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Christmas Gift Ideas: a week-long pop-up shop on Ossington that’s stacked with designer labels

rac-pop-upAround this time of year, holiday shoppers start flocking to craft fairs—and to their hipster equivalents, pop-up shops. Today marks the start of a temporary shop on Ossington from Yorkville’s RAC Boutique and relaunched e-tailer LAB Consignment, two stores that share an affinity for both designer labels and capital letters. RAC’s stock includes Vivenne Westwood, Rachel Comey, Sass & Bide and Mara Hoffman, while LAB is selling consigned items by Elizabeth + James, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, Chloe and more. The pop-up closes Sunday, but we’d recommend heading down before the weekend to snag the choicest pieces.

November 19–24. T–Sa 12–8, Su 12–6. AWOL Gallery, 78 Ossington Ave.

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6 in 1: an outfit from The Narwhal that is perfect for a fancy party

The Narwhal (8 Price Street) (Image: Erin Simkin)

Now that TIFF is done and dusted, we return to our semi-regular All in One series, in which we visit stores around the city and prove that one-stop shopping is possible for the ever-busy consumer. Today’s shop: The Narwahl in Rosedale (8 Price Street). This uptown boutique is filled with popular chi-chi contemporary brands like Helmut Lang, Mara Hoffman, Rachel Comey, and A.L.C. The pieces may be pricey, sure, but we think each item has a life beyond 2011, which is justification enough for throwing down plastic (or that birthday money grandma keeps sending) at the register. The total damage was around $4,500, but for a complete outfit that can be worn as separates, it is worth the investment. Check out the individual price breakdown and shots of the pieces in a gallery below.

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