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Ferragamo, Gucci and Bulgari now open at Pearson International Airport

(Images: Pearson International Airport/Facebook)

(Images: Pearson International Airport/Facebook)

There’s good news and not-so-good news for jet-setting Torontonians. First, the positive: after languishing behind other travel hubs for decades, Pearson International’extreme makeover is nearly complete. The once-dowdy airport is now flush with high-end amenities, including a massive fitness centre, a raft of top-tier restaurants and, most recently, a 6,000-square-foot retail pavilion to replace Terminal 1’s sterile duty-free emporium.

The huge new shopping zone, which is set up like a chic department store, gained its most opulent occupants in late December, when swank Italian brands Ferragamo, Gucci and Bulgari joined existing retailers like Burberry and Coach.

The not-so-good news? If current weather patterns are an indication, this winter’s would-be passengers will have more time than expected to browse the boutiques’ luxe leather goods and premium timepieces. Here, a photographic preview of Pearson’s newer, posher duty-free.

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Pearson Goes Posh: the most luxurious new features at the airport Toronto loves to hate

Things to Do at Toronto Pearson Airport

Things to do at Toronto Pearson Airport (clockwise from top left): renderings of the duty-free shopping area, Vinifera, the new GoodLife Fitness club and Marathi (Images: Nuance, GTO, GoodLife)

Is Pearson airport officially swanky? YYZ has a new fitness centre, a luxury shopping space in the works, and a handful of restaurants serving food worthy of an Ossington hotspot. In other words, Canada’s busiest airport is finally transitioning from an if-only-I-could-nap-on-these-benches airport into an interesting place to pass the hours between flights. It’s unclear whether credit should go to Toronto’s increasingly upscale tastes, the need to compete with Billy Bishop’s free lattes, or sheer numbers (35 million people passed through Pearson Airport in 2012 alone). Whatever the motivation, here are our favourite new things to do at Toronto Pearson Airport.

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Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from July 2013

(Image: Salvatore Ferragamo)

In this edition of our monthly shopping roundup: Ferragamo’s luxe new Yorkdale boutique, a revolving pop-up on Ossington and new details on Zara Home’s arrival in Toronto. Below, all the new stores and latest shopping gossip.

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Store Guide: Ferragamo brings tasteful opulence to Yorkdale Mall

Store Guide: FerragamoName: Salvatore Ferragamo
Sells: Women’s and men’s ready to wear, shoes, handbags, luggage, accessories, jewellery, perfumes, eyewear and timepieces
Contact info: Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-787-4994, ferragamo.com
Hours: M–F 10–9, Sa 9:30–9, Su 11–7
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Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo opened its first Toronto store in Yorkdale Shopping Centre last week, giving the mall’s high-end cred its biggest boost to date. The Florentine brand has long been known for impeccable leather goods, silk scarves and the classic Vara pump (beloved by Upper East Siders and Alexa Chung), all of which are prominently displayed in the 3,000-square-foot boutique. Pieces from creative director Massimiliano Giornetti’s fall 2013 women’s and men’s ready-to-wear collections are also already arriving and racks are heavy with black leather, fur and occasional blasts of rich colour.

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Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from April 2013

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Opened


AllSaints
The English label brings its sombre clothing and accessories for men and women to a 6,000-square-foot space in Yorkdale Mall. The brand also launched a new Canadian online store. Learn more »

Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-789-3261, ca.allsaints.com

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Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from March 2013

Gerhard Supply, a menswear shop in the Junction, was one of several stores to launch last month (Image: Erin Seaman)

Opened


Target
After two years and more than a little controversy, the trendy mass-market giant finally arrived in Canada. Now open: locations in East York Town Centre, Centrepoint Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Cloverdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre.

For store addresses and hours, see target.ca


Tiger of Sweden
The popular European maker of slim-cut suits and minimalist separates opened a spacious flagship on Ossington Avenue catering to young professionals of both sexes. Learn more »

56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437, tigerofsweden.com


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Yorkdale Mall is getting 12 new stores in 2013, including AllSaints, John Varvatos and Zara Home

AllSaints is one of the international retailers coming to Yorkdale in 2013 (Image: Facebook)

Despite pricey renovations at Sherway Gardens, Vaughan Mills and Square One, Yorkdale Shopping Centre keeps strengthening its claim to the title of the GTA’s best mega-mall. In the wake of some high-profile store launches in 2012, six more global brands are opening their first Canadian location there in 2013. They include: American jeweller David Yurman; upscale menswear designer John Varvatos; British luxury brand Mulberry; U.S. womenswear giant White House Black Market; Zara Home, a home furnishings spinoff from the fast-fashion giant; and AllSaints, a fast-growing British retailer with mid-priced, sombre-coloured clothes for both sexes. Toronto’s first Ferragamo store is also slated to open at Yorkdale this year, as are new locations from Massimo Dutti, Honey and several others. See below for the full list of new and expanded retailers.

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Gallery: over 30 designer collaborations created in honour of Holt Renfrew’s 175th anniversary

Holt Renfrew turns 175 this September, and instead of a birthday cake (so ho-hum), the retailer is celebrating with a whole bunch of limited-edition products featuring its trademark magenta hue and produced by designer brands like Manolo Blahnik, Etro, Roberto Cavalli, Alice and Olivia, Ferragamo and Canada Goose. (Our favourites are this classic Pendleton throwthis adorable Alice and Olivia peplum dress and this blazer by Kate Middleton-approved brand Smythe). For those who aren’t into pink—and are into being cozy—there are also six limited-edition sweatshirts designed by local and international graphic artists, which will be on sale at a travelling pop-up shop at Trinity Bellwoods Park on September 7.

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Justin Bieber gets new hair, plus top five Canada moments at the Golden Globes

Justin Bieber on the red carpet (Image: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty)

Moment 1: The kid is all right
He’s just growing up, that’s all. Justin Bieber presented an award sporting a brand new hairdo that’s choppier than his signature style. The snip is further evidence of Bieber’s move into manhood—the guy can’t stay 16 forever. Based on his slick three-piece suit and his command of come-hither eyes on the red carpet, we’d say the transition is running pretty smoothly. If nothing else, the new chop means hair professionals the world over should prepare for a rush of young customers requesting the Bieber 2.0.

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