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Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on November 6, 2011

A2zaneA2ZANE has finally found a permanent home On Queen West near Bathurst, the former pop-up shop spent the past year in a smaller spot further west, following earlier pop-ups and the operation of an online shop. But now owner Zane Aburaneh, formerly a handbag specialist at Holt Renfew, has landed a spot for the long haul while still paying it forward with a nod to its pop-up past.

"This space," Zane says, leading me to the back nook of the not-quite-finished shop. "This is just for pop-ups. There will probably be a new one here every month."

A2zaneFor now, the identities of said pop-ups remain under lock and key, but Zane is more than willing to let me in on his new favourites in store. "These scarves," he says, heading towards his collection of Juma. "They were at fashion week--just so beautiful." Toronto-based Juma makes a collection of truly breathtaking printed silk scarves, priced here at around $175 each.

A2zaneThe last time I visited A2ZANE, I chatted with Zane about his commitment to quality over transient trends. "It's still the same," he affirms as we pause by a Rebecca Minkoff. "I look for structure and style."

A2zaneA2ZANE has long offered bags by Vevetine, Matt & Nat, Amanda Lee Kew, and more, and Zane has added in some additional labels (the majority of bags are priced between $300 and $800), afforded extra room by his new address.

A2zaneElizabeth and James is one new-to-A2ZANE jewellery line that has Zane excited, and he shows off the onyx ring, sterling silver ornate elephant ring, and other bold pieces in the collection. And speaking of bold, the shop is fully stocked with the latest shapes and colours of the Cambridge Satchel Company bags, available in modest black and brown (starting at $155) to fluorescent orange, pink, and green.

A2zaneA faithful Rebecca Minkoff fan, however, I'll be forever drawn to her oversized leopard flings ($375) and mini black MACs ($225). And since A2ZANE has left pop-up life behind, I'll know just where to find them.

A2zaneA2zaneA2zanePhotos by Jesse Milns



Pamela / November 6, 2011 at 03:23 pm
oooh i walked by this place yesterday while they were closing! it looked so neat. looks like i'll be heading back over there in the near future
Jessica / November 6, 2011 at 04:11 pm
I've been to this store before. I'm not going to lie, I was planning on purchasing a bag from there....
Claudia / November 6, 2011 at 05:05 pm
Cool. If I still lived in TO I would definitely shop at this store.
Jane / November 7, 2011 at 07:58 pm
Just went there today. A gorgeous though tiny store with friendly staff. Most purses were around $500 though. Way above my price range.
Roberto / November 12, 2011 at 02:39 pm
Great little store with an awesome vibe. Zane is a rad dude who knows how to treat his clients. I ended up leaving with 4 colorful watches. Well done Zane, all the best.
JW DS / March 17, 2012 at 05:36 pm
Pam / April 3, 2012 at 03:04 pm
I like that the store specializes in one thing... ACCESSORIES! Keep it up and don't sway from what you do best... ACCESSORIES!

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