Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Marisa Buchkowsky

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I’ve tried suffering for fashion before. I gave up.

Co-Owner, The Narwhal.

Model: Kate Moss. Personality: Eugene Levy. Album: This is It, The Strokes. Designer: Phobe Philo. Colour: Turquoise. Astrological Sign: Gemini.

Her boutique is one of the coolest in the city, and stylish shoppers flock to its tucked away location (just behind Summerhill LCBO), for understated luxe pieces from a roster of high end designers like Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang & Acne. As she offers such a well edited selection to her clients, I wanted to know what drives her own personal style, today she shares the deets with The Style House.

Do you prefer to dress for an occasion or for everyday?

Everyday – because I like to have fun with my clothes on a regular basis and don't need a special occasion in order to do so.

Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed?


Do you have a signature style or do you prefer to keep 'em guessing?

I don't think I have a signature style... my style is usually defined by my mood and the setting.

Your all time favourite outfit:

Don't have one.

Your top three celeb style moments:

1. Gwyneth Paltrow at the Oscars in her pink Ralph Lauren dress (I was in love with that dress at the time).

2. SJP [Sarah Jessica Parker] in Sex & the City in general.

3. All of them at Coachella.

What's on your summer shopping list?

Jerome Dreyfuss handbag, Common Projects kicks, a summer-y hat (maybe Panama style) and maybe a new bike.

Heels or flats?

Heels that are just as comfortable as flats.

Will you suffer for fashion or should it be comfortable? Is there an occasion that you will break this rule?

I've tried suffering for fashion before. I gave up.

Always stylish or does even fashion need to take a break? Any exceptions?

The exception for me can be explained in two words– Canada and winter. There's nothing cool about being cold. I'm guilty of breaking out a popular down jacket and winter boots when necessary. That's all I'll say.

How long does it take you to get ready on an average day? How about a special occasion?

Not too long for either :)

Team Anna (Wintour) or Team Carine (Roitfeld)?

Love Carine, but it's Team Emmanuelle for me baby! (as in Alt – kinda obsessed with her style.)

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