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Fashionable summer: Hottest beach reads and playlists from some of our favourite Canadian designers

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Fashionable summer: Hottest beach reads and playlists from some of our favourite Canadian designers

Brother-sister duo Jordin and Tamara Mimran (of the Mimran family fashion dynasty) at a preppy-beach themed party.

With their summer collections in stores (and the Fall/Winter 2012-13 runway shows behind them), Canadian designers are taking some much-needed beach recovery time and bringing along their favourite summer reads and playlists to help then unwind. We caught up with a few of our favourite homegrown designers behind some of Canada’s hottest labels to find out what fashionable books and summer tunes—would you expect any less?— they’ll be relaxing with under the sun this season. MOON, designers Tamara and Jordin Mimran Based in: Toronto Summer read: Tamara, The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E L James Beach playlist: Tamara and Jordin: 1. Dragonette, "Let it go." 2. Ellie Goulding, "Lights." 3. Calvin Harris, "Feel so Close." 4. Young Galaxy, "We Have Everything." 5. Vacationer, "Good As New." 6. M83, "Mightlight City." 7. Recloose, "Can it Be." Read on for more beach reads and summer tracks from Canadian designers...

Image courtesy of Amanda Lew Kee.

AMANDA LEW KEE Based in: Toronto Summer read: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. Beach playlist: A mix, compiled by Monsieur Cedric, from Nikki Beach, which Lew Kee describes as a "Disco Beach Romance," perfect to pair with a summer sunset sail.

Image courtesy of Brill Communications.

WESLEY BADANJAK Based in: Toronto. Summer read: "I'm trying to get through all of Margaret Atwood's novels this year, so next on the list is The Blind Assasin." Beach playlist: "Keep Your Shoes On" by Scissor Sisters, "212" by Azealia Banks and "Move in the Right Direction" by Gossip. MACKAGE, designers Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy Based in: Montreal Summer read: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, for Elisa and Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely, for Eran. Beach playlist: Brendan Fallis’s spring playlist, which includes "Video Games" by Lana Del Rey and "Black To White, Featuring Miss Palmer" by Felix Cartal, is also Elisa's. Eran's favourite tunes of the moment are by The Weeknd and Gotye.

Photography by George Pimentel.

JOE FRESH,  designer Joe Mimran Based in: Toronto. Summer read: "I’m reading two books right now: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and The Amateur by Edward Klein." Beach playlist: "I’m loving the music from the spring 2012 show, it’s upbeat and fun – perfect for summer!" The track list includes: "Crave You," by Flight Facilities, "Big Jet Plane," by Angus & Julia Stone, "Far L’Amour" by Bob Sinclair and "Loca People," by Sak Noel.

Image courtesy of Caitlin Power.

CAITLIN POWER Based in: Toronto. Summer read: "My summer beach read is The Fashion Designer Survival Guide: An Insider's Look at Starting and Running Your Own Fashion Business, by Mary Gehlhar." Beach playlist: "A few summer tracks on my playlist are, 'Pattern Recognition' by DJ Ayres, 'Sacre Cool' by Young Montana and 'Take Me Higher' by Rogerseventytwo." SOIA & KYO, designer Ilan Elfassy Based in: Montreal Summer read: " Steve Jobs [by Walter Isaacson]. I admire how passionate and driven he was about design and technology. I can relate to him in a general point view when I find myself sketching designs for a collection and when I travel the world to find the best new, trendy fabric of the season. I think that following your dream is the key to success and happiness." Beach playlist: "You can spot me listening to Gotye, Lana Del Rey or Adele." ERIN TEMPLETON Based in: Vancouver Summer read:  A Lotus Grows in the Mud by Goldie Hawn Beach playlist: Fleetwood Mac's album  Tusk.
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Fashionable summer: Hottest beach reads and playlists from some of our favourite Canadian designers