Drake General Store

This Week in Fashion: Drake General Store opens new location, Absolutely Vintage, Philip Sparks Open Factory

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.


Last week, The Drake General Store opened the doors to its new Yonge & Eglinton location (2607 Yonge St). The larger space carries odds and ends that make perfect gifts (for Mother's Day, perhaps?), including metallic piggy banks ($260) and ceramic sparrow mugs ($38). The well-known (and well adored) retailer now has three locations in distinct neighbourhoods, ready to offer quirky clothing and curiosities.


This Saturday (May 11), head to Maple Cottage (62 Laing St) from 10 am until 5 pm for the Absolutely Vintage Clothing Show - an event filled to the brim with vintage clothing, jewellery, textiles, and other curiosities as old as the 1890s. With vendors such as Gadabout and Eclectisaurus, this market is a vintage lover's dream.

Philip Sparks is taking their brand to a whole new level by giving everyone the chance to see where they design, cut, and sew their locally-made (not to mention perfectly tailored) collections. Their Open Factory will run this Saturday (May 11) from 1 pm until 5 pm, so be sure to visit 130 Cawthra Avenue (Unit 107) for a behind-the-scenes look at the wonder that is Philip Sparks.

Tomorrow night (May 9), Vintage Crawl Toronto is returning for another night of shopping, sweets, refreshments, and good company. From 7 pm until midnight, 28 boutiques from Kensington Market to Roncesvalles - including Magwood, 69 Vintage, and Pretty Freedom - will be open past their usual hours to offer guests a great deal and an even better time. Drop by any one of the participating stores to grab a map of the event.

Last month, the Junction Flea said goodbye to Queen Street, hosting its final indoor market of the year. This Sunday (March 12), they're moving the shopping party to Dundas Street West and Keele Street from 10 am until 5 pm. The event will still happen every second Sunday of the month, but now it's happening outdoors! As usual, the Junction Flea will feature an eclectic mix of independent vendors offering antiques, clothing, food, records, and more - including a load of newcomers like Violet Crown Vintage.

Visit Express's new location at First Canadian Place (100 King St W) from noon to 2 pm until Friday (May 10) to celebrate their grand opening. Enjoy custom monogramming on your Express shirts or a relaxing manicure with a purchase of $75 or more.


From tomorrow (May 9) until Saturday (May 11), the brands under Millenium Group are hosting a sample sale at 107 Tycos Drive. With both men's and women's size ranges, stock up on Espirit, Desigual, and more at up to 70% off.

Dagg & Stacey is celebrating their move to a new studio by hosting a spring sample sale. For two days only - Friday (May 10) and Saturday (May 11) - visit 15 Adrian Avenue (Unit 223, buzz #37) to snatch past seasons' collections at up to 70% off. Some of the current collection will also be available for 20% off.

Photo of the new Drake General Store from their Facebook page

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