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The Find: an elegant arm chain made locally from upcycled materials

Arm chainI Love Goldie is a Toronto startup that hand-makes gorgeously unique chain jewellery. Instead of standard rings, necklaces or bracelets, the elaborate pieces include body chains that wrap around the waist and the neck, stacked bracelets that loop up through the fingers, and dramatically drapey belts. Everything is made at I Love Goldie’s Bloor Street studio, and most pieces are made from recycled stainless steal, meaning they’re free from irritating materials like lead and nickel. This bold arm chain would add some serious edge to a casual t-shirt and jeans uniform. $95

Available at ilovegoldie.com

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Yorkville newsstand Maison de la Presse closes its doors for good

One of the city’s last authentic newsstands, Yorkville’s Maison de la Presse, shut down on Tuesday. The shop was a go-to destination for Torontonians looking to browse hard-to-find international fashion magazines, foreign newspapers and a wide selection of Francophone reading material. Not surprisingly, the retailer had been steadily losing customers to online sources for a while, according to the Star. 

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Pop-Up Pick: Parisian label Maison Kitsuné peddles chic polos and indie mixtapes in Holt Renfrew

Pop-Up Pick: shop chic Parisian label Maison Kitsuné at Holts

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.

Holt Renfrew’s Yorkdale location is currently hosting a pop-up shop for the chic Parisian label Maison Kitsuné. The temporary boutique is selling a selection of the brand’s traditional pieces, like crisp polos and classic white tennis shoes, alongside edgier graphic tees and black baseball caps with “Parisien” embroidered across the front. (Everything is priced between $90 and $290.) Kitsuné is also an indie record label (it’s signed bands like Two Door Cinema Club), so shoppers will find cool red-white-and-blue headphones and even a Kitsuné mixtape. The shop was supposed to close at the end of this week, but its stay at Holt Renfrew was recently extended until August. After that, you’ll have to travel to Paris, Tokyo or New York to get your hands on the label’s effortlessly stylish stuff.

Until August 8. Holt Renfrew Yorkdale, 2401 Dufferin St., kitsune.fr

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Home Outfitters is out, Hudson’s Bay Home is in

(Image: JamesZ_Flickr)

(Image: JamesZ_Flickr)

According to Retail Insider, HBC has decided to turn all Home Outfitters locations into Hudson’s Bay Home, merging the kitchen, bed and bath superstores with the Bay’s own Home business. Most stores will be in for some serious renovations to reflect the new look, and a few, including Toronto’s Square One location, will close altogether. But there’s a bonus for brides-to-be: the gift registries will also be merging, adding more vacuum cleaners, curtains and bath towels to the Bay’s already robust selection.

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Preview: Roland Mouret, designer of the iconic Galaxy dress, launches an affordable line for Banana Republic

Preview: French designer Roland Mouret designed a chic new collection for Banana Republic

Click to view gallery. (Images: Roland Mouret for Banana Republic. Available at select stores across Canada and online August 7)

French designer Roland Mouret’s iconic Galaxy dress has been spotted on pretty much every female celebrity, including Victoria Beckham and Cameron Diaz. Now, thanks to a chic new collaboration with Banana Republic, the designer’s signature looks will be available to a much wider audience. Anyone who admires Mouret’s flattering paneled dresses, pencil skirts and cropped sweaters—but balk at the multi-grand price tags—will be pleased to learn that the new line is very affordable, with most items priced between $75 and $185. The collection doesn’t hit stores until August 7, but it’s always best to shop with a game plan. Here are our 15 favourite looks.

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Jacob may stick around, after all

(Image: Bargainmoose/Flickr)

(Image: Bargainmoose/Flickr)

In May, we reported that Jacob was going out of business, but now it looks like the Canadian chain is getting a brief reprieve. According to the Financial Post, the Quebec Superior Court has agreed to give the company one extra month of creditor protection, meaning it now has until August 22 to come up with a brilliant comeback plan. (Keep in mind that Jacob has been under creditor protection since 2010, so it’s somewhat unlikely that the additional month will be its saving grace.) According to a company spokesperson, the bonus time will be used to complete a restructuring plan and secure new financing, in the hopes of keeping at least a few stores open. If Jacob doesn’t come up with something amazing by this time next month, it’ll be curtains for real.

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Street Style: owners bring their huskies, borzois and Labs to frolic at Cherry Beach

Street Style: owners let their huskies, borzois and labs run free at Cherry Beach

Click to view gallery (Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Cherry Beach has one of the best—and certainly most scenic—dog parks in the city. Unlike the small enclosures in many other parks, the off-leash space is enormous and rugged. For rambunctious pups, there’s plenty of forested area, long grasses and, of course, the lake to explore. (You won’t find many chihuahuas in pink sweaters here.) We wandered the area on a bright July morning and found that the same group of dog owners come here so consistently that their pooches have built lasting friendships. Among the playful pets were a trio of energetic borzois, some gorgeous huskies chasing after sticks, a few rescue dogs with heartwarming stories and a four-legged cancer survivor who had just grown back his fur.

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Bad Boy is setting up shop in Honest Ed’s this fall

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(Image: Double Feature/Flickr)

Bathurst and Bloor is about to become even more of a hub for local bargain hunters—at least for the next couple of years. The Star reports that this November, Lastman’s Bad Boy Superstore will open up a 12,000 square-foot location inside Honest Ed’s, filling the space previously occupied by Sonic Boom Records. The relationship between the two discount retailers is destined to be short-lived, though: Honest Ed’s was bought by real-estate developer Westbank, and only has its lease until 2016. Until then, Bad Boy CEO Blayne Lastman (son of former mayor Mel Lastman) says shoppers can expect the cheapest deals: “It’s going to be power-buys only—the best prices.

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The Find: pretty statement jewellery designed by Toronto-born model Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha EarringsBeloved top model Coco Rocha, who happens to hail from Toronto, has designed a cosmic-themed jewellery line in collaboration with online boutique BaubleBar. Full of eye-catching pieces like oversized chainmail bibs, sharp-quilled necklaces and winged ear cuffs, the entire collection has a bold, high-fashion feel. But—in keeping with Rocha’s down-to-earth reputation—the pieces are delightfully affordable (prices range from $24 to $120). Our favourite bit of decoration? These jewelled galactic drop earrings, which would be perfect for dressing up an outfit on a budget. $40

Available at eluxe.com

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Say Yes To The Dress is coming to Canada (but it won’t be filmed at Kleinfeld)

(Image: Amanda-Lina's Bridal Boutique/Facebook)

(Image: Amanda-Lina’s Bridal Boutique/Facebook)

With all the buzz surrounding Kleinfeld’s grand opening at the Bay earlier this year, it seemed like only a matter of time before Canadians got a spin-off of Say Yes to the Dress, the American reality show that pushed the New York–based bridal emporium into the spotlight. Now, it looks like Toronto fans of the show are getting their wish, but it’s not happening at Kleinfeld. According to the Star, a Canadian version of the drama-filled reality series will air next winter on the W Network. Surprisingly, though, the show’s producers have decided to bypass Kleinfeld’s sprawling downtown location in favour of a Woodbridge bridal boutique called Amanda-Lina’s Sposa. Apparently, the Woodbridge shop is a longstanding family-run institution with a diverse clientele. (Diverse enough, we hope, to include at least a few Bridezillas—regular meltdowns are an essential component of the show.)

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Pop-Up Pick: Toronto menswear brand Sons of Odin is selling its summer gear on the cheap

Pop-Up Pick: Toronto menswear brand Sons of Odin is hawking its summer gear on the cheap

Toronto menswear brand Sons of Odin is hosting a summer pop-up sale this weekend—perfect for guys who like to flaunt their fashion-forward personalities, but who’d rather not spend $350 on a hoodie. The two-year-old label is one of the local brands showing at next month’s Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, and its “joggers” (a tighter, drop-crotched version of sweatpants) are already popular among rappers like 2 Chainz. At the two-day event on Queen West, pieces from the label’s most recent summer collection will be 35 per cent off, while last fall’s collection will be marked down by 60 per cent. Items up for grabs include chic net polos for $140 (originally priced at $215) and luxe moto sweaters for $244 (down from $375).

Jul. 18–19. 884 Queen St. W., sonsofodin.me

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PHOTO: Toronto FC’s star players model the team’s flashy new suits

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Toronto FC players including Jermain Defoe (front, second from left), Steven Caldwell (middle back) and Michael Bradley (far right) model the new suits

Garrison Bespoke, the local suit maker responsible for Drake’s recent Raptors-themed novelty jacket, has another sporty client: Toronto FC players, who unveiled a distinguished new look yesterday in their first team outfit—a custom three-piece number based loosely around the team’s signature black and red. Captain Steven Caldwell helped design the look, complete with a rose-hued shirt and bright red tie. Perhaps he was thinking ahead: if the team doesn’t do well, at least the suits will get some extra wear on Valentine’s Day.

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This new Queen West consignment shop sells barely-used Louis Vuitton, Hermés and Dior

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Garb, a new consignment shop on Queen West, is more discriminating than most. (Case in point: its website lists over 100 labels that it absolutely refuses to carry.) Shoppers can stop by to browse the high-end designer stock, which includes silk Hermés scarves, cute Kate Spade backpacks and chic Erdem frocks. Most items are steeply discounted—by up to 75 per cent, depending on the condition (Garb has comprehensive rating system starting with A++, meaning the item is new with tags). We spotted some great deals, including a Vera Wang top for just $45, a Vince cocktail dress for $115 and never-worn Valentino kitten heels for $215. The menswear stock is surprisingly impressive, too: there are sharp dress shirts from brands like Paul Smith and Hugo Boss alongside sophisticated accessories like this printed Giorgio Armani tie. For those who’d prefer to purge their closets, consignors receive an impressive 50-per-cent commission on each item sold.

1046 Queen St. W., garb.ca

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Toronto’s African Fashion Week returns this August

(Image: African Fashion Week Toronto/Facebook)

(Image: African Fashion Week Toronto/Facebook)

Fans of African-inspired trends this season (think: statement chokers, bold prints and colourful headpieces) may be interested in scoping out the new looks at African Fashion Week Toronto this August. The three-day event at the Marriot Yorkville will include workshops, seminars, a student design competition and runway shows from over thirteen African designers. Show-goers can expect to see a few local brands (like the chic, pattern-heavy Fenix Couture), but the scene will be mostly international, with distinct styles from over ten African countries. There will be elaborate looks from popular Senegalese designer Eva Gabarra, on-trend pieces from Zimbabwean label Shadow by Sidumiso and luxe, sustainable dresses from Eritrean brand Farida’s Style, some of which will be available for purchase at the show. We’re also looking forward to plus-size womenswear from South African designer Siviwe Ntleki and plenty of Moroccan caftans from Smail Adkim Couture. Click here for tickets to individual events throughout the week.

Aug. 7-10. Marriot Yorkville, 90 Bloor St. E., afwt.ca

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Giorgio Armani’s first Canadian outlet store is opening in Toronto

(Image: Michael Gray/Flickr)

(Image: Michael Gray/Flickr)

Toronto shoppers will soon be able to acquire the refined, polished look of Giorgio Armani at a fraction of the cost. Retail Insider reports that the high-end label will open its first Canadian outlet at Toronto Premium Outlets, the Halton Hills outlet mall that also boasts Polo Ralph Lauren and J. Crew stores. The new shop will peddle past-collection pieces from Armani’s various lines, including the posh Emporio Armani and the slightly more casual Armani Collezioni (to put potential discounts in perspective, a simple black Emporio Armani blazer regularly sells for over $1,500 at Holt Renfrew). The outlet is slated to open at the end of August. Until then, budget-conscious fans will have to make do with Toronto’s A/X Armani Exchange locations, which carry the company’s least expensive label.

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