Monday, October 18, 2010

Shop Review: Lady Mosquito

Walking down the trendy Queen Street West area of Toronto is always a delight. There is never a dull moment and you are generally guaranteed to find something to temp your senses. Little bistros, galleries, specialty shops, and a character or two are part of this urban landscape. Queen West is a must-see area of Toronto.

Over the years, the area has seen countless changes and continues to reinvent itself. This past weekend Crafted Spaces had the pleasure of visiting Lady Mosquito, a quaint little gallery boutique that has just celebrated its one year anniversary. This unique, one-of-a-kind selection of handbags, jewellery and other fashion accessories are vibrant and well crafted. Director, Cynthia Villegas took the time to chat with us and share the details behind the featured collections.

Cynthia Villegas, Director

In 2008, Cynthia a native of Peru who has been living in Canada for several years; embarked on her entrepreneurial journey, importing the amazing creations of some very talented individuals. The designs are vibrant and eco friendly.

Cocktail purses created with recycled materials
Click here to view workshop images

"I wanted to bring to Canada designs created by some creative designers from Peru."

The store therefore features Peruvian designers exclusively, adding to its uniqueness. Cynthia also indicated that she travels regularly to Peru and meets with the designers, visits their production sites, and . . .

"try to co-ordinate very closely with them to decide what products will best suit the international market."

The final product is a great mix of designs that complement each other and combines traditional elements with modern design.

Capsula Purses
Click here to view workshop images

Necklace produced with sustainably harvested Tagua seeds
from the Amazon rainforest

The service is warm and friendly, and the shop is well put together with many of the displays crafted by Cynthia herself. Lady Mosquito is located just west of Queen and Ossington on the north side. To find out more about Lady Mosquito and its' amazing selection of designs visit the website for store hours, features on the designers, and an opportunity to shop online.

For more information on Lady Mosquito visit or call 1 647-344-3266

1020 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario

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