Interior design and eclectic finds on Dupont
Local and global handcrafted goods spotted at the Annex’s northern border
Kinna Sohna (meaning “how beautiful” in Punjabi) is one of T.O.’s best kept secrets. Owner Sartaj Kaur travels the world (India, Turkey, Egypt, Southeast Asia, Mexico, Cuba) on buying trips. “Many of the items we carry are museum quality and made by master craftspeople,” says Kaur. In addition to the colourful clothing, shawls and scarves, you’ll also find rare tribal jewellery, folk paintings (which the ROM has bought four of in the past) and Moroccan rugs ($200 to $4,500) bought directly from the women who made them. Kinna Sohna, 266 Dupont St.
A HOME LIKE NO OTHER
Since 2003, this boutique has carried world-renowned, unique and exclusive home furnishings not yet seen in Toronto. Its collection is curated from around the world, including French chic from Jean Louis Deniot (Paris), American contemporary from Bright (N.Y.C.),and charming pieces from Christopher Boots (Australia). The collections are curated in groupings depicting various room scenes. Owners Paul Harper and Nella and Sandra De Luca have over 50 years of knowledge and passion for interior design between them, which allows them to help clients find the perfect pieces to suit their home and lifestyle. South Hill Home, 200 Dupont St.
Trish Ewanika is drawn to brands committed to elegance and timelessness, and that includes her own line. “The [Ewanika] collection concentrates on imported European fabrications, but there is also an experimentation with fabrics that are washable and travel well,” she says. Retailing from $140 to $570, Ewanika dresses form a sophisticated silhouette. The shop’s bestsellers include Hope from Sweden ($130 to $400) and Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes ($540 to $600). Ewanika, 1083 Bathurst St.