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May Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Teatro Verde

Shoppers in the know marked May 14 on their calendars long ago. That’s the day über-sophisticated garden and lifestyle boutique Teatro Verde opens its new flagship location. Besotted followers won’t have to go far—the new digs, a Georgian-style mansion turned nursing home turned ‘60s beatnik headquarters—are just around the corner from its Hazelton Lanes venue on Yorkville Avenue. Founders Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino now have two storeys and 9,000 square feet to showcase their eclectic selection of goodies, ranging from the quirky—a cast iron moose—to the pretty—dessert plates with insect motifs—to the pleasantly practical—hammers from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Under this new roof you’ll also find an expanded floral section, the complete Fresh line of bath products and a new stand-alone Assouline boutique—only the third of its kind in the world.


Avant-garde British designer Matthew Williamson brings his passion for prints and colours to the masses as he debuts an exclusive collection at H&M. Joining a prestigious group of the apparel company’s collaborators, including Karl Lagerfeld and Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf, Williamson saturates his tailored dresses, tops, skirts and pants with bold hits of royal blue and fuschia, and offers vivid nods to the natural world such as a peacock-inspired shift dress ($99). Willamson, whose A-list followers include Sienna Miller, also launches his first menswear line, which is in stores worldwide.


Shopgirls (1342 Queen St. W., 416-534-7467), one of the city’s chicest stores, exhibits handmade wares by local and Canadian artisans, ensuring that each item is like a “little piece of art.” Find these crafty items amongst the boutique’s varied stock.

1. The cheeky designers at GreenShag—their slogan is “Everyone needs a shag”—pay homage to some of the world’s most iconic structures through six pairs of cufflinks ($80 for a set) including the CN Tower, the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben.

2. The Hidden gem of every Klutch handbag ($100 to $300) is the company’s trademark lining, which is personally selected by partners Sonia Pinto and Victoria Selano.

3. Self-taught sewer Marina Tarantini’s Cipolla line of “necessary accessories” includes sleeves for your mp3 player ($9) or take-out coffee cup ($11).

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