A guy in Nova Scotia is hocking a battered piece of wood on eBay that he claims is the world’s oldest hockey stick. Apparently, it was hand-carved from sugar maple between 1835 and 1838, which would make the thing almost 180 years old. Dubbed The Moffat Stick, for the original owners in the 1800s (the initials W.M. are engraved by the base), there’s an entire website devoted to its history and research. In the video above from the Discovery Channel, just talking about the stick nearly brings owner Mark Presley to tears. He calls it “a wondrous survivor” and an “extremely rare treasure,” but he’s decided that it deserves a “better setting” than he can give it. (That, or he just needs some cash). Hockey enthusiasts who’d like to own this piece of Canadian history will currently have to shell out over $11,000 to snag it on eBay.
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Sarah Stevenson isn’t showing at Toronto Fashion Week this year, but fans of the local designer will be able to get their style fix soon after—and on the cheap. Stevenson’s exclusive collection with Target, which previewed last night, hits stores on March 23th, putting the Canadian in the same league as international collaborators like Peter Pilotto and Philip Lim. Last spring, Stevenson won the 2013 Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels competition and bagged a $25,000 cash prize from fashion frontrunner Suzanne Rogers. She also scored an Emerging Talent award at the inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards in February.
In her new collection, Stevenson gives her signature florals a smudgy, slightly psychedelic twist, and plants them on pretty blouses, prim dresses and structured blazers. Our favourite piece: a pair of comfy pull-on pants plastered with a purplish-red print that looks almost like tie-dye. Everything is priced under $60, making this a thrifty alternative to splurging on the designer’s garments at TNT (where dresses clock in around $500). As with all Target designer collaborations, we recommend scoping out the line before hitting the store. Browse the lookbook below to pick your favourite pieces.
The soon-to-close Honest Ed’s, which is something of a retail graveyard at the moment, is most famous for its cheesy, in-your-face signage. If you’re one of the many Torontonians who’d rather shop the bargain centre’s vintage ads than stock up on cheap batteries, you’re in luck. On Monday, March 10th, the discount warehouse is hocking over 1,000 of its advertisements and hand-painted show-card signs. Shoppers can come by on a first-come-first-served basis and pick up pieces starting at 50 cents, with all proceeds going to charity. Each item will be marked with a stamp of authenticity and signed by yet-unknown celebrity guests or longtime Honest Ed’s managers. The rustic signs could make great cottage-warming gifts. Especially this one: “Honest Ed has holes in his sox. But his bargains are darned good!” Zing.
Mar. 10. Honest Ed’s, 581 Bloor St. W., 416-537-2111. Press release
Mary Abbott grew up outside of Guelph in an old farmhouse so secluded that her parents didn’t bother with curtains. “The land around us was made up of fields and forests,” she says. “It was extremely private.” Abbott has since left the rural life behind. She’s a corporate lawyer, her husband, Kevin Gormely, is an executive at a printing company, and they live in the middle of the city with their two small boys. Still, she channeled her upbringing when they rebuilt their home last year. The property is ensconced in the tree canopy of the Moore Park ravine, so she opted for giant picture windows with no coverings. Even the master bedroom is drapery-free—Abbott and Gormely enjoy waking up with the sun. The couple, working with architect John O’Connor of Basis Design Build, also kept the interiors spare to better showcase their extensive collection of contemporary Canadian art. Spare, but not spartan: O’Connor incorporated natural materials like soapstone, birch and Douglas fir to add rustic warmth. So even though the house looks modern, the palette is as elemental as the towering trees outside.
Toronto’s retail pop-up scene is gaining momentum, with new shopping opportunities emerging (and then disappearing) all the time. We’re keeping a lookout for the temporary shops you don’t want to miss.
Walk-in-Closet is basically a glorified garage sale, only much cooler. Running since 2012, the roaming monthly trunk sale organized by Singhnature’s Natasha Singh spotlights Toronto characters (Singh calls them “closeters”) who have extensive wardrobes they’re looking to purge. (Previous subjects have included people like Much Music’s Sarah Taylor.) The sales are more like low-key parties, the goal being to celebrate life and style through clothing and accessories, while finding loving new homes for once-treasured belongings.
This month’s closeter is Pamela Wong, a U of T doctoral student, self-proclaimed comic book nut and shopping addict, of course. She happens to be heading to the Arctic to save polar bears, so is looking to offload her quirky collection of looks, which range from Cinderella-pretty ballgowns to funky pre-90s apparel and Star Wars paraphernalia. There will be over 200 items up for grabs, with hardly anything priced above $50. At this evening’s launch party—held at Kensington vintage shop A Homerun—shoppers can chat to Pamela, jam to tunes by Trophy Jones and snack on sweets from Le Dolci bakery.
Canadian design duo Dean and Dan Caten of Italian-based fashion label DSqaured2 are killing it. They’re the recent recipients of two inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (for International Designer of the Year and Outstanding Achievement) and they recently showed their Fall 2014 collection in Milan, flaunting glam feathers, short skirts and mod 1960s looks. They also have an adorable penchant for dressing alike—a habit that clearly stems from childhood. We wouldn’t oppose a future kidswear line.
Victoire sells the kind of cute-but-edgy clothes and accessories that should make it a hit with its new Ossington clientele. The store already has two boutiques in Ottawa, where it’s known as the go-to shop for cute dresses. Owners Regine Paquette and Katie Frappier decided to expand to Toronto when one of their own staff, Kristina Smith, was ready to relocate and run the new operation. Read the rest of this entry »
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Whistle Kids is where Lawrence Park mums, tired of shopping at the GAP, can go to outfit their offspring in trendy kid-sized apparel. Owners and moms Katherine Neilas and Elsa Georgas wanted to fill a retail void by offering affordable, fashion-forward garb for their children. “We wanted to provide pint-sized versions of what we wanted to wear ourselves,” says Neilas.
The place carries clothing and accessories for kids of all ages, including popular brands like Oh Baby, Wildfox and Hudson Jeans, and surf-inspired sweats from Aviator Nation ($69.50.) The boutique is also the first in Canada to carry Old Soles, an Australian brand that specializes in stylish kiddie footwear, like gold high-tops and metallic ballet flats ($50-$80). Baby-shower gifts are in large supply: graphic-print bibs from Mini Maniacs, for instance (recently featured on Trend Hunter), or three-piece vintage superhero suits from Tee Hee ($59.50). For girls, we love the funky floral and tie-dyed frocks from Vintage Havana ($57), but they may prefer the sparkly bling emblazoned with messages like “OMG” and “Cray Cray.”
M-Sa 10-6, Su 12-5. 1693 Avenue Rd., 416-785-2947, whistlekids.com
The newest way to stand out amid the glittering crowd at charity bashes? Sport a bauble made from a loonie-sized chunk of stegosaurus bone. Lately, the city’s socialites have been trading gemstones for Flintstonian jewellery crafted from horn, bone and even fossilized bits of woolly mammoth and dinosaur (all ethically sourced, naturally). The look evolved out of Toronto’s years-long love affair with animal trophies, a fixation that has half the city’s decor shops peddling faux deer, antelope and rhino busts. Unlike a kitschy cardboard moose head, however, these zoological trinkets aren’t cheap—the rough-textured raw materials require an artisan’s touch to tease out their glossy beauty. The result: pieces that perfectly straddle the line between accessory and artifact.
Homegrown Boutique, one of the city’s purveyors of up-and-coming Canadian fashion, is closing its Yorkville storefront on March 1st. Owner Michelle Baboolall says she’s been planning on taking her niche shop online for a while, and neighbourhood changes (like condo construction at One Yorkville), pushed the decision forward. “A lot of shops are closing these days, it’s kind of scary,” she said. While the closure is sad news for fans of local fashion, the boutique’s online site will continue to peddle emerging Canadian designers like Zoran Dobric and dagg + stacey, and shoppers can look forward to the store’s upcoming pop-up shops at Women Supporting Women on March 8th, and the Midnight Market on March 21st. As for the future of the Yorkville space, Baboolall plans to appeal to the changing neighbourhood by launching a new store with a broader concept and a greater variety of stock, including international designers and menswear. Stay tuned for more details.
PHOTO: The Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier look dreamy for John Varvatos menswear
Typically, we see professional hockey players during post-game interviews, with sweaty helmet hair and a chipped tooth or two. A new John Varvatos ad campaign shows three of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most strapping players—Joffrey Lupul, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier—in a dreamy new light. The photo series, titled “Hometown Heroes,” displays all three players dressed head-to-toe in Varvatos’s edgy-but-elegant designs, with the perfect coifs and brooding stares to match. There’s Lupul, shooting pool in a chic tweed overcoat, and a scarf-clad Bernier leaning casually against a window frame. Our favourite shot shows all three players strutting Entourage-style through a set of double glass doors. If you thought these guys were hunky before, you might want to peruse the entire campaign, which is available here.
Preview: 12 shots of Johnny Depp, Kate Moss and other celebs at Roxanne Lowit’s first Canadian exhibit
Fashion photographer Roxanne Lowit, known for her sassy backstage snaps at designer runway shows, has finally brought a selection of her iconic works to Toronto. Her first Canadian exhibit, Toujours Glamour, is currently on at Yorkville’s Izzy Gallery.
As the name of the show suggests, the photos capture plenty of behind-the-scenes glamour and excess, particularly from the notoriously glitzy supermodel era of the 80s and 90s. Highlights include a silly shot of model greats Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista in 1989, and a retro Shalom Harlow in all her sultry glory in 1995. Lowit muse Kate Moss is the star of the show, and there are more than a few legendary shots of the model throughout the years. Visitors can expect to see a sprinkling of celebs, too, like a dreamy portrait of a bespectacled Johnny Depp back in 2003. Here, a look at twelve of the captivating photos on display.
Until March 15. Izzy Gallery, 105 Yorkville Ave., 416-922-1666
Last night, a Toronto writer named Emily Keeler was idly browsing sheet sets at Hudson’s Bay’s Yonge and Bloor location—by far the scariest one—when the fluorescent lights suddenly flickered out. The store, she quickly realized, had closed for the night, with her still inside it. As she wandered around trying doors and signaling to people in nearby buildings, Keeler kept her Twitter followers updated on the unfolding scenario.
Her increasingly panicky tweets earned dozens of responses, most of which were more concerned with pinning down the relevant pop-culture references (Today’s Special and Mannequin, obviously, but also late-season Dawson’s Creek and, apparently, the pilot for Doctor Who) than helping Keeler figure out how to escape—which (spoiler alert!) she did, in under an hour. Still, it was enough time for news outlets to pick up the story, and for one concerned Twitter follower to circulate a protest sign (see above). Here are some highlights from the fleeting ordeal. Read the rest of this entry »
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Ever-fashionable, always inspiring, unforgettable. Yorkdale marks its 50th anniversary with a celebration of Toronto’s Style Makers. Each with their own unique brand of style – and everyone captured by rock star-cum-photographer Bryan Adams.
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Gentlemen, prepare to toss your cheap plastic razors. Harry’s, a sleek new grooming company from New York, just landed in Canada with its stylish yet affordable shaving kits. The brand was co-founded by Jeffrey Raider, one of the masterminds behind chic spectacle maker Warby Parker, and his grooming gear boasts the same impeccable design. To celebrate its Northern launch, the company debuted a limited-edition Maple Leaf kit: one red-handled razor, three top-quality German blades and a tube of all-natural shave cream. Girlfriends suffering from chapped chins, take note: this could be just the thing to convince him to part with that patchy winter beard. $15.
Available at Lost and Found, 44 Ossington Ave., 647-348-2810, or online.