I recently made a new discovery: a boutique that really gets it when it comes to accessorising one’s wardrobe to make the right statement when you walk into a room. I often stress that accessories if the alternative to looking like anyone else in this ready-to-wear world.
Rue Pigalle is Canada’s home to Europe’s hottest, most sought-after jewellery and accessories designers. Exclusively representing designers identified as those at the forefront of hand-crafted luxury by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire and Elle, Rue Pigalle is the only source for their exquisite pieces – items worn by fashion icons including Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Fashion editors and women in-the-know have made this jewel-like boutique in Yorkville, Toronto’s upscale shopping district, their destination for world class opulence and refined elegance.
Owner and founder Isabelle Fish knows all about dressing for Executive Presence. Her journey spans a career as a corporate lawyer practicing in the US, UK, South Africa and Canada prior to realising her dream to become an exclusive boutiquier.
“Many of my clients are women who face the same challenge as I did for many years: dressing appropriately for their corporate environment, while also expressing their personality and having a little fun!” explains Isabelle. “I often used unique, finely crafted jewellery as a way to add interest to my professional attire while remaining appropriate for the boardroom setting. Used well, jewellery and accessories such as a flattering scarf or luxurious handbag are ideal tools to help you feel confident, while making the right impression on your colleagues and clients.”
Isabelle has carefully selected artisans and craftsmen from around Europe, focusing mainly on her homeland France. Her attention to detail and a genuine appreciation of subtle elegance have brought many new and exciting designers to Canada for the first time.
One example is UK-designed jewellery line The Branch. Singled out by Vogue as producing the finest wooden jewellery this season, its pieces made of finely polished woods with silver and gold accents are supremely sophisticated.
Similarly, jewellery-maker Nicolette Cei produces cufflinks in unexpected materials and finishes, which is another accessory that can be used to great effect with a formal suit. Men’s as well as smaller sizes for ladies are available.
Design label Swash is another newcomer to the Canadian market, its sumptuous silk scarves printed in whimsical patterns and in a lovely range of colours to suit an array of tastes and complexions.
A stunning piece from designer Paula Bianco would bring just the right feminine touch to the boardroom.
Other designers represented at Rue Pigalle include Noritamy, Tzuri Gueta, Anna Nadal, Louis Quatorze, Philippe Ferrandis, Lena Erziak, Philippe Roucou, Dianora Salviati and Césaire.
View their collections at www.ruepigalle.ca, or visit the boutique at 104 Yorkville Avenue, 2nd floor, where you are encouraged to explore new looks and textures under Isabelle’s tasteful eye. Private shopping is a popular service that is available at the boutique, or in the comfort of your home or office.
“Dressing for the workplace should be fun!” insists Isabelle. “My goal is for every woman to walk out of my boutique and into the office with the confidence of the ‘Rue Pigalle Coquette’ – an independent woman totally engaged in her professional, family and community life. As a fashionista she values the designer’s savoir faire and the quality of the materials used – she will pass her accessories to her daughter the same way she is wearing her mother’s.”
Isabelle Fish, founder and owner of Rue Pigalle
Men’s and ladies’ cufflinks by Nicoletta Cei
Silk scarf by Swash
A feminine necklace with silk and pearls by Paula Bianco
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