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 throw, this 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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British boy-band sensation and global tween heartthrobs One Direction are opening up their first-ever pop-up shop in North America, and it’s going to be in Toronto (to think people even question Toronto’s status as a world-class city!). The launch of the 1D World store this Saturday at 680 Yonge Street just happens to coincide with the end of summer vacation, meaning the most ardent Directioners can score their sunglasses, T-shirts and iPhone covers in time for the first day of school. Anyone planning to head down, be warned: the Australian store saw line-ups of fans numbering in the thousands camped out hours in advance of the store opening, belting out catchy One Direction tunes. Alas, the opportunity to purchase a shirt adorned with the expertly coiffed band members is only temporary, as the shop is set to close September 2. Phew. [h/t Toronto Star]
A pop-up shop with terrariums, homemade Sam James coffee ice cream bars and Canadian-designed clothing
Pop-ups are typically small, boutique operations, but this week’s Mutts and Co. summer shop at 94 Ossington is a big to-do: there’s jewellery, clothing, housewares, terrariums, beard balm, preserves, men’s underwear and worm bins for sale (yes, worm bins). This temporary boutique will also be hosting a photo gallery at the back of the store featuring works by Toronto-based photographers Matthew Crisp and Beau Partlow, and since there’s so much to see and potentially buy, Brandon Olson from The Black Hoof is making homemade ice cream bars with Sam James coffee to keep people refreshed. And if for some reason this isn’t enough, there’ll be gin and Mexican beer on opening night (July 5 from 6 to 11 p.m.).
The sweltering and humid Toronto summer is coming, and the promise of getting post-work drunk sitting outdoors is becoming mighty appealing. (It’s true, it is.) Back in December, a couple of local girls, Natalie Petozzi and Abigail Van Den Broek, threw together a Glory Box pop-up shop with 70 per cent off Le Creuset pots and designer denim. Now, they’re moving on, selling patio furniture from Andrew Richards Designs, Sunbrella, Enclover, Cana-Foam, Cabana Coast by Actiwin and more. All items will be on sale for 50 to 70 per cent off, which means you might not have to buy this season’s modular wicker chaise lounge from Restoration Hardware. (You still can, but you don’t have to.)
Glory Box, 99 Sudbury St., May 26 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and May 27 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
When we think of pop-up shops, we first think of Philip Sparks (who is now out of the pop-up game) and the holidays (seriously, there is one every other day). But to shake things up a little bit, Fitzroy Boutique is having a spring shop inside Queen West’s BYOB until April 5 for any ladies looking to update their wardrobes (we know it is freezing outside today, but remember how it was unseasonably warm last week?). Fans (if there are any left) of Whitney Eve Port can pick over the Whitney Eve collection, grab a tote by the ever-popular Fieldguided and check out hard-to-find labels like BB Dakota, Greylin, Society for Scarves, Species (sp.) by Sarah Donofrio, Wolf and Moon and more. Or, you could walk around bitter about how seasonably cold it is for March (the choice is yours).
Even though Toronto is still a year away from getting its first Target store, Torontonians who love designer collabs and bargains will get a one-day shot at snagging a few pieces from the Jason Wu for Target collection next week. Target will be selling 2,500 garments from the highly coveted collection at a pop-up store at 363 King Street West on February 23—and word is that Wu himself will show up. The line sold out ridiculously quickly across the U.S. (even Michelle Obama got in on the action), so get ready to battle some sharp-elbowed ladies and gents for the goods—there’s a three-item maximum (sorry, eBay resellers), so we recommend a pre-game perusal of the collection online. The best bit (besides the cheap designer duds, of course) is that the proceeds from the sale will go to United Way Toronto. Everyone wins (except for the people who wait a long time in line and miss out on the things they actually wanted).
There are many reasons to get excited about the holidays, but elbowing a mom for an iron skillet during a sale at Williams-Sonoma is not one of them. Seriously, people get crazy during the holiday rush, but pop-up shops—those here today, gone tomorrow stores that have been popular for years—get us away from malls and big-box retailers, and there’s a new kid on the block: Glory Box. Local girls Natalie Petozzi and Abigail Van Den Broek have sourced housewares from Le Creuset, Staub, Breville and Pottery Barn Kids, and clothing from Versace, Tiger of Sweden and more. The pop-up shop will be bursting at the seams with stuff, and everything is marked up to 75 per cent off. This means that you’ll seem like you broke the bank on people when in reality you paid pennies on the dollar (not really in line with the consumerism of the season, but we’ll never tell). Glory Box’s pop-up hours are Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Glory Box pop-up shop, 37 Bulwer St. (just north of Queen St. W.)
Yesterday, Shawn Hewson of Bustle announced that the brand would be hosting its first ever pop-up shop, but there’s a catch: it is a very limited engagement of four days (a true pop-up shop; can it be real?). Evidently, you get 20 per cent off if you use a Mastercard, but the real value of this temporary boutique is being able to actually find Bustle clothing, because it is scarcely found anywhere in Toronto (as of now, consumers can purchase a few pieces at Jacflash, GotStyle and Anti-Hero, and the whole collection is at the by-appointment-only Bustle showroom). Now that the collection can be stockpiled conveniently at 162 Cumberland Street, there’s really no excuse for a Toronto boy wishing he was in Cape Cod (or in the movie Wall Street) to feel naked this holiday season.
The Bustle pop-up shop hours are Friday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 18 from 12 to 6 p.m.; and Monday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
’Tis the season to pop-up shop, and keeping with that spirit, Toronto-based brands Muttonhead and Label are hosting their very own at 94 Ossington (formerly Paramour) from October 19 to October 23. In case last weekend’s weather had everyone fooled, it is in fact October, which means winter is just around the corner. Pop Pop Shoppe is the perfect place to pick up unique items for the changing season, as a number of brands will be showcasing their fall/winter 2011 collections: Metsa and Chloé Comme Parris will be selling their collections, and expect to find handcrafted accessories by Stars and Perfect Tens, Cuchara, Headmistress and the Leather Atelier, and vintage eyewear by Aeroplane. Shopping can sometimes make us feel peckish, so we intend to eat the baked goodies and drink the espresso-based drinks on offer. We’ll of course be going to browse the merchandise, but mostly to verify if the shop’s title is an Arrested Development reference in any way shape or form. Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
In a shocking twist, pop-up shop season has already kicked off, long before the holidays: first Philip Sparks launched his first trunk shop in the Junction earlier this week, and now Torontonians craving some unique vintage can head over to Inside Out, a pop-up from Montreal that opens on October 4 at 1040 Queen St. W. (formerly A2Zane, which we’re told has packed up and moved east) next week. Members of PETA should steer clear, since Inside Out specializes in vintage furs, but what we’re most drawn to is the assortment of vintage coats and women’s hats that may—we’re hoping—give our fall wardrobe a certain je ne sais quoi. In addition to selling one-off vintage finds from La Belle Province, the store will act as an informal gallery space to exhibit work by young Toronto artists. But like most pop-up shops, Inside Out is a limited-time offer: all pieces were hand-picked in Montreal and are one-of-a-kind, which means once they’re gone, vintage seekers are out of luck.
There aren’t many reasons to get excited about the words “pop up” anymore, unless they’re followed by book, or video, but the shop concept, though painfully ubiquitous (and often insincere in its claim of being temporary, since these shops tend to either stick around forever or at least stay open for longer than they claimed they would), is getting a new lease on life with Field and Market’s latest here-today-gone-tomorrow shop at Camp 4 at 1173 Dundas St. W.
This weekend, shoppers will have the chance to browse issues of Apartamento’s “everyday life interior’s magazine” while eating s’mores from San Francisco’s Local Mission Eatery. After consumers have wiped melted marshmallow on their silk gaucho pants, they’ll have a lot to see from Chief Salvage Co., and lots to drink (see: spiked lemonade and iced tea). We think no one should ever drive drunk, or bike for that matter, but a little shopping? The worst that could happen is buying too many niche magazines, being a little too affectionate with a clothing vendor or eating too many campfire treats. What happens at Field and Market, stays at Field and Market.
Field and Market, 1173 Dundas St. W., July 7 – 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Introducing: The Drake Summer School Dining Hall, the first in the boutique hotel’s Dining Roadshow series
The Drake Hotel has never been afraid of a little shtick, and pop-up and quasi pop-up operations have long been a part of that. There’s the Drake General Store (and its two sister locations across the city), the now-defunct Scoops and Tees and its successor the Drake BBQ, a pop-up shop that, in true pop-up fashion, will serve its last pulled pork sandwiches and whoopie pies this Saturday. This summer, the Drake is launching the Dining Roadshow, a sort of in situ pop-up program that GM Bill Simpson told us is “meant to be an exploration over the next year as we plan to expand The Drake.” The roadshow will feature a series of thematically changing restaurant concepts that will be highly theatrical, whimsical and, yes, pretty darn kitschy. The first stop: Summer School Dining Hall.
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Sometimes a handcrafted, three-of-a-kind item can be a good way to get someone’s attention (goodbye, fast fashion), and on Saturday, June 4, local Etsy vendors are taking over West Elm to bring us everything we need for strangers to ask, “Where did you get that?”—leather bags, housewares, soap, photographic prints and an abundance of bags. We like Fieldguided’s totes (also available at Robber and Bicyclette), tie-dyed scarves from Scout & Catalogue and new and vintage jewellery by Foe and Dear. We understand not wanting to buy something online for fear of it not fitting or not being the right colour. Having a fully erected, temporary Etsy shop will make it easier not to buy a selection of T-shirt quilts we wish we hadn’t.
Etsy pop-up shop at West Elm, 109 Atlantic Ave., June 4, 1-6 p.m. Check out a full list of vendors after the jump.
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