Thursday, 23 August 2018

7 Cures for the August Blues

“August Blues … are sort of like the Sunday Blues for an entire month.”

That’s what Stephen Ferrando, director of psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center says. And he’s right. Sure, it’s still warm and sunny, but routine’s ugly head is making its way around the corner. Three weeks from now, we’ll all be back in the thick of it and Summer 2018 will be a distant memory. Ugh, right?

Here’s a thought for you as we all careen towards September: don’t let the summer end without adding something fabulous to your wardrobe. Think of it as retail therapy — that jolt of excitement you need to take your mind off the whirlwind about to sweep you and everyone else up.

And every time you put it on, you’ll be reminded of the long nights and the good times you had. Nothing wrong with that.

We took a walk through the store the other day and found seven perfect pieces for sending summer off in style.

A chic dress for autumn cocktail parties.

A stylish alternative to denim for work.

A leopard-print for a bit of understated roar.

A new bag for carrying a wardrobe change on unpredictable fall days.

A statement necklace to accentuate darker fall outfits.

A cotton top for chillier nights.

A light coat for windier days.

If retail therapy isn’t your thing…
…you can try a few other August Blues-beating tips:

Get outside
Take advantage of the briskness, because it’ll be November nasty before you know it. If you have a friend with a dog, offer to walk it.

Take a social media break
You don’t need to be reminded that summer’s over. Be in the moment with your friends and family while you still can.

Read a book
If you’ve been going mile-a-minute all summer, take the opportunity to chill. Find something pulpy, kick back and enjoy.

But most importantly, remember that with end of summer comes the beginning of fall, the most beautiful time of year in Toronto. Embrace it. Enjoy it. And face it looking and feeling your best.

And if you still can’t shake those August Blues, come commiserate with us at the store over a coffee. We’ll show you what we just brought in from Naples. It’s lovely stuff.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018


Travelling with BOGNER

Petra’s Dorothea Merritt has been one of British Airways’ more frequent guests. Crossing the Atlantic three or four times a year for fashion buying trips she she knows a thing or ten about packing for the plane. And she chooses Bogner bags every time for their style and space.


When you’re on a long flight, there are certain things you’ll need with you, like a change of clothes and shoes, your technology, a jacket for when you land (because you never know) and a pillow. Sure, you could settle for the pillows they give you on the plane, but you run the risk of showing up with a kink in your neck not exactly the way you want to kick off a trip.

Bogner bags are perfectly sized for flying. They have room, but not too much that they swallow things up. The zippered and coloured pockets help you find your stuff faster and remove it faster at security checkpoints like laptops and documents (because no one wants to be the one holding up the line). They’re durable microfiber and so virtually indestructible: perfect for frequent flyers. Also, they’re easy to carry with comfortable straps: good for plane transfers and running through airports.

Once you’re on the ground, the bag can shrink to suit any occasion like you can turn a knapsack into a clutch! The straps can be adjusted for the perfect “drop length” to foil pickpockets. And they’re durable microfiber so virtually indestructible.


When you land in London, Paris, Munich or Milan, you have to look the part. A Bogner bag goes a long way in this respect. And it doesn’t matter which model you choose.

We love the cross-over pillow bag, but anything from their selection would complete whatever ensemble you put together. And many of them are reversible with two colours, so you can change your bag as you change your outfit.


A Bogner bag isn’t generally something you can choose online. You have to wear it, see it on yourself and picture yourself travelling with it. So we encourage you to pay us a visit and try a Bogner bag on.

A few other travel tips

As you prepare for your next jaunt across the pond, keep these in mind.

       Know your body. If you can sleep on a plane, take the red eye and arrive ready to go. If not, take the day flight, grab an early dinner when you land and wake up the next morning refreshed.

       Don’t forget wired headphones. Airplanes haven’t gone Bluetooth just yet. So if you don’t want to be stuck overpaying for a poor-quality, rinky-dink pair on the plane, invest in good travel headphones. Bay Bloor Radio right downstairs from us has great ones.

       Drink plenty of water on the plane. Airplane cabins are full of germs, no matter how often they’re cleaned. Drinking water will flush your system.

       Make time for cultural events. Whether you’re traveling for business or to see friends, squeeze in something representative of the country you’re in. Experiencing the soul of a new place will be, in the long run, way more memorable than any meeting or dinner party. And those memories will add up.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


Europeans accessorize with scarves far more than we do in North America. And it’s not just to keep warm in the winter. Walk down the streets of Paris or Dusseldorf or Barcelona or Brussels in the summer and you’ll see women (and men) augmenting their looks with light scarves.

When we walk by a smartly dressed scarfed person on the Ramblas or the Champs Élysées, we often ask ourselves why we don’t see the look more in Canada and the US. After all, scarves are about the easiest accessory you can add to your wardrobe. They’re so versatile in where you can wear them we’ve seen them worn around necks, wrists, waists and heads. Depending on the kind and number of scarves you own, you can elevate almost any outfit for any occasion. And then there’s the artistic nature of the scarf itself, as it gives designers the real estate to do something special and unique.

A simple scarf can become the focal point of an outfit. It’s classy and light, it can provide a burst of colour to an otherwise monochrome look, and it can come in handy should an unexpected sun shower happen.

So why don’t we wear more scarves in North America?

After much exploration into the topic, we came up with a simple answer: North Americans simply don’t think to wear them. Scarves aren’t part of any look. And the more we realize that, the more we want to lead a change in this regard.

That’s why we’re the only boutique in Toronto to carry Petrusse scarves, which most Europeans would agree is the gold standard of scarves.

The Petrusse Difference

This French company is known for one thing above all: scarves. And for good reason. When you hold a Petrusse in your hands, you feel the difference of a design house with a serious specialty. They put all their efforts and creativity into this one accessory.

First off is the fabric. Soft and smooth, a Petrusse is a treat for hands and any other part of your body it touches.

Second are the patterns, and they’re truly inspired. The company sees every piece as a blank canvas, and they take full advantage. They’ve paid homage to beautiful works of art, captured gorgeous skyscapes, recreated lush meadows and fields, and developed unique patterns you won’t find anywhere else. And throughout all that diversity, there’s a style to the designs that screams Petrusse. Like Bono’s voice or authentic Spanish tapas, it’s unmistakable.

And then you have the accoutrements - the little things that make a Petrusse a Petrusse. For example, being exclusively in the scarf business, they know that keeping a scarf in place can be tricky. So they adorn many of their products with little crystals on the corners to prevent them from blowing. You can’t see them unless you look hard, but once you spot them, you’ll love them.

The Petra Difference

We’re proud to be the only place in Toronto to carry Petrusse. Whether you’re looking to add a new scarf or a first scarf to your wardrobe, do yourself a favour and make it a Petrusse.

And if you’re thinking, well, how should I wear the scarf? Here’s our own Dorothea Merritt with a quick tutorial. Enjoy!