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Where to donate used clothing in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 24, 2014

donate clothing torontoLooking to donate used clothing in Toronto? Your closet castoffs have plenty of options for new homes. Major thrift chains, including Value Village, Salvation Army and Goodwill, are an obvious choice - in addition to being convenient, they'll use the proceeds to fund their own charitable outreach (or, in VV Boutique's case, donate some and profit off the rest).

But if you'd really like to feed your donations back into the community, there are a few local thrift stores still operating in Toronto, run by local non-profits that use the cash to fuel programs of their own.

If you'd like to make sure that that special item gets into the hands of someone who can really use it, there are organizations that collect professional clothing (think job interview suits) for folks trying to re-enter the workforce, and shelters collecting warm clothing to help those living on the street. You can even donate your wedding gown, with the money from the resale going to benefit charity.

Here's a selection of some of the best places to donate clothing in Toronto - where they are, what they'll take, and where your donation is going.

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Street Style: Bloor St. vs. The Danforth

Posted by Staff / August 24, 2014

toronto street styleToronto's main east-west drag has two names and an infinite number of personalities. Bloor and the Danforth morph massively as they stretch across the city; you'll see everything from edgy student style to Yorkville glam. We pitted the upscale Mink Mile against the laid-back style of the Danforth's western reaches - find out whose style reigns supreme.

Check out all the looks in our street style gallery.
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Now you can wear Toronto street art on your feet

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 24, 2014

huely socksThe fun sock is experiencing an undeniable - if inexplicable wave - in popularity. Colourful, patterned Happy Socks are ubiquitous in Toronto menswear stores, and multiple sock-oriented startups, including WeSell Socks and YoSox, have launched over the last few months in this city alone.

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The top 10 online stores for home decor in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 18, 2014

decor online shop torontoThe top web sites in Toronto for home decor and furniture will help you spiff up your home with that perfect piece you've been searching for. We've got tons of fantastic brick and mortar furniture and design shops in Toronto, but taking your hunt online does have its advantages - you can check out what a store has in stock before you make a crosstown trek to snag it, for example, or you can just order and skip that step altogether.

On top of that, many of the names on this list have elected to skip the storefront altogether (the rent's always cheaper on the Internet), meaning you can shop for awesome products not available anywhere else while still supporting a local business.

Here are my picks for the top online stores for home decor and furniture in Toronto.

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Japanese design chain Muji to open first Toronto store

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 18, 2014

muji torontoWe're on a serious roll when it comes to international chain stores, Toronto. First, shoe discounter DSW took itself out of our dreams and into the GTA with two brand-new stores; now, another brand is set to knock itself off our wish list (and this one will make a way bigger impact on your place than just the shoe closet).

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The best & worst looks at Toronto Men's Fashion Week

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 17, 2014

Toronto Mens Fashion WeekToronto Men's Fashion Week (TOM) made a debut appearance on the Toronto fashion scene this week. From August 12 to 14, the Fairmont Royal York was swarmed by gents - ranging from dapper to avant-garde on the style spectrum - and other fashion fans looking to take in the collections of up-and-coming menswear designers from around the globe.

As with any new event, it wasn't without its speedbumps - occasionally less-than-smooth logistics (including an awards-show delay they called on Stacey McKenzie to liven up) and one honest-to-goodness media snafu in the form of L'Uomo Strano's off-again, on-again collection. But the lineup of dozens of designers - many of whom were totally new to the fashion scene - was still a breath of fresh air, bringing collections that ranged from the beautiful to the shocking to the unusual. (And they definitely didn't shy away from the unusual - but then again, that's why we're looking at it on the runway, and not buying it at the Gap.)

Here, in no particular order, are 10 of my favourite looks - and five of the wackiest ones - from the first-ever TOM.

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