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This Week in Fashion: American Apparel Rob Ford shirt, MILJO release eco-backpack, upcoming events & parties

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.


Though originally launched as a Halloween pop-up, American Apparel's Factory Outlet (215 Spadina Ave) will stay open until the end of December to offer deals and steals through the holidays. The spacious temporary location offers a massive selection of off-priced sample, past style, over-dyed, vintage, and imperfect clothing, shoes, and accessories, like jeans in every colour at 45% off and tights for $4. Oh, and there's even a Rob Ford t-shirt you can grab at this location alone. It's better than a Bobblehead.

MIJLO, a Toronto-based fashion brand with sustainability in mind, is launching a timeless, functional, and eco-conscious backpack that lasts more than a lifetime. It's built to withstand the tests of time, it can be passed along, and if you decide to part ways with it, you can send it back for a 10% rebate to be donated or recycled. The idea's to cut out fast, disposable fashion and instead make room for long-lasting, well-made essentials, so support A Better Backpack's Kickstarter project and be the first to get your own eco-friendly MIJLO bag.


For one night only at Fashion Takes Action's showroom (15 Case Goods Ln, unit 202), enjoy deals on dresses, tops, jewellery, and upcycled accessories by artisan designers Lara Bazant and Tess Barbieri, all while nibbling on freshly baked goods and sipping on Morning Glory tea. From 6 pm until 9 pm tomorrow (November 14), they'll be set up for your perusal as a pre-holiday trunk show - so you can get some of your gift shopping done early.

Dress for Success' 3rd annual Heel of a Good Time fundraiser gala is tonight (November 13), so pick up a $90 - $180 ticket, get dressed, and head out! This year, it'll take place at The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond St W) and include a tribute to Jeanne Beker, a long-time supporter of the organization. From 6 pm until 8:30 pm, watch an interactive fashion show, participate in a live auction, and sip on fancy cocktails. Proceeds will benefit Dress for Success' efforts in supporting disadvantaged women in the city.

To celebrate the grand opening of Ann Taylor's store at Square One (100 City Centre Dr) and the company's first anniversary in Canada, all locations in Toronto - including Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens, and Eaton Centre - will host a mini party of sorts. From 5 pm until 8 pm, each store will have a DJ spinning some tunes, sweet treats, and brand ambassadors on-site to offer styling tips to all shoppers.

Get your glam on this Saturday (November 16) at Rachel Sin's holiday shopping event in conjunction with The Loft hair salon (663 Queen St W); pick up a dress on sale and take advantage of their discounted hair styling on-site or by booking one for a later date. The promotions only run from 4 pm until 9 pm, so don't miss out on your chance to get dolled up for the holidays!

Next Tuesday (November 19), Synthetis - an interactive fashion show run by students of Ryerson University's School of Fashion - will take over Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park (585 Dundas St E). It's an event that aims to marry art, fashion, and awareness about what some consider to be a neglected neighbourhood through a collaborative performance between the fashion and the audience. Tickets will be on sale for $10 until Friday (November 15) from 4 pm until 6 pm on the second floor of the Ryerson University library (350 Victoria St).


This Friday (November 15) marks Lida Baday's semi-annual sample sale at 70 Claremont Street. From 8:30 am until 7 pm, sift through a selection of samples, overstock, and slightly damaged designer womenswear to find a gem at up to 80% off.

Photo via the American Apparel Facebook page

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