In a world where personalized customer service is increasingly being squeezed out by online retailers, mobile apps, and perhaps – as we learned this week – even drones, a new Toronto boutique is striving to bring back the customized service that many shoppers still crave.
Style Faux Pas (@stylefauxpas), a new fashion retailer that opened last week on Church Street, north of Queen, claims to be “more than a traditional boutique”.
Launched by Alisha Hanif, an entrepreneur from B.C. with a passion for fashion styling, the shop offers such services as personal shopping and image consulting. Hanif’s goal is to provide a customized fashion experience, helping each client to find her own unique look.
This retail concept – although not at all new – seems strangely refreshing in these digital times.
The shop carries handpicked pieces from such designer clothing brands as Whitney Eve; Love, Zooey; Label + Thread; and Maurie & Eve. It also features accessories from such Canadian designers as Jessica Jensen and Melanie Auld, along with a selection of men’s wear.
The 600-square-foot boutique is located in a neighbourhood that’s not exactly known for its fashion, but since it’s just a short walk east of the Eaton Centre and the trendy retail strip on Queen Street West, Style Faux Pas will likely have no trouble attracting nearby shoppers.
The boutique is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
For anyone who appreciates a high quality leather handbag, I recommend checking out Jessica Jensen’s holiday pop-up shop on Queen Street West.
But you’re going to have to act fast. There are just four days left – Thursday through Sunday – to check out this talented Canadian designer’s temporary Toronto boutique.
Although the store will be open for just 12 days in total, Jessica has transformed the space into her own. She’s created a modern, minimalist feel with some holiday flare in the form of a lovely, large Christmas tree in the centre of the shop.
Her gorgeous leather handbags, wallets, clutches and wristlets are displayed throughout the boutique, marked down in price by as much as 70%. I was particularly tempted by the great deals on her woven box satchels and wristlets, which are beautifully hand-woven with Italian glazed kidskin.
As an added incentive to stop by, there are further discounts on specific items each day that the store is open. A new sale item is announced daily.
Once the pop-up shop disappears, you’ll be able to find Jessica’s collection at The Room in the Bay at Queen and Yonge, or at TNT stores in the city. But don’t expect to find the incredible discounts currently available at her Queen Street West boutique.