Your guide to the city’s retail scene.
Converse and the Hudson’s Bay Company have collaborated on three new sneaker designs for the Jack Purcell Collection. Available Sept. 1 exclusively at The Bay, the styles include the unisex Jack Purcell, a Duck Boot, and the women’s Helen silhouettes—all bearing HBC’s signature primary-coloured stripes, antique brass eyelets, and priced from $120–$140.
Renovated to coincide with the watch brand’s 30th anniversary, Swatch’s Eaton Centre kiosk (220 Yonge St., 3rd floor) has reopened. Its new outsized, billboard-style walls house the line’s contemporary timepieces, including its new fall/winter 2013 collections. Check out the “Generation 27” model—a tribute to musicians like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix, all gone too soon, at the age of 27.
Fuzz Wax Bar (701 Queen St. W., 647-748-3899) has announced it will open a second location in The Annex this fall. Details about the address and opening date aren’t yet available, but the popular wax bar has confirmed that their trio of membership packages—the “Fuzz Fan,” the “Fuzz Faithful,” and the “Fuzz Fanatic”—will be honoured at both locations.
EVENTS & OPENINGS
LOFT has rejigged its trouser line to include 45 options for cuts, fabrics, colours, and prints. The pants, priced under $100, address common complaints about fit, particularly in trouble areas like the rear, thigh, and tummy areas. On Sept. 5 to 7 from 3–7 p.m., and Sept. 7 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the brand is offering a free personal pant-fitting clinic and styling session at its Eaton Centre location (220 Yonge St.) with style expert Theresa Quick.
Attend the Caitlin Power launch event at V Boutique (702 Queen St. W., 647-748‑9119) on Sept. 7 and 8 from noon–6 p.m. and meet the designer herself. Shop Power’s new fall/winter 2013 collection with treats provided by Clafouti, refreshments by Tealish, and music by DJ Geisha. Selected items will be discounted by up to 60 per cent.
Visit eLUXE.ca from Sept. 9 to 22 to find the exclusive online pop-up shop of Canadian rainwear company Trout Rainwear. Made by sisters Ashley McDonald and Jenn Lancefield, the Toronto-based water-fashion brand offers a trio of coats—the Biwa ($598), Humboldt ($535), and Gila ($620), available in several colour combinations. Made from Italian double-face cotton, the models are 100 per cent waterproof.
NorBlack/NorWhite, a fashion label split between Toronto and Mumbai, returns to Hogtown from Sept. 11 to 14 with a visit to Oz Studios (134 Ossington Ave.). Open daily from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., BOM >>YYZ is a four-day pop-up showcasing the colourful, handmade textiles and clothing of designers Amrit Kumar and Mriga Kapadiya. This season, the duo introduces reversible silk bomber jackets, hand-dyed silk series, and will debut their first collections for men and kids. The event represents artists and designers from both continents, including T.O.’s Rajni Perera and Lauren Pirie, and Calcutta accessories brand Aish. Check out the launch party on Sept. 10 from 7–11 p.m.