Jeremy Laing Arts Crafts

This Week in Fashion: Jeremy Laing does Arts & Crafts, Thomas Balint store opening, Mondo Bazaar

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.


Next Monday (May 6), an exclusive t-shirt collection designed by Jeremy Laing with much-loved Toronto label Arts & Crafts is set to launch online and at two Toronto Hudson's Bay locations (44 Bloor St E and 176 Yonge St). Five artists - Derek Sullivan, Jessica Eaton, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Niall McClelland, and Jason McLean - created images inspired by musicians including Broken Social Scene and Timber Timbre, which were then translated into a printable design. Retailing for $75, the t-shirts' profits will be donated to MusiCounts, an organization dedicated to providing music programs to all children in Canada.


Tonight (May 1) from 6 pm until 8 pm, local designer Michael Thomas is celebrating the opening of his new brick-and-mortar boutique (960 Queen St W) alongside Luis Mora's photography exhibit. Thomas Balint - the namesake brand and store name - debuted his first collection during World MasterCard Fashion Week in March, stunning the audience with his dark, tailored collection. RSVP to the party via

In celebration of the timeless 501's, Levi's is throwing a party alongside tomorrow (May 2) at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St W). From 8 pm until 11 pm, drink and dine with style experts Rachel-Marie Iwanyszyn, Elle Frost, and a slew of local bloggers -- and be sure to stop by the DIY station to customize your jeans! Don't forget to RSVP online, as a full guest list will be in effect.

For two days only, enjoy Topshop's prom prep party at the Queen Street location (176 Yonge St, inside Hudson's Bay), complete with DJs and complimentary treats. From 2 pm until 6 pm on Friday (May 3) and Saturday (May 4), receive a free manicure set with a purchase over $125. Don't forget to also show your student card - Topshop gives 10% discounts to those with valid ID.

This Saturday (May 4) from 10 am until 5 pm, stop by the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W) for the spring edition of Mondo Bazaar. Over 40 of Toronto's craft vendors - including Embody and Leila Cools - will be offering handmade, eco-friendly, or up-cycled items such as clothing, jewellery, housewares, and more. Plus, entrance is free - I can't think of a better way to support local while also reducing your ecological footprint.


Last minute prom queens should head to the Windfall Brides Prom Blowout Sale, open for its last instalment this Saturday (May 4) from 11 am until 3 pm. Held at 29 Connell Court (Unit 3), the sale will feature thousands of prom gowns - in an array of sizes - from designers such as Nicole Miller, Alfred Sung, Badgley Mischka, and more. Dresses will be sold for as low as $25, so ladies, make your way over fast!

Photo via Arts & Crafts

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