Your guide to the city’s retail scene.
OPENINGS & POP-UPS
June 29 marks the launch of 416 Tees—an irreverent new line of men’s and women’s t-shirts that riffs on phone-owners’ pride in having a 416 area code. Devised by three Torontonians, the limited-edition shirts are emblazoned with designs like Toronto’s recognizable skyline and the phrase “416, bitches.” Available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29 at the new pop-up location (535 Yonge St., south of Wellesley), at Yorkville shop Rolo (24 Bellair St., 416-920-0100), or online at 416bitches.com.
Easy Tiger Goods (1447 Dundas St. W., 647-748-6161), a new hybrid of fashion retail and general store, is now open. The space, owned by Zai Rajkotwala (formerly of Lost + Found), includes an in-store café and a covetable mix of lifestyle brands like Dieppa Restrepo, Herbivore Botanicals, locally made homeware from Akai Ceramics, and even canned goods by Thomas Lavers Cannery. Hours are Monday (12 p.m.–5 p.m.), Tuesday–Saturday (11 a.m.–7 p.m.), and Sunday (11 p.m.–6 p.m.).
Kick off the Canada Day long weekend with a special summer-themed discount. June 29 is Flip-Flop Day at Old Navys across the nation, when a loonie will buy you a pair of the brand’s classic women’s, men’s, or kids’ sandals. Choose from a range of 35 colours: Go neutral with white, black, and gold, or opt for seasonal hues like Beach Cruiser Green, Electric Yellow, or Orange Neon. Limit is five pairs per customer.
For the second time, local accessories designer Jenny Bird has collaborated with Burt’s Bees to produce two accessories in support of Pollinator Partnership Canada. All proceeds from Bird’s bee stud earrings ($34) or bee bracelets ($24) will be donated to the project, which raises awareness about the importance of pollinating insects in Canada’s ecosystems. Shop for the collection online at jenny-bird.com and receive 20 per cent off your purchase.
The retail version of musical chairs is playing itself out on Canada’s Mink Mile. The city’s fifth J. Crew store has announced plans to move into the 6,500-square-foot space formerly occupied by Guerlain (110 Bloor St. W.). Not to be outdone, Brooks Brothers’ third Toronto location will occupy the 13,000-square-foot property that once housed Escada. The German fashion house has now moved to 131 Bloor. Got all that?
Welcome to Canada, Boohoo.com! The U.K.–based e-tailer, which specializes in fast fashion at affordable price points, now offers online shopping and free shipping to Canada on all orders over $25. Over 8,000 clothing, shoe, and accessories choices for women and men are featured on the site, with hundreds of new High Street–inspired pieces uploaded weekly.
Knix Wear, a Toronto-based start-up specializing in women’s underwear, has become the most funded Canadian fashion project on Indiegogo.com and the third most funded fashion project in the crowdfunding site’s history. Having surpassed its target by $20,000, the brand has raised over $60,000 to date for its first production run. Three lines of panties are available: the Knix, an upgraded seamless basic; Knixy, an all-day lace collection; and FitKnix for workouts. Priced from $28–$38, all three styles are available in sizes up to XXL. Available at knixwear.com and select Hudson’s Bay locations.
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