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Fashion & Style

Has a Toronto designer created the wallet of the future?

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 18, 2014

tribe wallet torontoThe TTC wallet wasn't enough for you, eh? Perhaps you're a more "discerning" person, with "refined" tastes, and you "require cards other than a Metropass" to get you through your day. Looks like a Toronto designer has come up with, and is currently crowdfunding, the solution to your cash-and-card-related woes: The TRIBE wallet, which is actually more of a souped-up money clip, made with "aerospace-grade carbon fibre" (because you might need to fly this thing, you never know), a little elastic, and either brushed steel or 24K gold.

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What the Eaton Centre looked like when it was new

Posted by Chris Bateman / September 17, 2014

toronto eaton centreMore than 35 years after it opened to the public, the Eaton Centre remains the largest shopping mall in Toronto. The massive galleried retail centre was built in phases, starting with the Dundas Street end in the mid 1970s. The first section of mall, the nine storey, 93,000 square metre anchor store, opened in 1977. The main section of the Eaton Centre, with the high glass roof, was completed in 1979 and filled with lush plants and babbling water features.

T. Eaton Co.'s historic store at Queen and Yonge, the Eaton's Annex, and several other smaller company-owned buildings vanished from the super block during construction of the Eaton Centre (early proposals nixed in the 1960s called for the demolition of Old City Hall and the Church of the Holy Trinity, but a concerted preservation effort ensured Eaton's wasn't able to redevelop the area as planned.)

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The top 10 furniture and design stores on King East

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 17, 2014

king east design districtThe King East Design District is the name given to a loose collective of Toronto furniture design stores and home showrooms centred, fittingly, around King East (between Church St. and Parliament St.). Though we have tons of local and national homegrown design talent to draw from in Toronto, international designers have by and large chosen to converge on King; some of Italy, France, and Scandinavia's best and most enduring designers are all located within a short walk of one another, and all available for the cherry-picking (or, for those with more limited budgets, the appreciative ogling).

Here are my picks for the top furniture and design stores in the King East Design District.

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Street Style: U of T vs Ryerson vs OCADU

Posted by Staff / September 15, 2014

street style torontoToronto's downtown campuses, with their diverse specialties and architectural personalities, are brimming with their own distinct student styles: polished and collegiate at U of T, fashion- and function-forward at Ryerson, and out-there and artistic at OCADU. In honour of back-to-school season, I paid a visit to each higher-learning institution to find out what the best-dressed student bodies are wearing this fall.

Check out all the looks in our style section.
Fashion & Style

Toronto gets a shoemaking school

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 15, 2014

shoemaking schoolShoemaking's something of a dying art in the current age of fast fashion, but there are a few folks cobbling together a revival in Toronto. Our city has a number of long-running repair stores and a handful of custom shoemakers - and now, you can join their ranks at what might be Canada's only shoemaking school. The Art & Sole Academy, the brainchild of a footwear designer, launches this fall, with day-long workshops on how to make your own pumps, ballet flats, sandals and more.

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Hive storage gives you extra space for your wardrobe

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / September 15, 2014

hive storageIt doesn't fit, and you never wear it. Yet you desperately want to keep it, because you're a sentimental fool (or a packrat, or just convinced that all those terrible band T-shirts will be irony gold in a few years). Is that your life, too? Don't despair - a new Toronto-based startup will help you free up some closet space, commitment-free.

Hive Storage works on the same basic principle as those PODS storage contraptions - except instead of a massive container, you get a six-foot-tall standalone closet on wheels, complete with shelving and clothing rods you can configure to your liking.

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