Clandestino, 249 Crawford, 647-436-4761
Clandestino owners Cyndi Cornblit and Jeff Silver are expert vacation shoppers. Careers in the movie biz mean they get to take off during the January-to-March filming lull and return home with gift-padded suitcases.
For the past nine years, their go-to destination has been Mexico, and they opened their shop at the corner of Dundas three years ago to offer their smart buys to envious friends who lusted after sparkly Mexican wrestler dioramas and recycled-chip-bag purses. This year, they switched up the travel itinerary to hit Southeast Asia and returned with earthy Thai jewellery, Buddha bags and fisherman-style pants that add a mellow, organic vibe to the bold Mexicana mix.
Toronto T-shirt-based designers like Oligarchy and Hardboiled bridge the East/West looks by highlighting the creative, handmade spirit that pegs indie design around the world. Clandestino picks: Aka tribe curlicued silver earrings that marry modern and crafty looks, $45; Mayan hand-woven and hand-dyed cotton hammocks, perfect for summer lazin', $99; Smoking Lily 's flying-squirrel-print boat-necked tops, stitched up by a BC women's co-op, $92.
Look for: Garden accessories galore, including hot spun-cotton patio lanterns and bright, easy-to-wipe oilcloth placemats.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday noon to 6 pm, Thursday to Saturday noon to 7 pm.