NOOR Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, 416-928-0700 Rating: NNNNN
Nestled nine steps below Yorkville's Four Seasons Hotel is a fragrance, skin care and accessories shop that will leave you feeling more chic, worldly and warm than any other frigid retail experience in the proudly snooty 'hood.
Nahla Saad and Frederico Campos 's Noor is filled with smart indulgences including handcrafted Bliss Lau leather accordion bags and oversized Karen Walker sun specs. Sidle up to the scent bar and sniff away at fresh notes from boutique perfumers Santa Maria Novella from Florence, Penhaligon's from London, and Paris's L'Artisan Parfumeur . The L'Artisan line, priced from $95 to $145, has unexpected, gender-neutral combos like the woodsy fig tree whiff of Premier Figuier and under-the-big-top-inspired Dzing!
Natural materials go into jewellery pieces like raw amber butterfly brooches and Cleopatra-style bracelets by a collective of Polish designers. Sabrina Dehoff stitches puffy, glove-leather pendants into the shapes of panthers, hearts and electric guitars. Noor picks : The store stocks the Erno Laszlo skin care system, and once you've tested out a set of samples, cleansing bars, moisturizers and toners will set you back $45 to $150 each; the largest of Bliss Lau's fan bags goes for $735; Brooklyn, New York, jeweller Lisa Levine creates ombré-look earrings with oxidized silver, copper and gold chain links, $190.
Look for : Upcoming skin clinic days to introduce newbies to the Laszlo line and L'Artisan's new organic jatamansi crème, body oil and scent collection. Hours : Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.