TORONTO

HOIBO

I have been a long time admirer of Sarra Tang's work. Her shop is always on my list of places to go whenever I am in Toronto. She makes the most beautiful handbags, relaxed clothing and limited edition jewelry. Every piece is meticulously made by hand in her Toronto studio using some of the most interesting materials like waxed cotton and Machine washable paper. Can you tell my favourite bag is her wet wax pleated purse? just look at the detail!! I could honestly go on and on about Sarra and her work. If you want to see more about Sarra you can watch a little about her process here

By the way her bags would make a perfect gift for yourself or that special someone so go check out Hoibo.

MERGANZER DESIGN

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We spent last weekend visiting Toronto it was such an amazing trip! we completely fell in love with the city. While we were there we went to the One of a kind show and found some really interesting artist and artisans. I thought that the Merganzer booth had some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture there. Merganzer design is a Toronto based studio that is run by Brett Lundy & Megan Tilston who focus on making hand made one of a kind pieces of furniture. You can see more of their work here.     

UNDONE

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I discovered this website a few days ago and fell in love with the simplicity of their products. I particularly that boxer brief under ware and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that Undone is based in Toronto. Finding well made, comfortable & stylish clothes and undergarment close to home is the best! Let's just say that I've put them on my Christmas list.

I just love their Company philosophy 

Undone began with the idea that simple, high quality underwear and basics should be available all in one place. We love soft fabrics, perfect cuts, and the kind of clothes you wear every day and can’t live without. The labels we work with take a thoughtful and progressive approach to design and construction: production is smaller-scale and sustainable, and each piece is made to be worn season after season. We’re inspired by independent thinking and an aesthetic that responds to the way we live. 

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SOME INSPIRATION

I honestly can't believe Sunday was my first trip to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Initially we went for the Basquiat show but then we walked through the rest of the gallery and Man was I happy I did! So for years as in 16 - 17 years I have been comletely obsessed with the art from the indigenous people of Bamana, primarily because of my love for Bogolanfini aka mud cloth. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I came across these sculptures in the African art section of the AGO. I was just going through books with these sculptures in them and it was really nice to see them in the flesh.

We were also drooling over the impressive Henry Moore sculpture collection too!  


WILLYVERSE

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▶ I recently discovered the work of WillyVerse in one of my Instagram rabbit holes and was completely intrigued by his thought process. WillyVerse is a Toronto based photographer and video artist who uses their personal work to push boundaries and forces you to think. At first I really connected with this series  because it asked where people of colour in art history? Which is something I often asked myself after every single art history classes through out college and university.  

I must say that I was particularly fascinated by his photographic study on privacy and identity in modern culture. Talk about talent! You can see his entire portfolio below. 

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