Your guide to the city’s retail scene.
■ The wedding specialists at White (19 Hazelton Ave., 416-849-9196) will host their first sample sale of the year on Jan. 25 and 26. Brides looking for the dress should not miss this sale, which features up to 70 per cent off the boutique’s designer dresses. In addition to discounts on gowns from big bridal names like Reem Acra, Marchesa, and Monique Lhullier, selected accessories will also be marked down. Call to book your appointment.
■ Meet local designer Emily Woudenberg on Jan. 24 from 6–9 p.m. at Yorkville’s Black Box Boutique (106 Yorkville Ave., 2nd floor, 647-748-8787). Woudenberg will be in attendance at the store’s trunk show, which features striking jewellery from both her current and previous collections. Priced from $50–$200, selected designs will be marked down by 50 per cent. Attendees will receive $5 coupons that can be used towards Woudenberg’s line of accessories.
■ Design devotees and renovators looking for inspiration will find plenty at the Interior Design Show, running Jan. 24 to 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. W., North Building, 416-599-3222). The 15th-annual show features the latest innovations in local and international interiors, architecture, and industrial design. Speakers include Toronto-born Oki Sato, founder of Tokyo-based design firm Nendo; novelist Douglas Coupland; and local design hero Brian Gluckstein, among others. Make sure to catch the Designboom pop-up mart—a curated shop with over 200 knick-knacks, small furniture, and lighting, priced from just a loonie to $100.
■ Check out an exhibition of Vancouver-based artist Dina González Mascaró, hosted by Philip Sparks Tailored Goods Inc. (162 Ossington Ave., 647-348-1827) as part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Until Jan. 27, view Mascaró’s “Sorry, I’m Not Sorry, I’m Not a Jeweller…” featuring the Argentinian-born multimedia artist’s collection of industrial jewellery. In addition to her flair for accessories, Mascaró is a sculptor and furniture designer whose Vancouver studio was featured as a must-visit in The New York Times 36 hours: 150 weekends in the U.S.A. and Canada.
■ As part of the third annual Do Design event, a diverse array of Dundas West businesses between Bathurst and Shaw—from shops to cafés to beauty parlours, and even a dentist’s office—will have art, furniture, and locally designed pieces on display. On Jan. 26 from 12–6 p.m., leather shop Hide (789 Dundas St. W., 647-349-5050) will host a pop-up sale featuring meet-and-greets with the designers behind RUNE jewellery, scarf designer Jacob Horwood, Hide’s owner Susana Erazo, and special guest artist Peter Coolican, whose “Winnie” chair is a must-see.
■ Join the festivities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 26 as The Junction’s Wise Daughters Craft Market (3079B Dundas St. W., 416-761-1555) celebrates its fourth anniversary and the opening of LadeeBee Supplies on the shop’s lower level. A treasure trove of local handmade crafts by over 75 local artisans, owner Mary Breen’s Wise Daughters hosts DIY workshops on everything from crafting techniques to how to sell your creations. “Lifelong crafter” Melissa McColl will be selling supplies needed for spinning, felting, knitting, embroidery, and free treats and giveaways will be offered throughout the day.
■ Canada’s first Miu Miu boutique, is set to launch at Holt Renfrew’s flagship store (50 Bloor St. W., 416-922-2333) on Jan. 27. (Miu Miu enthusiasts be warned: This date could change.) Though Holts has always sold the brand’s footwear, it will now also carry Miu Miu’s handbags.
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