Scenically located across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, ARMED Jewelry is an eclectic store and studio in Toronto’s west-end.
With autumn right around the corner, it’s time to lock down your fall wardrobe and fill it with wardrobe essentials and a few key trend-driven pieces. A well-rounded fall wardrobe should include everything from sweaters and leggings to the perfect leather jacket, which might sound a little intimidating especially if you’re on a budget!
That’s why I rounded-up some affordable fall fashion items for you to shop and they’re all under $75! Add these items to your closet and you’ll be ready to navigate the new season in style, while not breaking the bank.
"If you’re looking for a statement necklace, look no further than UP AND ARMED. Located in downtown Toronto, you can shop their designs, which range from super delicate to dramatically ornate, either in-store or online. The store, which caters to both men and women, also offers other great accessories to choose from, including a killer sunglasses collection."
Mother's day pop-up (Friday May 12th + Saturday May 13th) at the Eaton Centre along side Kotn and Kroft
Photo: Nathalie Klinck
They say 2-years is the standard test of time for business owners who expect to last. Desiree Girlato lauched ARMED jewelry 5-years ago. CH8NEWS decided it was a good time to crash her anniversary celebration and meet some of her stylish friends.
"It’s always a good time to up your jewelry game, especially if the pieces are dreamed up right here in our homeland. From bad-ass, blinged-out baubles from Dundas West’s Armed to delicate chains at Biko, here is the best bling Canada has to offer."
"ARMED JEWELRY first started as an unapologetically bold and beautiful idea by designer Desiree Girlato. From humble beginnings, the brand has since bloomed into its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the Toronto flagship.
Girlato is a self-taught jewelry designer and conceptual artist with an eye for show-stopping trends, that she incorporates into her designs. ARMED pieces are rendered with raw material from around the globe. Unique stones sourced from Arizona are paired with superior workmanship of Brass and Sterling Silver from New York."
"Founded in 2011, Desiree Girlato is a self-taught jewellery designer and conceptual artist who creates beautiful statement jewellery, featuring cool Arizona sourced stones, for everyday wear."
"Gorgeous jewelry, stylish guests and whimsical eats (there was a pastry puff tower dusted with GOLD), ARMED Jewelry sure knows how to throw a party!"
"ARMED, the pocket-sized jewelry shop located at 1024 Dundas Street West (Dundas & Shaw St.), is celebrating its 4th anniversary Thursday September 24th with a bash at Cooper Cole Gallery. The evening promises an outrageous photo-booth, booze and pop-up shop, but we’re most excited for designer and founder Desiree Girlato to unveil 8 new collections. Yes, 8. (Woman be busy.)"
"At first, Armed Boutique on Dundas West could be mistaken for a vintage trinket shop, aka your grandmother’s closet. Grandma-style is essentially what drove owner and designer Desiree Girlato to open up shop in her family neighbourhood, so the influence holds true. Nestled in a bright yellow brick and mortar shop, directly across from Trinity Bellwoods, lies every girl’s dream walk-in; ring trays atop marble slabs and piled chokers amongst precious stones and crystals."
"ARMED VINTAGE & JEWELRY began in 2011 and has been unapologetically bold and beautiful ever since. Designer Desiree Girlato has watched her brand grow from her dining room table to its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the flagship store in Toronto."
"The best jewellery stores in Toronto celebrate the marriage of exquisite, precious materials with a craftsman's eye. "Precious," by the way, doesn't just mean "expensive". Though a large number of these shops do prize diamonds, sapphires, gold and silver, and cater especially to the Romeos and Juliets looking to present that special someone with some major hardware (custom or off-the-shelf), others transform more base materials into beautiful pieces that hold a different kind of value."
Never has it been cooler to make your own, well, everything. From at-home skin treatments to cleaning products, It seems there’s a DIY tutorial for almost anything.
"This episode of Sensual Sessions I explore jewelry that frames a feminine figure. How do I bring attention to my curves? Decorate my strengths? Desire Girlato, owner of Armed Jewelry has a few suggestions and wisdom in store ***get it***."
"Ahhhh! been dying to share this set and finally, Ta-da!!!! :) hehe Thanks to amazing team of talents, we were able to get published on Dauphine Magazine online! cannot be more excited :) Thank you everyone especially Sarah for this !! hehe here are the images that has made onto Dauphine as well as some other un revealed cuts!"
"Think Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, Cara Delevingne. ARMED jewelry is made for the kind of girl who knows how to add elements of style to her everyday wardrobe to elevate her look from the realm of fashionable into iconic territory. The brainchild of self-taught Toronto-based jewelry designer and conceptual artist Desiree Girlato, ARMED’s flagship store at 1024 Dundas Street West is yet another reason why just slightly north of Queen is the new center of hip for many a Toronto trendsetter. Girlatos’ handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces incorporate non-traditional materials like horse hair, boar tusk, and fossilized shark teeth. And if you’re looking for a headpiece to rock on the outdoor music festival scene, you’ve only got to make one stop at ARMED. We caught up with Girlato to find out more…"
"Canadian fashion is a beautiful, rich tapestry of thought-provoking style—and the designers behind it all are pretty great, too. We rounded up the top 10 Canadian fashion designers making noise both at home and around the globe that you need to know right now."
"Intimidation factor: Zero. Armed jewelry store is tiny, a petite bijou.
Number of salespeople on floor: Two, owner Desiree Girlato and her intern.
Response time: Immediate. Girlato greets us as if we’re guests to her party, which in fact we become. Random shoppers are like new BFF’s.
Vibe: Miley Cyrus’s jewelry box meets antique curio shop."