Pearls & Pockets
Pearls & Pockets sticks out from West Queen West's ever-growing roster of womenswear boutiques. In a sea of minimalist decor and subdued hues; the garments here are colourful, sparkly, or both.
When I visited the store I presumed every item was vintage - their racks brim with A-line dresses in eclectic prints and embellishments. However, only a small section in the back (sourced by Dear Hazel May ) is from the '50s and '60s. Everything else is a modern-day rendition, handpicked from hard-to-find local and international brands.
Though the entire space induces a mild case of sensory overload (in addition to the array of clothing, there are eccentric furnishings throughout the room and artwork on every wall), it's worth it to slowly peruse the stock.
There are also many daywear options, like wrap dresses in every print from polka dot to paisley by Toronto's own Dotty Dress Studio ($165).
Blouses and skirts made from vintage silk line the front section and come in every colour ($64). Other doodads like cupcake-shaped soap and Queen's Plate-appropriate fascinators fill the clothing-less corners of the room.
Pearls & Pockets' best pieces, in my opinion, are their "mommy and me" dresses by their house brand Boutique. A white sateen dress with a full skirt and lemon motif ($130) is also available in children's' sizes ($58), so moms can match their mini-me's.
Like I said, there's a lot to see here!
Photos by Hector Vasquez.