Nuvango got its start selling art-covered iPod cases (a.k.a. gelaskins) 10 years ago, and since then it’s evolved into an urban hub, supporting artists by turning their work into funky, wearable products (so far, it’s paid out over $2.5 million in royalties). Earlier this month, the organization opened a gallery-like flagship on Queen West. Upstairs is an exhibition space, currently filled with works by local artists (prices range from $1,000 to $15,000), while the retail store downstairs sells colourful clothing and housewares (on this level, most items clock in at around $50). “We’ve always been art first,” explains marketing and communications director Dawn Laing. “But as a two-tier retail and gallery system, we’re able to bring more pieces to more people.” The company works with artists from around the world, but each in-store item is produced at its Junction studio. Bold tanks, T-shirts, leggings and throw pillows showcase a mix of cool graphic patterns and whimsical illustrations (plus this slightly terrifying pixelated wolf). For those who can’t shell out a few grand for original pieces, there are plenty of affordable framed prints, too—and with designs that range from minimalist cubes to fantastical landscapes, they’re sure to complete any Pinterest-inspired wall.
639 Queen St. W., 416-955-7986, nuvango.com