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This Week in Fashion: Toronto's first Etsy meet-up, Chloe Comme Parris opens online store, Uncle Otis markdowns, Off the Map Webzine hosts pop-up sale

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.


After making so much noise in local fashion, ChloĂŠ Comme Parris officially opened their new online store just last week. The clean, easy-to-browse website will from now on be offering the sister-duo's coveted clothing and jewellery, including items from older collections at sale prices. To celebrate their opening, all orders over $250 until July 4 will be reduced by 15 percent with the code CCPLAUNCH.


Clothing Brand Experiment and two local artists have collaborated to design and present a limited collection of 30 shirts. Alex McLeod works with candy-coloured palettes to create 3D landscapes, and Caroline Larsen uses a unique oil paint technique reminiscent of pixel art. The shirts will be up for grabs at the line launch taking place June 14, from 7 pm until 11 pm at ESP Gallery (1086 ½ Queen Street West).

If you're an Etsy enthusiast, the first ever Toronto meet-up complete with snacks, drinks, and a photo booth will be happening at the Oz Studios on June 15th. Etsy sellers and members of the Toronto Etsy Street Team will be offering seminars to share their tips on how to be a successful entrepreneur. Space is limited, so be sure to arrive early at the event which takes place on June 15, from 6pm until 9 pm, at Oz Studios (134 Ossington Avenue). RSVP here.

The Institute for a Resource-Based Economy presents its first-ever annual "Beyond the Blue Box Fashion & Art Show" on June 16 from 7 pm until 11 pm. The evening will not only be showcasing fashion and art created exclusively using discarded materials, but will also consist of a night market for art vendors and a silent art auction. It will be held at 720 Bathurst Street, and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

During NXNE, Off The Map Webzine will be hosting a full-fledged vintage pop-up sale on June 16 from 11am to 4pm, complete with live tunes by Toronto's own Songs & Cigarettes. Eight local vintage stores - including Dalston Grey, Pretty Freedom, Tabula Rasa, and more - will be participating in the afternoon's events, held along Porretta Lane (Harbord & Spadina).

Art of Fashion's "The Designer Boutique" is a one-day shopping event on June 16, from 10 am until 5 pm, with the aim of promoting the original collections of Canadian talent. Over 30 booths of carefully curated exhibits will be complimented by beauty demonstrations and free seminars from experts such as Donna Bishop of Green Beauty and fashion blogger Lisa Kisber. The event will take place at Schwarzkopf ASK Academy (171 John Street, 2nd floor), with entrance by donation at the door. Email for more information.


Uncle Otis recently put a slew of items on markdown prices. The lowered prices aren't exclusive to summer gear like shorts and t-shirts; there are also some fall jackets to stock up on. Shop online or in-store while quantities last.

The annual Trinity Bellwoods Community Recreation Centre Yard Sale is back on June 16, from 10 am until 5 pm, for another round of garage-sale-esque prices on everything from furniture to vintage clothing. Find the ridiculously cheap hat or snow globe of your dreams during a relaxing Saturday's walk in Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Photo courtesy of Chloe Comme Parris

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