Rave: Designer Consignment at Labels or Love

When it comes to consignment in the city, Jeanne Becker goes to Labels or Love. As a woman who knows a thing or two about fashion, where Jeanne goes, we follow. We headed to Labels or Love to sit down with the store owner and former stylist, Meytal Algranti Shekter.  There, we talked trends, labels and babies (she’s a new mom to baby Kole). 

Fourth Floor: How do you make consignment current each season?

Meytal: I am very particular about what comes into the store. With the exception of exceptional vintage pieces, if its not relevant and current in fashion, I won’t keep it.

Fourth Floor: You deal with some very high-end merchandise. What is the most outrageous sale you have ever made?

Meytal: In my first month of opening, I had a woman come and literally spend $6,500 in under 10 minutes. She was in and she was out, just like that. Let’s just say it was a great beginning to my business venture!

Fourth Floor: How does the consignment shopping experience differ from department store shopping?

Meytal: Consignment shopping is about the thrill of the find. Fifty to 60 per cent of my store is brand new and in-season items. To buy something that’s still in the department stores for less than half of the retail price is pretty rare.

Fourth Floor: What keeps consignment shoppers coming back time and time again?

Meytal: I have the best stuff for the best prices, and every shopper dreams of designer labels at discount prices. This is not just any consignment store, it’s a high-end boutique. I really do get the best of the best.

Fourth Floor: What is your favourite consignment purchase you have ever made?

Meytal: I bought a vintage red jumbo Chanel bag that I can’t live without. It’s ridiculous and so rare, the best purchase of my life. I also bought an amazing new Stella McCartney jumpsuit. Chanel or Stella? I can’t choose.

Fourth Floor: Your store was recently picked by Jeanne Becker as one of the top 100 shops of Toronto. What did that feel like?

Meytal: There are really no words to describe it, but if I have to choose some, I would say RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING!

Since there’s nothing like browsing for clothes online, we’re bringing Labels or Love directly to your desk. Check out some of our favourite fab finds from the store here:


These Valentino leather strappy heels in cognac are amazing.


This cropped Giambattista Valli jacket is cutting edge meets refined elegance.



Classic Chanel, no explanations needed for this 2.55 bag.  


Take a turn walking in her shoes… her Gucci open toe lambskin booties, that is.


You don’t need a bike to wear Balenciaga’s Motorcycle bag. 



Hey Jeanne – race you there!

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Rave: Favourite spring beauty

We love natural beauty, but we do enhance ours with a little mascara, a touch of blush and some lip gloss. Time to time, we want something extra. Here are some of our newest fave beauty picks. 

Nails
Crack up with OPI’s Black Shatter polish. For DIY nail art, simply begin with a base coat and any polish colour of your choice (may we suggest DS Radiance?). 

Start with sleek silver…

Once dry, apply the crackle polish and watch it shatter before your eyes. Seal it with a top coat, and finally, chipped nails you can actually embrace. 
 …and finish with Shatter.

Hair
Seen at Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli and Lacoste, braids are back in a big way. 

Miu Miu does side braids right.

Start with a deep side part, and wear them long and tousled, thin and sleek or braided at your hairline and pulled into a pony. No need to let your hair down, stay casual chic tied up with plaits.

Tight side braid at Lacoste.

Lips
Whether you went through an awkward four year period of braces for straight teeth or are proudly sporting a cool Georgia Mae Jagger gap, we think bold lips are bad-ass. 

Georgia May Jagger rocks red lips.

For a radiant smile, paint lips in bright colours. Wear Warhol-inspired matte fuchsia or pretty, tangy tangerine. Wear your loud pout, and get ready for your 15 minutes of fame. 

Bright lips at Jil Sander

Eyes
While we like seeing our eyes in hues of orange and purples, we sometimes like a heavy hand and black liner. Attach false lashes and apply a thick black layer to your lower lash line (think a reverse Amy Winehouse effect). 

 Giambattista Valli rocks the thick black liner.

Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, and let your eyes shine like a Bruno Mars song.