One of the cool things about Instagram is that we get to find out about the lives of the people making the things we love. Our recent ceramics obsession led us to these three babes who not only handcraft incredible wares for the home, but have that easy, “just stepped out of the studio” kind of artist style we wish we could pull off at the office.
The three friends behind Vancouver’s Board of Trade Co. have a particular way of curating their boutique. And it works.
The baby of friends Eunice Quan, David Lin and Armin Tehrani, Board of Trade’s philosophy is that style and taste go well beyond clothes and is equally expressed through the things we use everyday. Such as your everyday morning mug or the dish that holds your soap. The three pals are creating a covetable lifestyle. Plus, the shop is a space where artists from around the world can show off their goods and talents. Serious TLC goes into the place as the owners have a deep knowledge and understanding of the clothes, designers, and objects that are represented at the shop. We caught up with Armin to learn more.
L-R: All photos found via Sam Is Home
With a shop, cafe and studio all in one contemporary space, Toronto’s Room 2046 is one multitasking lifestyle boutique.
It’s not just the sweet service that will make you want to stay awhile, Room 2046 has everything you need to make your afternoon. Sip their signature drink the Valmonte (a vanilla almond milk latte), peruse their selection of clothing, housewares and apothecary, then stop to check out the screen prints in their studio. The whimsical feel is all thanks to the pretty lady behind it all, Kumala Nio, who opened the boutique in 2012. We caught up with her to quiz her on inspiration and a few of her favorite things.
Antiquing is great and all, but when we go on vacation we prefer boutiquing. So the next time you’re driving through the picturesque seaside town of Kittery, Maine make sure you stop in at Folk. (Lucky you if you’re already living there.) New to the neighbourhood after opening just last year, owner Amelia Davis stocks the store full of standout contemporary designers like Ace & Jig, Dusen Dusen and the Pendleton-Portland Collection alongside some amazing handcrafted jewelry and artisanal home goods. We wish we could hang out and go for long nature walks with Amelia every weekend, but luckily they have a rad Instagram feed we can follow and a bunch of their sale stock right here. We wanted to find out even more so we asked and she answered.