Everyone loves a good neighbourhood spot. That casual + inspiring destination you make your way to meanderingly after Sunday brunch, before your second coffee, in between visiting your local market to grab a few fresh things for dinner. Ardith is a favourite in that way. And it's perfectly situated on one of the most pleasant streets in Toronto to while away an afternoon – Roncesvalles Ave.
Step through Ardith's substantial front door and you kind of feel like you're walking into your coolest friend's home. Filled with leisurely chic clothes (now including Soft Focus lounge sets + tees), accessories and select vintage treasures, the vibe is casual, natural and warm. The assortment of crystals probably help with that...a hippy underbelly with a designer veneer.
Ardith's new owner, Vanessa Vanderbergh, is a delight + it has to be said, is a total babe. Everything that she brings into the shop is meaningful to her. She has to love it + it has to feel just right. My favourite thing she told me is that she'll sometime pre-wash pieces before putting them out so that they have an already soft, natural, worn feel. Nothing too crisp – everything should feel at ease.
While your perusing a lounge set or two, you can also check out some of our fave artisan wares like jewelry from Modern Weaving, apothecary from Binu Binu + Living Libations, and babouches + blankets sourced from Morocco.
Then make your way to that second coffee (or iced tea) up the street at Reunion Island. You won't regret it ;)
Mood lighting at the shop.
A selection of of handmade ceramics + coordinating crystals.
Shelves are decorated with an assortment of stones + crystals. Ideal for home decor + way chicer than that health food store salt lamp :)
Our Palomino Lounge Shirt on the racks at Ardith.
A few of our very favourite pieces at the shop. Rose face oil by cult natural beauty brand Living Libations and a few items from local handmade soap company Binu Binu. Next, vintage scarves and statement earrings by Modern Weaving.
Our white on white Lady tee styled with a handmade leather belt by The Standard of Quality (and some perfect vintage white jeans).
The shop is regularly stocked in vintage denim. Ideal for coordinating with our Canadian Tuxedo inspired looks.
New artists are featured in the shop regularly. Stop by this month to see these hand-cut leaf mandalas by Becky Comber. They totally fit with the backyard vibe of these shots taken by Vanessa and her creative director Ann.
Our newest lounge set, in Pale Denim, is stocked at Ardith. Ideal for an outdoor lounge moment soaking up the last of of the summer sunshine.
Photos by Amanda Danishevsky + Ardith