What’s new in Toronto shopping this week
The week's best new stores and coolest pop-ups
Swanky Spanish jewellery brand Carrera Y Carrera has opened its first North American shop in Yorkville. The century-old label—whose designs have been sported by Madonna, Sophie Vergara, Gisele and Jennifer Lopez—is famous for over-the-top baubles: the new animal-themed line includes dragon pendants, monkey-head rings and a bracelet made of intertwining diamond-encrusted serpents. 138 Cumberland St., 416-927-8181, carreraycarrera.com.
Simons sets up in Square One
The Quebec department store, known for its unique blend of cheap-and-cheerful fashions and scary-expensive investment pieces, is finally slated to open its first GTA location in mid-March (the $52 million project has been in the works for nearly three years). The 113,000-square-foot, two-level store will take over the old Sears plot at the mall’s north end. Also set to open in the space: an outpost of the French Canadian restaurant chain Ève Café, which debuted last year at Simon’s Vancouver store. 100 City Centre Drive, simons.ca.
Bridge and Bardot closed
The Dundas and Ossington vintage shop has closed the doors to its physical space after almost four years. Luckily, the brand’s website will continue to satisfy Torontonians’ retro bomber jacket and mom jean needs. In lieu of racks, there are plenty of digital lookbooks to browse for whimsical outfit inspiration. Bridgeandbardot.com.
An avant-garde boutique opens in Leslieville
Queen and Carlaw is now home to KA Space, an airy concept shop and café from Montreal artist and ethical fashion designer Kevin Allwood (the place is an extension of his indie mag KA Magazine). Allwood’s clothing line includes drapey tunics, floor-length gowns and cruelty-free beauty products. The place is also a modern art gallery: shoppers can admire photographs from local artist Ted Witek and a multi-media exhibit that includes a video projection of a dancing ballerina. 185 Carlaw Ave., 647-539-3501, kaspace.com.
H&M’s home line lands in Toronto
On February 25, the Swedish retail giant will unveil its revamped, 58,000-square-foot Eaton Centre flagship. It’ll be one of the brand’s biggest stores in the world, and the first Ontario outlet to stock H&M’s huge home collection, including elephant–adorned plates, banana-printed pillows and fresh cotton-scented candles. 220 Yonge St., 416-623-4300, hm.com/ca.
California sock brand pops up on Queen
Richer Poorer is making its Toronto debut with a week-long pop-up in the new Shoes.com location on Queen West. The LA-based “innerwear” label sells boxers, organic cotton T-shirts and unusually stylish socks decorated with pretty pastel prints and fun graphics—even athletic socks, which are made from high-performance fabric with compression arch support. Until February 7. 356 Queen St. W., richer-poorer.com.