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Fashion & Style

New consignment shop offers cash and charity option

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 27, 2015

elle eve torontoConsidering our perpetually-bananas rental market, we're all about furnishing an apartment on a dime here in Toronto (and if we can do it with baroque sofas and cool vintage posters, all the better). A new store about to open near Orfus Rd. puts a new spin on the used-furniture concept by taking items on consignment -- and takes it a step further by letting consignors choose whether to take home the cash or to donate the whole shebang to a charity of their choice.

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Uniqlo confirms it's coming to Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / January 26, 2015

uniqlo torontoLong rumoured to be coming to Toronto, today Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo has confirmed that it will open locations at the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall in the fall 2016. Previous indications were that Uniqlo would start with one store and Yorkdale by way of testing the market, but the additional space freed up by the closure of Sears at the Eaton Centre means that there's prime retail available at the north end of the mall.

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20 photos of design innovations at IDS 2015

Posted by Alex Brown / January 23, 2015

ids 2015The Interior Design Show (IDS) is back for 2015, once again transforming the Metro Toronto Convention Centre into a sprawling showcase for the latest in furniture and home design. At this year's show, the pieces were enough to light up design lovers' imaginations -- say, furniture that folds like paper, or the world's slimmest TV screen -- but many of the displays provide an interactive, immersive experience that bring visitors in deeper contact with designers' creations.

Check out our highlights from this year's show in our photo gallery.
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What's going on in the Castlefield Design District?

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 22, 2015

castlefield design district torontoWhen the Metrick family moved their Elte furniture business just north of Eglinton and Dufferin 25 years ago, "there wasn't really a lot around," Andrew Metrick says.

Today, the Castlefield Design District is a bona fide shopping destination for everything from kitchen and bath fixtures to floors to furniture. So, naturally, when it came time for Metrick and his brother Jamie to launch their new condo-furniture concept store, Elte Market, they opted to set up shop just around the corner from the original store.

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Toronto toque pop-up benefits homeless youth

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 21, 2015

brokeandliving torontoThe toque seems to be the do-gooder's fashion accessory of choice in Toronto this winter, with good reason -- they're on-trend and inexpensive to make, but most importantly, they serve as a bearer, and a symbolic reminder, of warmth in frigid times. Hot on the heels of local maker Nathalie Roze's Lennie Project, which saw donated sweaters being recycled into warm toques, another local fashion brand has decided to put their heads together for a charitable initiative.

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What will happen to Toronto malls with Target gone?

Posted by Chris Bateman / January 21, 2015

target malls torontoTarget is beating a hasty retreat out of Canada. In four or five weeks, the company says the majority of its stock will have been liquidated and every single one of its 133 locations north of the border closed. Target has five stores in Toronto--near the Stockyards on St. Clair W., Centrepoint Mall, East York Town Centre, Cloverdale Mall, and Shoppers World on the Danforth. So what will happen to those locations when the company shuts down for good?

Although GoodLife founder and CEO David Patchell-Evans says he would like to see Target's massive retail spaces become gyms, that's unlikely to happen. Not only are many of the stores too big to easily convert to viable fitness centres, but the desirability of gyms as anchor tenants at large malls is dubious at best.

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