ASIALLERY STUDIO 1069 Bathurst, 416-616-5431, www.asiallery.com Rating: NNNNN
Socially and sustainability-conscious shopping options are booming in Toronto, and for the second week in a row we're offering up a store of the week with a clearly defined retail conscience. Asiallery owner John Aprieto works with artisans in the Philippines to produce a line of handbags and jewellery that combine modern and traditional materials into one-of-a-kind, earthy accessories.
Red, green, black and natural buntal fibre strips get tightly basket-woven into signature handbags, totes and hard-sided clutches. In-house designer Jane Kwon cascades freshwater pearls into coral-like strands and incorporates stones, resin and found materials to create statement baubles.
Vegan-friendly candles in rectangular glass holders are made of Ecosoya wax (FDA- and kosher-approved, by the way) in cr`me brûlée, citrus-pomegranate and green tea scents.
Asiallery picks: The red buntal Jacquie bag comes with cream vinyl straps, $45 (on sale); coconut shells, glass beads, white wood, mother of pearl, seeds and resin notions are strung together in Kwon's five-strand necklace, $39.99; you're semi-precious, so splurge for a carnelian necklace in pumpkin, peach and amber tones, $130.
Look for: Bulbous felted bags in modern amoeba shapes with twisted straps and handles, marked down by 30 per cent.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.