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    SIMONS Part 13

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Montreal
    Classic brands traditionally for men like Stetson, Biltmore, Borsalino’s “fur felt” hats and Jonathan Richard’s tweed caps from Ireland. The store-brand hat, made of rabbit hair, is an international best-seller.
    189 Ste. Catherine St. E.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Toronto
    Hermès will always be famous for its beautiful quality scarves. All Hermès scarves tell a story and there is a little narrative that goes along with each one. One of the new Hermès scarves, the Kuggor Tree scarf ($360), depicts a tree in Sudan that provides shade. But there are more than just scarves here in terms of holiday accessories—the lipstick cases are true dynamite and will make you squeal with glee. They come in a variety of leathers: courcheval, matte lizard or togo ($295 to $625). Check out the beautiful sleek leather bracelets with silver hardware clasps ($225). Wondering what to get your picky boyfriends for Christmas? How can you go wrong with brown suede slippers from Hermès ($450)? True decadence.
    131 Bloor St. W.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Vancouver
    Danier Leather
    Canadian-made leather or lambskin gloves range from driving models to longer zip-ups at price and quality levels that are hard to beat. At Danier Leather.
    1018 Robson St.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Vancouver
    Erin Templeton
    Having returned from an extended stay in Melbourne, Australia, designer Erin Templeton has launched her namesake leather line locally. Trained in shoe design, Templeton sources vintage leather pieces and cleans and treats the leather before sewing saucy Poorboy hats, geometric cuffs and belts from the salvaged pieces. At Dream and Eugene Choo.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Vancouver
    To say this family knows shoes is like saying Coco Chanel had fashion sense. Exquisite styles bridge the gap between classic and cutting-edge. At Ferragamo.
    918 Robson St.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Montreal
    C(Hat)-Peau, La Griffe
    Worth a climb up the staircase. This is where to get a special hat for a wedding or a polo match with royalty. The in-house designs are lovely, with lots of feather and velvet accents.
    3877 St. Denis St.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Montreal
    A landmark hat store for the past 15 years. Over 40 Canadian designers sell here, with prices ranging from $12 to $200. The Lilliput line is well represented, along with Heaslip and Almar.
    3944 St. Denis St.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Montreal
    Club Monaco
    Classy belts abound at Club Monaco and the simple styles are always a good buy. It also has the season’s trendy army-surplus look as well as novelty grommet styles.
    Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455 Peel St.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Toronto
    Accessories By Eva
    This old-fashioned boutique has one of the best selections of gloves in the city. The vast assortment is stored in rows and rows of teensy drawers. The store always has lots of knit gloves and scarves in every colour. There are also luxe velvet scarves in patchwork and geometric patterns. However, the biggest draw is still the line by Le Sportsac — durable travel bags in all sizes with oodles of pockets.
    402 Eglinton Ave. W.

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Vancouver
    Aldo Accessories
    New for the Montreal-based shoe empire is a focus on everything but footwear. Find handbags, sunglasses, fashion jewellery, jackets, mitts and scarves. At Aldo Accessories.
    Eaton Centre Metrotown

    Hats, Belts & Scarves, Vancouver
    The Toronto-based company gives a bit of attitude to wrap around your waist. Italian leather belts with feathers, fringe, turquoise and matrix gem accents are also available with tooled vintage buckles and hand-sanded calfskin. At Below the Belt, FAB, Hill’s of Kerrisdale, Obstruction, Plenty and Vasanji

    Hoisery, Montreal
    Where discerning shoppers get their stockings. If you are concerned about things like denier count and texture, you really should be buying your hose here. Expect to pay for such wonderful stockings of distinction. It’s worth it.
    Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455 Peel St.

    Hoisery, Montreal
    Pieds Nus
    Serviceable day stockings from all the popular brands: DIM, Calvin Klein, Jockey, Hanes and Wonderbra.
    hosiery, day stockings

    Hoisery, Montreal
    Sox Box
    You can spend an afternoon browsing in this catch-all store for name-brand hosiery and socks. Note the selection of Givenchy, Volga, DKNY and world-class SPANX footlets ($30) and Tootsie toelets.
    1357 Greene Ave., Westmount

    Hoisery, Montreal
    Spend the money and get a pair of Philippe Matignon 40 dernier hose for $20. You’ll wear them all year. Also, pick up the revamped line from Ibici in Italy and other novelty patterns in bold colours. The sheer line by Influence, from Québec, does well, as does the Arianne camisoles.
    1 Place Ville Marie

    Hoisery, Montreal
    Boutique Divine
    A classy little stocking shop with exclusive distribution for Garda Calze. Its other fashionable lines include Dolci Calze from Italy ($30) and the entire Italian collection by Trasparenze, which makes the Burberry look-alikes.
    1060 Laurier Ave W 514 278-9767 and Complexe Desjardins 514 843-8592
    1060 Laurier Ave. W. and Complexe Desjardins

    Hoisery, Montreal
    Holt Renfrew
    Go directly to the Fogal stocking display—a tree-shaped stand on the floor. Fogal, made in Switzerland, is known for its huge array of colours, its fine texture and hand-sewn quality.
    1300 Sherbrooke St. W.

    Hoisery, Montreal
    La Maison Simons
    The store’s brand, Twik, is the city’s best-kept secret. Don’t miss its three high-end imports: Jonathan Aston from England, Philippe Matignon from Italy, and Filodoro Classics, also from Italy.
    977 Ste. Catherine St. W.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    When she’s not gone from her bright, cheery store doing private design consultations, owner Kelly Deck can be found smiling amidst tamoko glazed ceramics, mohair throws and linen pillows.
    3638 Main St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Solus Décor
    As durable as stone but as contemporary as your taste is the opulent aesthetic of a concrete hearth and mantle. This Vancouver company has eight beautiful options from which to choose. By appointment.
    146 E. Third Ave.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Ta Da!
    If you think like Madame de Pompadour, and the words “Bonjour, mon petit langoustine” are how you greet him each morning, shop here. Ta Da! has overstuffed chairs, shabby-chic lamps and bric-a-brac aplenty to complete your romantic mission.
    2308 W. Broadway

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Martha Sturdy Originals
    Home design follows the path set by fashion, and the fashionable follow Martha Sturdy. Adorn your walls and tables with fall’s riveted resin pieces and serve your canapés on giant, square brass platters guaranteed to wow your parents and impress your friends. Her metal wall sculptures were all over the office sets of I, Robot, too.
    3039 Granville St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Rattan and bamboo pieces will soften your ultra-modern decor. Owner Tamara Wouters’ passion for beautiful things came to be in this boutique that carries local Janaki Larsen’s concrete tables.
    1512 W. 14th Ave.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Roost Homeware
    Highlights at this predominantly Australian housewares store include organically shaped ceramic vases, German-made “Love Plates” in chocolate and brown, and brightly coloured resin salad tongs by Dinosaur Designs ($95) that you’ll crow about over lunch with the ladies.
    1192 Hamilton St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Trying to decorate your 800-square-foot condo with room left to breathe? Briers makes this a specialty. Find wooden bath mats from local design company Stuff.
    2070 W. Fourth Ave.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Hafatzim means “objects of desire” in Hebrew. Owner Judith Bar designs all the desirables in the store and has pieces built in countries around the world. Huge pottery will beautifully finish a balcony, and the bright silk pillows must be touched.
    2028 W. Fourth Ave.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Lola Home & Apparel
    Chirping birds and petite white furniture evoke Cinderella vibes in this beautiful shop. House Inc. bedding, old-fashioned bedside lamps and the Swoon candle line that graced Oscar baskets earlier this year are just some of the goodies inside.
    1076 Hamilton St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Bacci’s At Home
    Frustrated gift shopping will be a distant memory. Find an array of English ceramics, Japanese tea sets and Zambian wedding baskets, quality linen and bath products.
    2788 Granville St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Barefoot Contessa
    Highlights for fall are French lavender water and vintage wall hooks with crystal knobs, rose-print tea towels, wirework mini Eiffel towers and tiny plush French poodles.
    3715 Main St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Bernstein & Gold/curious
    Bernstein & Gold recently opened Curious two doors down. B&G; has Russian bedding, Venetian glass chandeliers and ultrasuede bedding for fall, while Curious focuses on soap lines, towels and knick-knacks.
    1168 Hamilton St. and Curious, 1170 Hamilton St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    Caban – Vancouver
    Fall’s Kyoto theme includes kimono robes, turquoise dinnerware, bamboo hampers and an upholstered cork Hitachi daybed. The clothier-cum-housewares shop now retails digital cameras and Apple iPods for MP3 buffs, too.
    2912 Granville St.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    The Bath Shop
    This Kitsilano store has the Mona Lisa shower curtain (and about 500 others) you’ve been looking for. Sure enough, the shop lays claim to one of the largest selections of bathroom accessories in Vancouver.
    2080 W. Fourth Ave.

    Home – Accessories, Vancouver
    At Home
    At Home stocks English E favourite Farrow & Ball wallpaper, block printed with F&B;’s own non-latex, clay-based paints (which it also sells). The new West Vancouver location sells draping panels, china and Nygård bedding as well.
    1088 Hamilton St. and 1530 Marine Dr., West Van.

    Home – Accessories, Montreal
    Half restaurant, half boutique, Ru de Nam is about creating an Asian experience. If you like the Thai dishes and bowls at the resto, you’re in luck—you can buy them. Diners always comment on their elegant, metallic finish. Designer Gilles Caffier is equally popular in the boutique for his smoky-style ceramics with Japanese influences. Browsers appreciate the bronze and terra cotta Buddha heads lording over Thai baskets and soaps.
    2499 Notre-Dame St. W.

    Home – Accessories, Montreal
    Swanky destination for customized bedding, window treatments and even renovations. Sleep addicts scramble for the sublime Swedish mattresses by Tempur, while tableware connoisseurs admire Santens’ Belgian line of kitchen linens. The hottest Montreal exclusive is the San Remo collection of bright, stain-resistant tablecloths in over 30 patterns. Equally posh are the French tablecloths by St-Roch. New beaded lamps in amber, orange and turquoise give a fresh edge.
    1116 Bernard Ave. W.

    Home – Accessories, Montreal
    Adirondack chairs put Vie de Campagne on the map. Now this country-style boutique has rugs by Kathy Ireland, items from Montreal quilter Denise Saulnier, vintage bedspreads, reproduction antiques and Depression-era glassware. Vintage pieces are mixed with new, with furniture in cedar, teak, twig and pine.
    361 Victoria Ave., Westmount

    Home – Accessories, Montreal
    Visit all three floors of this French accessory store and marvel at the new textiles by Linum and the “poetic-modern” bedding by Elvé from Paris. Don’t miss the Parisian lamps by Lieux. The bird motif is charming, cast in bronze and iron. Also noteworthy is the selection of tablecloths by Le Jacquard Français and the Forestier lamps.
    251 Laurier Ave. W. (514-278-5421

    Home – Accessories, Montreal
    What a great name! Gogo Glass, in Marché Bonsecours, is the new atelier of glass designers Annie Michaud and Karine Bouchard. It’s a boutique, too, so shoppers can get their oversized cylindrical vases and water glasses by Gogo or pieces made by the artists separately. Bouchard’s label, Verre Minuit, focuses on funeral urns, but makes them in glass. Michaud is known for her glass lemon juicer and the new mortar and pestle.
    385 de la Commune St. E. and

    Home – Accessories, Montreal
    This boutique for unique glassware and ceramics is the place for teapots and dishes by Alfi 21 from Germany, all-black ceramic dishes by Goyer Bonneau and the hip line of felt baskets, carpets and coasters by Zweimineral. It also has oversized vases made of Polish glass by LSA International and the staple trinkets from Starck for Alessi.
    201 de la Commune St. W.

    Home – Accessories, Toronto
    Honestly, start here. This is where everyone goes—even customers in the U.S. shop through the web site. The range of products is truly the best (from Delta to Kohler to Rubinet). It’s a beautiful store where interior designers and architects flock. There’s a sweet gift shop located inside, too.
    1020 Lawrence Ave. W.

    Home – Accessories, Toronto
    Potato Skins
    You’ll get the best slipcovers here. Choose one of the store’s fabrics (and save a little on the bottom line) or supply your own (just have it prewashed before you bring it in). The web site makes the whole experience easier, so check it out first.
    2073 Yonge St.

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