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Carte Blanche

Posted by Staff / Posted on July 21, 2007

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Contributed by Marissa Liu

I have passed Carte Blanche many times but rarely during daylight hours, however, every time I feel compelled to press my face up to the glass and peer inside. When I do manage to stop in during store hours I am treated to friendly service and well designed, detail oriented garments.


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Despite the glossy leopard statue that sits atop the jewelry case in the middle of the store and the neon-eagle in the window, the space seems rather paired down. A black and white themed interior complimented by high ceilings, lined with classic crown molding and thick grey marble backings behind the clothing racks; every embellishment is well thought-out. The atmosphere created perfectly reflects the store's fashion philosophy. Owner Daniel Augustino explains that the store is a mix of high and low, which aims to give clientele free range to dress at one's own discretion A philosophy practiced and encouraged by the helpful staff.

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Like most stores on Queen West there is an in-house design studio where designer Tania Martins and her assistant and store manager Ailin Marin produce the in-house brand Pink Cobra. I admired a black and white checked silk chiffon blouse from the label, a pair of dark grey April 77 jeans, as well as the distinctive French and Italian vintage heels and handbags on offer. The vintage accessories compliment the carefully chosen brands, such as Jeremy Scott, Cheap Monday, JG4B, a store exclusive, and Linda Farrow Gallery.

Carte Blanche is always on the look out for well designed, fun, original pieces and is consistently adding new, mostly European labels to their collection. It is a very chic retail space with a firm sense of irony and wit offering equally descriptive clothes and accessories.

Discussion

9 Comments

dan / August 16, 2007 at 05:10 am
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This store is neat-o!
Isabel Lopes / May 10, 2008 at 01:01 pm
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oi, Tania, estive a ver o teu trabalho pela net, e tens imenso trabalho perfeito, estou adorar.
beijos......
Kasia / August 25, 2008 at 11:18 am
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Whenever I'm on Queen st. West I always stop Carte Blanche. I'm not only impressed by the cutting edge and unique fashions but also for the attentive service. It's always a pleasure to stop in.
sara Nooraei / October 28, 2008 at 05:41 pm
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tania's hot. so are the clothes.
shawna / January 26, 2009 at 11:23 am
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i love carte blanche.
ever since pink cobra showed it's face on queen x years ago i have had to try desperately to keep my money in my pockets.
beautiful clothes, great brands and always good advice. i am grateful to have such an avant-garde boutique at my doorstep.
thanx guys.
damian / March 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm
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Mr Augustino a little egomaniac
get a life
marie Leclair / July 5, 2010 at 01:23 am
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way to go Daniel,, from victoria bc
way back friend., Rheal`s mom corner of Main and Sanford ave. Hamilton 1986
Marie-Eve / September 19, 2010 at 07:51 pm
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I LOVE this store! Unique finds, quality clothing, funky jewelry and friendly staff! I purchase this great silver tank top a few years ago and it is by far my favorite! Every time I wear it.. I get compliments! Great purchase! Great store!
Aaliyah Lover / February 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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This store is neat-o!
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oi, Tania, estive a ver o teu trabalho pela net, e tens imenso trabalho perfeito, estou adorar.
beijos......
Whenever I'm on Queen st. West I always stop Carte Blanche. I'm not only impressed by the cutting edge and unique fashions but also for the attentive service. It's always a pleasure to stop in.
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tania's hot. so are the clothes.
user-pic
i love carte blanche.
ever since pink cobra showed it's face on queen x years ago i have had to try desperately to keep my money in my pockets.
beautiful clothes, great brands and always good advice. i am grateful to have such an avant-garde boutique at my doorstep.
thanx guys.
Mr Augustino a little egomaniac
get a life
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way to go Daniel,, from victoria bc
way back friend., Rheal`s mom corner of Main and Sanford ave. Hamilton 1986
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I LOVE this store! Unique finds, quality clothing, funky jewelry and friendly staff! I purchase this great silver tank top a few years ago and it is by far my favorite! Every time I wear it.. I get compliments! Great purchase! Great store!

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