Avaracas: Leather Sandals Handmade in Spain
Introducing Avarcas: Leather Sandals Handmade in Spain

Introducing Avarcas: Leather Sandals Handmade in Spain

We're so excited about the newest addition to La Quaintrelle!  Let us introduce you to Avarcas: Traditional footwear from the island of Menorca in Spain.

The story behind the shoes...

Menorca is the second largest island of the Balearic Islands, located in the Mediterranean. It is a highly desirable place to visit for its picturesque landscape: turquoise waters and a charming countryside peppered with white stucco houses.

Menorca is dry and hot in the summertime. The first avarcas were created over a century ago for farmers working its arid land. Crafted from all-natural leather and recycled tires, they were designed to keep farmers’ feet dry, comfortable, and protected.

Pons Classic style most closely resembles these earliest avarcas. The eco-friendly style has a sole made exclusively from recycled tires. All Pons avarcas – for women, men, and children– pay homage to the authentic Menorcan avarca while serving as a go-to accessory to all those who love enduring style.


Avarcas sandals caught on around the world because of their quality, style and simplicity. Even the Spanish Royal Family wear them! 

Due to their popularity, imitation brands began to pop up, and a stamp of authenticity was introduced. The 'Product of Menorca' stamp signifies the highest quality standards and authenticity of the avarca sandal. 

Avarcas Pons is a family owned business in Ciutadella who have been making avarcas since 1945. Now in the third generation of shoemakers, they proudly continue the family tradition and display the 'Product of Menorca' stamp. 


We're happy to be able to bring Avarcas Pons sandals to you, just in time for summer!

Classic Sandal in Black and Brown

Classic Strap in Black and Brown

We're offering you 10% off your first Avarcas order! Use code AVARCAS10 at checkout. Offer ends Sunday, April 23, at midnight AST,  in-store and online.
April 19, 2017 by Meghan Finney

Cheers to another year + A NYE sale!

'tis the season to be aware of the tiny magic everywhere.

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for visiting, shopping, and following along with us all year. We can't tell you how much we love our customers and how grateful we are for this community! 

As we tip our hat to another great year, we're celebrating with a sale on all dresses in-store and online. Until the clock strikes twelve on New Year's Eve, save 25% with code CHEERS25.

We can't wait to see you again in 2017. Until then, from all of us at La Quaintrelle, we send you our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

December 29, 2016 by Meghan Finney
Holiday Wreath Workshops with Trinity's Florals

Holiday Wreath Workshops with Trinity's Florals

That's a wrap on our second annual holiday workshops with Trinity's Florals! 
We love the festive tradition it's become and loved seeing new faces this year! 



Each student started with a grapevine base and then Trinity guided them
through using various greenery.

They started by building a base of
fir, pine, and British Columbia cedar, and then cut, shaped, and added boxwood,
holly and ivy, salal leaves, pine cones, and a bow for accents.

It was neat to see how beautiful each one was in the end.
Everyone took their vision in a completely different direction
and created something that they would feel proud hanging in
their home this holiday season.

 One of the best parts about the wreaths is that they’ll last you
through the entire holiday season!

Thanks to Trinity for leading the workshop, and to Brittany for capturing
the evenings so perfectly.

And most of all, thanks to you, our participants, for coming and allowing us to do this season after season. If you attended the workshops, keep an eye
on your inbox as we will be sending you the full gallery :) 

December 03, 2016 by Meghan Finney

Register Now: Holiday Wreath Workshop with Trinity's Florals

Spend an evening at Yellow Dog Studio creating a beautiful, living wreath with Trinity's Florals. We'll create an unconventional and naturally-inspired holiday wreath with a mixed-garden composition of flowers, plants and foraged natural treasures, and lasting artificial elements. These versatile wreaths can become the dramatic center-piece that sets the mood for a special dinner, or be an accent for a door or a mantel.

We'll provide a wreath frame, greenery, and ribbon of choice, as well as cover the care and maintenance of your living wreath. 

Living wreaths are long-lasting and easy to maintain. Perfect for a gift! 

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Location: Yellow Dog Studio, 258 Commercial St., North Sydney

Cost: $45 includes all materials, group and one-on-one instruction, and tea and coffee. Please bring your own pair of snips or scissors.

Space is limited. Discount codes cannot be applied. 

Register now.

November 08, 2016 by Meghan Finney

Meet The Maker: Northern Flicker Co.

Let me introduce you to our newest candle company at LQ - Northern Flicker Co. Owner/maker, Amber, raises her small young family in Southampton, Ontario, and fuels her handmade business with small town dreams and a love for making people smile. 

In the beginning, making candles helped to pass the time while her toddler slept. Slowly, making candles crept from being a pastime and hobby, to becoming a passion project and profession. 

Amber pours the candles in small batches, lets them cure overnight, and then labels each jar by hand. She ensures her ingredients are good for the body and good for the earth, sourcing her wax exclusively from the United States, and keeping it vegan and GMO-free. Combined with fine fragrance oils and cotton-core wicks, Northern Flicker candles burn clean with little to no smoke or soot.

Although she doesn’t have a formal background in design, she has cited northern design as the inspiration for Northern Flicker Co.’s aesthetic. And the minimalist design is on purpose: to partner with any and every one's home.  

“My candles are as simple as they can get, not only so the wax is as natural as possible, but also so that they blend into everyone's decor scheme.”

We're delighted to welcome Northern Flicker Co. to our family of Canadian and hand made brands. Shop our nine scents online or in-store. 

October 18, 2016 by Meghan Finney

We're Turning Five.

We're so excited to be celebrating five years in business, and we hope you'll join us to celebrate!

This Thursday, August 18, save 30% in-store (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.), or online (code: LQTURNS5). 

A heartfelt thank-you for your patronage and support over the years. On to the next five!

Sale excludes Made In Cape Breton items. Offer expires at midnight AST.
Photography: Peartree Photography.
August 17, 2016 by Meghan Finney

I Like You.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg

I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, “Remember when you told me something special?”
And both of us remember

When I think something is important
You think it’s important too
We have good ideas
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too

You know how to be silly
That’s why I like you
Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because you know when it’s time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow
Maybe never

If you go away, then I go away too
Or if I stay home, you send me a postcard
If I go away, I send you a postcard too
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me

And I like you because when I am feeling sad
You don’t always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It’s awful when the other person isn’t

If you find two four-leaf clovers, you give me one
If I find four, I give you two
If we only find three, we keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck, and sometimes we don’t

I like you because
Everything that happens is nicer with you

On the 4th of July I like you because it’s the 4th of July
On the fifth of July, I like you too
If you and I had some drums and some horns and some horses
If we had some hats and some flags and some fire engines
We could be a HOLIDAY
We could be a CELEBRATION
We could be a WHOLE PARADE

Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again

That’s how it would happen every time
I don’t know why
I guess I just like you.

Congratulations, Candice  and Kurt! A gorgeous happily ever after (and our La Mariee dress) captured by Leslie Estelle Photography.

What was your reading at your wedding? 

Sunday Morning Reading: 07.31.16

How was your weekend? We're heading on an overnight hike to Pollett's Cove and are looking forward to spending some time off the grid and on the beach with our little pup, George. Have a beautiful day, and here are a few nice reads from around the web...

  • We're part of the Sydney chapter of the Rising Tide Society, a community for creative entrepreneurs (lead, here, by Brittany). I'm excited for their new podcast launching tomorrow.
  • I've been making these burrito bowls all week (leftovers make awesome next-day lunches).
  • If these photos don't perfectly capture real summer cabin life, I don't know what does. 

Live Easily in our Midsummer Collection by Synergy

Ah, sweet midsummer. It's the season of long, relaxed days that ease into even longer, more memorable nights. The season to be with the people that make us feel like we're always in the right place at the right time. The season that cultivates moments that stay with us forever. And we never, ever want it to end...

Our newest collection from Synergy was curated with this magical midsummer in mind, full of light layers
, effortless styles, and fabrics that travel as well as we do. Well-crafted tanks, thoughtfully-detailed dresses, and classic cardigans and leggings that you'll wear again and again... and again.   

Go ahead and live easily in the Midsummer Collection, available in-store and online, and read more about this mindful company and its makers, here.

July 13, 2016 by Meghan Finney

Real Cards for Real Weddings

'tis the season - Our favourite people are tying the knot! Let's tell them how we really feel in words we'd really say.....