Three big Toronto spring openings
North York gets a hot new shoe shop and handcrafted goods on Queen
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.