100% Silk is a special little shop that offers an eclectic collection of high-end, handmade goods from artisans and designers all over the world.
If you're looking for unique women's pieces, you'll find them in abundance in this playful store, where racks abound in exciting fabrics and colour palettes for the bravest of fashionistas.
Owner Lee Dekel wanted to create a space where her own unique brand 100% Silk (think silk velvet sets in whacky tones) could co-exist alongside other brands and pieces that shared the same ethos of quality.
The worldly designer—whose experience starts with an internship at Eileen Fisher in New York to becoming production manager for Osei Duro in Ghana—obviously knows her fabrics, and part of the fun of visiting is having her explain the story behind every brand.
Given that they're made with the utmost care and crafstmanship, you can expect the majority of pieces here to be priced at premium.
A dreamy suit dress from Indian brand Tigra Tigra ($750) uses mashru, an old silk-cotton textile that allowed wearers in Muslim communities to bypass the no-silk rule during the days of the Ottoman Empire.
A wrinkle-resistant dress ($480) from California-based brand Ciao Lucia, which specializes in vintage-inspired pieces that you'd wear while summering in Italy, is tempting for lovers of classic silhouettes.
A bag design collaboration with Sahel sees the London-based brand's famous bag, using old Fulani horse harnesses from Burkina Faso, coupled with a pink suede ($550).
A table of jewellery carries pieces that range from $60 to $500. Surprisingly there's a lot of Canadian designers featured here, including the bold costume jewellery-inspired Par Ici from Toronto, or the drippy chain crochets from Montreal's Arielle de Pinto.
The housewares are equally as fun, like a whole wall of glassware from Sirius Glass in Niagara ($50-$250), or Pheonician-style blue pieces from Palestine.
And hanging from the walls, a couple of textile pieces from Haitian artist George Valris encapsulate the vibe of the store perfectly: a strange hodgepodge of influences (in this case it's voodooism and Catholic imagery) expressed in sequins.
If you're someone who loves to touch and feel fabrics from far flung countries—while hearing the story behind each one—a visit to 100% Silk is enough to hold down any true explorer without actually having to trot the globe.