This week in local fashion retail: Thieves Boutique’s third anniversary, textile designer Virginia Johnson holds her first fabric sale, and the launch of the Vendors Market in Parkdale.
■ Last week, local designer Nada Shepherd suspended operations of Nada and her diffusion line Nada Nuff after efforts to expand her retail operations failed. Shepherd’s pop-up store in Bayview Village (2901 Bayview Ave., 647-351-6633. #NYK) has been transformed into a pop-up closing sale for the spring/summer 2011 collection. Until June 30, you can buy two items at 60 per cent off and get a third item free. The final fall/winter 2011 collection can be purchased at nadadesigns.com. A final liquidation sale is planned for July.
■ Textile designer Virginia Johnson is holding her first fabric sale. Known for her whimsical, colourful prints, Johnson’s illustrative designs are often of birds, flowers and trees. They are initially handpainted in watercolours and then silkscreened onto fabrics. Bolts of “voile, canvas, jersey, chain-stitch panels, zippers and fabrics ends” are on offer on June 24 and 25, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (134 Ossington Ave., 416-516-3366. #OSS).
■ H&M has just announced that Donatella Versace will be the latest designer to create a line for the store. The collection is described as heritage Versace at H&M price points. The release is scheduled for November 17. A pre-spring collection is also in the offing and will drop January 19, 2012.
■ In two years, Toronto-based designer Marika Brose has become loved by celebrities like Jessi Cruickshank and Kristin Booth for her couture-influenced sensibilities. Jennifer Lopez was photographed in Paris last week wearing Brose’s Toby pearl-covered turtleneck dress, one of 10 Brose styles she’s worn. Brose says most of the other dresses Lopez selected feature feathers and the designer’s Max ostrich-feather number was worn by Lopez’s backing dancers in her American Idol finale performance with husband Marc Anthony. Brose stockists have sold out of the $660 dress, but the designer still has a few available in her studio. Watch for Brose designs on Kelly Knowles, Kim Kardashian and Fergie.
■ An unerringly chic little shop, 6 By Gee Beauty (6 Roxborough St. W., 416-960-8080. #ROS) is a GTA gem. If you have a compulsion to get something new before a vacation, this is the place to find travel-sized toiletries, hostess gifts, reading material and easy-to-wear pieces for your getaway. Just in are newly launched Brunswick + Co. waxed-cotton handbags from Toronto-based designers Alison Booth and Alison Lovell.
■ Thieves Boutique (1156 Queen St. W., 647-435-4880. #WQW) will celebrate its third anniversary on June 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stop in for an evening of music and refreshments and to check out the shop’s eco-oriented, Canadian-made labels. These include its eponymous in-house line for men and women, designed by owner Sonja den Elzen, who was named one of the top 10 green fashion designers by Forbes.
■ Studio 1686 (1686 Queen St. W., 416-533-5400. #PRK) has received a new delivery of draped and ruched party dresses and gowns, adding to the stock of Milly, Elie Tahari, Nanette Lepore and Marni numbers. There are also casual finds from Theory Tees and JBrand, as well as affordably priced jeans (from $65) and frocks (from $95). The studio is owned by sisters Irene and Marya Duplaga, who are veterans of the city’s film industry; Marya is currently the costume buyer for the Toronto-filmed series Covert Affairs.
■ Residents and merchants have joined forces to launch the Vendors Market, a weekly open-air market with a combination of local design talent, vintage clothing and accessories, yard-sale finds and edible treats. While the market emphasizes handicrafts, there’s also free tarot readings and $1-a-minute massages. The tented market runs rain or shine every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot beside Made You Look Accessories (1273 Queen St. W. #PRK).
■ Hosted by the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Jewellery@Jazz Artisan Village runs June 24–July 3, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Metro Square (221 King St. W. #ENT). Over a dozen vendors will be in attendance, offering everything from Tibetan jewellery to works by local artists and artisans. Admission is free.