Wednesday, December 21, 2011

This is how we do it:TOTE BAGS EDITION

A sneak peek into how our new totes are made!
 The screen printing cavern in the basement of our favourite neighbours, Smash
 Our very own screen!
 Monsieur Jon Todd who does all the work ( I am supposed to help but that never works out)*
Heat setting so they don't just get erased in the rain! Quality!!

* I provide the tunes and once I brought a six pack

Also, here you go:

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hobb bow ties

Who DOESN'T need a bow tie for a party this weekend?  Hobb bow ties $60

Perfect Bulb Vase

ps- it's only $16 and perfect

Friday, December 16, 2011

rc boisjoli

 mustard bear bottle $25
ceramic acorn ornaments $25

IMM living + lets chat

Hidden Message Cups $39/set

Lucky Strike Cookie Jar (my favourite thing ever) $74
Tea cup set $87, s+p (and sugar) set $35

There is so much more new BEAUTIFUL merchandise in the shop right now, but instead of blogging about it, I need to get it out on the floor like a good shop owner...

On a side note, how is everyone doing in the holiday survival spectrum? How many parties have you been invited to this weekend? Things a getting a bit 'cray' (as jay-z and kanye would say) up in the Junction on the party front, and we are hosting our annual Fancy Party this weekend at home, so when you see me Sunday just smile and act like we don't both know that I am wearing last night's make-up ok? If you are in the same boat as me, which I'm sure many of you will be, give me a signal for solidarity! XOXO R&E

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Duello Jewellery Holder by IMM Living $49, and all of the lovely jewellery on it is here too! I will mention that pin right in the centre, it's a tiny deer with a crab claw for a head...

Friday, December 9, 2011

We are open 'till 8 tonight!

This Friday night, Russet & Empire and our neighbours in the Junction  Mrs Huizenga  will be open until 8 for all of your holiday shopping needs.  We also just got a record player, so we will be spinning tunes and probably having a few sneaky cocktails to add to the festive atmosphere.  Also, if you can tell us where to get new vinyl in the hood that would be great too!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Faberge Hybrid Containers

If you want to get your girlfriend something for Christmas that says 'I think you appreciate beautiful things and you have a discerning eye for Canadian design', may I suggest these my good sir;
 Faberge Egg x Caribou Antlers $34
Faberge Egg x Horse Hooves $34

Dollars to donuts- if you actually fill these with some jewellery, you will 100% get some hot holiday action. You're welcome. XO

Friday, December 2, 2011

Meet our boyfriends

All the drilling and cursing you hear coming from the back of the shop, it's these guys. Sorry for the iPhone photo...


After what was supposed to be a two hour project, turned into a week-long affair, our noel sign is installed and ready to draw crowds! 

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Set of perfect vintage peach party crackers $25. I can't even imagine what the prizes are!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Animal Nodders

 These nodding animals are made in the same factory in Germany that has been producing them for the past 100 years. They are small and dainty (except the dachshund but that's not his fault) unlike their dufus contemporaries, and all accents are painted by hand. The dachshund makes up for his stumpy legs with not only a nodding head but nodding tail as well.

 lamb attack!
German Nodders $14

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Santa in the Junction

This Saturday all sorts of holiday festivities are happening in the Junction; Santa, chestnuts, kids dancing the nutcracker in shop windows, the whole nine. So come and stop by Russet and Empire and say hi, (we usually have free food on these kinds of occasions hint hint). We've tried to hold out on the whole 'as soon as Halloween is over Christmas in your face' thing for as long as we can, but since Santa will be in the hood it's only respectful to make an effort. Plus the Santa Claus parade was LAST weekend. So there.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Man Gifts

We bought a tonne of manly accessories for the man sale that can carry over into the holiday season (cocktail season), there is something much more special about vintage barware in quality and design. Plus champagne saucers and vintage erotic novels with great cover art, if you want a ring for Christmas I think you should keep this in mind. Stick with me girls, I've got you covered.
 hubba hubba- $5
 champagne saucers $33/set of 4, beautiful vintage lighters $22, champagne bucket $37, alligator ash tray, $19

 antler shed $30, smokey OPP tumblers $13/set, decanters, $35&$37, pressed glass bowl $25
modern cocktail pitcher and swizzle $45

Man Sale Reception

The sale continues through 'till the end of the this weekend, and then it's so long hunks that have everyday been in for the past week...

 All above photos credited to Phil Brennan

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Halloween

Kind of NSFW due to swears


Starting this Thursday Russet and Empire will be hosting a MAN SALE  pop-up shop with Hobb Apparel and Design and Shoebox Vintage (the same ladies who did Summer Social). In true Russet and Empire form we will be hosting an opening reception on Thursday November the 3rd. We have all been planning this sale for a full year since men's vintage is so rare, we have been collecting and curating just the right items for our dream men.   See you all on Thursday xo

Party time!

The Show Off at the Junction reception was a great night for us here at Russet and Empire. It started off slow, so I went across the street to Mrs Huizenga for a cupcake, and I came back 5 minutes later and there were 50 people in the shop! It stayed like that until well after the closing time at 11. I have never had so much fun working for 12 hours straight in my life, but I have to admit that having a drink at Margret felt well deserved at the end of the night.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Grid x Junction = Love