TOP SPOTS: Tatiana Read

Tatiana Read in front of Mark Fast’s Luminato installation. Photography by Dave Chang.

As one of the city’s favourite publicists, it’s Tatiana Read’s job to know everybody, but few make networking look so effortless. Less than a year ago, she struck out on her own, founding Knot PR, a boutique PR agency. Her clients are a stylish mix, encompassing fashion (Mark Fast, Plutino Group, and Red Canoe, to name a few), design (Templar Hotel) and nightlife (Parts & Labour).

She’s active on the philanthropy circuit too, serving on committees as diverse as Paws for the Cause and the Arnold Party, the glam gala for the Business of the Arts.

Tat shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)
“Little Italy. Most places. I like Giancarlo’s or Il Gatto Nero (720 College St., 416-536-3132).”

Go for a drink on the weekend
Parts & Labour! The sea bass carpaccio is my fave app.”

Top brunch spot
The Senator, or my sister’s place where I get to eat chocolate croissants with my niece and nephew. Oddfellows always hits the spot too.”

Place to work out
“I joined Totum Life Science on King Street and train with Nicole. I’m new to the gym but I’m quickly learning that it makes a big difference, especially where stress management and keeping focused are concerned.”

Pho, dim sum or both? (And top spots for both)
“Pho Phuong (1603 Dundas St. W., 416-536-3030), for sure. I’m not big on dim sum, but my sources recommend Bright Pearl at Spadina and St. Andrews.”

Place to buy books or magazines
“I always like to read magazines at Indigo in the Manulife centre before catching a movie at the Varsity but I buy them at Presse Internationale (622 College St., 416-535-9666). I don’t buy books so much as borrow them from well-read friends and better-read siblings.”

Place to buy shoes
DAVIDS—Miray is my guy. Greta at Specchio is also ace.”

Place to buy birthday presents
“The ROM gift shop for kids.”

Favourite overall retail experience
The Room is an aspirational favourite, but I do enjoy shopping at Ewanika (I was a customer before I was the publicist). I like when I can interact directly with a designer who has informed knowledge of my tastes—that’s truly the best case scenario.”

Top date spot
Niagara Street Café.”

Top vintage shop
eBay! My best find so far: gorgeous NIB (new in box, eBay lingo) vintage Manolo Blahnik Sedarabays.”

Place to check out art
“I’m the co-chair of the New Contemporaries, a young patron group organized by the Canadian Art Foundation, and the source of my ‘art fix.’ This year we visited OCAD, toured a private collection and had an amazing artist dinner with Dean Baldwin (and then some…).”

Neighbourhood to go for a walk in
“I don’t drive so I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to neighbourhood walks. My favourite spot is Philosopher’s Walk by the ROM and the U of T campus in general for the greenery and some solitude at night. ”

Place to meet a friend for coffee
“Little Nicky’s (375 Queen St. W.), hands down. It’s a new coffee house on Peter Street just south of Queen. Bonus: It’s around the corner from the Knot PR offices. Double bonus: mini doughnuts to order.”

Place in the city where you feel most at home
“U of T campus. Little Italy. South Annex. Charles Street West. I’ve lived and learned in each of those places.”

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