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Elle Hardware

Posted by Staff / Posted on January 18, 2011

Elle HardwareElle Hardware is a boutique jewelry and accessories store where every item comes with a back-story. On Queen Street West near Bathurst, this sister-owned shop has been on the scene for just a few months, and is stocked with one-of-a-kind items you won't find anywhere else.

Elle Hardware"We really look for pieces by artists who are passionate about the idea behind what they're doing," co-owner Lindsay MacMillan tells me. "Artisan-type items." In case you're wondering, you won't find door hinges or twin thread screws in this place. "The name can be misleading," MacMillan says. "I look at accessories as sort of the hardware or raw design part of your style. That's where the name came from."

Elle HardwareThe design of the store, however, is somewhat reminiscent of an actual hardware store. Lots of wood and big open shelves make you feel as though you're almost in a woodshop instead of a boutique. "Buying jewelry is a very tangible experience," MacMillan says. "I wanted to create a space where's is easy to touch and feel things."

Elle HardwareThere are some items under the glass counter, such as the bohemian necklace made of vintage upholstery, volcanic rock, and crystal quartz ($309) by local designer Tenielle. In the next counter are pieces by Brazilian designer Miguel Simek, including a pair of botanical-inspired earrings ($120). My favourite piece in the store was a Bauxo clutch made of reused shoe leather ($69.99) with an ashy flower design. Most of the pieces in the store range from about $20 to $600.

Elle HardwareUnlike many of the boutique shops in the area, Elle Hardware has most of its items available for purchase online through its website. Expect co-owner Hilary Macmillan's clothing designs to land in the store in the spring.

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9 Comments

Katie-Betty / January 18, 2011 at 10:26 am
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I stumbled upon Elle Hardware just as they were cleaning up after their opening party. I purchased a couple of statement necklaces and even received a very unique ring from there for Christmas (which they shipped to my mother free of charge). The store is full of wonderful and unique pieces well made and gorgeous and the staff is just as lovely.
Natalie / January 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm
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Wow! Very pretty stuff! Can't wait to check it out!
Ryan L. / January 18, 2011 at 04:33 pm
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They are going to regret picking that name. Themes are great and all, but not at the expense of the ability to ascertain what the store even sells.
Mike / January 19, 2011 at 12:38 pm
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I bought my wife's Christmas present at Elle (necklace) and she could not be happier. The staff are incredibly helpful from a guy's perspective, picking out jewelery isn't always easy for me.

Elle Hardware is definitely worth checking out!
KMel / January 28, 2011 at 11:07 pm
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If you're a female who likes accessories, it's pretty obvious what a store called Elle Hardware would sell.
irina / January 30, 2011 at 02:02 pm
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Misleading name! I was getting all excited I could buy girly stuff for my tool box. I'm not kidding either. I could use a neon pink level or some fancy coat hooks you can't find at Home Depot or Canadian Tire.
Danna / February 2, 2011 at 10:35 am
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Elle Hardware is a fantastic store. The purses are great! I especially love those Tenielle necklaces that were mentioned above. They are phenomenal! I get so many compliments every time I wear mine.
Lindsay / February 24, 2011 at 06:09 pm
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The name is based on the idea that jewellery is the 'Hardware' of your style. Its raw and elemental just like hardware is (made of metals, leathers etc.). Its a spin on that notion. We hope you come by, confused or not. You may just find something cool. A jewellery box is kind of like a tool box, but for your look. If not, there are a few hardware stores in the area you can probably get what you need.
Lesley / March 7, 2011 at 07:18 pm
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anybody dense enough to get excited about a "coat hook" will not have the capacity to effortlessly realize that Elle Hardware is not a Home Depot in the heart of Toronto's vibrant fashion district (Queen St. West). Anyway, I bought a lovey ring from there which I absolutely adore. I will return to the store to check out the Tarina Taranino collection :)

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