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Ted's Style Shoppe

Posted by Dayna Winter / Posted on December 14, 2010

Ted's Style ShoppeTed's Style Shoppe took shape at an unusual address this summer, peddling custom suiting alongside bibimbap and private karaoke rooms. It's not the first time that owner David Petrash took a chance with location. His former business, Theodore 1922 - also a high-end menswear shop - still occupies digs among a mixed bag of sushi restaurants and (relatively) shabby Annex neighbours.

Ted's is a sore thumb in Koreatown. The Yorkville-worthy window display beckoned me from the sidewalk with antique props and crisp shirts, and I stepped into the tidy and immaculate space. Petrash offered me genuine welcome, and an espresso. With Sambucca. So far, so good. I began to wonder if the criticism regarding his customer service style was actually unfair, or if, at least, it had scared him straight. Just then, however, a woman entered during our coffee-sipping and chatting, and began inspecting items in the window display. Petrash snottily and too-loudly informed her that "everything there is elsewhere in the shop" (read: don't touch). The customer sheepishly exited. OK, maybe not.

Ted's Style ShoppeTed's Style ShoppePetrash toured me through the store, which, he tells me, does over half of its business in made-to-measure - a service that has kept the store busy in its first few months. A large portion of his clients are Western Canadian doctors, thanks to his retired Alberta-based father's remote role in the business. A bespoke suit is ready to be shipped Westward, in fact, and I get a peek. The tailoring is gorgeous. The awaiting MD's name is stitched inside the lapel. I quite love this detail, and it conjures up memories writing my name on face cloths and underwear in preparation for Brownie camp. This is the grown-up version. "The bespoke suits are handmade here," he says, by which I take to mean that they are made in Canada. But "here" literally means in-store.

Ted's Style ShoppeComplimenting custom, are off-the-rack Egyptian cotton shirts by Swedish brand Stenstrom's, German-made leather parkas by Milestone, and Ivory (by Incotex) bottoms. These pants, part of Incotex's more affordable line, are the best of the store's offerings. Classic wool flannel and cotton twill fabrics get slight modern adjustments and expertly-tailored finishes resulting in a pant that seamlessly bridges the casual/dressy divide in menswear bottoms. Petrash doesn't think much of denim (and curiously dismisses the shop's small representation of it). With pants like these in his midst, I can blame him. Chocolate stretch cords with a smooth bemberg stretch lining ($275) are like the guy-equivalent to my Yoga Jeans - pants so comfy, you could work out in them. They're so well-made, Petrash informs me, that "you can kick the shit outta them."

Ted's Style ShoppeJapanese-designed Canadian-made leather belts ($110) are coiled above racks of suiting, and come in unexpected colours like tomato-red, lime and rust. "They're sick as fuck," he insists. "I can't believe how cheap I'm selling them for!" It's relative, of course. While I don't necessarily share his enthusiasm for the belts, I visibly swooned over Stenstrom's cashmere knits with contrasting elbow patches. Combos like fuchsia and Tiffany blue take them from "hot professor" to just "hot".

For spring, Ted's already has some teasers to peruse, including samples of some lightweight outerwear options in the Milestone collection. The shop will also carry Italian brand Zal Pieri, including LAB, the line's more youthful collection.

I sifted through the he-said/she-said and blog backlash prior to my visit, but tried to remain neutral. While impressed by the craftsmanship and Petrash's fashion savvy, I can't help but think that he may still need to work on his customer service. Beyond the pomp, there is something likeable about him, though. Just don't touch the window display, and you might see it too.
Ted's Style ShoppeTed's Style ShoppePhotos by Dennis Marciniak.

Discussion

43 Comments

qube / December 14, 2010 at 02:17 pm
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Typo - Pretty sure "Zal Pieri" should be "Pal Zileri"
Chris / December 14, 2010 at 03:24 pm
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This place is a rip off. Non-iron shirts my ass. I got it home, looked on the web site and guess what, they have a WHOLE PAGE about how to iron them. This guy is not only a snobby dick, he is a LIAR. Go ahead, shop there but you are a SUCKER if you do. Oh, and the belt fell apart. I can take snobby but shitty stuff is not worth it.
Emma replying to a comment from Chris / December 14, 2010 at 03:56 pm
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If your belt fell apart - did you return it for a refund or exchange? I'm wondering how he handles customer follow up nowadays. He is one of a kind, that David.
Sarah / December 14, 2010 at 04:00 pm
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Disappointed in your coverage BlogTO given Mr Petrash's dubious history including impact on his community. Is the tradition of editorial being swayed by take home swag alive and well at BlogTO?!
Sheldon / December 14, 2010 at 04:19 pm
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I am surprised...shocked even...that Blog TO would chose to step into this situation. I am sure many people are aware of the domestic violence that occurred here and I have no idea why you would chose to support someone who hits his spouse. It's disgusting. This writer says "there's something likable here"...really?? Maybe she should do a little research down at City Hall and read about this mans numerous crimes against women and anyone weaker than him. Would she still find him likable? Shame on you Blog TO for supporting a wife abuser.
I mostly feel sorry for his ex...who, btw, never mentions him, never talks about the horrible situation it must have been for her...who has to read this crap.
How do I know all this...I'm a lawyer who deals with victims of domestic violence and smelt this one from a mile away. All I did was a little digging and found out everything...and you call yourselves journalists.
Tim replying to a comment from Sheldon / December 14, 2010 at 05:05 pm
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As the Publisher of the site let me apologize for this lapse. It's our standard practice to do criminal background checks on all restaurant and store owners, baristas, waiters, sales staff and other management/employees of the stores, restaurants, bakeries and cafes we review. In this instance, our entire legal team happened to be vacationing in St. Barts (along with our Office Manager, HR team, coat check manager, coat-check assistant and Ottawa lobbyists) and we thought we could get away with writing one store profile that didn't follow our standard procedures.

And in response to Sarah, yes, we received three made to measure suits as compensation for this review plus an envelope that I won't disclose what was inside. Let me just say it will be a very merry Xmas around here...You'll also be glad to hear that we never review a place unless we are bribed or receive some gifts. Even the tattoo shop we profiled this morning had to give us 20 hours of free tattoo service in return plus three dozen cupcakes baked by one of the owner's girlfriends.
Dave / December 14, 2010 at 05:17 pm
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Those machines pictured are not enough to create bespoke suits. The non-iron shirts DO NEED ironing.

Your reviewer is not a fully informed menswear expert.

Have you touched the fabrics in this store? They are scratchy and over-priced.

The owner remains a tremenous dick.
Dave / December 14, 2010 at 05:20 pm
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I had my first visit to this store in September, I found it very disappointed. Stuff's overpriced, quality's poor, didn't find anything that fit my friends and I. The owner's attitude was unbelievable bad, oh, and snobby too! Maybe its because we didn't buy anything.......
Anyway, a big " DISLIKE"
handfed / December 14, 2010 at 05:56 pm
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@Dave: I see a few sergers and a sewing machine in back -- you can make bespoke suits with this. Especially if they're high-priced, most of the canvassing is done by hand.
Egor / December 14, 2010 at 06:45 pm
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I wonder if it's a typo, could be one of those "Italian" knock offs that meant to sound same, I saw Adibas few days ago!
Liza / December 14, 2010 at 08:02 pm
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Team Theodore 1922!
Bob / December 14, 2010 at 09:03 pm
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After reading this review of Ted's style shop, I think this store creates a bad energy on blogTO. I've been to both Theodore1922 and Ted's style shop, although they are all high end men's clothing, the vibes' completely different....
Theodore1922 provides a really positive, friendly, and caring atmosphere; on the other hand, Ted's style shop gave me a bad impression, I tried on a pair of jeans but didn't end up buying it, then the owner started acting impatient and cold to me...well, you know how it goes when you experience that kinda of customer service, you'll never go back!!
Thanks for BlogTO, I won't spend any cent at Ted's style shop.
John / December 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm
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In the summer of 2010 I was looking for a suit for a wedding I was to attend. I informed Dave of the color and look i was going for. Dave treated me with a lot of respect and was always keeping me informed and up to date with the status of my order.
While browsing the suits that Dave suggested, he also turned me on to a few other items the store was selling. After all the dust settled, I purchased the best fitting, softest, and best looking suit I have ever owned or seen. He matched an incredible dress shirt to go with it, and topped it off with an amazing tie. I was the best dressed male at that wedding, and every other formal party I attend! Besides the complete suit.
I also purchased some great trunk boxers, that my girlfriend can't get enough of, as well as, the greatest leather jacket I have ever owned. The leather is so soft it feels like silk. FYI, I bought the winter leather jacket in the dead of summer, I could not pass up the opportunity to own a jacket of this type of style and quality.
Dave was in constant contact with me from the start of the order, to the day I unleashed the suit at the wedding. He was genuinely concerned about my satisfaction and how the products he stands behind met my needs and requirements.
I will not buy another suit from anywhere else, and my high end wear will be purchased from Ted's as well.
Simply put;
Suit, shirt and Tie= Amazing
Leatherjacket= Unmatchable quality and style!
Thanks Again Dave!
John
David / December 15, 2010 at 12:04 am
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I haven't read the comments on a BlogTO post in a while and this being my first post back in the swing of it, I realize that not only are BlogTO commenters hilarious, but fucking tense as shit!
Jack / December 15, 2010 at 01:19 am
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Thanks to Tim's insight (publisher) on why they write reviews (bribes), this blog just lost all credibility.
Peanut Gallery replying to a comment from Jack / December 15, 2010 at 07:46 am
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Jack, I think your sarcasm detector might need re-calibrating.
Bob (different from other poster) / December 15, 2010 at 08:15 am
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I have shopped at Ted’s Style Shoppe and found both the quality of the merchandise and the service to be exceptionally high. As the other poster notes, the owner’s eye is fantastic; the way he puts ensembles together is really something else. He seriously knows his stuff and my experience has been that whenever I wear a piece or outfit from Teds Style Shoppe, the compliments come rolling in. When one considers that seasonal buying happens many months ahead of time, it is clear that this is a clothier who knows how to read the way that things are moving and stake out his own style accordingly. The off-the-rack clothing he stocks is top drawer merchandise and both his made-to-measure and bespoke garments are fantastic – with an attention to detail that one only finds in top establishments. In terms of service, in my experience, the owner has always been professional and courteous not only to me but also to other people who have come into the store when I have been there. I highly recommend this shop.
matts / December 15, 2010 at 11:18 am
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My yesterday's comment disappeared so let me repeat it: it's undeniably a sign of class when the owner of supposedly high end bespoke shop throws "fucking" and "shit" around. Welcome to Saville Fucking Row.
Tom / December 15, 2010 at 11:21 am
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Wow
Teds style shop really has people talking!! And why not!! Teds is a beautiful store with luxe finishes and amazing clothing/ accessories. The store is a mix of new and old. New white clean display cases mixed with old wooden antiques. Little touches are what makes this store. The display window is changed weekly using different antiques to showcase the high end clothes. The black and white photos in the store are the owners own family, paying homage and respect to the family business. Complimentary espresso or tea while u shop.
It does sound like people may have personal issues with the owner, Dave. I've known Dave for a very long time, even before Theodore and Teds. He has worked very hard for what he has and what he has lost. (perhaps those doubting him for his alleged legal issues should get their facts straight, no conviction and there are always 2 sides to every story. Although airing dirty laundry sounds like someone may have an,agenda, just saying...) From all my dealings with Dave, he has been nothing but polite, respectful and generous. He can be a bit abrasive sometimes, but I look at that as a Direct, honest, no nonsense, no time wasting kind of attitude that profitable buisnesses are normally based on. The bottom line is, he knows his stuff when it comes to mens fashion and what people want. Hate him or love him, but u can trust his judgement and advice. He meets the needs and demands of his high end clients. He delivers with his style and quality choices. He wants you to look and feel good in what you are wearing. This is why he has so many return/loyal clients. Maybe the prices are steep for some, i would suggest to those people to continue shopping at h&m and zara. If you want fine, luxurious, well crafted clothing that not everyone will carry,then Teds style shop is for you.
Roger / December 15, 2010 at 11:23 am
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Tim, I expected your reply to be the usual defensive explanation. But your sarcasm resulted in possibly the most entertaining comment you've ever posted.

As for shop owner David Petrash: Plying this reviewer with espresso spiked with sambuca -- spelled with one c, by the way -- and swearing like a sailor doesn't endear me to you or your business.

And describing your fancy Japanese-designed belts as "sick as f---" makes you sound like you're 12.

If you want to regain respect in your community, show a modicum of respect to your prospective customers first.

It's no wonder your store is bereft of any shoppers in all the photos. I suggest you go home, take a good look in the mirror and iron your ego.
Emma replying to a comment from Sheldon / December 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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Wow, that's all sorts of libelous conjecture, coming from a "lawyer"! And wtf does it have anything to do with this guy's store? Who gives a crap about his personal life and woes? As if his ex- doesn't ever mention him - most of the commenters here would never even know David had a store if she hadn't already done a bunch of negative campaigning about it. He is an eccentric man-child with questionable judgment and a lack of impulse control. At the end of the day, who cares - this would make for a great episode of Melrose Place.
Conduct Unbecoming / December 15, 2010 at 01:02 pm
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I have no opinion on this store at all, having never stepped inside. I can see that the owner does not enjoy a good reputation.

I will say to the purported lawyer who commented above, if it is in fact true that this shop owner was charged with an offence and not convicted, I would think that the Law Society would look with great interest at your comments on a public message board, anonymous or not.

Being a lawyer, as you claim, you will know that the ability to obtain an IP address is not some mythical power. In fact it is quite easy.

Perhaps you might want to go back to first principles and reacquaint yourself with the concept of the presumption of innocence, counsel.

MJM / December 15, 2010 at 01:26 pm
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This whole review and the associated comments are just gross. The guy is obvs mentally ill, so let him have his fancy store and act like a dick. Lots of burned bridges + unsustainable business model + unstable owner = things working out how they're supposed to.
Tom replying to a comment from Roger / December 15, 2010 at 02:58 pm
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Perhaps u should shop at another more stuffy clothier that will kiss your behind and just tell u what u want to hear, regardless if it looks good, so u will drop lots of coin. Sometimes people like people that aren't fake. Then again, some people prefer to have people lie to them to boost their ego. No one seems to be forcing your hand or your visa card. Spend where you like, where people don't swear.
Roger replying to a comment from Tom / December 15, 2010 at 03:22 pm
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For someone who sells gentlemen's clothes, he sure doesn't come across as a gentleman.
Joey replying to a comment from Conduct Unbecoming / December 16, 2010 at 03:38 am
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Oh goodie, we have our first passive agressive threat! Thanks "Conduct Unbecoming"!

On an unrelated note, I checked this place out yesterday and lasted about three minutes. I was told to get out because I was only browsing. Obviously a return trip won't be happening. The store has really nice clothes though.
legal / December 16, 2010 at 09:20 am
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Pretty serious business to accuse someone of domestic violence unless you have hard evidence. BlogTO might want to take that into account before they're sued.
Chuck / December 17, 2010 at 08:54 pm
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I have been a big fan of David's style choices. This guy knows his fabrics. My clothes have lasted years and sure they cost a bit more, but they are of the highest standards.
As for the comments on his character. I suggest BlogTO understand that in publishing the slanderous comments about David's character, they are opening a can of worms. This is supposed to be a review about clothing, quality and value.
Anyone who is in a relationship knows that there is always two sides to any story and an outsider should never get involved. Sheldon should make sure he's got his facts in order, because he is spitting some serious accusations.
This store is one of the best places in Toronto to find quality mens wear.
Corey / January 8, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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I recently went in to visit David in search of a new winter coat. Even though the price was high, I really have come to love it. I purchased a sick dress shirt (yet to be used), belt, gloves and some cords (being hemmed at the moment).

I'm not sure what are the shit is about on the postings. Its a high-end store and the treatment is appropriate. If you want to look good and can afford it, definitely stop in there.
Ava / January 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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Walked into Ted's Style Shoppe this afternoon to buy my fiance a birthday present and it was one of the best retail experiences of my life. The service was impeccable, David really listens and boy is he a charmer. I am totally dragging the boy in when the full Spring collection is out.
Alex / January 25, 2011 at 05:36 pm
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I don't understand why a menswear store is causing such a heated debate. Need some pants? I did. Picked up some nice stuff and the owner seemed like an okay guy. Done. Calm down.
Jakob / February 2, 2011 at 12:30 am
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My intuition is not always right, but reading some of the comments in here provokes a feeling of "I think the store owner posts over-the-top-awesome fake customer posts to outweigh the negative sentiment" in me. Maybe I'll drop by sometime and judge for myself.
Mark / August 16, 2011 at 09:09 pm
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Had dinner in the area and strolled in with my wife cause the shop looked out of place. Although we didn't buy anything, David provided some amazing customer service. He really knows his stuff and was happy to find what clothes would work best out of the collection. To be honest, I am not making the same coin of a person that would spend $$$ on pants or $$$$ on a suit but if I did have the cash, I'd come back to David cause he's really got an exceptional eye on style. I've tried on many blazers in the malls and none of them fit off the rack as well as the stuff he had in his store. I think Harry Rosen, Hugo Boss rely on their marketing and brand to do the work for their salesmen but it's been my experience David can make you look just as luxe without paying the same price.
Chris / October 6, 2011 at 08:36 am
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I rode by on my bike a while ago..I was in the market for a suit. I am pretty sure I was wearing socks and sandles + ripped genes...I probably looked like a bum.

Anyways, he offered me his card, let me try on a jacket...and I ended up coming back and buying a suit to wear to a wedding.

Everything was great.
Kyle / February 1, 2012 at 06:27 pm
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Appalling journalism and comments here - conjecture, accusations and character assassination. Is this the norm on BlogTO? I was hoping for a review of the store.
Chris replying to a comment from Kyle / May 30, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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Kyle,

I have come to realize this is the norm on blog to. It's pretty bad.
Kyle / June 5, 2012 at 10:54 am
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Chris - true, I have also noticed this on other posts, from readers as well as reviewers. Disappointing indeed.
brad / July 5, 2012 at 12:27 am
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David is a douche. I gave him 50,000 to help with the opening of the store since I know his father who is outstanding. He has not provided me with any financial statements and has not responded to my lawyers request. I would stay away from him. I am currently in the process of proceeding through the court system. As recent as last week, I emailed him offering a payment plan and no response. He does not respect the law.
le Charlez / September 8, 2012 at 06:00 am
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I was biking by this store yesterday, wearing a schleppy pair of shorts and a sweaty t-shirt. Dave showed me tons of really elegant well-made shirts and some equally fine quality pants. He's obviously enthusiastic, knowledgeable and courteous. The few purchases I made I'm completely happy with, and I couldn't care less about his personal life. To all the posters here who object his use of the English language, I'd say it's 2012 and it's high time to lose your prudish attitude. And to the others who slander him - just shut the fuck up, already!!!
bradley / October 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm
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I see my reply to Le charlez has been deleted so I will post again. Mine comments are not slander and I can give you the name and number to my lawyer if you would like. Next time you purchase something ask about his business partner and the $50,000 that he owes me. He and his lawyer have not replied to our latest requests so I would be leary of him. Also, when you have ppl from different walks of life and provinces posting similar comments you should think there must be something to them.
Don Smith / January 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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David is truly a thief!!! I walked into his store and in about an hour he took me for 8 grand. He must have drugged me. I will be filing a police report. BUT MAN I LOOK GOOD
Ian / February 5, 2013 at 09:04 pm
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I had read about the questionable service at Theodore 1922,but had no idea that Ted's was related in any way.
In any case, I have been out looking for a blazer and pants for the last several days. I went to Tom's Place, all down queen west, to the eaton's centre, dept. stores etc. etc. Ted's was the only place I went to that had the kind of jacket I wanted - soft texture of fine wool, herringbone pattern, warm and vibrant colours (without being loud) in the size and fit I needed. I bought a jacket, pants and a shirt on the spot. David gave me a deal on the clothes (standard fare I'm sure) and a couple of drinks. The whole experience was much more pleasant than any of my excursions to the mall or elsewhere.
I almost went back to Tom's, and probably could have spent less for something similar, but the pushy sales tactics turned me off. Obviously, I was there to buy and yes, David was a bit crude at times (but that doesn't bother me).
I rarely go out to buy nice clothes, but when I do I have a very particular taste that wasn't to be found in Harry Rosen and the like. If you're having a hard time finding what you want, Ted's is worth a look.
I can't comment on his character, otherwise.
brad / March 31, 2013 at 11:20 am
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Come on david pay up. Be a man. Maybe your dad will bail you out.

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