Zoe and Gabby.
Before moving to Toronto in early 2018, we had been working in South Korea teaching children and traveling through Asia for two years. That experience changed our lives forever and we decided that when we came to Toronto, it was important for us to be involved in the service industry because of the compassion and kindness shown to us while living abroad.
Living in a small town in Korea, it felt isolating to be separate from the community we were in. It wasn't until we found a safe haven in our local coffee shop, where we were greeted with smiles and bows, that we finally felt at home. We couldn't speak each other's languages, but it was through the act of service that we formed a meaningful relationship. Our hope is to pay that kindness forward to our customers here in Toronto.
Our passion for roasting coffee developed when we were traveling in Indonesia and noticed how almost every coffee shop we visited was roasting their own coffee. We really appreciated that personal touch. Zoe got to talking with a local man there who was kind enough to teach Zoe how to roast coffee beans. He took this new-found passion back with him to Canada and started roasting his own beans at home with the goal in mind to open his own coffee truck or cafe.
Matt and Jen.
We met while living in San Francisco, and later moved to Oakland, where we both worked in the retail industry at the store and corporate levels—we’ve now got 35 years of retail experience between us! Our love for design and fashion was not only fueled by the places we’ve visited and lived, but by the creative work and people that surrounded us throughout our careers. We’ve always been thrifters, frequenting local estate sales, flea markets, and secondhand shops in search of unique and timeless pieces for our own collections. Owning a shop of our own to share our style has always been our dream. It’s crazy that we’re here now and we’re so happy and thankful to be here.
We hope to bring a little bit of that relaxed, California feel to Toronto and aim to curate a shop of secondhand clothing and home goods for your collection of "go-to” statement pieces that help characterize your personal style.