A couple weeks ago, I stumbled upon an adorable pop-up boutique full of feminine, flirty frocks. The best part? Everything in the store is under $200. The Fitzroy Boutique is open at 162 Cumberland St., but hurry! The shop closes for the fall season tomorrow.
Fitzroy Boutique was started by two friends, Angela Pastor and Julie Buczkowski. Their pop-up concept was inspired by the travelling markets of London, so each season, they take their pop-up collection to a different area in Toronto to bring a different vibe. The name “Fitzroy” was named after the Bohemian district in Melbourne, Australia of the same name.
I walked into the store and immediately headed for a rack full of delicate beaded silk tops.
Perfect for an elegant dinner date with skinnies, or glammed up with a pencil skirt or leather leggings, these blouses from Boyod are versatile and timeless. The prices were phenomenal as well for the quality of the beading, which is done by hand.
The Kelly Top reminds me of a design from Anna Sui’s Spring 2011 collection.
Light and airy, the embellished blouses by Boyod carried at Fitzroy are a gorgeous addition to your wardrobe for a steal.
The store had an array of cozy navajo knits and practical tees. But everything in the store has a bit of a twist to it, elevating basics into conversation-starting pieces. Co-owner Angela Pastor says, “We decided no filler, just cute stuff. Everything in the store has to be special. Even if it’s a basic, it needs a little something special about it.”
Fitzroy was sponsored by beauty brand philosophy, so customers could shop for clothes and come home with delicious bubble bath as well.
They carry brands like Bardot, One Teaspoon, Whitney Eve, Threads for Thought and Ladakh. Ladakh is exclusive to Fitzroy. Greylin is a brand from LA with a lot of cute party dresses.
Fitzroy carries eco and consumer conscious clothing as well. Pieces from Threads for Thought is made of organic and recycled materials, while Species (sp.) by Sarah Donofrio is a local brand.
The jewellery was designed by a local designer as well, Psalms. The pieces consisted of drapey chain mail that was very rock and roll, a perfect contrast to the feminine pieces in the store.
But is there a specific style? “It’s a bit of a mix. Kind of like that laid-back look, but with a little bit of an edge. Really easy, efortless clothing that anyone can wear and just throw it on,” adds Pastor.
Be sure to check out Fitzroy’s Yorkville location, but if you miss it, don’t worry. Another location will pop up in time for the Holiday season.