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This Week in Fashion: Hermes' Festival des Metiers, Philip Sparks bespoke bow ties, Drake warehouse 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.


Festival des MÊtiers - a traveling Hermès exhibition - has landed in Toronto after stints in London and Dusseldorf. Visit the Design Exchange (234 Bay St) to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Parisian fashion house's longstanding traditions; watch an illustrator painstakingly draw every detail for a silk scarf or a leatherworker hand-stitch a Birkin handbag strap. The exhibition opens today (October 2) and runs until Sunday (October 6).

Tomorrow (October 3), Leatherfoot will be hosting a Gaziano & Girling Trunk Show, bringing in Mr. Dean Girling of the renowned shoemaker brand himself. He'll be personally measuring clients for bespoke and made-to-order options, ensuring that your new luxury brogues fit like a glove. To book an appointment, call 416-967-3668 or email

Nuit Blanche is set to paint the town red once again this Saturday (October 5), and though the widespread event is rooted in contemporary art, there's no reason for an equally visually-stimulating genre like fashion to be left out! Philip Sparks (162 Ossington Ave) will be converted into a one-night-only bespoke bow tie workshop from 7 pm until midnight; the studio team will be taking custom neckwear orders and cutting, stitching, and pressing them on the spot.

L'Occitane En Provence's Bloor Street location (102 Bloor St W) has finally re-opened, calling for a weekend filled to the brim with celebration and fancy smelling skin products. Pop by either Saturday (October 5) or Sunday (October 6) to reap the grand opening perks: a whole whack of free samples and exclusive promotions.

Next Wednesday (October 9), pop by Intermix (130 Bloor St W) for a shopping party that's both swanky and socially conscious. From 6 pm until 8 pm, peruse the boutique's trendy new pieces over champagne and sweets. And, if you decide to leave with a little something for your hungry closet, 10% of the proceeds will go to Rethink Breast Cancer.


Drake General Store - the city's mecca for eclectic treasures - is getting rid of their older salvaged furniture, clothing, and curiosities by hosting yet another warehouse sale at 442 Dufferin Street (Unit I). Items will be marked down at ridiculous lows of up to 70% off this weekend (October 5 - 6). To beat the rush, access their pre-sale on Friday (October 4) by RSVPing online.

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