Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bring Back Caban!

Photo by Adam Xavier 

I’m heading out to the Joe Fresh Style show tonight for Toronto’s LG Fashion Week , and while I’m looking forward to seeing what tricks the team has up its collective sleeve (Coco Rocha made a special runway appearance last year), I can't help but let my thoughts linger on Joe Fresh founder Joseph Mimran and his dearly missed lifestyle store, Caban. 

Any design-savvy Canadian worth her House & Home  subscription remembers Caban, an offshoot of Club Monaco that sadly shuttered its doors in 2006. The thoughtfully edited style emporium carried everything from Philippe Starck Louis Ghost chairs to $19 wok sets to waffle-knit bathrobes in every shade of beige you can imagine. It was a gorgeous space in a stunning building, a fabulous place to browse, and the sales were pretty damn fantastic, too. Years after its closing, I’m still gutted that I didn’t take full advantage of all the goodies Caban had to offer, but I was a renter back then, not a homeowner, and hadn’t yet become obsessed with decorating. 

Well, Joe, I’m obsessed now, so if you’re reading this — and we both know you love my blog — please re-open Caban! I’ll do my best to single-handedly support the store the way my mother has been single-handedly keeping The Bay in business for years. Canadians want affordable, stylish things. We need Caban. How about it, Joe? Pretty please? 
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