H&M GETS A MAKEOVER AND NEW H&M HOME COLLECTION SECTION
Budget-friendly housewares from H&M.
A newly-renovated H&M flagship at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre brings not only more affordable apparel for the whole family—including an expanded menswear department—but also the H&M Home collection. A core offering of textiles and accessories for the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom are supplemented by seasonal items like tropical leaf bedding and pineapple-shaped plates. This Toronto location, which boasts two oversized digital screens illuminating the store’s exterior facing Yonge-Dundas Square, is among the company’s top 10 largest stores in the world.
—Linda Luong Luck
BLOOR STREET’S COSMOPOLITAN RETAIL MILIEU GETS A SCANDINAVIAN-CHIC INFUSION COURTESY OF COS
Yet another international retailer has set up shop in Toronto. This time it’s H&M’s upscale sister, COS, which stands for Collection of Style. Bloor Street West is home to one of two Canadian expansions, the other being in Montreal. Since its debut in 2007, the label has become synonymous with minimalist Scandinavian style, with work-appropriate attire for men and women, as well as edgier looks. Spread over three floors, the understated looks in a neutral palette of grey, beige, ice blue and blush pink include loose, unstructured tops, dresses, and ankle-length boots for women, and for men, slim-fit trousers, wool blazers and sweaters. —Linda Luong
• COS, 85 Bloor St. W., 416-925-7033; cosstores.com
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Marni for H&M (photo by Magnus Magnusson)
On the heels of its sold out collaboration with Versace, Swedish retailer H&M has teamed up with Italian label Marni for its next coveted launch. Fashionistas are already talking about camping out the night before the March 8 debut of this line by Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni. The designs highlight elements of her signature style, including graphic prints, colour blocking and textured materials for women, and subdued prints, contrasting details and classic silhouettes for men.
Shoppers in the know marked May 14 on their calendars long ago. That’s the day über-sophisticated garden and lifestyle boutique Teatro Verde opens its new flagship location. Besotted followers won’t have to go far—the new digs, a Georgian-style mansion turned nursing home turned ‘60s beatnik headquarters—are just around the corner from its Hazelton Lanes venue on Yorkville Avenue. Founders Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino now have two storeys and 9,000 square feet to showcase their eclectic selection of goodies, ranging from the quirky—a cast iron moose—to the pretty—dessert plates with insect motifs—to the pleasantly practical—hammers from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Under this new roof you’ll also find an expanded floral section, the complete Fresh line of bath products and a new stand-alone Assouline boutique—only the third of its kind in the world.