It's time to meet our newest stockist, LEN: Democratic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things. They certainly live up to the claim. Christal Pshyk and David Kravinchuk own and operate this small, but mighty shop in Toronto's east end at Coxwell and Danforth Avenues - just across the street from Coxwell Station.
LEN has a loyal following in the east end (including myself) since beginning as one of the Danforth East Community Association's (DECA) pop up shops. It's since been named Toronto's Best Design Store by NOW Magazine and for good reason. Christal and David have an undeniably keen sense for good design, but the shop is also cozy and welcoming. They're pioneers in creating community and making design accessible to all.
Their collection of beautiful things is just that, and there is a common Canadiana thread seen in the store. Artisans and makers are represented from across the country, including Swell Made Co. which is absolute honour. Christal has lived and worked all over Canada (like me!) and there is a certain warmth that comes with that. We were able to revisit places where we had commonly lived and attended University. Shout out to Edmonton and its fine people!
So, if you're in the east end, be sure to visit Christal and David at LEN! They've also set up shop at Toronto's Christmas Market in the Distillery District if you want to chat over mulled wine. It's one of my favourite Christmas traditions in Toronto and it runs from November 28 - December 21, 2014.
LEN: Domestic Purveyors of Fine Art & Beautiful Things
For the discerning Danforth East resident and visitor: a gallery of emerging and established Canadian artists nigh a modern shop filled with carefully selected and prudently priced objects. Created by Danforth East neighbourhood residents (Milverton Blvd. represent!) Christal Pshyk and David Kravinchuk, inspired by David’s dad, Len.
698 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto, ON