has garnered rave reviews from the National Post, The Globe
and Mail, the Toronto Star, and was recently emblazoned in full
colour on the cover of Eye Magazine. Here's a sample of a few
articles that Boudoir has been featured in.
shops and hot spots
Globe and Mail
Wednesday June 11, 2003
on Queen Street, funky boutiques have been popping up like
daisies. Speaking of a floral fix, innovative florists Poppies
are just west of Dovercourt, announced by a neon pink sign.
Double back to the neighbourhood's modern design mini museum
Studio Birllantine for gifts and gadgets. If only for its
dramatic windows, stop at Boudoir for a peek into the dressing
table culture of the past, complete with vintage sexy gowns,
lace-up boots and hat boxes galore.
frontier rounds up fashion
Thursday December 19, 2002
...Keep walking further west and almost directly across from
the doors of the Queen Street Mental Health Centre, you'll
find a refined little hideaway for the girliest of girls.
Boudoir is the newest addition to the strip, having opened
quietly a few weeks ago.
Co-owners Patti Fox and Debbie Pearce were Burlington house
wives with teenage kids, operating a small-scale vintage business
at clothing sales and antique shows only a few months ago
when they decided to bring it to Queen Street West.
"Everyone was always asking us 'Where is your store?
It must be beautiful.' says Fox, 47, who will run the boutique
while Pearce attends law school.
The store is a treasure trove of feminine delights, each
corner delicately decorated with a mix of vintage furniture,
shoes, hats, bags, clothing, art, lamps, jewelry, all with
a 1950s French feel. A few new elements - lingerie, pretty
soaps, and chocolates round out the mix.
"People used to have separate rooms where they would
do their toilette," explains Fox. "They would invite
guests to socialize. They had fireplaces and chaise lounges.
it was glamourous retreat for women, and I think we should
all have one."
She's eventually hoping to offer the space for rent during
the evenings, providing a glam getaway for birthday parties
or other events.
"We could bring in wine and hors d'oeuvres and try
on clothes and talk," says Fox.
A large round bed and a white vinyl sectional sofa offer
relaxation spots for tired shoppers. A library of books, old
and new, provide inspiration, many of them looking back to
the 40's and 50's, an era when girls were really girls.
back, and, with it, the dressing table. So primp away
Globe and Mail
March 1, 2003
...Although the sky can be the limit, any creative and enterprising
hedonist can fashion a little nest of their own on a budget
using this piece of furniture. Put a flouncy or tailored skirt
on a super-simple Ikea table, add a mirror - clean Caban-simple
or a more ornate antique-store find - of our favourite girlie
things and you've got yourself a refuge.
Boudoir, a new shop on the westerly edge of Queen Street
West in Toronto, understands the allure of this piece of furniture.
Its window last week featured an all-pink dressing table.
Even for tomboy-leaning minimalists, it was inviting. In fact,
it stopped you dead on the cold, grey street. It tempted with
the simple idea of a quiet moment. And for that, the dressing
table is a décor must for today's time-strapped modern
has her day, again
Fox, above, at her Queen St. W. store Boudoir, which celebrates
the vintage fashion and sensibility of Doris Day, left.
Tired of fighting for a parking spot at the mall? Go west,
way west, to Queen St.'s hippest shopping stretch with writer
Daphne Gordon on page K4.
Entrepreneur Patti Fox became an overnight success and Queen
Street media darling with the opening of her new glamourous,
girly, foofy, irresistible boutique, boudoir.
In just a few short months, Boudoir has garnered rave reviews
from the National Post, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star,
and was recently emblazoned in full colour on the cover of
Eye Magazine. Not bad, Patti must be doing something right
girl! Which just goes to show that sometimes you need to take
psychic readings seriously - according to Patti anyway. Prior
to opening in January, she and her Boudoir partner Debbie
Pearce had a reading from a psychic in New York, who said
that opening Boudoir would be the smartest thing they ever
did. Patti runs the store, while Debbie is currently attending
Patti has an interior design background which is readily
apparent when one walks through the portal at Boudoir and
enters what seems to be the parlour and dressing room of a
rich French movie star in the 1940's, or perhaps the mistress
of a very well-to-do gentleman in mid-century Europe.
The atmosphere in Boudoir is rich, elegant and decadent,
but a little cheeky too. A round bed in ivory faux fur a la
Austin Powers is sprawled lazily in the middle of the boutique.
A giant, illuminated Princess Phone sits atop it, glowing
in sweet baby blue, Polka dots and feathers are everywhere,
and a faint whiff of lavender lingers in the air.