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Minimalist style, straight from Montreal

Montreal-based leather design house m0851 has carved out a bigger and better presence in Toronto’s retail scene.

The company, known for its high-end men’s and women’s leather outerwear, bags and accessories, has recently opened two new Toronto boutiques: one on Avenue Road in Yorkville, and one in Bayview Village.

The Yorkville store, which opened just before Christmas, replaces a boutique that the company previously operated just a few blocks away, on St. Thomas Street just south of Bloor.

With a minimalist and casual style, m0851 pieces are generally versatile and functional – practical, but fashionable. The design team behind the collection aims for quality and durability in the materials and construction of the items.

The entire collection is produced in Montreal – a refreshing detail in a world where most of the items we buy seem to be manufactured in countries with questionable labour practices.

Similar to the company’s collections, its boutiques are modern, clean and simplistic.

It has four stores in the Montreal area, along with one in Vancouver and a new one in Calgary. Outside of Canada it operates stores in New York, Paris, Belgium and Taiwan.

The chain is certainly growing, and as it does, more Toronto locations could emerge. Keep an eye out for a potential new street-front store on either Queen Street West, King Street West, or in the Yonge-Eglinton area in the year ahead.

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Jessica Jensen pops up on Queen Street

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.

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