When we first visited Shopgirls (1342 Queen West, 416-534-7467) to scribble out our January 3 Store Of The Week feature, the space was still filling up with owner Michelle Germain’s indie clothing, accessory, art and furniture picks. Last Thursday, January 31, at its official opening party, Germain confessed that the number of designers and artisans has now hit 33, and more talents had been dropping in all day to add in their wares. New finds include Richard Wyman’s backlit wood-and-acrylic bench, Carrie Hayes’s frocks and men’s pieces by Thieves.
Jewellery designer Chrys Ioannou has joined the Etsy movement by opening a shop on the online fashion and craft market site. Visit chrysdesignsjewelry.etsy.com to click through necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and brooches marked by fine metal work and colourful semi-precious stones. Ioannou promises daily additions, including new pieces incorporating vintage cameos, keys and other burnished trinkets.
Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore at Made are gearing up for their first Radiant Dark show (www.madedesign.ca/radiantdark), a new offsite option during February’s Interior Design Show weekend (February 21 to 24), but they somehow still have time to mount a new exhibition at their in-store cooler gallery. Greg Ball and Shoko Cesar use a 12-gauge shotgun to shape and embellish lighting pieces illuminated with LEDs. The Shotgun Approach opens today (Thursday, February 7) and runs until March 22.
Wish Magazine associate fashion editor Alison Lawler-Dean co-hosts the first Heartbeats For Africa Art Show And Party Saturday (February 9) at Lennox Contemporary Gallery (12 Ossington). Starting at 7:30 pm, guests can browse art, shop a silent auction filled with stylish goodies like a Hermès scarf or flat-screen TV and pick up a custom-designed Shared T-shirt. Advance tickets are $25 by e-mailing email@example.com or $30 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Stephen Lewis Foundation.