A selection of fedoras ($39+), dress hats ($48+), fur hats, berets, Stetsons, and more hang side-by-side in Edie's wall-to-wall chapeau chateau like freshly-cut slabs of sparkling personality. With haute headgear in countless shapes, sizes, colours, and styles, this noggin-mooring emporium hawks headpieces suitable for both everyday use and elegant occasions, such as the annual Debutantes' Cattle-Branding Cotillion. Edie's also hosts chic accessories and gifts including cashmere scarves ($68), leather belts, and fragrances. Just down the block, Tart Boutique lifts the veil on modesty with its sensuous collection of chic clothing for men ($55–$185) and women ($29–$228), boudoir apparel, books ($17.95–$110), candles, and all manner of gifts to tickle the psyche and senses of discerning and yearning friends alike. Both stores offer up a helpful, welcoming, and warm staff rife with answers and hungry for questions.
The designers at Allure Couture Jewelry scour the Earth for fine handcrafted necklaces, lustrous beads, and shimmering crystals. In Allure's showroom, cases glisten with Evil Eye beads from Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey as well as handmade Italian pieces made from sterling silver. Seasoned designers handpick each piece, sifting out imperfect diamonds and fake decoder rings. The showroom also features Austrian Swarovski crystals, which are nickel- and lead-free like the rest of the jewellery on display.
Most shoe websites display a seemingly endless number of footwear styles for all seasons and occasions, but ShoeMe.ca knew it could do even better. To stand out among the crowd, the team behind the store decided to nail down their customer service efforts, offering $4.95 flat rate shipping throughout Canada. Of course, none of that would matter if the site wasn't so in demand for its vast selection of footwear for the whole family. Whatever your needs, shoes for both formal and informal occasions come in hundreds of well-known brands such as Keen, Sperry Top-Sider, and Sketchers. Shoppers can also fill their online carts with bags, belts, sunglasses, and other fashion accessories that can also be worn on the feet if you're ambitious enough.
At Kintec, university-trained fit gurus draw upon a thorough, five-tiered fitting process, exploring each foot's singular lifestyle to ensure a shoe-human compatibility. Prior to each fitting, slow-motion video and sensor technology measure length, width, and grape-stomping prowess. Upgrade walking, running, or two-stepping experiences with pedorthist-picked foot cocoons, such as the New Balance 1442 with biped-pleasing ultralight cushioning ($99.95) or the Nike Free 5.0 with a mesh upper that ensures flexible fit and lets feet breathe without uncomfortable snorkels ($124.95).
After spending the morning sketching designs for vintage-inspired nightgowns, Karen Judge pauses to admire the view of the port of San Francisco and Oakland’s hills from the tall windows of her studio in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. She also gazes south towards SoMa, where her team of expert garment makers stitch every finalized design from cotton, silk, microfleece, and satin. In addition to giving Toute la Nuit Loungewear’s founder and creative director easy access to supervising the sewing, the workshop’s location reflects her desire to pay fair labor prices and reduce the carbon footprint that often comes with fashion manufacturing.
Karen’s drive to forge her own fashionable path actually inspired her to create Toute la Nuit Loungewear. Frustrated by the pajamas she found in stores—which were either overwhelming sexy or scandalously frumpy—she began designing sleepwear that could easily transition from “bed to breakfast.” Inspired by vintage nightgowns, modern daywear, and old Hollywood style, she designed feminine, romantic, and comfortable robes, nightgowns, and separates. For their versatility and woman-friendly design, the styles have earned props from Daily Candy and California ApparelNews.net and a cease-and-desist letter from the fishnet stockings union.
SHOP.CA is an online store featuring products from more than 4,000 brands in 28 different categories, which include clothing and accessories, pet supplies, baby and child needs, house and home products, books, and more. For most items, orders include free shipping and free returns on any day within 365 days. Along with the flexible return window, the company will also pay to ship the item to their warehouse, saving you the step of bribing a truck driver to haul it back. The Social Loyalty reward program rewards members when they purchase items, share products, write reviews and invite friends. Live customer service is available both online and on the phone.