Three big Toronto spring open­ings

North York gets a hot new shoe shop and hand­crafted goods on Queen

Village Post - - LIFE - by Ray Lon­toc

FANCY FOOTWEAR Lo­cal shoe de­signer Elle Ay­oubZadeh has opened a re­tail space in York­dale mall. Zvelle’s take on clas­sic fem­i­nine shoe sil­hou­ettes is both fear­less and chic. Draw­ing from in­ter­na­tional in­flu­ences, Ay­oubZadeh names each style af­ter such in­flu­ences as the Princess of Iran and her brother Amir. All of those de­signs would be moot, how­ever, if com­fort were not paramount. When the hot­ter weather abounds, keep your eye on the So­raya mules ($295) in cameo rose and camel. For the pro­fes­sional, the Rayna flats ($350) are an easy go-to to spruce up an out­fit, found in mul­ti­ple colours. The York­dale out­post will also carry ex­clu­sive styles only avail­able in-store. Zvelle, York­dale mall EYE CANDY Illesteva’s glasses are hand­made in Italy and ra­di­ate spunk that ap­peals to the vi­brant youth long­ing for sun­nier skies. The men’s Bell­port Op­ti­cal ($240) have an el­e­gant ease about them, fin­ished with an Illesteva stamp, which is not too gar­ish, on its front. The women’s Capri sun­glasses, ($245) with tor­toise-like frames and blue sky mir­rored lenses, re­flect a cool non­cha­lance. Their bags and ac­ces­sories glow with sim­i­lar panache. The Black with Pur­ple Lotus um­brella ($375) fea­tures a lotus mo­tif that blooms un­der­neath the um­brella as you open it, and back­packs like the Charlie Grey with White Splat­ter ($750) are taste­ful and re­bel­lious. The style and de­sign of each piece makes this new Queen West shop worth the visit. Illesteva, 829 Queen St. W. SWEET SCENTS Creative im­pulse and crafts­man­ship are the main driv­ing forces be­hind T.O.’s new fra­grance bou­tique, Le Labo. Its co-founders, Ed­die Roschi and Fabrice Penot, started their ven­ture af­ter a brief pe­riod work­ing to­gether with Gior­gio Ar­mani fra­grances in Paris. All of Le Labo’s per­fumes are made one by one by its lab tech­ni­cians; its can­dles are hand poured one by one in Mis­sis­sippi; and its con­crete can­dle ves­sel is made by ar­ti­sans in Cal­i­for­nia. There is a soulful process to their cre­ations that in­cludes search­ing for the best raw in­gre­di­ents — san­dal­wood from Aus­tralia, ve­tiver from Haiti, tu­bereuse from In­dia. That be­ing said, if you are look­ing to test the wa­ters with Le Labo, look no fur­ther than San­tal 33 ($195). Le Labo, 876 Queen St. W.

Store man­ager Chris Kaveh in the Queen West lo­ca­tion of Illesteva

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