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Harry Rosen

Sherway Gardens’ Retail Expansion Continues Apace

POSH WEST-END SHOPPING CENTRE CF SHERWAY GARDENS HAS EXPANDED—WITH MANY NEW AND RENEWED STORES

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CF Sherway Gardens’ recent expansion includes new Sporting Life and Andrew’s stores

Shoppers looking to capitalize on post-holiday sales should head to CF Sherway Gardens. The indoor shopping centre west of the downtown core is undergoing a massive $550 million multi-phase redevelopment that will eventually add 210,000 square feet of retail space to the mall. The north expansion was unveiled last fall with a premium roster of brands, including a new Harry Rosen flagship, a relocated Sporting Life, and new boutiques for Free People, Andrew’s, Ted Baker London, Saje Natural Wellness, Loding and H&M, among others. Stores in this new wing have dramatic 30-foot-ceilings and exposure to lots of natural light thanks to a soaring atrium. Saks Fifth Avenue is expected to open in February, with Nordstrom joining the fray in 2017.  —Linda Luong

• CF Sherway Gardens, 25 The West Mall, 416-621-1070; cfshops.com
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50 Perfect Presents In Our One-Stop Christmas Gift Guide

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

Something for everyone at a one-stop location! Photo: Jason Dziver

Something for everyone at a one-stop location! Photo: Jason Dziver

While Christmas shopping is a passion for some, it’s a chore for others. We’ll bet you’re into getting it done easily and quickly, whichever type of gift-giver you are. With expedience and your pre-Xmas peace of mind in mind, Where Calgary visited Chinook Centre, a short drive south of the city’s downtown, carefully selecting suitably sweet somethings for everyone on your list.

Chinook Centre, 6455 Macleod Trail SW, 403-259-2022, www.chinookcentre.com Maps and Reviews

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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Hot Shopping: Get Suited Up (Again!) at Harry Rosen

Style powerhouse Harry Rosen continues to dominate the menswear market; each of its stores is a one-stop destination for all its customers’ clothing needs. The company grows even stronger this fall with the opening of its new location overlooking Queen and Yonge streets at the always-busy Toronto Eaton Centre. Just down the way from its previous shop, this updated anchor destination boasts private suites, a made-to-measure area, and expanded shoe, sportswear and denim departments. Catering to the folks on Bay Street, Harry Rosen’s First Canadian Place store has also been completely revamped and includes the chain’s largest tailored clothing section.

Hot Shopping: The Eaton Centre is 35 Years Yonge

The Toronto Eaton Centre is celebrating its 35th anniversary by becoming more stylish than ever. The downtown shopping hub has been undergoing renovations for the past few years: last winter it inaugurated a fabulously chic Urban Eatery food court; this season, shoppers are treated to new stores from the likes of Ann Taylor, J. Crew and the first Canadian location of Massimo Dutti, plus a massive expansion of gentlemen’s clothier Harry Rosen. Once you’re finished browsing the retail wares, take a moment to look skyward—the mall’s signature glass roof now features an art installation that responds to the movement of the sun and local weather conditions.

Hot Shopping: Toronto Eaton Centre Marks a Milestone

The Toronto Eaton Centre is celebrating its 35th anniversary by becoming more stylish than ever. The downtown shopping hub has been undergoing renovations for the past few years: last winter it inaugurated a fabulously chic Urban Eatery food court; this season, shoppers are treated to new stores from the likes of Ann Taylor, J. Crew and the first Canadian location of Massimo Dutti, plus a massive expansion of gentlemen’s clothier Harry Rosen. Once you’re finished browsing the retail wares, take a moment to look skyward—the mall’s signature glass roof now features an art installation that responds to the movement of the sun and local weather conditions.

Yours to Discover: Day Six

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four.

Harry Rosen

SARTORIAL STROLLS
Get kitted out and catwalk-ready in Toronto’s most fashion-forward locales.

CANUCK COUTURE The touring fashionista’s must-visit strip, Bloor Street West, between Yonge Street and Avenue Road, is home to a bevy of Canadian-owned retailers with global cachet, including Holt Renfrew—Toronto’s answer to Saks Fifth Avenue—fine menswear mecca Harry Rosen, and distinguished beaver-emblazoned brand Roots.

INTERNATIONAL ICONS Bloor Street also showcases standalone shops representing world-famous fashion houses, including French favourites Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, Italian labels like Gucci and Prada, as well as German stalwart Hugo Boss. Be sure to accessorize your new ensemble with baubles from Birks, Cartier or Tiffany & Co.

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SINGULAR STYLE Moving north from Bloor into tony Yorkville ensures encounters with boutiques offering personalized service and unique, on-trend attire. Ladies are encouraged to try 119 Corbo, Eleven, Hugo Nicholson and the Pink Tartan store Seventy-Seven. Finery for fellows is found at Nicolas Men and Anti-Hero, among others.

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT On Queen Street, west of Bathurst, you’re sure to make a contemporary fashion “find.” For women, Robber is one of many inspired indie shops that curate new looks by emerging and established designers from Canada and abroad, while Preloved offers more relaxed garments made from reclaimed fabrics. Modish men stride into Green Shag for bespoke shirts and suits, and attention-grabbing stores like Ruins, which stock exclusive labels in gallery-like settings.

The professional image consultants of The Refinery offer a variety of weekly shopping tours that take you to chic boutiques throughout the city.

Cool Clothes for Chilly Conditions

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should forsake all sense of style.
With this seasonal wear—everything from hats and boots to gloves and goggles—
you’ll be weather-ready whether you’re taking a stroll in a winter wonderland
or battling a blizzard.

Hot Shops: Bloor-Yorkville’s Local Spirit

NOVEMBER 20 TO JANUARY 1 The posh Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood is certain to sparkle this winter season, as its annual Holiday Magic event illuminates the locale with thousands of lights and a spectacular 30-foot Christmas tree. By day, stroll the streets and admire seasonal displays created by numerous stores, including Holt Renfrew and Harry Rosen on Bloor Street and The Guild Shop on Cumberland Street. But don’t just window shop—select Bloor-Yorkville businesses are offering discounts on everything from designer apparel to spa treatments all month long.

Shop the World in Toronto

The globe’s most coveted brands—and our own national favourites—are readily available right here in YYZ. Click any of the slideshow images below to view Where Toronto‘s favourite international items for the holiday season.

Styled images with colour backgrounds photographed by Luis Albuquerque. Off-figure styling by Daniel Onori/Plutino Group.

You Are Here: The PATH

The largest underground retail concourse in the world, Toronto’s PATH system travels beneath the Financial District with numerous entry and exit points. Many have been lured by its warmth in winter, plus shopping and sustenance. But it can be a bit confusing; follow our guide to ensure a smooth trip from one end to the other.

1. CENTRAL HUB One of the bigger, busier sections of PATH’s underground city is First Canadian Place. More than 120 shops, services and restaurants make it a popular destination for business people with a minute to spare. Top shops such as Harry Rosen, Tip Top Tailors and Birks ensure you’re well attired and accessorized, while respected restaurants including Vertical and Reds can satisfy any craving. This marketplace is as distinguished as its namesake skyscraper, which stands as the city’s second tallest building. 100 King St. W., 416-862-8138.

First Canadian Place's gleaming concourse

2. PRIME REAL ESTATE Near Bay and Wellington streets sits the cluster of Mies van der Rohe–designed towers of the Toronto-Dominion Centre. Beneath those buildings, the PATH’s green granite floors match TD Bank’s colour palette, and plush leather benches offer respite from the foot traffic. The retail range here offers Danier Leather and a Laura Secord chocolate boutique. Streetside, you’ll find the Design Exchange and popular restaurant Bymark. High flyers ascend even further—54 storeys, to be exact—to indulge in original Canadian cuisine at Canoe. 66 Wellington St. W., 416-869-1144.

3. ADDED VALUE If you find yourself surrounded by bright, white marble, you’ve arrived at the new Bay Adelaide Centre. This peaceful portion of PATH is home to a small but immaculate food court and some quick-stop shops; to the north it connects with the huge flagship location of The Bay. The futuristic feel of the underground matches the building that rises from it—the glass-walled building is the city’s first and only high-rise office tower to lay claim to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Standard. 333 Bay St., 416-369-2300.

The exquisite vaulted ceiling of Commerce Court's CIBC bank building

4. SQUARE DEAL Commerce Court’s quadrants boast a food court, as well as healthy Four, an upscale restaurant where every dish is under 650 calories. Above ground, check out power-lunch favourite Far Niente plus the historic Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce headquarters—with its stunning Beaux Arts–style atrium—and the surrounding towers designed by I.M. Pei. 25 King St. W., 416-364-2281.

5. SPLENDID SITE Arguably the best-known southerly section of the PATH is Brookfield Place. Just a short walk from Union Station, its subterranean component has a food court and a few modest shops, but you’ll also find the entrance to the Hockey Hall of Fame—a shrine to Canada’s cherished pastime featuring exhibits, artifacts, trophies and more. Or, follow the sunlight up to street level, where soaring white buttresses and an arched glass ceiling create a futuristic cathedral-like effect in the Allen Lambert Galleria. 181 Bay St., 416-777-6480.

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.

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TODAY: A-LIST ATTIRE
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