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Fashion & Style

Anthropologie moving into church on Queen Street

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 17, 2014

anthropologie toronto761 Queen St. West, a converted church most recently home to non-profits like Community Bicycle Network and the Raging Spoon, has been quietly preparing for several years to transform into upmarket retail space. When a new concept for the building was unveiled two years ago, the development firm even slapped a fake retail concept onto the converted church: "Archeologie".

That joke now seems oddly prescient (or maybe they just knew something we didn't) - either way, it looks like a real, live Anthropologie location is confirmed for the new space, with a projected December opening.

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The top 10 online stores for beauty products in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 13, 2014

beauty productsBuying cosmetics online in Toronto leaves you with few options - if you're looking for drugstore or department-store products, that is. (Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart pretty much have the market cornered on mass-market cosmetics, skincare and fragrances - but, luckily, Sephora's online options are great, and there's a Shoppers on every corner.)

If you're willing to look past your favourite product labels to something a little more obscure - or to a hand-crafted, all-natural product made by a local - your options get far wider, and far more interesting. Many local cosmetics companies, shut out by larger cosmetics distributors, take matters into their own well-moisturized hands by selling their own wares directly to customers online, and local indie-beauty stores are doing an admirable job of bringing tons of niche lines under one roof.

Here are my picks for the top 10 sites in Toronto for buying beauty products online.

See also: 20 essential beauty shops and salons in Toronto

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Swedish fashion chain J. Lindeberg coming to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 12, 2014

j lindeberg torontoAnother international fashion chain is set to land downtown in the coming weeks. Swedish fashion line J. Lindeberg, whose wares can already be found sprinkled around town in stores as diverse as Anti-Hero, Sporting Life, and the Bloor St. Harry Rosen location, is set to open a Canadian flagship in the old Next Door space at 433 Queen St. West at Spadina.

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Menswear brand gives TFC merch a new look

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 10, 2014

tfc frank oak torontoAs sweatpants have bled over into the real-deal fashion world (hallelujah), so too has the sports world cleaned up its act. (Did you know that NBA players have a business-casual dress code? And aren't allowed to wear sunglasses indoors?) Toronto FC, ready to create a "world-class" image for the club, is following suit - pun completely intended. (This summer, when it came time to order their club suits, the team turned to tony custom tailor Garrison Bespoke for sharp three-piece grey suits with a subtle red check.)

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Massive designer warehouse sale coming to Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 7, 2014

designer warehouse saleIf you won't be busy spending a week in a giant tent at World Mastercard Fashion Week later this month, checking out the latest from Narces, Mackage and Farley Chatto, you're in luck. Catwalk 2 Closet, a massive sample sale featuring more than 100 brands from Canada and abroad, will allow you to get your mitts on pieces from those very designers (and many more).

The warehouse sale, which cleverly coincides with Fashion Week, is set to take over Heritage Court at the CNE's Direct Energy Centre October 23-26.

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Stollerys to close after 114 years at Yonge & Bloor

Posted by Derek Flack / October 5, 2014

Stollerys toronto closeLongstanding menswear retailer Stollerys will close its doors in the new year after a run of over a century at the southwest corner of Yonge and Bloor streets. Speculation that the store was in trouble has been tossed around for a while now, reaching a fever pitch a couple years ago when reports surfaced that Apple was planning to open a flagship store in the space. You can cue up the rumour mill once again now that the store has confirmed that it's set to close.

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