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Bayview Village Shopping Centre

Hot Shopping: Bayview Village Welcomes a Pair of New Boutiques

Trek to the north end of town, where upscale shopping centre Bayview Village offers several newly opened boutiques bringing hot labels to the Canadian market. Spanish designer Javier Simorra has established a Canadian base for his popular prêt-a-porter womenswear collection; for more than 30 years the Barcelona resident has catered to the region’s society ladies who covet his fitted jackets and dresses with a subtle hint of the risqué. Strictly for gents, B-Spoke carries luxe suits, shoes and accessories from sophisticated European labels such as Pal Zileri, Tombolini, Tagliatore, Luigi Borelli and Finamore 1925. An on-site tailor provides alterations as well as made-to-measure options.

Hot Shopping: Toni Plus Celebrates 20 Years of Style

Toni Plus founder Toni Tiraborelli

In an industry whose unspoken mantra is “thinner is better,” Toni Plus is a successful standout. The plus-size label, which this month marks its 20th anniversary, embraces curves and style for women in sizes 14 to 22. Like many memorable concepts, the branchild of founder Toni Tiraborelli began with a simple wish: to provide quality, on-trend wardrobe options for full-figured women. The first store opened in 1992 at Bayview Village Shopping Centre—the mall’s then-owner, Ori Fidani, was Tiraborelli’s biggest champion—followed by five more boutiques and, most recently, a shop-in-shop at The Bay’s Queen Street location. Bright shades prevail for this spring’s collection, whether in colour blocking for a graphic look or punches of coral and mango for a bold burst of hue; or go wild with tribal prints, garden or paisley.