This Week in Fashion: Mulberry launches in Toronto, Hazelton Lanes renovates, African Fashion Week
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.
Last week, Mulberry - an English brand of finely crafted leather goods - opened two locations in Toronto: one on Bloor Street (131 Bloor St W) and the other in Yorkdale's new luxury wing. Now, Canadians have easy access to the label's iconic accessories and womenswear, and can shop the styles in an intricately designed space mirroring the flawless artistry of the products.
According to Hudson's Bay Company CEO Richard Baker, Saks Fifth Avenue's discount retail concept Off 5th will open up to 25 locations in Canada within the next 18 months. A few weeks ago, HBC bought the American company in a $2.9 billion deal, and is likely to convert its own real estate - including some Home Outfitters and former Zellers locations - into Saks stores.
Bloor Street is the city's premier destination for luxury retail, but Hazelton Lanes will soon be fighting for the title with an upcoming renovation and complete overhaul of the shopping centre. In addition to a south-side expansion, they'll be construction a new central atrium and more noticeable entrances - changes that can be viewed via 3D rendition video released by First Capital Realty.
This Saturday (August 17) marks the launch of Draw Me a Sheep's first retail and nursery design boutique. The store - located at 414 Dupont Street - will offer everything an expectant couple will need for a baby's arrival, including clothing, organic care products, and unique handmade furniture.
African Fashion Week is hitting Toronto starting tomorrow (August 15) and stretching until Sunday (August 18). Runway shows, design competitions, workshops, exhibits, and meet-and-greets will occur all weekend long at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct) to celebrate and share African culture through fashion. Tickets for each event are available online from $30 - $60.
This Sunday (August 18), Cove Thirtyone (31 Mercer St) will be home to The Vanity Events' I'm So Vain Pop-Up Shop -- a dazzling evening filled to the brim with complimentary beauty services and takeaways. Capucci Salon, MarieNatie Cosmetics, and Pelle Imports are the main attraction for the night, but The Vanity Events is also launching their VAIN branded nail polishes. The $20 admission tickets are available online.
Abel Muñoz is having a 70% off summer sale next Wednesday (August 21). Get your Italian luxury high heel fix from 6 pm until 9 pm on the 2nd floor of 205 Frederick Street, but don't forget to first RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rending of Hazelton Lanes renovation.