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Store Guide: Suitsupply, the Dutch menswear specialist’s new Yorkville store

(Image: Michelle Nunes)

(Image: Michelle Nunes)

Name: Suitsupply
Sells:
Contemporary menswear
Contact info:
9-11 Hazelton Ave., 647-931-6270, suitsupply.com
Hours: M-Sa 10-8, Su 11-6
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Suitsupply has concept shops all over the world, but this is the Dutch menswear brand’s Canadian debut. The new shop is housed in a posh Yorkville mansion, but vice president Nish de Gruiter is quick to stress that it’s “not your Dad’s suit store.” He’s right: between the mood lighting and the bikini-clad models on the wall, the place has a cool-guy vibe that’s sure to resonate with Yorkvillers and King West ad execs alike.

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Store Guide: Loding, an intimate menswear shop that’s all about simplicity

Store Guide: Loding, a simple and sophisticated take on menswear

(Image: Michelle Nunes)

Name: Loding
Sells:
Men’s shoes, shirts, ties, belts, socks and cashmere
Contact info:
133 Avenue Rd., 416-962-0133, loding.ca
Hours:
M-Sa 10-7, Su 11-5
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Loding, a Parisian boutique with 15 locations in the French capital alone, brings a distinctly European brand of refined ease to Yorkville’s menswear scene. French owners Julien and Marie Moga partnered with Toronto-based Yannick Bigourdan for the company’s first North American store, and are looking to appeal to “the simple man mentality.”

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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 21—23

Yorkville will host an ice-carving competition this weekend. (Image: Florin Chelaru)

Yorkville will host an ice-carving competition this weekend. (Image: Florin Chelaru)

In this edition of The Weekender, tropical ice sculptures, an industrial bazaar and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

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Winter Beer Fest
Drown February blues in copious amounts of craft beer at this Danforth bar’s annual festival, featuring breweries like Junction Craft, Granite Brewery, Flying Monkeys and West Avenue Cider. There will also be snacks from The Blade and Butcher, and tunes from local bands like The Condor Boys. Feb. 21—Feb. 22. Entrance is free, tasting tickets are $1 each. The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth Ave., theonlycafe.com

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In a shocker move, the Bay sells its Queen and Yonge flagship to bring Saks downtown

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(Image: Facebook)

Bloor Street shoppers who were pumped for Saks Fifth Avenue to re-vamp The Bay’s tired Yorkville space will have to put up with the department store’s drab concrete exterior a while longer. In a puzzling move, Hudson’s Bay has decided to forgo plans to open Saks at Bloor and Yonge. The company has instead opted to enter into a deal with Cadillac Fairview to sell its Queen Street flagship for $650 million and buy back the lease, bringing the city’s first Saks to the downtown property. The 150,000 square-foot, multi-floor Saks is slated to share the plot with the existing Canadian department store, but the exact division of space is yet unclear.

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Popular Yorkville bistro Sorrel’s building caught fire this morning

Here’s a sad update for midtowners who’ve been puzzling over the clouds of black smoke currently hovering above Yorkville. The Star reports that a small fire broke out this morning at 84 Yorkville Avenue—home to Mediterranean bistro Sorrel as well as a spa and a hair salon—and has since spread out of control, requiring over 60 firefighters to evacuate the building. The fire reportedly began at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor. Two hours later, flames were shooting from the roof, despite firefighters’ efforts to contain the blaze by dousing the building with water from neighbouring rooftops. The cause of the fire and extent of the damage are currently unknown.

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Condo of the Week: $1.9 million for a Yorkville condo worthy of a debutante ball

Condo of the Week: $1.9 million for a Yorkville condo worthy of a debutante ball

Address: 3 McAlpine Street, Suite 901
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent: Jim Burtnick, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $1,899,000

The Place: A two-storey penthouse on the ninth floor of Domus, a gothic-style building near Davenport and Bay. (We featured another unit in the same building back in 2012.)

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Condo of the Week: $6.5 million for a Four Seasons suite with an unbeatable view

Condo of the Week: 50 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 4303 Address: 50 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 4303
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agents: Christian Vermast, Paul Maranger, and Fran Bennett, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $6,495,000

The Place: A two-bedroom suite in the west tower of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences. (We featured a rental suite in the residence-only east tower earlier this year).

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Must-Try: the delectable and not-too-sweet fig kataiv at Mideastro Yorkville

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Mideastro Yorkville’s fig kataiv (Image: Renée Suen)

The delicious possibilities of melding two adjacent cuisines—Mediterranean and Middle Eastern—are rarely as apparent as they are in the fig kataiv at two-year-old Mideastro Yorkville. Executive chef Benny Cohen sandwiches a fluffy layer of spiced mascarpone and aromatic fresh poached figs between crisp and wiry kataifi discs. The clarified butter-brushed phyllo pastry is baked in a cast iron skillet for seven minutes, and is then showered with pistachio brittle and cinnamon-laced fig syrup, cloves and nutmeg. It’s a modern interpretation of the kanafehthe traditional Levantine dessert of soft, syrup-soaked goat cheese—and tastes like the exotic love child of a warm cheesecake and a fig newton. $11.

Mideastro Yorkville, 27 Yorkville Ave., 416-477-2427, mideastroyorkville.com

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Store Guide: Montreal knitwear label Ça Va De Soi opens a Yorkville shop full of beautifully made sweaters

Store Guide: Ça Va De Soi

Name: Ça Va De Soi
Sells: High-quality knitwear for women, with a few pieces for men
Contact: 138 Cumberland Street, Unit 5, Old York Lane, 416-929-5353, cavadesoi.com
Hours: M–W 10–6, Th–F 10–8, Sa 10–5, Sun 12–5
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Colder weather means layers and lots of them. Happily, Montreal knitwear company Ca Va De Soi (French for “it goes without saying”) recently opened its first Toronto store. The family-owned company, which operated for decades as a wholesaler before opening a handful of boutiques in Quebec and Ottawa, prides itself on minimalistic staples made from extra-fine wools, rare Egyptian cottons and luxe cashmeres. Styles in the Yorkville shop include Nordic woolly sweaters without the bulk or itch-factor ($280), Egyptian cotton T-shirts ($50–$120), tweed pencil skirts in Geelong wool ($195) and basic Merino wool pullovers ($180). Our picks: both the ribbed winter leggings ($195) and cashmere shawls ($350) are well worth the investment.

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Dutch suiting brand Suitsupply will open a store in Yorkville in January

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Back in March, Dutch suit specialist Suitsupply said it would launch its first Canadian store in Yorkville by fall. The menswear label, however, seemed to have trouble securing a space and the opening was delayed—until now. Sharp magazine has confirmed that the shop is scheduled to launch this January in a house-like storefront at 9-11 Hazelton Avenue. While the new location will carry casual wear, bags and accessories, its main focus will, naturally, be on the brand’s well-cut suits, which start around $400 and have received gushing reviews from New York magazine and the Wall Street Journal. [Sharp for Men]

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The owners of Lost and Found open a menswear store and bookshop near Ave and Dav

(Image: courtesy of Working Title)

The duo behind Dundas West’s Lost & Found have brought their west-end edge to midtown with Working Title, a new store selling men’s clothing, art and books. Jonathan Elias and Justin Veiga (plus two new partners, Michael Fong and Paul Shkordoff) have stocked the ground level of their Davenport space with high-quality basics from the likes of Margaret Howell and Unis, as well as quirkier pieces from brands like Etudes and Patrik Ervell. (In keeping with the more affluent neighbourhood, price points are slightly higher than at Lost and Found.) Some favourites: minimalist sneakers by Swedish collective Svensson ($380), an Etudes sweater with a simple star graphic ($190), and Engineered Garments’ shirts with round collars ($204). Once you’re done browsing the racks, head to the basement, which houses a collection of art and photography books and doubles as a rotating gallery for local and international photographers.

Working Title, 126A Davenport Road, 416-551-1085, workingtitleshop.com

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SPOTTED: Hollywood moneyman Harvey Weinstein looking casual at a Yorkville hotspot

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The big brass is back at TIFF and he is eating well: a dressed-down Harvey Weinstein was spotted at Hazelton’s ONE restaurant in Yorkville just a few minutes ago.

 Find this story on our Star Spotting Map, where we plot the locations of celebrities spotted around Toronto. Seen a celebrity? Let us know at tips@torontolife.com

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UPDATED: See inside Drake’s Yorkville condo, which he just sold for $3.75 million

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Toronto rapper Drake has put his Yorkville digs up for sale, which means plush bedroom ceilings, patriotic bookcases and the afterglow of a global entertainer can all be yours for a cool $4.2 million. (Actually, the place is more understated than we’d expect from someone who’s clearly well-versed in rap star clichés.) This isn’t Drake’s first foray into the real estate market: he sold a pair of Miami condos for a $500,000 profit last March, then purchased a sprawling California mansion for $7.7 million later that year. Apparently, he’s not interested in new friends, but new homes are a different story. [h/t BuzzBuzzHome]

UPDATE: After lowering the price to $3.895 million, the Degrassi alum sold his condo for $3.75 million on October 21. There’s been no word on whether Drake’s looking for a new Toronto pad—but, given his new gig with the Raptors and his hometown love affair, it seems likely he’ll need one. [BuzzBuzzHome]

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J.Crew is rumoured to be opening a Bloor Street store

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Having established its presence in Canadian malls, J.Crew is apparently now ready for Bloor West (both Kate Spade and Mulberry have followed a similar plan). A retail blog reports the preppy powerhouse is opening a new store in Guerlain’s former space at 110 Bloor. There’s no word on what exactly it will carry, but at only about 6,500 square feet, the space is likely a too small for both men’s and women’s apparel. [Retail Insider]

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Condo of the Week: $3.8 million for two units combined into one four-bedroom suite in Yorkville

Condo of the Week: 38 Avenue Road, Suite 1102 Address: 38 Avenue Road, Suite 1102
Neighbourhood: Yorkville
Agent:Peter Moazzani, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Brokerage
Price: $3,795,000

The Place: A four-bedroom unit in The Prince Arthur, the full-service building recognizable by its three-storey archway on Avenue Road and Yorkville Avenue.

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