Read my profile of Doll Factory by Damzels (Roncesvalles) in the fashion section.
Next Monday (May 6), an exclusive t-shirt collection designed by Jeremy Laing with much-loved Toronto label Arts & Crafts is set to launch online and at two Toronto Hudson's Bay locations (44 Bloor St E and 176 Yonge St). Five artists - Derek Sullivan, Jessica Eaton, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Niall McClelland, and Jason McLean - created images inspired by musicians including Broken Social Scene and Timber Timbre, which were then translated into a printable design. Retailing for $75, the t-shirts' profits will be donated to MusiCounts, an organization dedicated to providing music programs to all children in Canada.
But, as I began exploring the 130 some-odd shoes I began to realize the entire culture is more multi-faceted than I thought - the exhibition included everything from the first running shoes (ever) to Louis Vuitton x Kanye West Don's. So, whether you're a sneakerhead, fashion enthusiast, over-zealous gym addict, or an average Joe, there's definitely something for you to see.
Here are my picks for the top 10 sneakers featured at Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum.
Last week, Toronto clothing brand Chloe Comme Parris announced a name change. The designers, sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon, no longer felt a need for their names to define the brand, so they've decided to officially be called Beaufille. The French words translate to "handsome girl," a quirky play on the brand's design aesthetic - the perfect balance between masculine and feminine.
This Week in Fashion: Clothing Brand Experiment calls it quits, Vitaly Design pop-up, Puma warehouse sale
Vitaly Design - a local unisex jewellery brand with an eco-conscience - is hosting their first ever pop-up shop and sample sale at Oz Studios (134 Ossington Ave). While current and past collections will be priced at up to 75% off, guests will also have a chance to preview the "Elements" collection of high-quality titanium pieces. Partnered with other accessory brands like Varsity Brown and Felony Case, the event starts today (April 17) and runs until Monday (April 22).