Label to love now: Markoo Studios
Those fluent in Queen Street West style would already know a thing or two about one of its strongest talents: Tania Martins. The brain behind long-loved label Pink Cobra (see: sexy LBDs, expertly cut leather) is turning her attention to a new project, Markoo, which she co-designs with Mona Koochek. Both 32, the Toronto-based designers have been picking up steam since launching last fall with re-imagined cool girl staples like airy midi skirts, leather cut-out tops and the piece de résistance: a sexy almost-backless jumpsuit with perfectly cropped cigarette pants for spring. And because those writing in a public forum can always pick favourites, I’ll just tell you that mine is this ruffled black leather crop top that may or may not be named for yours truly. If you haven’t already availed yourself of this up-and-coming label, I suggest you do so now. You won’t have much longer to say you know them when.