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Queen West accessories boutique Zane has expanded into Yorkville

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(Image: Zane/Facebook)

Since its birth as a small pop-up shop in 2010, Zane has been peddling coveted accessories from cool new designers out of its Queen West flagship. (Known for its selection of mid-range handbags, it was one of the first places in Toronto to stock Rebecca Minkoff‘s collection back in 2011.) Now, the boutique has opened a second location on Cumberland Street, bringing its collection of designer bags, hats and jewellery to Yorkville. Residents of the posh ‘hood can stock up on chic totes from Sophie Hulme, patterned clutches from Clare Vivier and large boho bags from Hoi Bo. Other accessories, including sunglasses from Karen Walker and watches from Daniel Wellington, are well-stocked, and delicate jewellery from brands like Grace Lee Designs rounds out the selection. Prices for most items clock in at a few hundred dollars and up, but the shop’s range of on-trend designers gives some cool-kid cred to Cumberland—and another alternative to Holt Renfrew‘s first floor.

Zane, 124 Cumberland St., visitzane.com

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Score looks from Toronto Fashion Week designers during Gilt’s online sale

Some Sid Neigum designs. (Image: Gilt.com/Screenshot)

Some Sid Neigum designs. (Image: Gilt.com/Screenshot)

Toronto Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015, which begins this evening, will bring with it a slew of springtime shows from Canadian labels. For those who’d like to bag the designer looks on the cheap, American shopping site Gilt is holding a five-day flash sale devoted to north-of-the-border style. Each day this week, Gilt will hawk apparel from a different Toronto Fashion Week participant. Today’s deal is Sid Neigum, a Toronto-based designer with a minimalist, architectural aesthetic. During the rest of the week, shoppers will be able to stock up on items like cool, laid-back apparel from Beaufille (October 24), ethically hand-crafted basics from Laura Siegel (October 22) and made-in-Canada outerwear from Soia and Kyo (October 23). At up to 60 per cent off, this is a great opportunity to support Canadian fashion and snap up looks from talented local designers, whose work can be pricey and hard to find at Toronto boutiques. An added plus? All prices include duties, so your credit card statement won’t contain any surprises. As with all flash sales, shoppers should hit the site early to take advantage of the best possible selection.

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The Find: a Fashion Week–worthy clutch that’ll get you noticed for all the right reasons

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Quirky clutches are definitely having a moment: this past month saw street-style stars around the world grasping bags shaped like all sorts of strange items, including a ham hock, a box of Digestive cookies and even SpongeBob SquarePants. There were also a fair amount of eyeballs (a trend that’s been going strong since Kenzo’s bold eye-themed collection in 2013). This Toronto Fashion Week (which starts on Monday), bag the trend—and support a good cause—by picking up this “Evil Eye” clutch. Hand-embroidered by women living in northern Pakistan, the purses are being sold by Far and Wide Collective, a Toronto-based online boutique dedicated to peddling one-of-a-kind goods crafted by artisans living in struggling countries. The playful pattern and bright blue hue are sure to add style cred to any outfit, and if you happen to get snapped by a photographer outside a show, you’ll be able to prove you’re not a fast-fashion follower. $199

Available at farandwidecollective.com

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Store Guide: Tanya Heath Paris, the chic footwear label that lets you switch heels

Store Guide: Tanya Heath Paris, a footwear label with interchangeable heels

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Name: Tanya Heath Paris
Sells: Women’s footwear and interchangeable heels
Contact info: 7-138 Cumberland St., 416-962-7366, tanyaheathcanada.com
Hours: M-W 11-6, Th-Fr 11-7, Sa 11-5, Su 12-5

Canadian expat Tanya Heath has brought her eponymous footwear label to Yorkville, two years after launching her first boutique in Paris. When Heath realized she was spending her days wearing shoes that didn’t jive with her busy lifestyle, the designer (along with a team of fourteen engineers) spent four years developing a line of stylish shoes with removable, interchangeable heels. Now, women can purchase a single pair of quality leather shoes, and, depending on the occasion, pair them with either a comfortable low heel, a chunky mid-height heel or a tall stiletto (heights range from 4.5 to 8.5 centimetres).

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Swedish brand J. Lindeberg is opening its first Canadian flagship at Queen and Spadina

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(Image: J. Lindeberg/Facebook)

Stockholm-based J. Lindeberg, an upscale lifestyle and sportswear label with flagships all over Europe and the States, is opening its first Canadian store at 433 Queen West, just east of Spadina. The brand, which showed its latest menswear collection at New York Fashion Week, specializes in sporty apparel for golf and ski enthusiasts, plus cozy knits and fur-trimmed scarves. (Its luxe winter apparel is currently stocked in stores like Sporting Life.) According to its new website, the flagship will open in a few weeks—just in time for the Collingwood crew to stock up on all their après-ski essentials.

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Great Spaces: a Haliburton cottage that turned a die-hard city slicker into an amateur woodsman

Great Spaces: a Haliburton cottage that turned a die-hard city slicker into an amateur woodsman

Stephen Grant is one of Toronto’s top divorce lawyers, the man one-­percenters like David Thomson and Michael McCain go to when their marriages ­falter. He’s also a city guy who never dreamed of owning a cabin in the woods. That is, until he met his wife, Sandy Forbes, in the early ’90s. She’s a lawyer too, a partner at Davies who specializes in commercial litigation. She yearned for a ­weekend escape from their frenetic schedule. “Sandy wanted a cottage,” says Grant, “and like any sensible husband, I said yes.” (His line of work has made him an expert on matrimonial arbitration.) Their decade-old retreat is on a forested lot in ­Haliburton facing a quiet lake. But its design, by architects ­Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, is thoroughly urban. The structure is encased in Shim-­Sutcliffe’s signature rusting steel, and the burnished concrete floors belong in a downtown loft. In these modern surroundings, Grant has learned to enjoy the relaxed pace of country life: while Forbes lounges for hours with a paperback, he passes ­leisurely afternoons trying out recipes from Saveur and Bon Appétit.

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Store Guide: Latre Art and Style, a unique concept shop stocked with African artifacts and military apparel

Store Guide: Latre Art and Style, a new retail space in the Junction that marries functionality and art

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Name: Latre Art and Style
Sells: Upcycled unisex apparel, artwork, African artifacts, vintage items
Contact Info: 2988 Dundas St. W., 647-349-3503, latreartandstyle.com
Hours: M 12-7, W-Su 12-7

Latre Art and Design is a new boutique in the Junction from Brian Vu, an artist and former restaurateur who makes his own line of reclaimed unisex apparel in the shop’s basement studio. His philosophy for the store is refreshing: bring together simple, high-quality items that incorporate elements of nature. In addition to selling his own pieces, Vu sources work from local artists, artifacts from West Africa, and vintage Native American jewellery to create a space that’s part boutique, part gallery and part museum. (It’s all for sale, except the taxidermied wolf, which was a gift from a friend.)

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Pop-Up Pick: Frank and Oak debuts its soccer-themed collection for the Toronto FC

Pop-Up Pick: Frank and Oak debuts its soccer-themed collection for the Toronto FC

Montreal-based online menswear retailer Frank and Oak is hosting a ten-day pop-up shop on Queen Street to showcase its new collaboration with the Toronto FC—which seems to be trying to cement its status as the city’s most stylish sports team. The simple eight-piece collection subtly displays the Toronto FC logo on casual t-shirts, twill pants and varsity jackets. (Our favourite piece is a black-and-grey knit sweater with a large T on the back.) The capsule also includes a few fall-appropriate accessories, like a great leather weekend bag, and prices are similar to the brand’s main line, ranging from $38 for a t-shirt to $345 for one of the wool varsity jackets. For those who’d rather not sport a team logo, the label’s signature chambray button-downs, tailored trousers and chic blazers will be on display, too. This pop-up is also a preview for something more: after opening its first bricks-and-mortar shop in Montreal, a permanent Toronto destination is on the way for early November.

Oct. 15-25. 567 Queen St. W., frankandoak.com

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Store Guide: Good Neighbour, a family-friendly boutique in Leslieville (complete with its own Drake General Store)

Store Guide: Good Neighbour

Name: Good Neighbour
Sells: Clothing, accessories and gifts for women, men, and kids
Contact info: 935 Queen St. E., 647-350-0663, goodnbr.com
Hours: M-Th 11-7, Fr 11-8, Sa 10-7, Su 12-5

Good Neighbour recently opened in an adorable bungalow next door to Leslieville Pumps (the space used to be a production facility for Degrassi). Co-founder Aziz Alam describes the boutique as a convenience store—“but a stylish one.” The place doesn’t sell lottery tickets or gum, but it does stock plenty of must-haves, including Herschel knapsacks, quality workout gear and gift cards, as well as lots of stuff you definitely don’t need (but probably want anyway), like artisanal Portuguese soaps and novelty flasks. And of course, this being Leslieville, there’s a designated children’s section crammed with all the mini New Balances and sparkly pink tutus your kid could want.

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It’s definitely luxury condos (and possibly a Bloomingdale’s) for the Stollerys building at One Bloor

(Image: Google Streetview)

(Image: Google Streetview)

Earlier this week, longstanding Toronto menswear boutique Stollerys—supplier of seersucker suits and Barbour jackets—dropped the news that it’ll be closing its doors in January 2015, after 114 years on the corner of Yonge and Bloor. According to co-owner Edwin Whaley, who spoke to the Globe, the market was just too saturated, making it difficult for retailers like Stollerys to turn a profit. “We’ve got too much retail supply in the city,” he said. (The store made its announcement right after Holt Renfrew opened a flashy new men’s boutique just down the street.)

As for the future of the sought-after space, Sam Mizrahi has confirmed that his company, Mizrahi Developments, purchased the property—along with a few others in the area—for an estimated total of $300 million. According to the Globe, his plans for the plot include the construction of a luxury high-rise condominium. (Mizrahi is known for its posh residential developments, like penthouses on Davenport and pricey town homes in Lytton Park.) But there’s still some good news for Bloor Street shoppers: Mizrahi also wants to lease out the first few floors of the development to a prominent international retailer or high-end restaurant chain. Apparently, he’s interested in the department store Bloomingdale’s or the Italian supermarket emporium Eataly, both of which would certainly be a big deal for the neighbourhood. We’re not getting our hopes up just yet though—we’re still recovering from the two-and-a-half-year-old rumour about an Apple flagship moving into the space. 

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The Find: an edgy sneaker for girls, by local designers Sully Wong and Amanda Lew Kee

SULLY WONG X AMANDA LEE KEW

George Sully and Henry Wong, the duo behind acclaimed footwear brand Sully Wong (which already has a number of interesting collaborations under its belt), have joined forces with Toronto designer Amanda Lew Kee to create the brand’s first women’s shoe. Lew Kee, who also designed a stylish capsule collection for Roots last year, drew on her appreciation of comfortable athletic wear to create the handcrafted high-top, which uses raw leather and denim for a simple yet rugged look. We love that the label’s first “women’s” shoe is kind of androgynous—it’ll go perfectly well with skinny jeans or add some edge to a girly mini. If you’d like to snag a pair, don’t procrastinate—the limited edition shoe hits Gotstyle boutiques on October 9 and is bound to be snapped quickly up by sneaker enthusiasts worldwide. $225

Sully Wong, sullywong.com

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Pop-Up Pick: Toronto Lifestyle Market combines chic international labels with local up-and-comers

Pop-Up Pick: Toronto Lifestyle Market combines chic international labels with local up-and-comers

The Gladstone, in conjunction with lifestyle agency Ampersand Company, is hosting a five-day shopping extravaganza next week. Designed to showcase cool international brands alongside stylish Toronto startups, the market will be selling the kind of clothing and accessories—like chic knapsacks, floral button-downs and eco-sunglasses—that are bound to attract hip west-enders. This is a chance to shop overseas labels including Swedish streetwear brand Cheap Monday and London-based menswear designer Marshall Artist (which sells amazingly cozy down bomber jackets). Watch lovers will also be able to snag classic timepieces from Daniel Wellington, the British label known for its interchangeable wristbands. PKG, a Toronto company that makes well-designed cases for laptops and other digital devices, will be peddling its sleek iPad cases. If you’ve got energy to burn after emptying your wallet, there will also be nightly parties with music from DJs like Shaun Frank (tickets can be purchased here).

Oct. 8-Oct. 12. The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., torontolifestylemarket.com

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Store Guide: Holt Renfrew Men, the luxe retailer’s new guys-only boutique

Store Guide: Holt Renfrew Men, the luxe retailer's new guys-only boutique

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Name: Holt Renfrew Men
Sells: Menswear and accessories
Contact Info: 100 Bloor St. W., 416-960-2929, holtrenfrew.com
Hours: M-W, Sa 10-8, Th-Fr 10-9, Su 11-7

Holt Renfew has opened its first men’s-only boutique on Bloor Street. The 16,500-square-foot space, which was designed by Janson Goldstein (the same company responsible for the Yorkdale location’s recent makeover), has a distinctly more masculine vibe than the brand’s other shiny flagships—it’s even abandoned those signature hot pink shopping bags. Guys browsing the pricey apparel may be distracted by the $355,000 Ferrari in the entranceway, or the exhibit of antique hockey trophies from Conn Smythe’s private collection.

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Magic Dust: an annotated guide to the ultimate powdered exfoliator

Magic Dust

Julie Clark is Toronto’s high priestess of organic beauty: her line, Province Apothecary, is carried by retail heavyweights Urban Outfitters and Madewell. Here, a peek at what goes into her bestselling powdered exfoliator.

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Oats
They’re grown on small organic farms in Saskatchewan.

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Street Style: bikini-clad Torontonians hit the beach (at the end of September)

Street Style: bikini-clad Torontonians hit the beach (at the end of September)

(Images: Jenna Marie Wakani)

For west-enders looking to escape the city bustle, Sunnyside Beach (south of High Park and off the Martin Goodman Trail), is a peaceful retreat. It’s easily accessible by bicycle and has a sheltered inlet for water activities. Plus, there’s a great boardwalk and a stellar view of the downtown skyline. We headed to the water on a late September Sunday to chat to people taking advantage of the uncharacteristically warm weather. Here, sixteen shots of the laid-back crowd, including bikini-clad sunbathers, leisurely paddle-boarders and a cheerful musician serenading passers-by.

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