I can hardly believe that Westdale has been open for two months already. Where does the time go? It's been a really amazing experience thus far. The neighbourhood has been so welcoming, and it's so nice to be able to preach the good word of handmade and Canadian design to more of Hamilton. It's truely a breath of fresh air to be able to come into this new space and meet so many new and friendly faces. We hope to be here for many more months to come.
I decided to take some quick photos on this pretty gloomy day, because the blog has been lacking photos of our new space. I thought the rain collecting on the edge of our new awning looked like tiny sparkles. And even though these beautiful garden roses that Bev from I Fiori found for us are on their way out, they still brighten my day when I see them.
You'll find the same artists in Westdale that we carry in James. We've had a couple of customers comment on how the vibe is the exact same here, and that's so great to hear. It's exactly what we wanted, and because we are guided mostly through personal taste, I think it would be more alarming if the two spaces felt completely different.
There may be certain pieces that we only carry at one shop or the other for now, but if you see something online or in person and would like it transferred to the shop that's more convenient for you, don't hesitate to ask! We can always bring things back and forth between shops.
When we did our clothing ordering for F/W earlier this year, the second shop was just a twinkle in our eye. This season may prove to have some growing pains as certain clothing styles are only at either James or Westdale, but we already did our S/S and we made sure to order enough for each store in more styles.
I thought I would share a couple of my favourite pieces right now. Pieces that are perfect to welcome in the fall season (the best season!).
Alpaca/merino/silk Jarvis toques by Good Night Day. Knit in Hamilton. $64. Both locations, various colours.
Middle - ceramic necklace by Lauren Winter $65, both locations in various styles. Outer edges - ceramic necklaces by Sojourn $50-$80, both locations in various styles.
Mittlets by Anna Kari. Knit in Hamilton. $28-$32, both locations in various styles.
Falconwright screen-printed leather pouches. $32-$78. Westdale only, various styles.
Birds of North America Phalarope dress, $209. Westdale and James North.
Make sure to stop in if you are ever in the Westdale area! We have all the cute things you love and we have a whole bunch of new lunch recommendations for everyone now!