Did you know Roots has a furniture store in Toronto?
Canadians are no stranger to Roots - the homegrown company, one of Toronto's most famous fashion exports, is a household name for its cozy socks and sweats, tumbled-leather bags, and doses of Canadian iconography. What might come as a surprise: The company also dabbles in furniture and home goods design, stocking a north-end store with its owned pieces designed with that same leather-wrapped, Canadian-influenced aesthetic.
Roots Home Design, located at 1400 Castlefield Ave., has the airy look of a high-end furniture store while still projecting a very Roots-like coziness, thanks to a burning fireplace and plenty of snuggly textures. The decor line started after a Roots designer created a chair destined for the shoe department in one of the chain's stores; customers loved it, and they decided to branch out, eventually opening up the Castlefield store in 2008.
Their specialty, of course, is rich tumbled leather, featured on modern chairs and sofas with sharp, clean lines (of course, all that leather ain't cheap - chairs go for as much as $3500). You'll also find plenty of home decor items, including authentic Pendleton wool blankets (about $220) and sock-striped throw pillows ($65), as well as some Canadian-friendly tchotchkes.
Not everything's unique to the store - several of their bags and clothing items made it up as well, including a gorgeous natural-leather briefcase (full price, sadly). Though it's not exactly an outlet store, look for them to occasionally host clear-outs and sample sales. All in all: Worth checking out if you're in the area, or if your new apartment isn't meeting Can-con guidelines.
Photos by Jesse Milns.
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