Christine VonBun is originally from Vienna, Austria, where she earned a degree in Fashion Design and a Certification as a Master-Craftsman in Handbag Design. Christine started this intense apprenticeship program at the age of 14. Her creative passion took her to South Africa to work with Cape Cobra one of the world’s top manufacturers of luxury, exotic-leather handbags.
For some years now, Toronto has been Christine VonBun’s home. She tells us that they enjoy the accessibility of Ontario’s wilderness canoeing the “HMS Edelweiss” in Algonquin Park. Read more about this creator of exotic leather handbags here.
When you are working on a Christine VonBun handbag who do you envision will be wearing it?
I design for women who appreciate something beautiful and who can recognise and understand the details inherent to fine craftsmanship, they value that something is made specifically for them, by hand, in Canada. My designs and leathers take into account that VonBun bags are intended to be worn for many years, through flash trends, even passed down to the next generation. I will always limit the number of bags so that the wearer can feel unique, a fashion leader, not a follower.
If a customer just bought an ostrich leather handbag and asked you how they might spend a weekend in Toronto what would you recommend?
The Mad Bean is my favourite – run by a father and son team they make the best Americano in Toronto.
The Mad Bean
519 Eglinton Ave W
Toronto, Ontario M5N 1B1
I love the quick, easy and informal Mars Diner, but there are so many places at in the Beaches it would be unfair to choose only one. After Breakfast take a stroll along the boardwalk.
Mars Beach Diner
1987 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario M4l 1J1
On a beautiful day, the roof patio of Hemingway’s in the heart of Yorkville is unbeatable. A great spot for people watching and their tasty lunch menu.
142 Cumberland St,
Toronto, Ontario M5R 1A8
Try one of the cultural pockets in the city. I love spending an evening in little Italy or on the Danforth (Greek Town) to walk around, check out the local delicatessen stores and find the perfect spot for dinner. I find Toronto is unique that way with the cultural, ethnic neighbourhoods.
Queen Street West retail is a must. However, go west of Bathurst Street to find all the independent stores.
Iconic Toronto – Don’t miss this!:
Summer or any season, you have to take the ferry to Toronto Island, not only will you get the best picture of the city line it is just a magical place. Insider tip – go to Ward Island and walk from there!
Where the local’s go to spot:
Canoe cocktail lounge for the panoramic view of downtown and Lake Ontario.
66 Wellington St. W,
TD Bank Tower, 54th Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5K 1H6
The Drake Hotel and make sure you enjoy a cocktail before you go to bed!
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West
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