A2ZANE 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."
For 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.
The 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."
A2ZANE 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.
Elizabeth 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.
A 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.
Photos by Jesse Milns