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This Week in Fashion: The Make Den on Bloor, Dalston Grey holiday, Blackbird launch party, Refashioned, PYA and Reia sample 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.


We all know what a nightmare it is to get to Yorkdale by car. It's almost impossible to find a spot in their zoo of a parking lot regardless of whether if it's a peak time or not. Luckily, the shopping centre took the hint and has implemented a slew of features designed to make customers' experience quicker, easier, and all-around way less stress-enducing. With more parking spots, real-time technology displaying the exact number available, an app (for iPhone, Blackberry, Apple and Windows), and the option for valet service, parking lot rage at Yorkdale is a thing of the past.

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are becoming increasingly popular as they steal some limelight from unattainably expensive designer pieces - so it's no surprise that The Make Den is opening a brand new Bloordale location to offer yet another space where people can create their own fashions under the wings of supportive and knowledgeable teachers. The 1244 Bloor Street West studio - opening this Friday (November 30) - will be equipped with sewing, screen-printing, 3D printing, and textiles resources, and anybody and everybody from beginner to expert is welcome.


Tomorrow (November 29), Love of Mine Boutique (781 Queen St W) is hosting a celebration for the launch of the second Blackbird jewellery collection - one inspired by historical and fictional heroines. Peruse the armour-like pieces and shop the boutique over drinks with good company from 7 pm until 9 pm. If you can't make it, the collection will stick around until December 5.

Kick off the season's festivities at Dalston Grey (1317 Dundas St W)'s Holiday Launch this weekend (November 20 until December 2). Shop the new stock of vintage dresses, Gat Rimon cashmere sweaters, and more - perfect to keep for yourself or to give to your loved ones.

Local Buttons is dropping new designs for men and women, so they're throwing Refashioned: A Night of Live Fashion this Friday (November 30) to celebrate. Join them at The Loft Studios (1266 Queen St W) from 8 pm until 1:30 am for a catwalk, live DJ, silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks for $25 advance tickets or $30 at the door. With all proceeds going to Maison L'Arc en Ciel, everybody wins.


The PYA Importer Ltd. sample sale kicks off today (November 28) and stretches until Saturday (December 1st), giving shoppers four whole days to snatch up a great deal. Brands like Ted Baker, Line Knitwear, and Corpus will be available at up to 80% off, so be sure to visit 15 Apex Road for a chance to stock up on quality goods.

Don't miss the Reia Sample Sale on December 5-7, taking place at 580 King St. West. You can expect steep discounts on men and women's clothing from brands such as Acne, Alexander McQueen, and Dries van Noten, as well as gift ideas like Take to the Sea's botanical creations.

Photo courtesy of Blackbird Jewellery

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