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Harry Rosen

Hot Shopping: Wet Wear By SWIMS

Spice up the season with these preppy and practical loafers from SWIMS ($175), available at Harry Rosen. Seafaring men and their land-locked brethren are sure to make a splash with this versatile summer classic from the Norwegian brand. These waterproof shoes are made with a natural rubber and feature a hand-sewn anti-bacterial mesh lining for proper ventilation; non-slip, non-marking soles mean they’re perfect for skipping a boat or toting about town. Bright accent colours and a streamlined silhouette make this a no-fuss choice for the season.

You Are Here: Bloor Street West

Named for entrepreneur Joseph Bloor, this tony thoroughfare is the city’s chicest spot for shopping. Dubbed the “Mink Mile” for the many designer retailers who call this stretch between Yonge Street and Avenue Road home, the fashionable district is where you’ll find both visiting celebrities and Toronto’s upper echelon.

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October Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Tod's driving shoe ($498)

Tod's driving shoe

1. Men’s style emporium Harry Rosen adds another notch to its belt with the inclusion of a new shop-in-shop. Tod’s, the distinguished Italian footwear and leather goods company, lays down tracks with a 200 square-foot space, the first of its kind in Canada. Nestled on the second floor of Harry Rosen’s Bloor Street West flagship shop—alongside such other pre-eminent brands as Armani Collezioni and Dolce & Gabbana—the modern masculine showroom bedecked in polished metal and leather boasts a commanding back wall featuring Tod’s illustrious shoes, such as the popular driving shoe ($498). Other small leather products as well as supple bags are also on display.

Guerlain's latest perfume, Idylle

Guerlain's Idylle perfume

2. Venerable perfumery Guerlain shakes up its stately image with the debut of a new fragrance aimed at younger customers. Established in 1828, the French company gives its century-old formula an update with Idylle ($82 to $148), a scent named to suggest languid afternoons of daydreaming. A subtle bouquet of freesia, lilac, peony, jasmine, lily of the valley, chypre—containing patchouli and white musk—and Bulgarian roses, the perfume has serious contemporary cachet. Not only is it represented by rising French starlet Nora Arnezeder, its teardrop-shaped bottle was created by hipster designer Ora Ïto, who is known for his product parodies of items from Louis Vuitton and Apple.

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

Think Pink bath bomb from Lush

3. Shop guilt-free and for charity with these pink picks for breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the purchase of each item support breast cancer research.

>> Model, actress and Estée Lauder spokesperson Elizabeth Hurley hand-picked a lip shade collection ($30)—composed of a lipstick, gloss and pencil that fits in a mirrored compact; available at Holt Renfrew and The Bay.

>> Bath time gets a boost with a Think Pink bath bomb ($5.95) from Lush, which fizzles in the water as it unleashes heart-shaped confetti.

>> Write for a good cause with BIC Sheaffer’s brushed stainless steel pen and pencil duo ($27), available at Grand & Toy (College Park, 777 Bay St., 416-977-5100).

September Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Brooks Brothers brings its timeless fashion sense north of the border.

Brooks Brothers brings timeless fashions north of the border.

1. The men of Bay Street can suit up in style at Brooks Brothers, newly opened in the Financial District’s Royal Bank Plaza. Over its 191 years, the American clothier has been credited with introducing the ready-to-wear suit to the masses, selling the first seersucker suits in the U.S., and inventing the button-collared dress shirt. It’s no surprise that this gentleman’s brand is a favourite both of presidents—Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama donned Brooks Brothers attire at their inauguration ceremonies—and celebrities like Ben Affleck and Stephen Colbert. Sartorially inclined ladies can also sport the classic Brooks Brothers look: an extensive women’s collection as well as attire for boys is available here, too.

The Yorkville location of Anthropologie.

The Yorkville location of Anthropologie.

2. Tony Yorkville is home to some of the top names in fashion, but the north-of-the-border debut of Anthropologie still has tongues wagging and credit cards at the ready. This spring, the beloved American company set up its first Canadian location at the Shops at Don Mills, a scenic outdoor retail centre northeast of downtown. Devoted fans, however, clamored for a more centrally located venue, and with the opening of a stylish, two-storey space along Yorkville Avenue, the city’s fashionistas can access more easily this decidedly feminine boutique’s floral frocks, vintage-print bohemian tunics and ruffled jackets. An offshoot of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie is also noted for its eclectic selection of home accessories ranging from graphic bedding and linen to folksy tableware that adds a touch of country to urban living.

Contemporary menswear form William Rast can be found at Harry Rosen.

Modern menswear from William Rast.

3. The days of celebrities merely endorsing a product are a thing of the past. Today’s A-listers are also the visionary designers of items that bear their names, making it easier for fans everywhere to cultivate true star style. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola, for one, has teamed with French company Louis Vuitton to create a line of totes, clutches and sandals, while singer Justin Timberlake and his BFF Trace Ayala’s clothing company, William Rast, is named after their grandfathers and carries contemporary apparel for both men and women including signature denim pieces, leather jackets and button-up shirts, available from Harry Rosen.