The top 10 sales in Toronto this week: Ted Baker, Drake General Store, Tiger of Sweden, Gotstyle, Gravitypope
Sales in Toronto this week herald the coming of summer clear-out season. Glorious, glorious summer clear-out season. If it wasn't Pride weekend, I'd be spending all my time camping out in front of Hudson's Bay on Queen St. waiting for that Room shoe sale to happen. Lucky for us, it is Pride weekend - and the Drake General Store is still selling tons of rainbow-flavoured gear, along with clearing out a bunch of merch at 50% off. If bowties and pocket squares are more your speed, Gotstyle and Tiger of Sweden are offering menswear deals aplenty.
Here are my picks for the top sales in Toronto this week.
Modern mad men and English roses alike daydream about Ted Baker's tailored-yet-whimsical threads. If you've got champagne taste with a baked-beans-on-toast budget, here's your chance; select pieces for men and women have been marked down to 50% at the brand's Yorkdale store (and online). The staff at the store tell me they just went through another round of markdowns in time for the long weekend, with everything from swimwear to suits on sale.
Drake General Store
Online, the Drake's clearing out some winter and spring stock at up to 50% off. Buy for now - flowy summer dresses at $50 - or plan ahead for the winter with an asymmetric-zip coat for half-off at $175. (Guys: Buy these shorts. Just do it.) The Drake's Queen and Yonge & Eglinton stores, meanwhile, are doing a buy one, get one 50% off promotion for clothing (excluding their Shared History line).
The Queen West denim outfitter is hosting what they call the "happiest sale ever", offering "ridiculous savings". If you want to know what that means for you, here's a clue: They're also offering 20% off anything on their website with the code KEEPSMILING on July 27. (Be warned - all sales are final.)
Coal Miner's Daughter x eBay
The sweet boutique is doing something a little different, teaming up with eBay for a capsule collection featuring a dozen pieces priced at $90 and under (including free shipping). In addition to adorable pieces from an all-Canadian roster of designers, they're auctioning off a one-of-a-kind honeybee-print dress. The collection's available until June 30.
Holt Renfrew x Maison Kitsune
The latest international label to land at Holt's: Maison Kitsune, a French designer specializing in upscale basics like graphic tees and fox-emblazoned polos. A Kitsune pop-up, featuring pieces for both men and women, has moved into the department store's recently-revamped Yorkdale location through August.
Hudson's Bay Pride pop-up
Hudson's Bay, the Drake General Store and Brika held a Canadian retail meeting of the minds in honour of Pride, teaming up to fill a corner of the Yonge and Bloor Bay location with Pride-branded T-shirts, balloons that say "I'm gay" on them, and this unforgettable greeting card. It's on until July 3.
Until July 1, both the Bathurst and Distillery Gotstyle locations will be offering increasing discounts; buying two items gets you 20% off, three items will get 30% off, and for four or more, they'll take off 40%.
Tiger of Sweden
The Euro chain's Ossington location must have heard my pocket square-related prayers, because women's suits are between 30 and 50% off this weekend. (Gentlemen, you still get to save 30% on some of Toronto's best suiting.)
The cross-Canadian chain of shoe boutiques is cleaning out some inventory in honour of its 24th birthday. (Damn, Gravitypope is almost as old as I am. And we're both Cancers!) This is the last weekend to get 50% off discounted spring shoes, clothes and accessories, and 15% off everything else (mostly), both in-store and online.
Spend your Canada Day weekend buying Canadian designer pieces using Canadian national currency: Parkdale's Shopgirls is offering a buy one, get one 50% off deal on all their spring and summer merchandise until July 30. My picks: This Eve Gravel dress and their line of Rare Specimens gemstone studs.
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