June 2011

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Join Montreal designer Travis Taddeo at Yorkville’s UPC Boutique tonight

Montreal designer Travis Taddeo is in Toronto tonight to host a shopping event of his current collection at Yorkville’s uber-cool UPC Boutique. Renowned for carrying some of the most coveted lines in the city, shop owners Maha Zeibak and Anat Lowe are big supporters of emerging homegrown and global talent.

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Can HMV Canada make the transition to digital? Here's what the experts are saying

With the recently announced sale of HMV Canada to a British restructuring firm for slightly more than $3 million, experts are predicting the worst. Speculation on the future of the retailer’s 121 stores began earlier in the year amidst slumping sales and a poor holiday season. Hilco UK is expected to pour $25-million into HMV Canada to help it transition into digital content. But is it too late for the retailer to change its tune?

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T.O. sales roundup: get your Bollywood on!

With the bevy of Bollywood beauties descending upon Toronto this weekend thanks to the International Indian Film Academy Awards, there is no better time to appreciate the matchless and demure style of Indian fashion. With this week’s sales roundup, we show you how to rock the green carpet with Bollywood-inspired style (meaning lots of rich colours and tasteful embellishments) from head to toe.

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J. Crew is coming to Yorkdale this summer with a women’s clothing store (sorry, dudes)

Now you can add U.S. retailer J.Crew to the long line of American clothing chains that are setting up shop here in Toronto. The popular fashion name that specializes in the all-American preppy look (think clean lines and lots of white shirts and khakis) announced today it will open its first store in Canada at Yorkdale Shopping Center this August.

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Stylexchange sets up shop on Queen West

Looks like Queen Street West is getting yet another out-of-province fashion retailer transplant. It was only a few months ago when Dutil Denim and Stacey Zhang came onto the scene, and now you can add Montreal’s Stylexchange to the myriad of shopping destinations on the block.

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Five completely absurd reasons to disagree with Canada’s new plastic money

As you’ve surely heard by now, Canada is getting new money. The new polymer bills will start circulating this November, with a new look, higher durability and new security features. Sure, it sounds good on the surface, but we’re suspicious. Since we couldn’t think of any real reasons to disagree with the new money, here are five absurd ones:

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How to make like the Biebs and give props to the 90s

Though this season’s excess of baby tees and brightly-coloured denim had already tipped us off that we were experiencing some 90s nostalgia, it wasn’t until Justin Bieber appeared at this year’s MMVAs wearing a Kelly Kapowski T-shirt that we knew we were truly in the middle of a retro-renaissance. We found the must-have items to help you put together your own super cool 90s look that would make even Cher Horowitz proud.

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Sonic Boom is moving into Honest Ed’s. And now for the obvious: five reasons why that sucks

Toronto was buzzing yesterday when it was announced that iconic record store Sonic Boom is being forced out of its current location to make way for a new tenant. The store’s only moving half a block away — into a ground-level space at Honest Ed’s — but the face of the neighbourhood is going to change drastically. In case it isn’t obvious, here are five reasons why Sonic Boom’s upcoming move sucks.

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T.O. sales roundup: rock out without shelling out

With North by Northeast having kicked off this week, and the BlackCreek Festival and TD Jazz Festival on its heels — not to mention the epic outdoor concert that is the MuchMusic Video Awards happening on Sunday — music festival season is upon us, and we want to make sure you’re fully equipped to enjoy your favourite music in style. With this week’s sales round-up, you’ll be sure to nail that “I’m with the band” look effortlessly.

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Sometimes, Toronto’s geeks can be chic

Last night, Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour was on hand to pick up the People’s Voice award for fashion at the Webby Awards, which doles out trophies to the best of the ‘net. Giving the traditional five-word-speech, hers — “Sometimes, geeks can be chic” — shaped up to be the one of the most popular quotes of the night, which got us thinking about Toronto’s own chic geeks. Below, our five favourites.

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