SERPENTINE 18 Hazelton, 416-513-1818, theserpentine.net
'Tis the season of motorcycle jackets, harnessed Frye boots and an altogether, rough, tough and tumbled look in fashion, so the timing is perfect for the opening of Paul Mailing and Stephen George's Serpentine. But if you're stumped by the shop's fancy address (lethal rock jewellery and gothic black in Yorkville, oh my!), just check out the Les Atelier Ruby collection of designer helmets.
The carbon fibre beauties, covered in polka dots, checkered squares and contrasting stripes, might get you laughed out of your local biker clubhouse, but they're the chicest thing in head safety on the streets of Paris and come with an around-a-grand price tag.
Clothing, hung from the ceiling on tarp straps, isn't all so high-end; dark finds from Toronto's Juma mix with international labels like Diet Butcher Slim Skin, SNS Herning and Ksubi.
Serpentine picks: Try on Juma's baggy top in heather grey or black, $155; Scott Kay's Doberman bracelet is made with heavy links of sterling silver, $1,800; George's favourite Ruby helmet is the Shibuya with its red-and-white rising-sun stripes, $1,055.
Look for: Darker days ahead when spring collections from Rick Owens Dark Shadow, Odyn Voyk and Bess NYC start arriving in the new year.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.