This Week in Fashion: Billy Talent designs Bluenotes t-shirt, Fashion Society sale, holiday pop-ups galore
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.
Earlier this week, Bluenotes unveiled a limited edition t-shirt designed in collaboration with Mississauga-bred punk rock band Billy Talent, who made our 25 most famous Toronto bands list earlier this fall. The black and white tee retails in-stores and online for $10 a pop, and is part of an initiative to raise $40,000 for non-profit organization Kids Help Phone. Snatch one up - and fulfill your good deed of the day - in stores or online before they're all gone!
If you're still in need of a gift for your dad, brother, boyfriend, husband, or man-friend, 18 Waits has your back. From tomorrow (December 5) until next Wednesday (December 11), shop their utilitarian menswear from past and current seasons at 134 Ossington Avenue. Otherwise, you can find them at Future of Frances Watson (1390 Queen St W), Gerhard Supply (2949 Dundas St W), and Uncle Otis (26 Bellair St) all year 'round.
The holidays are just around the corner, which means there'll be no shortage of joy, laughter, and stressful last-minute gift shopping. To avoid the mall mobs and hyperventilation, pop by The Holiday Warm Up at Dalston Grey (1317 Dundas St W), running from tomorrow (December 5) until Sunday (December 8). Aside from the boutique's selection of unique garments, you'll also be able to pick out some made-in-Toronto stocking stuffers by Headmistress, Bay Cooper, and more. Finally, top it all off with a greeting card by Joanne Cheung Paper Goods. If you'd like a head start, bring a canned good donation to attend the opening part tonight (December 4) from 7 pm until 11 pm.
If you're on the hunt for the perfect vintage garment or handmade doodad to gift to some one near and dear (read: yourself), but you're not into sifting the smelly racks at a thrift store - don't fret! Local folks Anita Clarke of I Want I Got and Haley Mlotek of Worn Journal have teamed up to bring you the Holiday edition of the Gladstone Flea: a handpicked (and well organized) extravaganza for all your unique fashion needs, happening this Saturday (December 7). Spend the hours between 10 am and 4 pm perusing the racks at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) or miss out and be bland forever.
Toronto-based menswear brand Kollar Clothing is excited to launch Shadows of the City - their latest and greatest Holiday collection. This Saturday (December 7), pop by Get Fresh (498 Queen St W) from noon until 9 pm to be the first to peruse and purchase the meticulously constructed (yet pleasantly affordable) line of jackets, sweaters, toques, and more.
This weekend (December 7 - 8), Pont Neuf Boutique is stepping out of the virtual world and into a real-life pop-up shop, no doubt filled to the brim with womenswear by only the best emerging Canadian designers. From 10 am until 6 pm each day, you'll be able to see and feel their garments in the flesh at the Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen St W) - I know I've already got my eyes on a wine red shirtdress by Nicole Campre and a floral mini by Dreamboat Lucy.
For yet another opportunity to support local talent, visit the Foundery (376 Bathurst St) for Maker's Cartel this weekend (December 7 - 8). High quality, handcrafted goods like Leaves of Trees' skincare and Yeya's grandma-knit accessories will be up for grabs just in time for the holidays.
Shop a whole slew of fancy brands like Calvin Klein and Van Heusen at up to 90% off this weekend (December 7 - 8) at the Fashion Society's sample sale in partnership with Fashion-Forward. From 11 am until 5 pm each day, [IN]cubes (70 Peter St) will be brimming with exclusive discounts and deals, so be sure to RSVP via Eventbrite to get VIP access and first dibs.
Foxy Originals, a local jewellery brand and online boutique, is setting up shop at the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St W) to host a one night only holiday pop-up sale. Stop by next Tuesday (December 10) from 6:30 pm until 10 pm for a chance to see their girly accessories in the flesh... and cop them at up to 80% off!
What we got up to this week