WHAT’S GOING ON AT LAVISH&SQUALOR? GET A SNEAK PEEK – THIS WEEKEND!

SOFT OPEN FOR SNEAK PEAKS

SOFT OPENSNEAK PEEK, SHOP OPENING DATES – MAY 3rd and 4th @ 253 Queen Street West Toronto. 

Miss us yet? We certainly miss you. So much, we decided that you should come by for a visit this weekend. All are welcome - shoppers, friends and city of  Toronto visitors. Our main floor renovations will resume next week and the shop will be closed until our grand re-opening date, MAY 8th. So, if you’re curious or simply miss us too – come inside, say hello and check it out!

Thanks for loving Lavish&Squalor and ‘vesting local. Your patronage is much obliged.

CHANGE IS GOOD!

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images lav_may 14IN WITH THE OLD AND OUT WITH THE NEW. Your local life+style shop, Lavish&Squalor is doing a little shape shifting and under wraps until MAY 3rd 2014 - but don’t panic! Change is good and we certainly know a thing or two of what needs to stay around. Here’s a tiny hint for the vagabond boys to men of Lavish&Squalor. You will still find Crown Shaving Co. at 253 Queen Street West. Crown followers know that a good shave requires technique and a little fluff. Crown products are enriched with natural and botanical ingredients, free of artificial colorants, artificial fragrance, sulfates and parabens to genuinely glide you past ruff and into being a supremely well groomed fella.

We can’t wait to see you all again, after our mini spring fling with construction. We love our Queen West community of shoppers, friends and followers. Please keep up with us on Facebook Twitter Instagram and Tumblr. Let us know how much you miss us and what YOU, personally would love to find in a future visit to Lavish&Squalor, Toronto!

See you Saturday May 3rd!

Keep loving local shops, Toronto. Keep loving Lavish&Squalor!

ALIGN YOURSELF WITH THE POSITIVITY OF ‘ATK COLLECTIVE’

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atkbannerLAUR ERIKSON CREATED ‘ATK COLLECTIVE’ IN THE SUMMER OF 2012 after being inspired by street and skateboarding culture, and her love of animal and art. Laur’s collection first started out as paintings and prints made with inks and watercolors of animal portraits that eventually were made into prints on clothing. Each piece is limited to no more than 60 runs, embracing the idea of originality in a collection.

‘ATK Collective’ has also aligned itself with a positive message and a quiet focus on animal liberation. A portion of every sale goes towards various animal rights organizations including: Sea Shepherd, PETA and Toronto Cat Rescue.

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COME EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC OF ‘FOX’

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TORONTO ARTIST, FOX HAS BEEN WRITING AND RECORDING MUSIC FOR ABOUT 3 YEARS NOW. Fox performs with 2 other bands; ‘Creep Creep Beach’ and ‘Goodbye Honolulu’, as well as running Fried Records with Emmet Webb and Jacob Switzer. His Music encompasses many sounds, touching on influences ranging from delta blues, lo-fi garage rock, country and punk.

fox2Join us at Lavish&Squalor on Saturday afternoons between 5-7pm to experience ‘Fox”s musical stylings and indulge yourself in a complimentary beer from Newcastle Brown Ale.

Photo Credit- Top; Petra Collins Bottom; Ingrid Veninger

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HANDCRAFTED FOR YOUR HOME

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THESE BEAUTIFUL GOODS THAT WE’VE CAREFULLY CURATED for you here at Lavish&Squalor show craftsmanship rooted in progressive regions driven by culture. Pieces from this section of the globe have a distinct aesthetic that has  evolved over centuries and nothing reflects that more perfectly than these crafts, embodying an infinite collection of colours and textures. These goods bridge the culture and craft of the old world with the desired  aesthetics of the modern age. By bringing in these pieces, we are exposing you to the precise intricate craftsmanship which portrays the indigenous efforts of artists to establish a perfect balance in home furnishings.
This Collection fills the void of tradition in decoration, you can feel the timeless quality in the hand knotted rugs, the folds of the woven baskets and the hammered textures of the copper vessels. Each piece is perfectly unique with distinct character that shows boldly within the animated patterns and colours. Whether you’re looking for something small to brighten a room or a centrepiece that provides a canvas for your entire home, we have a selection that encompasses every need.

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Come down to Lavish&Squalor and be inspired by the latest collection of beautiful and unique rug pieces that have just arrived.

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2014 WHITE LODGE Artist Series

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DUKE REDBIRD

Duke Redbird is OCAD university’s first Aboriginal Advisor/Mentor. A poet, scholar, storyteller, inspirational speaker and television personality, Duke is a member of the Saugeen First Nation. He is the author of a collection of poetry and has been published in numerous anthologies including textbooks in Canada and the United States. In addition to holding a master’s degree, Redbird is a Fellow of McLaughlin College at York University and has served as Senior Associate of the York Centre for Applied Sustainability

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ZAHRA SIDDIQUI

My name is Zahra Siddiqui and my photography journey began 2 years ago. My desire to support Toronto and the art that derives from this city has pushed me into this direction.  I photograph many of Toronto’s singers, dancers, painters, designers etc. and by supporting them, I am supporting myself. I feel proud to be a part of an art community that comes from such an inspiring city like Toronto.

My gaze tends to focus on urban lifestyle and the culture that speaks to where young people are today in 2014. Natural light, vibrant colors, people and culture is what my eye and mind are organically drawn to. I choose to use the City of Toronto as my backdrop as a way of being mindful, of the beauty that surrounds us.

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Embellishing simplicity, Gevi places complexity on to images. Each image has a deeply personal association, and with time the relationship becomes revealed.  It is not just the picture that sits on top of the painting that matters, but the effort and energy put into it. The great handmade subtleties that one may not see bring a painting to life, and not being interested in leaving things out of a work, Gevi looks for what he can invest into it’s creation.

Gevi had his first solo show November 2013.  He lives and works in Toronto.

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Website: www.g3vi.com

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JAY BELL REDBIRD

Our nation is uplifting, moving, inspiring.  I need to tell all nations about us.  I feel proud as collectors and non collectors look at my art and it moves their spirit for joy.  When I paint, I feel my ancestors in my heart with pure love, and i bring all the goodness of our nation onto the canvas.  We are a loving, proud people; a strong, kind people.  When people see my art and laugh, feel good or cry, I like that because my art is healing and people feel enlightened.  I have to pass on my art to the future.

My new work comes from when I had a heart attack.  I felt moved how I got another chance in life.  I’m very grateful and I have to do more work to heal our world.  My art is for the mind, body and spirit and not to judge other cultures or religions.

Live in peace, love and magic,

Jay Bell Redbird

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IVONKA FRANKOVA

Ivonka Frankova has always taken pictures of people and used the camera to explore the world around her. In 2002, she was sent to Australia to film a solar eclipse. While exploring the south Australian desert which surrounded the town of Lyndhurst, Ivonka took a series of photographs and edited the images to tell a story in a clever sequence thru shapes, colours and materials of the shifting desolate landscape.

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DRINK IN THE UNIQUE WITH CITYBAR ESPRESSO

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CITYBAR ESPRESSO  has always catered to the curiosity of customers within Lavish&Squalors unique shopping experience, and now has finally matured to its own perfect space on the second floor. We are inviting you to come down and unfold in this new space, dedicated entirely to your careful tastes in housewares, art and libations. Indulge in a crafted winter specific drink, a home made treat or even just open yourself out into the tranquil rustic garment factory environment. There are quiet corners to disappear into, open spaces for friends and countless alluring treasures to take in.

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CityBar provides an unspoiled space to unwind from the daily hum, admire curated art, enjoy free Wi-Fi and treat yourself to the unique specialities that you truly deserve.

Come visit us at CityBar, 253 Queen street West.

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