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Toronto-based brand 100% Silk's Queen Street West shop and textile gallery.Heather Rappard

Technology has revolutionized the way we connect to the world and communicate, including through our sense of style. With its new shop and textile gallery, Toronto-based clothing brand 100% Silk aims to foster a borderless conversation around handmade goods. A globetrotting designer who cut her teeth at Eileen Fisher and Osei Duro, 100% Silk founder Lee Dekel says she regularly encountered the work of talented international designers and artisans who weren’t represented in Canada. “I got really excited by the idea of putting them all in one space and seeing how they play off of each other,” she says.

The result is a specialized selection of handcrafted fashion, accessories and housewares that complements 100% Silk’s in-house clothing line, which Dekel describes as an “investigation into a highly specialized technique,” such as dyeing silk by hand. Under the roof of a former pharmacy on Toronto’s Queen Street West, shoppers will find shelves of Israeli glassware, Uzbek ceramics and Haitian sequined flags alongside racks of colourful clothing with roots in India (Tigra Tigra), Côte d’Ivoire (Super Yaya) and Peru (Mozh Mozh).

“It’s a mix of designers that I feel really represent this movement towards handcrafted, slow fashion," Dekel says. "Usually I’ll see the piece, fall in love with it and the story is this added benefit.” To outfit the Toronto home of these international players, Dekel turned to local artisans such as Zachary Besner, who built paper-clad wood-and-steel tables, Spaced art collective and Gunnar Floral. “Everything in the store is very personal,” she says. The space will be open until the end of January.

100% Silk, 1190 Queen St. W., Toronto, 100percentsilkshop.com.

100% Silk

George Valeris Haitian Drapo Vodou hand-sequined tapestry, $900.

Tigra Tigra hand-embroidered “Seven” dress, $1,740.

100% Silk

100% Silk Bekassam stripe suit jacket, $300, and trousers, $260.

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