Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hip + Urban Store - Shopgirls, Toronto

The Hip Urban Girl is soooo lucky to have discovered this charming little boutique on Queen West in Toronto last month.  Shopgirls offers an eclectic collection of Canadian-made clothing, jewellery, art and home decor products.  Each piece is personally-curated by Shopgirls owner, Michelle Germain.  The store operates as a gallery boutique, with an ever-changing collection of artwork also available for purchase.  Shopgirls hosts a new art exhibit opening once a month.
We know exactly where we will be starting our Christmas shopping this year.  Shopgirls carries one-of-a-kind gifts for every occasion.  Homemade soaps from Ella's and cute little iPod cases (above & below).  Over 80 Canadian designers are featured in this three year-old Parkdale Village boutique.  Michelle 'curates' everything you see, having honed her style savviness for over seven years at Holt Renfrew and a few more with The Hudson's Bay Company.

Candy Pants is actually a line developed by one of the store employees.  Many of them are also artists with pieces for sale at Shopgirls.  We love the bright colours and comfy looking fit.  Jewellery (below) made from 'found' objects, including a glazed key turned necklace.
Accessories by Matt & Nat
Funky Lamps and The Famous Stretchy Yoga Jeans by Second Clothing from Montreal.  I picked up a pair of these skinny jeans in a dark high-rise and the fit is A-mazing.  Shopgirls carries the largest selection Canada and they wear like a comfy pair of leggings.  They have sold over 2,000 pairs at Shopgirls alone.  The secret?  The jeans have a 92% memory so they stay on your butt and don't shrink down over the course of the day.  Yoga Jeans are a steal at only $110 and fit better than your average jegging, because of the memory.
Clothing pieces that are unique, so you won't necessarily see the same thing everywhere
Swing by Shopgirls at 1342 Queen Street West in Toronto and check out their collection of Yoga Jeans online at:

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