There’s a new ethical accessories shop in Cabbagetown from the former Farmer’s Daughter chef
Earlier this year, Léonie Lilla left her chef job at Junction eatery Farmer’s Daughter to open Pipler Accessories with her wife, Alice Clarkson. Instead of serving up seafood, she’s now selling collections of ethically made bags, hats and jewellery. It may seem like an odd departure, but Lilla’s a bow-tie collector and Clarkson’s a fashion grad who’s worked for Holt Renfrew and Danier. Every brand the pair brings in is either sustainable, made locally or charity-focused, and much of it is gender-neutral. “We want men and women to shop freely, and not be bound to one wall or one section of the store,” says Clarkson. There’s no sacrifice on style, however, and we’d love London-based Hen Jewellery’s handcrafted necklaces and these ultra-chic shades from Montreal label All In Eyewear even without their ethical pedigrees. The store’s also pretty affordable—the duo believes buying something that does good shouldn’t mean skipping dinner for a week. The most expensive item is a handmade leather backpack from Montreal brand Rachel F that clocks in at $340, but most things ($40 watches, for instance) won’t break the bank.
453 Parliament St., 647-346-2324, shoppipler.com