Living in the suburbs, it’s rare to come across trendy, stand-alone boutiques. You often have to venture downtown to get that type of shopping experience…but not always.
Lemonberry is an incredible boutique in Aurora, ON, which carries some of my favourite clothing, accessory and beauty brands, including Soya & Kyo, Foxy Originals, Seven For All Mankind, Gentle Fawn, and Preloved. It’s next to impossible to go into the shop and not find at least a couple of items to swoon over.
In addition to portraying the “downtown” vibe, they’re keen on carrying brands who are socially responsible in what they do, supporting local as much as possible.
One of the brands that Lemonberry carries is Dish Jeans (Du/er for men), which I haven’t seen in years! As some of you may know, I spent my college years working in a high-end jeans store, and Dish was one of the many brands they carried…except I was never interested in their jeans. They didn’t fit well, they weren’t comfortable, had ugly stitching on the back pocket, and primarily targeted tall girls.
A couple of weeks ago, Lemonberry hosted a pop-up shop, and one of the brands being featured was Dish jeans. At first glance, I noticed the line looked completely different than I remembered, and their rep informed me that that’ve recently re-branded. Dish is a proud Canadian company, and turned to their Vancouver roots for their redesign. Their denim is now super comfortable and made with technical fabrics, to appeal to the active, outdoorsy denim-lover. The fabrics are much lighter and more comfortable than they used to be, and the quality has significantly improved.
Dish uses different technologies, depending on the type of denim being used in each style. For instance, they carry black skinny jeans, which are are made with a colour-lock technology, to ensure the denim will not fade. They guarantee the jeans will hold their colour for 20+ washes! If I didn’t already have multiple pairs of black skinny jeans, I would have picked up a pair.
I left with an incredible pair of skinnies, which also happen to be a 28″ inseam (score for shorties like me)! They’re a gorgeous, dark denim, and are designed with Dish’s L2X fabric. L2X denim is a specific blend of fibres created to maximize performance, while retaining the look and feel of denim. The fabric works to wick moisture away from the body, while accelerating the fabric’s drying rate. This means the denim works to keep you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. They’re lightweight and breathable, and have a ton of stretch. While I have no intention of ever exercising in jeans, they did work while I frolicked in the playground for this photoshoot!
Another one of the brands I learned about at Lemonberry was Amy’s Place Handmade Vintage Candles. Amy’s candles are locally made, and ethically produced. When I was chatting with Amy, she told me that she blends, pours and packages all of the candles by hand. Her candles are made with pure soybean wax, essential oils, and vegetable-based fragrances. They smell incredible, and help to enhance the atmosphere of any room, and improve your mood. Despite her advice to light the candle, I haven’t just yet, because it’s so pretty. I promise that I’ll light it soon, Amy!