Nicole R.J. is the designer behind Designed by RJ and RJ Charms jewelry shops. RJ has been living in the GTA (greater Toronto area) practically all her life. She currently lives a hop, skip and a jump away from Lake Ontario and right beside one of Toronto’s largest parks in the west end of Toronto.
Living in an area that used to be the village of Swansea, RJ is fascinated by the history that has come through Toronto (former Swansea residents include: Lucy Maud Montgomery). Founded in 1783, as you can imagine there is a lot of history within the city boundaries, including old Fort York, a castle, and a Victorian distillery district-turned arts and culture district, just to name a few!
The Distillery District - where once whiskey brewed, now a great place to shop for contemporary art and enjoy artisan made chocolate, beer and bread!
Inspired by the sights and sounds of Toronto – with dozens of cultures represented, a fashion district almost on her doorstep and nature in the backyard (which most recently included a deer!) there is always something new to look at and experience in the city. You’ll see the different inspirations come out in the various lines offered at Designed by RJ.
An upcycled necklace from RJ's "My Secret Garden" line.“While I absolutely consider myself a Torontonian, I also love exploring the surrounding area – I think that’s one of Toronto’s best features!” A short drive west and there are a handful of fabulous little artisan communities, or head around the lake and support local farmers and wineries. You can see a little more of the national pride shining through at RJ Charms.
"You don't get much more Canadian than curling!"