Your weekly guide to the city’s retail scene.
SALES & EVENTS
■ Distill Gallery (24 Tank House Ln., 416-304-0033), one of the original tenants of Gooderham and Worts’ Distillery District, is holding a weekend-long 10th birthday celebration from March 2 to 3. This showcase for emerging Canadian art and design talent will celebrate their decade in business with a 25 per cent discount on its entire collection of handmade goods, including ceramics, textiles, and jewellery. Enter a draw for one of 10 available gift bags. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
■ Until March 19, guys can shop the limited-edition Frank & Oak’s Escondido capsule collection. Available online at Frankandoak.com, the beach-inspired men’s selection includes 12 laidback pieces—tees, button-ups, chino shorts, and more—priced between $25 and $50. Lines featured on the website rotate every 30 days, so be sure to take advantage of some early summer shopping.
■ Just before Holt Renfrew Last Call closes its doors on March 14, the upscale fashion retailer will offer discounts of 30 to 80 per cent on new and old inventory, respectively. It may seem like a trek to the Vaughan Mills location (1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., 905-886-7444), but the savings make the trip worth it. Hours are Mon.–Sat. (10 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sun. (11 a.m.–7 p.m.).
■ Known for its line-up of bespoke and contemporary menswear, Gotstyle is set to unveil its first womenswear collection on March 1, at its new location in the Distillery District (21 Trinity St.). The line—christened Gotstyle Woman—will include a blend of international and Canadian clothing and accessories brands like Malene Birger, Rebecca Minkoff, and Jenny Bird. The new shop will also feature a made-to-measure service run by Project Runway alum Kendra Francis, allowing women to customize a suit’s fit and fabric.
■ Matt Robinson, owner and designer of Klaxon Howl (706 Queen St. W., 647-436-6628), has launched a campaign on Kickstarter.com to fund a pop-up shop and, eventually, a permanent storefront in New York City. Since its debut in 2005, the Toronto designer’s menswear collection has gained a cult following for its military and vintage-inspired aesthetic. Supporters can pledge as little as a loonie, but there are also a range of rewards based on pledge amounts, including an original photo book by Robinson, and airfare, accommodations, and an invite to the opening of the NYC shop. The campaign ends March 15.
■ Speaking of the Big Apple: Visit interior design site EQ3.com from March 1 to April 14 to become an “EQ3 Insider,” and receive an automatic entry for a trip for two to NYC. The prize includes your flight, five days and four nights of accommodation, tickets to the 25th International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and the MoMA, and $1,000 in cash.
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