New York Based Eyewear Brand Illesteva Opens First Canadian Store

Upscale and trendy New York City-based eyewear and accessory brand Illesteva has opened its first Canadian location at 829 Queen Street West in Toronto. It’s the company’s first freestanding international store, and also the largest in the company to date.

The two-level store was designed by Toronto-based MSDS studio, and it features the brand’s full eyewear collection as well as leather goods, umbrellas and a ‘build your own bar’.

Illesteva is located in an area considered to be one of the ‘hippest’ in the world, joining a number of other optical retailers in the area, including Cutler & Gross and Warby Parker, the latter of which opened its first Canadian store nearby last summer.

“Toronto, specifically Queen Street West, is a natural fit. While we’ve expanded our retail division quite rapidly, we always look to areas with a real sense of community and history. Queens West has seen a lot of changes over the last few years, but you’ll still see many locally-owned shops, cafes and restaurants as you walk down the street,” said Illesteva CEO Daniel Silberman.

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