What I Bought Intermission: Fell off the retail wagon for a pop-up shop of scarves (Kalabandar Scarves)!
As promised, I am coming clean, but for the record, I place the blame of my shopping weakness squarely on a lovely reader who emailed me and told me about this fabulous pop-up shop selling scarves that only happens twice a year.
The shop is called Kalabandar, and they’ve been featured in Toronto Life Magazine before, right here.
If you are fast enough, you can still catch them!
2014 Summer Kalabandar Scarves (Pop-Up Shop, happens only TWICE a year)
67 Sullivan Street (East of Spadina, in between Dundas and Queen Street)
- Thursday June 19 11 am – 7 pm
- Friday June 20 11 am – 7 pm
- Saturday June 21 12 pm – 6 pm
- Sunday June 22 12 pm – 5 pm
Take the Spadina 501 Streetcar south, get off at Sullivan Street, cross the road and it will be on the right-hand side of the street.
Prices range from $79 (the majority of scarves) to $300 (the more “designer”, or intricate scarves that are handwoven).
If you do happen to miss them, they sell scarves over at Blue Banana in Kensington Market as well, but apparently their most beautiful scarves are to be found at their home, which makes sense (less of a retail markup, it’s directly purchased by Kalabandar from the ones who sewed them in India, and so on).
If you go, be prepared to leave with at least one scarf, if not two.
I had to hold myself back and I only (LOL.. “ONLY”..) bought 5 scarves.
I really gravitate towards the shawl / blanket-style scarves because I love wrapping them around my face and neck. I am not really into scratchy or very light scarves, so I tended to touch those and leave them on the rack, no matter how beautiful they looked.
Here’s what I bought:
This reversible Indian sari..
So.. SO pretty. My goodness.
I touched it and instantly fell in love with the purple print on the one side…
..then flipped it to reveal THIS gorgeous cobalt blue print in the sari. It’s like a two-in-one!
This one was one of the sale shawls. It’s hard to see but it’s actually pomegranate seed-dyed silk (that dark grey) with a natural, undyed, golden shimmery silk woven into it.
It was super expensive at $300, marked down to $179. She says she loves them so much but no one really buys them because they’re so pricey. Whatever, like that has ever stopped me.
The picture does not do it justice.
Then I saw this scarf and the print totally spoke to me. I HAD TO HAVE IT. It’s kind of too colourful and bright for what I normally gravitate towards, but it wasn’t obnoxious about its colour scheme and the print is really interesting and modern.
Somehow it made me think of the designer Kenzo, if the label went to India.
This was another sale scarf. It’s a 100% silk in a very thick, textured kind of knit. From afar you can’t see the texture but you see the awesome stripes at the end (WHICH I LOVE!), and it’s very blanket-y, which is what drew me to it.
What a gorgeous piece.
I had another sari picked out as my last scarf but this one, even though it’s a bit paler, spoke to me with its mix of stripes (I’m a fiend for stripes) and its patterns woven in. I couldn’t pass it up.
Turns out, it was one of her favourites too, and she bought a bunch of them, and kept one for herself.
So the damage was pretty significant. I’ll let you do the math in your head while I go wallow in the corner on my bed of newly purchased handwoven beautiful silk scarves.
I feel GOOD about breaking my retail ban for this purchase because:
- The shop only happens twice a year for a few days each year
- They don’t have Black Friday or Boxing Day Sales (which is how my retail ban originated)
- They are seriously good prices for the quality of super soft silk, handwoven and so on; these scarves in fancier stores should sell for 3X their price, at about $300 each, no doubt
But I’m back on the wagon this time. I promise. I’ll behave.