You may have caught this boutique out of the corner of your eye while breezing up Ossington recently. Philip Sparks is a purveyor of fine women's and menswear just tucked away on a side street (up the road from the former Ossington pop-up shop). We dropped by recently for a preview of his fall/winter 2012 collection.
The lovely thing about this store is that everything is made locally in Toronto for the exception of the buttery leather boots which are made in Portugal. Philip recently married his long-time partner and tuxedos were a major theme that influenced his latest collection, especially with holiday season coming near.
So which major seasonal colours will we see in the collection? We asked Philip, "I just didn't want to do a black colour palette, because that really would not be me at all. I went with a really dark colour palette, that still feels very formal. It's all very inky. Hunter green, purple, navy, deep greens and lots of texture in things to give the collection a lot of dimension."
For the women's collection, Philip explored a Victorian theme with a few Victorian cuts, puff sleeves on a few jackets and a dress shape inspired by Victorian slips. As well, the classic women's shirt dress has been a top-seller and has come back again this season in a plaid rayon fabric to give it a more formal feel for holiday.
To see the collection for yourself, visit: Philip Sparks at 162 Ossington Avenue (entrance off Foxley). If you get lost, look for the big green arrow pointing you in the right direction.