Your weekly guide to the city’s retail scene.
■ You know there’s big love for Toronto from international fashion brands when a high-profile one like Massimo Dutti choose to put its first North American location in Canada rather than in the U.S. Just opened on the Eaton Centre’s third floor, Spain’s Massimo Dutti (owned by Inditex Group, the force behind Zara) offers chic, sophisticated clothing for men and women.
■ Hoi Bo designer Sarra Tang, known for her covetable collection of handcrafted waxed satchels, has now opened her first retail location outside her studio. Located in the Distillery District at 15 Trinity St. (647-852-5488), the shop includes Tang’s bags, clothing, and her new line of furniture, which is made by local craftsmen and manufacturers.
■ Lovers of retro eyewear will find frames dating between the ’60s and ’90s at the Vintage Style Lab trunk show on Sept. 4. Featuring a unique collection of spectacles and shades from designer brands like Balenciaga, Nina Ricci, Dior, Pucci, and YSL, the glasses have never been worn and are therefore in mint condition. Check out the selection over free cocktails from 4–8 p.m. at Petite & Sweet (420 Summerhill Ave., 647-248-7700)
■ Drop by Desiree Girlato’s accessories shop Armed (1024 Dundas St. W., 647-988-9462) on Aug. 30 to celebrate its first anniversary with drinks, snacks, DJs, and a peek at Giralto’s eclectic collection of locally designed jewellery.
■ Winners’ new shipment of fall designer pieces is available starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 6. Called The Runway at Winners, the designer duds are priced up to 70 per cent lower than at other shops, but are only carried at select Toronto Winners locations: Queen and Portland, College Park, Bloor Street in Yorkville, Lawrence and Bathurst, and Leaside. Check winners.ca for details.
■ Save the date for Toronto’s inaugural Fashion’s Night Out on Sept 6. from 6–11 p.m. The highly anticipated event, held across the world, will feature slew of events and deals around the city. Check back next week for our picks for the evening’s best deals and parties.
■ Natural skincare guru Tata Harper has a glittering roster of clients: Gwyneth Paltrow, Christy Turlington, and Julianne Moore, to name a few. But the best representative of the chemical-free skincare brand is the woman herself,
a Colombian-born mom of three whose complexion is, well, radiant. Harper, a former engineer, was recently in Toronto to promote her line, which is now available at a greater number of local retailers, including Gee Beauty (2 Roxborough St. W.), The Ten Spot (three locations), Jacob and Sebastian (622 Queen St. W.), Green Beauty (3471 Yonge St.), and the Windsor Arms Hotel (18 St. Thomas St.).