Colombian-born accessory designer and jeweler
Maestre’s career has taken off meteorically since she debuted her
line back in 2007. Her unique pieces, made of organic materials such
as antlers, bull horn, rough amber and emeralds, reclaimed wood,
natural seeds and nuts, have become the
go-to accessories for woman with individual taste and bold style.
You have seen her pieces in Vogue, Lucky, Hello!, Flare, Glamour,
People Style Watch, Holts Style, The Toronto Star and The Globe &
Mail and on Donna Karan, who features her line in her Urban Zen shop
in New York.
Now we can find all her designs -- even her handbags and house wares
-- in her store at
386 Huron St.
at Sussex Ave. (See
Part workshop, part gallery space, this elegant 1875 building is the
former site of Chelsea Shop antique emporium, situated in an
un-frenzied residential Toronto street close to Spadina and Bloor.
Watch Dandi handcraft her latest designs while you try to absorb the
mind-boggling collection of unique, exciting and exotic pieces, made
exclusively for this shop. Or Dandi can create your very own custom
Her newest collection is called “Adornment as mask.” “Masks are
powerful magical tools, one of the tools of transformation,”
explains Dandi. “A mask helps us change what we are into what we
want to be.”
Hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday
from 12 noon to 6 p.m. or by special appointment.