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This Week in Fashion: Nordstrom is coming to Canada, Shoppalu pop-up shop, Cocktails & Closets, Dundas West Sidewalk and Drake General Store sales

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.


A slew of American retailers are well on their way to establishing themselves in Canada, Target and Kate Spade New York included, so it's no surprise that department store great Nordstrom is officially adding itself to the roster. They'll be opening four locations in Canada, replacing Sears locations in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Toronto's Sherway Gardens. But don't get ahead of yourself; the Toronto Nordstrom won't be open until Fall 2016.


Modraphelia (256a Queen St W), Toronto's very own Mod fashion destination, is hosting a charity fashion show tonight (September 19) at The Rivoli (334 Queen St W). The event serves as more than just their women's fall 2012 runway - all proceeds, including those from the prize draws, will go to Because I am a Girl Canada. So if you're into '50s subculture, are down to support the power of women, like winning prizes, or want to spend your hump day listening to the tunes of The Ruby Spirit and Sweetbeetskilla, doors open at 8 pm and admission is free!

Shoppalu - the sweet online boutique that originally specialized in handpicked vintage but expanded a year ago to accommodate new brands like Tiger of Sweden, One Teaspoon, and Biko - is proud to host their first ever real-life pop-up shop at Miracle Thieves (249 Crawford St). The opening party, hosted by Justine Laboni of Whatever Eurotrash, is tomorrow night (September 20) at 6 pm. The shop will continue to offer 50% off their spring/summer collections until Saturday (September 22) when the shop packs up for the virtual world once again. Find out more here.

The Davenport NDP is hosting a good ol' time at Ciros (1316 Bloor St W) tomorrow night (September 20) from 8 pm until 10 pm. I know what you're thinking - what is so fashion about the NDP? Well, the event is centered around yet another sustainable and fun-for-all clothing swap! There aren't really any rules for this swap posted anywhere, but typically you'd bring in a few gently used clothing items in exchange for the same amount of other people's items. Admission is $6 or free for NDP members.

This Saturday (September 22), Cocktails & Closets is hitting the town from 5 pm until 8 pm, with 10 vendors "purging their closets" by selling their almost-new treasures at bargain prices, as well as Club Mom and Stella & Dot offering their best products. It'll be located at Saviari Tea & Cocktail Lounge (926 King St W), so naturally, an introduction on their tea-infused cocktails will be given by the owner. Guests are asked to bring $2 or a clothing donation to support New Circles Charity - a small price to pay for such a unique shopping experience! Find out more here.

On Saturday (September 22), Of a Kind (1037 College St) is proud to release its very first Fall collection with a snazzy shopping party, no less! They'll be open later to present the world with the season's classic leathers, furs, and much-anticipated animal sweaters over Opopo scratchin' the vinyls. Find out more here.

On Sunday (September 23) at 1 pm, go back in time with Iris Simpson at the Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor St W) as she discusses Roger Vivier's influential work from 1953 until 1963, beginning with his move from shoe factory and continuing to his positions at Dior. Seats are $16 and need to be pre-registered at


The city's mecca for eclectic treasures, Drake General Store, is getting rid of their older salvaged furniture, clothing, and curiosities by hosting a warehouse sale at 442 Dufferin St, unit "S." Items will be marked down at ridiculous lows of up to 70% off this weekend (September 22 and 23). To beat the rush, access their pre-sale by RSVPing to Find out more here.

For one day and one day only, up-and-coming fashion strip Dundas West is having their first big sidewalk sale. This Saturday (September 22) from 10 am until 6 pm, take a stroll from Lansdowne to Shaw and find dozens of retailers, cafes, and restaurants selling outdoors. Participating stores include Magwood, Dalston Grey, Lost and Found, and Life of Manek. Find out more here.

Photo from Tiger of Sweden

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