Spring Fling

Go ahead, have yourself a Spring shopping fling with some local Etsy shops.  By shifting just a portion of your spending, you can help create more jobs, a stronger economy and build a better community here in Toronto.  So take a short peruse through these charming gifts for you from our favorite Toronto Etsy Shops.TESTFeature

Tea Towels – $40.22 CAD
These hand screen printed tea towels are simply amazing.  The screen print is a sound wave which includes the sweet sounds of sizzling bacon and slurping coffee.  Would totally make a great hostess gift!  Check out KemptonJones Etsy shop for more super cool, screen printed housewares.

Invitation Set – $240.00 CAD
Paper lover Laura Velasquez is the owner and graphic designer of the shop Dreams On Paper.  If you are looking for invites or custom graphic work – she is a local artist you won’t want to miss!  Laura is a passionate graphic designer that is not only focused on design and typography – but designs every detail of your mailing process as well.

Hair Comb – $33.52 CAD
Eeep!  This handmade, flapper inspired hair comb is so wicked!  In all of our years, we have never come across curled goose feathers festooned with bats and eyeballs.  So creative and unique.  For more ghoulish hair accessories and rockabilly jewelry be sure to check out Jen’s amazing shop, Koffin Kitten.  

Beaches Bracelet – $62.00 CAD
With it’s carefree attitude, this beautiful bracelet was inspired by the spirit of the Beaches neighborhood of Toronto.  Shop LianaMarieTO is full of handcrafted, timeless pieces that woman of all ages could wear.  Liana’s whimsical jewelry is inspired by popular locations in our beloved Big Smoke.

King T-Shirt – $25.00 CAD
It’s good to be king – king of the wrinkles and the World’s curliest tail!  This super soft, handsome t-shirt is created by shop H.W.B.P., a clothing label based out of Toronto.  The best part about this shop is that you get yourself a cute tee and 10% of your purchase goes to ElderDog charity, a non-profit organization.

Bear Hug – $22.35 CAD
Not much can beat a big, old bear hug.  Shop ZukZuk is filled with bright and beautiful hand drawn prints.  ZukZuk also takes inexpensive framing options into account as most of ZukZuk’s prints work will with Ikea framing options.  ZukZuk also gives back to one of the most important charities out there – $1 from each item sold goes to Amnesty International.

So there you go Toronto!  Local homegrown goodness just for you.  Be sure to check out Etsy for even more local products that are absolutely unique to your area.  Happy shopping locally!

Canadian Made Spotlight

Learning where your clothes, accessories, skincare and beauty products are made can help your mind rest easier. We highlight 3 homegrown fashion brands that are proudly created within our borders from concept to completion.

RappEyewear-600x403Rapp Optical, a high-end eyewear shop in Toronto, has since expanded to Rapp Eyewear with the addition of a local fabrication facility. This allowed the company to begin designing, producing and globally distributing its own line of avant-garde, limited-edition, hand-crafted frames—an endeavor that launched in 2006 after years of planning—that are recognizable by the brand’s distinct combination of titanium and acetate. Available at select optical stores worldwide.

Naked-and-FamousFor Naked and Famous founder Brandon Svarc, producing his jeans locally is a no-brainer. Since his family has been in the denim business in Montreal for more than 65 years, he feels it’s his duty to keep the tradition alive. His five-year-old company sets itself apart from competition by sourcing raw, untreated denim from Japan and opposing the industry status quo by shunning celebrity endorsements and offering high-quality jeans at a reasonable price. Available at luxury boutiques in more than 30 countries worldwide, including Barneys New York.

Vawk-Fall-2013-4-399x600Sunny Fong was the obvious winner of Project Runway Canada in 2009, which helped catapult his luxury ready-to-wear line, vawk.ca (est. 2004), into the national spotlight. The designed- and handcrafted-in-Canada brand, known for its impeccable construction and sophisticated femininity, has since become a regular fixture at Toronto Fashion Week and has even been sported on such high-profile red carpets as the Cannes International Film Festival, TIFF and the Grammy Awards. Available at The Room at The Bay in Toronto and Vancouver, with an online shop coming soon.