M0851 18 St. Thomas, 416-920-4001, www.m0851.com Rating: NNNNN
M0851 began its leather life 15 years ago as Rugby North America with a très-chic boutique on Montreal's retail-rich St-Laurent strip. It now counts New York, Taipei and Tokyo as its homes away from home and switched up its name to clarify confused foreign shoppers who wandered in expecting a sportswear bonanza.
What they really hawk is a buttery line of leather bags and clothing alongside a collection of Egyptian cotton, viscose and lush linen duds.
Toronto's outlet is hidden away in a minimal storefront loft on St. Thomas (make a hard turn south when you pass the Bloor Sporting Life). Eager customers who discover M0851's clean designs and fall in love with its laid- back service have no trouble finding their way back.
Muted-coloured leathers in blue denim, coral pink and silver grey get stitched into hobo-style shoulder bags and wide-strapped shopping totes. Splurge on a jet-set-worthy weekend bag or start with a mini pocket photo album for $35.
M0851 picks: Striped raw silk tunic with a North African feel, $175; fantasy-worthy men's collection of nubuck jackets, from $875; take-care-of-business cutesy card holder, $16.
Look for: Light cashmere V-neck sweaters to take the chill off cool spring evenings and a slipcovered furniture collection that matches your sofa to your fave motorcycle jacket.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.