Serpentine ain't your typical Yorkville boutique.
Rock-and-roll is the theme of the shop, which, according to co-owner Paul Mailing, is intended to be a concept store. "We didn't feel that anyone in Toronto was really doing that," said Mailing. "We don't want to just follow trends, but instead stick to the concept."
The concept? Think rockstars, motorcycles, heavy silver rings, leather, Japanese, Scandanavian, and, says the cuddly Mailing affectionately, "vampire-goth."
"No bright colours!" he laughs.
The store carries mostly men's items, but a lot of women's pieces as well. Mailing and his no-nonsense co-owner Stephen George have made a point of bringing a lot of exclusives to the city, including New York's big-time rock-jeweller Lazaro and up-and-coming jewelry line Luke Satoru .
Other hard-to-find lines to keep an eye out for include the Japanese label Diet Butcher Slim Skin , Damir Doma , DRKSHDW by Rick Owens , and Guidi boots out of Italy. (The ever-stylish Designers Remix Collection is also in abundance here.)
The store has plenty of covetables for those looking to toughen up their look, or complete a rock-semble. You can throw a wrinkled leather car coat by Tuesday Night Band Practice ($900) on top of a slouchy Alexander Yamaguchi tee ($75) and crisp 3Sixteen denim ($200), for instance.
I myself would've loved to slip into Andrew Harmon's wickedly high-fashion dhoti pants with the suspenders and strangely curved legs ($465) over a long Naked tank ($135) or Passarella Death Squad ($125) tee emblazoned with a naked chick.
Top it off with a Mirage leather bomber ($785) and you are ready to rock.
Yorkville won't know what hit it.
Photos by Dennis Marciniak.