Your weekly guide to the city’s retail scene.
■ Stop by Gaspard (913 Queen St. W., 416-546-7480) on June 6 for discounts of 15 per cent off all full-price footwear, including sandals by the French brand La Botte Gardiane, as well as socks and tights from Japan’s Antipast. Previously marked-down shoes will also have their prices reduced by 10 per cent. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., customers can grab a glass of champagne while they shop.
■ Having converted its original Annex location into a summer sale outlet, Trove (791 Bathurst St., 416-516-1258) hosts a four-day sale from June 6 to 9, with discounts of 50 to 75 per cent off brands like Vero Moda, El Naturalista, and FLY London. Be sure to scope out delicate handmade jewellery from Silver Seasons. Trove also has a shop in Bloor West Village (2264 Bloor St. W., 416-766-1258).
■ For less than the cost of a latte, restock your lingerie drawer at Forever 21’s (220 Yonge St., 416-598-8560) semi-annual lingerie sale. Beginning June 7, the L.A.–based fast-fashion retailer is selling skivvies for $4 or less—panties starting at a loonie (regularly $1.50) and bras start at $3 (regularly $5.80-$6.80). The in-store event runs through June 27, while quantities last.
■ Local hair accessories expert Jillian Wood—designer behind the popular Headmistress line—and Montreal-based jewellery designer Julia Vallelunga have joined forces to create a new pop-up venture on Queen West. Summer in the City opens June 6 for a four-day run at the Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen St. W., 416-366-6676). Hours are June 7 (11 a.m.–8 p.m.), June 8 (11 a.m.– 6 p.m.), and June 9 (11 a.m.–5 p.m.).
■ Launched in May, Far & Wide Collective (FWC) is a new online-shopping site that sells artisanal products sourced from post-conflict countries in support of the small-community craft trade. The digital marketplace offers home décor, clothing, and jewellery made using traditional handicrafts at fair market prices. Items include handwoven silk ikat fabrics from Uzbeki weaver Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov and embellished quilts by Shamshad Solangi, a mother of eight from Pakistan. Visit farandwidecollective.com for more information.
■ Swing by the Toronto Flower Market (99 Sudbury St., 416-533-6066) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 and pick up fresh bouquets from a variety of local flower and plant growers. This season’s second instalment of the monthly market adds new booths from Poppies flower shop (specializing in succulents and orchids), handpainted pots from market designer Courtney Wotherspoon, and gourmet ice popsicles from The Pop Stand.
■ Thirty-six of Toronto’s top stylists will volunteer their services at the 16th annual Mane Event on June 9. Held at the Schwarzkopf ASK Academy (171 John St., 2nd floor, 416-340-1562) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event offers hair services like cuts ($50–$150 depending on stylist), blow-dries ($50), colourings ($75), and highlights ($125), all of which benefits local AIDS organization, The Teresa Group. Clients will also receive a goodie bag worth $100. Call to book.
■ The first Canada Philippine Fashion Week kicks off June 10 with a six-day celebration of Filipino couture, film, food, and culture, timed to coincide with Philippine Independence Day. Well-known venues such as TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St. W., 416-968-3456) and Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe St., 416-593-4828) will host fashion events like Project Terno—a showcase of local designers’ interpretations of a traditional butterfly-sleeved dress called the “terno.” All proceeds benefit the Kol Hope Foundation for Children. For scheduling and ticket information, visit canadaphilippinefashionweek.com.