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Tiger of Sweden Roars into Toronto

Tiger of Sweden's Toronto boutique is a hot shopping spot on Ossington Avenue

Tiger of Sweden’s Toronto boutique is a hot shopping spot on Ossington Avenue

Ossington Avenue, a street known largely for its restaurants and bars, is gaining standing as a shopping strip—due in part to its new Tiger of Sweden store, only the second in North American. Though the Scandinavian brand is a century old, it’s been especially popular since the 1990s among young male professionals, who covet Tiger’s slim-fitting suits. The boutique’s sleek black facade emphasizes the fashion-forward company’s hipster cred. Though the label has been available at such retailers as Harry Rosen and Gotstyle, this is the first time Toronto shoppers can view a more comprehensive selection of offerings, including suede wingtips, trench coats, women’s options like jersey dresses, and accessories such as cufflinks and leather bags. —Linda Luong

• Tiger of Sweden, 56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437; tigerofsweden.com
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The Distillery District Gets Gotstyle

Distillery District Gotstyle Toronto Menswear

The Distillery District’s Gotstyle has apparel for both men and women

The Victorian-era Distillery Historic District, a popular destination with chic art galleries, posh cafés and more, gets another infusion of modern luxury with the opening of Gotstyle. Already a respected name in menswear thanks to its original King West-area store, the retailer’s second location is notable not only for its size—a hefty 6,700 square feet spread across two floors—but for adding a significant stock of ladies’ apparel, too, with such designer brands as Rachel Roy, Malene Birger and Rebecca Minkoff. Bonus: An in-house barbershop and salon helps you top-off your new look, literally, while professional tailors ensure everything fits perfectly.  —Craig Moy

>> Gotstyle, Distillery Historic District, 416-260-9696; gotstylemenswear.com
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You Are Here: Wellington Street West

Cutting through the Financial District, this street can seem like home to little more than corporate skyscrapers. But delve deeper and you’ll find fine dining, shopping and entertainment destinations, all epitomizing downtown Toronto’s polish.

Roy Thomson Hall (photo by Neill Sturgess)

MUSICAL MONOLITH A bowl of inverted glass encases Roy Thomson Hall, one of Canada’s finest performance stages. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the venue also features an eclectic year-round lineup of shows—from classical and contemporary music to comedy, lectures and more—in an acoustically grand setting.

SEA AND STEAK A fixture in Ottawa and Vancouver, The Shore Club now offers its high-end surf and turf in Toronto, too. An interior that evokes the art deco ocean liners of yore sets an elegant tone for indulging in seafood staples, flawless steaks and inventive cocktails. (more…)

TIFF List: 3 Styles for the Red Carpet

The Toronto International Film Festival is ramping up for its 35th excellent year, with more than 300 movies showing between September 9 and 19. Follow this space in the days leading up to TIFF 2010 for features on much-anticipated premieres, the Bell Lightbox—the festival’s exciting new headquarters—and scads of sites at which to spot visiting celebrities. During the festival itself, we’ll bring you details on each day’s film offerings plus what to do before or after your screening.


It’s rarely enough to be just a great thespian. One has to look the part, too. Toronto’s world-class selection of shops ensures the stars are dressed to the nines for their moment in the spotlight.

1 The luxe looks donned by Hollywood’s leading ladies can be found along Bloor Street West, home to international boutiques including Prada, Gucci and Chanel, plus high-end department store Holt Renfrew, which collects all manner of designer duds. Hermès, Cartier and others provide the jewels and accessories. Or for that timeless Audrey Hepburn look, go slightly north to vintage couturier The Cat’s Meow.

2 Men in the George Clooney mold—respectful of the classics, but mindful of modern trends—are rakishly attired by the likes of Nicolas Men and Harry Rosen. The latter’s bespoke tailors are sought-after, and have outfitted the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Christopher Plummer. Custom suits at King West’s Gotstyle are also in high demand—master tailor Joa Cavalcanti has designed for Leonardo Dicaprio, Daniel Craig and Daniel Day Lewis.

3 For stars who really want to shine, many on-trend shops offer youthful, eclectic apparel. Denim specialist Over the Rainbow has long catered to clients such as Ryan Reynolds and Renee Zellweger, while Julia Roberts was recently spotted perusing at Preloved. Canadian brand Roots also has hipster cred—its latest iconic collection was designed by artist and author Douglas Coupland.

Tomorrow: 10 Celeb-Approve Nosh Spots

Fashion Week, Day Five

Calling all fashionistas! Strap on your stilettos and strut your way to the city’s most stylish event, LG Fashion Week. This season’s jam-packed schedule is bursting at the (very chic) seams with designer runway shows and exclusive parties. All week long Where Toronto brings you highlights from the hottest spring 2010 collections and tips on where to shop right now for all your wardrobe must-haves.

Lucian Matis shows off his newest duds tonight.

Lucian Matis shows off his newest duds tonight.

Designers to Watch
Toronto fashion-scene veteran Ula Zukowska presents her Spring 2010 collection of artistic and wearable clothing. Zukowska is known for her avant-garde aesthetic—daring shapes created with unconventional fabrics. Mainstage 5 p.m.

The Gotstyle Made in Canada group show showcases the national designers and manufacturers carried at this King West menswear boutique. The only Canadian retail store with a runway show at Fashion Week, Gotstyle will feature business wear, athletic apparel and casual men’s fashions from both established designers and up-and-coming local brands. Mainstage, 6 p.m.

A day after his Project Runway competitor Evan Biddell’s spring showcase, award-winning Romanian-born designer Lucian Matis sends his latest, much-anticipated offerings out onto the runway. Mainstage, 7 p.m.

Shop the Shows
Adventurous fashionistas looking to turn heads can find couture by Ula Zukowska at her Yorkville boutique Y5 (5 Yorkville Ave., 416-920-9173), where innovative clothing and accessories and sporadic trunk sales help the designer maintain a loyal following.

Dapper gents looking to expand their wardrobes head to Gotstyle The Menswear Store. With comfortable chairs, flat-screen TVs, an on-site barbershop and fashions from over 45 labels, this is clothing haven offers an exclusive, club-like atmosphere.

And if you’re loony for Lucian Matis’s latest looks, they can be found uptown at Magnolia and Paola Di (3357 Yonge St., 416-322-0430).

Hot Ticket
Tonight, Hoax Couture presents the Dare to Wear Love fashion show, at which 25 of Canada’s top fashion designers, including Lida Baday and Greta Constantine, send special guest star models down the runway in spectacular couture constructed from fabrics sourced in Africa. The glamorous and inspirational event will raise funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 1030 King St. W., 8 p.m. $30 minimum advance donation required; call 416-595-9998 for more information.

And don’t forget to save some energy for Saturday night, as Muzik, Exhibition Place’s 41,000-square-foot luxury nightlife venue, once again hosts Fashion Week’s fabulous closing night party. 15 Saskatchewan Rd., 9:30 p.m.

TIP! Wisit Toronto Life’s Style Blog and FASHION magazine for more on Fashion Week.