The newest boutique concept to hit up Toronto’s West end strip is The Patron Saint- where the blessed are those who shop. Conceptualized by fashion and business veterans Bahareh Azimi and Shaun Marq, the airport shop-like store caters to not only an elite crowd of travelers, but to the city's most rambunctious fashion crowd and west-end dwellers. Apply named for its strategic location inside the luxurious Thompson Hotel, The Patron Saint lends to those who are in need of something different.
"We chose the name because it really made creative sense,” states Azimi. “Luxury hotels call their guests patrons, and of course there is a patron saint of travelers- someone who takes care of you when you are on the road. That's what we aim to achieve with our products and service, that nurturing feeling by providing things one needs, and of course those things that one would want."
With a combined 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, the duo plan to meet the needs of their guests through strategic purchasing and event catering. The size and close proximity of clientele alone allow a vast array of products to be carried and sold. From skincare to luggage to clothing and jewellery, The Patron Saint really delivers. Each room in the Hotel will be stocked with the shops custom designed catalogues with items being delivered patrons like room service. For out-of-house shoppers, an online e-commerce shop will be launched allowing fans of the store to order online with shipping to anywhere in North America.
As the business is Canadian, the owners aim to provide as much Canadian designed and made product as possible. Brands like Mooseknuckles, Love and Lust Jewellery and Umoro are some of the lines that will be carried in addition to global brands like Calvin Klein, Caviar of Switzerland and Harry’s. In addition to the exclusive luxury goods, the shop will also carry signature brand "PS". Creatively designed as afterthought pieces like a toiletries kit, cards, scarves and jewellery, PS is designed by Marq and Azimi, and promises to evolve as the shop does.
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