VIRGINIA JOHNSON132 Ossington, 416-516-3366, www.virginiajohnson.com Rating: NNNNN
We'll take a juicy Virginia Johnson dragonfruit print over psychedelic Pucci designs or repeating Louis Vuitton logos any day. The prolific Canadian textile designer and illustrator is best known for her Kate Spade book drawings and Crayola-coloured prints. Their fun, classic look is becoming as easily recognizable as a Burberry check.
Her west-end Toronto headquarters and shop recently relocated to 132 Ossington, and inside you'll find airy clothing and modern home goodies stitched together from cotton, canvas and jersey bolts of nature-inspired and geometric prints. Canada geese, hydrangeas, camels, free-form polka dots and orange slices are screened in grassy green, bubble-gum pink, mocha and navy onto tunics, halter dresses and light merino wool scarves.
The graphic look of accessories including Cranes cards, Sukie photo albums and gift boxes wrapped in Japanese-paper-style fabrics fit perfectly with Johnson's light, hand-painted look. Johnson picks: Spring collection items like the green orchid-print Grecian dress ($265) arrive mid-March; owl and floral patterns get woven into chic, velvet-backed pillows, $195; DIY designs from bolts of screened cotton, $35 per yard.
Look for: A gallery wall hung with original Jackie O-inspired illustrations ($300 to $350).
Hours: Friday and Saturday 11 am to 6 pm or by appointment.