellery is just as important as makeup to brighten up a look. “Well-placed jewellery is a great fashion hack to elevate a simple outfit,” she says. Jenny Bird gold cuff earrings and a shell necklace with freshwater pearls by Marisa Klass are some of her favourites.

A pair of Jenny Bird gold cuff earrings on a model
(Photograph: Jenny Bird)

Vintage Levi’s jeans

The co-founders were on a unified mission to perfect the women’s blazer when they started the brand and still love the staple today. “Blazers are not only the core of our collection, but the pillar of both our wardrobes,” says Lenczner. Smythe enjoys pairing the tailored and structured garment with Levi’s vintage denim that she’s picked up during her travels. 

A pair of vintage Levi's blue jeans
(Photograph:  Levi’s)

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5

Lenczner likes to keep a bottle of this multi-purpose soothing balm on her desk for a mid-day spritz. “I have dry skin, so moisturizing is necessary followed by some pressed face oil,” she says.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast B5 in a white tube
(Photograph: La Roche Posay)

Gee Beauty matte lipstick in Marilyn

Smythe swears by this luxe, antioxidant-packed red lipstick when she needs a pick-me-up. “People always go under the eye to conceal their sleepless nights, but nothing makes you look more alive than a great red lip,” she says.

Gee Beauty's matte lipstick in Marilyn
(Photograph: Gee Beauty)

Group travel

Frequently going into nature to relax and spend time with family and friends is a must for the two. Lenczner says her most cherished memories are skiing anywhere with mountains and lots of snow in the winter, and spending time at a cottage by the lake during the summer. Once a year, the pair also takes a trip to a new destination with friends. “It doesn’t matter where we go—just to be able to leave our routines and absorb something new is inspiring,” says Smythe.

Two chairs on a deck sitting on the lake
(Photograph: iStock)

Interior design

When they’re not working on their clothing line and fragrance, they often turn to interior design to decompress and use it as a relaxing creative outlet. The pair have been known to spend hours rearranging each other’s living spaces. 

A brown sofa chair by Ligne Roset
(Photograph: Ligne Roset)

Personal training

The days that start with exercise are the most productive and balanced for Lenczner and Smythe. Both work out together a couple of times a week with their personal trainer, Paula Ryff, from Ultimate Athletics in Toronto. “Her ballet and bodybuilding background is a unique combo we love,” says Smythe. 

Personal trainer, Paula Ryff, from Ultimate Athletics in Toronto in the splits
(Photograph: Ultimate Athletics)

Vitamins and supplements

The two stockpile electrolytes in an effort to keep extra hydrated throughout the day. Recently, Lenczner has also been taking personalized vegan vitamins from Nourished, which are custom-made based on specific nutritional needs. “They have a sour flavour, which I love,” she says.

A 3D-printed vegan vitamin from Nourished in someone's hand
(Photograph: Nourished)

Queen Street West’s food scene

Since morning workouts became a priority, Lenczner and Smythe rarely have time to go out for lunch, so they often rely on Uber Eats. Working in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood, Mandy’s, Lambo’s Deli, Hello 123 and Agora by Mamakas are on regular rotation. Also in their work neighbourhood is Taverne Bernhardt’s, which Lenczner says makes the best roast chicken she’s ever had. 

A sandwich from Lambo's Deli in Toronto
(Photograph: @lambosdeli on Instagram)

Spotify playlists

To relax during long drives, Lenczner usually asks Smythe to play a Spotify playlist called “Andrea’s Faves,” which includes a range of music from artists like Talking Heads, The Beatles, H.E.R and Metric. 

The cover of Talking Heads: 77 album
(Photograph: Sire Records)
Ria Elciario
Ria Elciario
Ria Elciario is a Toronto-based writer with bylines in publications such as Food52, and Chatelaine. Currently, she writes a weekly newsletter called Kitchen Gems on Substack and is working on her debut cookbook, Plant-based Filipino, which will be published by Artisan Books.