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The top 10 fashion events & pop-ups in Toronto this summer

Fashion events in Toronto this summer are a little bit on the quiet side as designers and media gear up for fall's presentations (of the spring collection). In the meantime, Torontonians are enjoying hot weather, shorts - and tons of pop-up sales. The slew of temporary stores happening this season mean a chance to grab something new for the season...and maybe even a free drink or two.

I've rounded up 10 pop-ups, sales, and fashion events that are happening in Toronto over the next couple of months - but keep an eye out, because there will undoubtedly be more.

Here are my picks for the top fashion events and pop-ups this summer.

Jeremy Laing, CALLA, Arielle de Pinto sample sale / July 5-6
This one is on right now, and it's only two days long - so if you like these designers, get there early. Both current and past collections available for sale. Laing is considered one of Canada's best designers - so if you like his style, now is the time to snatch up some of his work. The sale is on at 1161 Dundas St. West from 12-6pm.

Jacflash and Cara Cheung pop-up / Until July 21
Jacflash began as a now-departed store on West Queen West, and evolved into a lifestyle brand. Cara Cheung is a Canadian designer who's shown at World MasterCard Fashion Week. The two have partnered up for a pop-up store that combines retail and decor: Cheung will be showing her spring/summer 2014 line, all of which was manufactured in Toronto, in a store designed by Jacflash's Jaclyn Genovese. Check it out at 101 Yorkville Ave.

Outclass pop-up shop / Until July 9
Gentlemen: If you enjoy infusing your outfits with stylish Can-con, then you'll want to check out the Outclass pop-up. This relatively new line recently showed at World MasterCard Fashion Week for the first time to praise for its reworking of traditional Canadiana wear of plaid shirts. The pop-up at 1104 College St. will have unreleased samples, discounted denim and a five-panel hat exclusive to the pop-up location.

18 Waits pop-up shop / July 10-13
It's a good summer for local menswear. 18 Waits' pop-up shop is on at 955 Queen St. West (#109) for three days, offering apparel and accessories from current and previous collections. The previous collections will have markdowns and the team is offering special deals on the current collection. They'll be there 4-8pm Thursday, 12-9pm on Friday, 11am-9pm Saturday and 11am-4pm Sunday.

Modern Man / July 11
The ultimate "guys' night out" (as they say so themselves) takes over Roy Thomson Hall on July 11, promising an all-you-can-eat manly gourmet buffet, drinks, a live poker challenge, an underground market and a shoe shine station. The event, billed for the ultimate modern man, also promises music and the chance to show off your dapper duds.

Queen's Trunk pop-up / July 5-6 and July 12-13
If your heart (and your fashion sense) truly lies on Savile Row or Portobello Road, you'll want to check out this pop-up of vintage and high-street-inspired goods imported directly from the UK. Head over to Norman Felix Gallery (445 Adelaide St. West) this weekend or next to get the London look.

Philip Sparks Summer Friday Nights / Fridays in July and August
This Toronto-based designer is pairing up with friends and fashion industry insiders to host a series of Friday night parties at his flagship store at 162 Ossington Ave. Come for the music and the free bottles of Peroni, and maybe get a custom bow tie or pick up a piece from Sparks' collection. (blogTO's own Natalia Manzocco will be co-hosting one of the events on July 18 - come say hi!)

TOM (Toronto Men's Fashion Week) / August 12-14
One of the most-awaited fashion events of the summer isn't a pop-up at all. This August, Toronto will become the 18th city to have a its own designated men's fashion week. The inaugural week, taking over the Evergreen Brickworks next month, promises to feature some of the city's best menswear designers - including Benji WZW, HD Homme and Christopher Bates - plus a few newcomers.

Martone Cycling pop-up at the Room / Until August 10
Love cycling? Then you'll love this New York line of bikes, which will be running a pop-up shop in The Room at Hudson Bay's Queen and Yonge flagship until August 10. They're a little the pricey side (men's bikes are $1460, women's $1560), but they're good for urban cyclists thanks to their automatic gears. And really - a super-stylish red bike? Why not?

Maison Kitsune pop-up at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale / Through August
If you're a fan of the French line's range of preppy/street-inspired hats, shoes and polo shirts, then head to Yorkdale's Holt Renfrew location to shop those goods in person. The pop-up, featuring pieces for both men and women, will be at the recently-revamped Holt's location until August.

Did I miss any? Leave your suggestions for fashion pop-ups and events in the comments.

pure leafThanks to Pure Leaf for sponsoring our summer adventures. For more things to do this summer, check out our Best of Summer page.

Writing by Renee Sylvestre-Williams.


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