Store Spotlight: Inspirati
This linen shop in the heart of Mission offers Calgary shoppers one of city’s best selections of bedding, table linens, pillows, giftware and accessories.
Inspirati is located in the heart of the eclectic neighbourhood of Mission.
Photography by Aldona Barutowicz
Location: 2207 4 St. S.W., 403-244-4443, inspirati.ca
Sells: Inspirati originally built its business around selling high-quality tea towels, but has since expanded to offer an excellent selection of table linens, bedding, accessories, giftware and tableware. With coveted brands including Le Jacquard Franais, Busatti, Les Toiles du Soleil and Iosis, this shop in Mission has become the go-to source for one of the best selections of linens in the city.
Origins: Inspirati recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, although owner Wendy Brownie didn’t invest in the bricks and mortar side of her business until 2011. The store’s current location is in Mission in the same block as Phil & Sebastian, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Bocci.
Best Buy: The tea towels, of course, although Inspirati’s bedding and tableware are among the best in the city. Linens sourced from the best mills in Italy, Portugal and France evoke a distinct European vibe to the merchandise offered, however, shop owner is adamant about supporting Canadian brands whenever possible.
The Space: The space has a beautiful and chic European flare, with bright pops of colour to further enrich the luxurious fabrics and linens. The front of the store is adorned in a seasonally inspired table setting to help get your creative juices flowing. Colourful and brilliantly patterned scarves dot the store. It’s all about lifestyle here.
Inspirati owner Wendy Brownie with her daughter Margaret Leitch photographed in front of the store’s impressive selection of French tea towels.
The store is fully stocked with the best linens from around the world, including a wide range of pillows, throws, robes and down duvets.
Inspirati carries a great selection of high-quality scarves from France.
The store offers a vast selection of table runners, napkins, tablecloths and tableware, all of which can be mixed and matched in thousands of unique combinations.
Margaret Leitch wears a reversible wrap perfect for a walk around the neighbourhood or the office.