The Place: A two-bedroom suite in the west tower of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences. (We featured a rental suite in the residence-only east tower earlier this year).
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The delicious possibilities of melding two adjacent cuisines—Mediterranean and Middle Eastern—are rarely as apparent as they are in the fig kataiv at two-year-old Mideastro Yorkville. Executive chef Benny Cohen sandwiches a fluffy layer of spiced mascarpone and aromatic fresh poached figs between crisp and wiry kataifi discs. The clarified butter-brushed phyllo pastry is baked in a cast iron skillet for seven minutes, and is then showered with pistachio brittle and cinnamon-laced fig syrup, cloves and nutmeg. It’s a modern interpretation of the kanafeh—the traditional Levantine dessert of soft, syrup-soaked goat cheese—and tastes like the exotic love child of a warm cheesecake and a fig newton. $11.
Mideastro Yorkville, 27 Yorkville Ave., 416-477-2427, mideastroyorkville.com
Store Guide: Montreal knitwear label Ça Va De Soi opens a Yorkville shop full of beautifully made sweaters
Name: Ça Va De Soi
Sells: High-quality knitwear for women, with a few pieces for men
Contact: 138 Cumberland Street, Unit 5, Old York Lane, 416-929-5353, cavadesoi.com
Hours: M–W 10–6, Th–F 10–8, Sa 10–5, Sun 12–5
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Colder weather means layers and lots of them. Happily, Montreal knitwear company Ca Va De Soi (French for “it goes without saying”) recently opened its first Toronto store. The family-owned company, which operated for decades as a wholesaler before opening a handful of boutiques in Quebec and Ottawa, prides itself on minimalistic staples made from extra-fine wools, rare Egyptian cottons and luxe cashmeres. Styles in the Yorkville shop include Nordic woolly sweaters without the bulk or itch-factor ($280), Egyptian cotton T-shirts ($50–$120), tweed pencil skirts in Geelong wool ($195) and basic Merino wool pullovers ($180). Our picks: both the ribbed winter leggings ($195) and cashmere shawls ($350) are well worth the investment.
Back in March, Dutch suit specialist Suitsupply said it would launch its first Canadian store in Yorkville by fall. The menswear label, however, seemed to have trouble securing a space and the opening was delayed—until now. Sharp magazine has confirmed that the shop is scheduled to launch this January in a house-like storefront at 9-11 Hazelton Avenue. While the new location will carry casual wear, bags and accessories, its main focus will, naturally, be on the brand’s well-cut suits, which start around $400 and have received gushing reviews from New York magazine and the Wall Street Journal. [Sharp for Men]
The duo behind Dundas West’s Lost & Found have brought their west-end edge to midtown with Working Title, a new store selling men’s clothing, art and books. Jonathan Elias and Justin Veiga (plus two new partners, Michael Fong and Paul Shkordoff) have stocked the ground level of their Davenport space with high-quality basics from the likes of Margaret Howell and Unis, as well as quirkier pieces from brands like Etudes and Patrik Ervell. (In keeping with the more affluent neighbourhood, price points are slightly higher than at Lost and Found.) Some favourites: minimalist sneakers by Swedish collective Svensson ($380), an Etudes sweater with a simple star graphic ($190), and Engineered Garments’ shirts with round collars ($204). Once you’re done browsing the racks, head to the basement, which houses a collection of art and photography books and doubles as a rotating gallery for local and international photographers.
Working Title, 126A Davenport Road, 416-551-1085, workingtitleshop.com
Toronto rapper Drake has put his Yorkville digs up for sale, which means plush bedroom ceilings, patriotic bookcases and the afterglow of a global entertainer can all be yours for a cool $4.2 million. (Actually, the place is more understated than we’d expect from someone who’s clearly well-versed in rap star clichés.) This isn’t Drake’s first foray into the real estate market: he sold a pair of Miami condos for a $500,000 profit last March, then purchased a sprawling California mansion for $7.7 million later that year. Apparently, he’s not interested in new friends, but new homes are a different story. [h/t BuzzBuzzHome]
UPDATE: After lowering the price to $3.895 million, the Degrassi alum sold his condo for $3.75 million on October 21. There’s been no word on whether Drake’s looking for a new Toronto pad—but, given his new gig with the Raptors and his hometown love affair, it seems likely he’ll need one. [BuzzBuzzHome]
Having established its presence in Canadian malls, J.Crew is apparently now ready for Bloor West (both Kate Spade and Mulberry have followed a similar plan). A retail blog reports the preppy powerhouse is opening a new store in Guerlain’s former space at 110 Bloor. There’s no word on what exactly it will carry, but at only about 6,500 square feet, the space is likely a too small for both men’s and women’s apparel. [Retail Insider]
The Place: A four-bedroom unit in The Prince Arthur, the full-service building recognizable by its three-storey archway on Avenue Road and Yorkville Avenue.
The incursion of big American brands continues with the opening of a new Yorkville store from girly accessories purveyor Kate Spade New York. The new spot on Cumberland (in the former home of Hugo Boss) opened on Friday and is now the label’s Canadian flagship. With two floors spanning 4,000 square feet, it’s decidedly larger than its first Toronto location, which opened in Yorkdale mall in November. The store also has a wider selection of the brand’s bags, clothing, shoes and jewellery, as well as an expanded beauty bar.
138 Cumberland St., 416-927-8282, katespade.com
Sells: Men’s shoes, shoe care products, bags and accessories
Contact info: 24 Bellair St. Unit 7, 416-967-3668, leatherfoot.com
Hours: M–W, Sa 11–6, Th–F 11–8, Su 12–3
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LeatherFoot specializes in handcrafted leather shoes for men, the kind of investment pieces that a gent will still be wearing forty years from now. The Yorkville shop’s off-the-rack pairs range from $310 for driving shoes by La Cordonnerie Anglaise to $1850 for hand-stained monkstraps by Saint Crispin’s (whose Romanian workshop reportedly produces fewer than 1,300 pairs each year). However, discerning shoppers willing to wait a few months and chip in an extra $200 or more can specify the leather, colour and soles of any shoe in the store, including pairs by England’s Alfred Sargent and Spanish brand Carmina. Finally, the truly shoe-obsessed can order bespoke pairs (starting around $5,000), in which the entire last is made according to the client’s measurements.
Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company recently opened at Ave and Dav, selling truffles, Italians sweets and their own whipped-cream-and-mousse cupcake bombs. The boutique food shop’s hedonistic creations, like the sweet revenge cupcake filled with toasted walnuts and milk chocolate ganache and the vanilla coconut cupcake topped with mascarpone coconut mousse, look like they could rival the nearby, newly opened, Prairie Girl Bakery’s cupcakes in their epicurean insanity.
Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company. 182 Avenue Rd., 416-834-9711, chocolatebrunette.com
The wildly popular bakery specializing in deliciously decadent artisanal cupcakes opened a third location at the corner of Bloor West and Avenue Road on Friday. The Yorkville shop carries the same cake-and-icing bombs as Prairie Girl’s King East and Path locations, like banana with peanut butter icing, carrot with cream cheese icing and the best-selling red velvet cupcakes pictured above.
After two years and more than a little controversy, the trendy mass-market giant finally arrived in Canada. Now open: locations in East York Town Centre, Centrepoint Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Cloverdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre.
For store addresses and hours, see target.ca
Tiger of Sweden
The popular European maker of slim-cut suits and minimalist separates opened a spacious flagship on Ossington Avenue catering to young professionals of both sexes. Learn more »
56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437, tigerofsweden.com