This Week in Fashion: Square One plans expansion, Etsy Craft-a-Thon, clothing swap, Christopher Bates and Charmain Bertram studio sales
This Week in Fashion rounds up the week's style news, store openings and closings, pop-up shops, sales and upcoming fashion and design events in Toronto. Find it here every Wednesday morning.
Following in the footsteps of Yorkdale and Vaughan Mills, Square One Shopping Centre is undergoing an $84 million renovation and expansion. The washrooms, entrances, and food court will be reinvented to be modern, and quite frankly a lot less dreary, and 164,000 square feet will be added to accommodate a Target store. A Youtube video on the mall's website shows a walk-through of the future space.
We're already mid-way through the Etsy and Uniiverse Week-Long Craft-a-Thon but it's not too late to dive headfirst into the glorious/creative/rewarding waters of DIY. Join the linocut printing workshop ($25) tonight at 7:30 PM, the origami crane necklace workshop ($20) on Saturday (February 23) at noon, or the floral crown workshop ($20) on Sunday (February 24) at 2 PM.
Tomorrow (February 21) night at 9 PM, Locus 144 (144 - 171 East Liberty St) will play host to poppin' party Quiet Vintage - a multi-faceted (and free!) event showcasing Canadian fashion talent. In addition to $6 beers, a live DJ, and free parking throughout the neighbourhood, guests will be able to browse/bask in the work of various designers, makeup artists, photographers, and hair stylists including Totally Waisted! Corsets and DMG Designz.
From tomorrow (February 21) until March 6, Harry Rosen on Bloor (82 Bloor St W) will be home to an exclusive exhibition of Ralph Lauren's personal photographs. The intimate images - some shot by renowned photographers like Bruce Weber - will give insight into many parts of the designer's life, including his "legendary" car collection.
Streetwear/lifestyle brand Pardon le Dopeness is throwing a party - no doubt bringing their reckless, free, and "everything your mom is scared of" brand to life - this Friday (February 22) at F-stop (420a Wellington St). With music provided by DJ Crunch and DJ Techtwelve, attendance via guest list is mandatory, so RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clothing swaps were all the rage this past summer, so it's about time one's introduced smack-dab in the middle of winter. This Saturday (February 23), drop $8 and all of the clothing and accessories you no longer want to Beaver Hall Gallery (29 McCaul St.) at 11 am, in exchange for a maximum of 30 tickets redeemable for new treasures starting at noon. The goods left over after the event will be donated to local charities - plus, there'll be snacks, DIY tips, and on-site alterations to ensure you have a grand ol' time sifting through the swap.
Head to the Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen St. W.) this Saturday (February 23) between 10am and 5pm for the Fresh Canadian Accessories pop-up, in collaboration with Homegrown Boutique, where you'll find accessories from Varsity Brown, Woudenberg, Felony Case and Fischer Street. Arrive early to score sample and one-of-a-kind pieces, and clothing from designers Zoran Dobric and Homegrown Boutique.
Five Pop Ups (1695 Bayview Ave) just got a ton of new brands including Pink Tartan, Robert Graham, and Rebecca Taylor - and it's all on sale at up to 80% off for this remaining weekend (February 22 - 24). Plus, all denim - even J Brand and Acne - is priced at just $49, so get up bright and early for the 10 am opening, and stay until your heart desires (unless that's past 6 pm, in which case you'll have to leave because they'd be closing).
Also happening this weekend (February 22 - 24) is Christopher Bates' studio sale, offering both new inventory and sample prototypes from 30% - 60% off. Located at 169 John Street, the studio is bound to be packed with dress shirts, leather jackets, pants, and likely anything else a well-dressed man needs, so be sure to RSVP to Christopher@christopherbates.com for the suite number and buzz code.
Charmain Bertram Collection - an eco-friendly accessories brand focusing on handbags composed of leather, suede, and upholstery - is opening up their studio for the first time to host a party and a sale. From 3 pm to 9 pm on Saturday (February 23), head down to 384 Roncesvalles Avenue to munch on hors d'oeuvres over greats deals on original bags and clothing (from $10 - $250).
Photo courtesy of Pardon Le Dopeness