Fashion

5 Designers to Check Out at the One of a Kind Show

We've zeroed in on our favourites at this biannual event

Mark Burstyn

The biannual One of a Kind Show opened yesterday in Toronto, right around the corner from the Toronto Fashion Week venue. There are 450 of vendors, with offerings ranging from garlic dip to gowns. We’ve zeroed in on five accessories artisans that are worth checking out.

Hoi Bo

These structured accessories, designed and crafted by Sarra Tang, are the epitome of refined rustic elegance. Tang opts for rich materials like kangaroo leather and hand-waxed cotton. We especially love her solid tote–it’s perfect for work and made to last. The full leather collection is hand made to order from her atelier in Toronto’s Distillery District.

Scout & Catalogue
Inspired by a year living in Mexico, Scout & Catalogue was born out of designer Breanna Musgrove’s desire to live a simpler life. Influenced by everything south of the border, this sunny bohemian line combines textures and colours to craft treasures that remind you of days laying on the beach–even if you’re traipsing through snow.

Biko
Designer Corrine Anestopolous combines old treasures and new metals to create a uniquely whismical collection. With functioning miniatures and a sprinkling of antique charms, her enchanting pieces are perfect for everything from dressing up a drab suit to adding some drama to your favourite LBD.

Erin Tracy
Inspired by the elegance of Japanese design, Erin Tracy is known for her wedding and custom jewellery that is both effortlessly chic and exceptionally wearable. Each of her designs are named after and inspired by a single complex idea (for example, “spun”), and we have yet to see one of these otherwise vague concepts interpreted in a way that’s anything less than beautiful.

Steven Johannes
Specializing in accessories, designer Steve Beamish prides himself on the hand-crafted nature of the Steven Johannes’ signature reversible leather belts, footwear and bags. Originally conceived of in London, England, this Toronto-based label combines quality materials with fashion-forward colours and shapes to create no-nonsense necessities.

The One of a Kind Show runs until Sunday, April 3 at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (oneofakindshow.com)