When Andrea Hopson and Martha Grace McKimm opened their Toronto tableware boutique Hopson Grace in 2015, they reserved the second floor of the building as a place to host special events. But as their customer base grew, so too did demand, with clients asking for items beyond the tableware and accessories they had in stock. After careful consideration, the duo, who both have backgrounds working for luxury goods brands, decided to introduce an innovative shopping concept to the upper level. “We weren’t attracted to the idea of another classically designed retail environment,” Hopson says. “This had the opportunity to be something more unique that would draw someone to a second-floor space and that would provide context, particularly for our registries.”
The result is a fully shoppable apartment that brings together every room of the house, with expanded offerings that include bedding, bath linens, lighting and decorative pieces, as well as cookware and tools for the kitchen. It’s a selection that focuses on craftsmanship and aesthetic that’s particularly suitable for gifting. “People want quality over quantity," says McKimm, adding that no one wants to give an unwanted gift. “One of the things that has become very evident is that people take an enormous amount of care to select just the perfect item,” Hopson says. “And they really do agonize over it in a lovely way.”
To complete the feel of an apartment, Hopson Grace partnered with Italian kitchen manufacturer Scavolini on a custom kitchen stocked with products for sale from David Mellor, Dualit, Staub, Cuisinart and more. Local Toronto interior designers such as Kate Thornley-Hall and J Gibson Interiors provided some of the second floor’s larger furnishings, which are also available for purchase.
Hopson Grace, 1120 Yonge St., Toronto, 416-926-1120, hopsongrace.com.
Heritage outerwear brand London Fog is launching a collaboration with designer Jeremy Scott. The first of two capsule collections debuts March 13 exclusively at Hudson’s Bay in Canada. They feature the American designer’s twist on London Fog classics, notably the trench coat, with recurring design motifs including zippers and leopard print. The eight pieces in the spring collection include a laptop case, handbag, suitcase, umbrella, scarf, bucket hat and a trench coat featuring a draped hemline, zipper detailing and leopard-print lining. To celebrate the collection, Scott will be making a public appearance at Hudson Bay’s downtown Toronto location on March 20.
Louis Vuitton is launching a sporty new leather goods collection this month. Called Taigarama, it pairs the brand’s signature Taiga leather with its monogram canvas in eye-catching colours such as neon yellow, bold blue and a crisp white. Casual in nature, the collection includes signature Louis Vuitton styles such as the Keepall, Discovery Backpack and Messenger Bag as well as rolling luggage. Small leather goods on offer include a wallet, pocket organizer and bracelet. For more information, visit louisvuitton.com.
Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland is offering a taste of the south this weekend. From March 15 to 17, chef Hugh Acheson returns from Athens, Ga., to join executive chef Jonathan Gushue for three days of food exploration. Acheson will take guests on a culinary tour of the island, where they’ll meet local foragers, sustenance farmers, fishers and food artisans while learning of local culinary practices such as root cellaring, bottling and preserving. For the collaborative supper on March 16, the two chefs will prepare a multicourse meal made using local ingredients. For more information, visit fogoislandinn.ca.
As the Grand Canyon National Park celebrates its 100-year centennial, it’s getting a kick in fundraising from footwear brand Teva alongside a collection inspired by the natural wonder. Known as GC100, Teva’s spring collection features classic designs in colours inspired by the shades of the canyon. Throughout 2019, the brand will be hosting a contest to win a river trip to the Grand Canyon and launching a video series showcasing stories of the canyon. Teva has also pledged to donate $100,000 to the Grand Canyon Conservancy, which is the park’s official non-profit partner. For more information, visit teva.com/GC100.