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Roots

May Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent

LOCALLY MADE

Made in the Maritimes

Made in the Maritimes

•For an eclectic mix of local, Canadian and international jewellery and accessories, visit Bedazzled in its new location in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. Find unique and exquisite designers by artisans such as Earth Goddess, Arcane Angel, Myka and Tori XO.

Bedazzled

Bedazzled

Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique brings to its new location in Sunnyside Mall contemporary, high-quality products for its clientele. All of the products, which include woodwork, jewellery, glass art, toys and more, are made in the region.

 

SPRING SHOPPING

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Find the latest in spring styles at Halifax Shopping Centre, the largest shopping complex in Halifax. Retailers include Coach, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora and Roots. Anchored by Sears, and the annex across the street is home to Winners and Wal-Mart.

FINE DESIGN

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•Art lovers will appreciate Art Zone Fine Arts Gallery on Barrington Street, which showcases some of the best of local talent by providing them a space to display their work. The gallery also hosts monthly shows, workshops and artist talks and more.

•For hand-crafted local treasures, visit The Bogside Gallery in the Hydrostone Market on Young Street. The elegant and whimsical art, made by artisans from Nova Scotia and around Atlantic Canada, make for great gifts or décor for your own home.

BEST OF THE EAST

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Drala on Grafton Street is the city’s home to supplies for a contemplative lifestyle. Find Asian-inspired décor items and gifts, as well as meditation cushions and supplies, beeswax candles, Japanese teas and buckwheat hull pillows.

MEMENTO

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•For fun and casual custom clothing, visit Cool as a Moose in the Historic Properties on Upper Water Street. Outfit the whole family with hoodies, sweats, pajamas and t-shirts, all of which are emblazoned with the store’s logo.

•Located on the rocks of Peggy’s Cove next to Nova Scotia’s most famous lighthouse, the Sou’wester carries a large mix of souvenirs for anyone visiting the province. Finds include kilts, postcards, sweatshirts, and giftware made my local artisans. You can also find books that explore local history and folklore. Visit the restaurant for a treat like lobster or gingerbread.

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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For one-of-a-kind shopping, visit The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. Find a dinner wine at Bishop’s Cellar and dessert at Sugah or Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory. Pick up a new outfit at Unicorn and accessories at Frida Custom Jewellery Design or Pearl City.

Building New Roots with Flagship Boutique

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Rustic meets contemporary at the new Roots flagship.

What better way for a brand to celebrate its birthday than by opening a new store? That’s how iconic Canadian retailer Roots is ushering in its 41st year—with a new flagship boutique on the Mink Mile. Design director Diane Bald and senior director of planning and development Pauline Landriault have created a seamless two-storey space that marries the company’s signature rustic appeal with contemporary touches that honour its updated address’s original Miesian influence. Knotted oak, natural travertine stone, brushed brass and Tribe leather foster a subtle and serene setting in which to peruse Roots’s active apparel, footwear and supple leather goods. Open daily. —Linda Luong

• Roots, 80 Bloor St. W., 416-323-3289; roots.com.
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Where Loves: Holt Renfrew’s Holiday Window Display

By ANA TAVEIRA

photo: Holt Renfrew

The snowflakes may be yet to fall, but another seasonal signifier is on full display in Toronto: the high-end establishments of Bloor-Yorkville have unveiled their enchanting light displays and charming decorations. The neighbourhood is already bustling as holiday shoppers get a head start checking off their lists at some of the most desirable international retailers—from Hérmes to Roots—and luxurious local designer boutiques. Unsurprisingly, one of the strip’s most heavily trafficked locations is posh department store Holt Renfrew.

Celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, the venerable company is thoroughly contemporary, but also respectful of traditions. One such tradition? Its annual holiday window display. This year’s concept, thoroughly thought out and beautifully executed by the Holt Renfrew visual merchandising team, sprawls across seven wide panes of glass and features mannequins decked out in the season’s must-have fashions and accessories, skating on imaginary lakes and riding well-heeled horses. Tracy Peters, Holts’ senior manager of national visual merchandising, describes the windows’ theme, “Let it Snow,” as rekindling feelings of the first time you saw the fluffy white stuff. With hundreds of hand-cut snowflakes the display triggers a sense of whimsical winter nostalgia.

photo: Holt Renfrew

If you like what you see, the designs on display are of course available inside the multi-level store. Footwear can be a great gift for friends, family and even yourself—how about Burberry boot to keep your toes warm, or some Louboutin pumps to draw attention at the office Christmas party? Designer accessories like ties, handbags and fragrances are also timely buys. Or perhaps you’re partial to seasonal favourites like sweaters, toques, scarves and jackets. Whatever your pleasure, Holts is sure to satisfy.

In the spirit of the season, the store has also paired with Italian label Missoni to provide a charitable gift. Limited-edition Missoni-designed plush bears and elephants are now available at Holt Renfrew locations across Canada; proceeds from the sale of these beautiful stocking stuffers help support OrphanAid Africa.

11 Questions About Muskoka With Roots Co-Founder Michael Budman

Michael Budman, Roots co-founder, chats about his favourite Muskoka Memories (Photo: George Whiteside)

Michael Budman, co-founder of Roots, first experienced Algonquin Park’s natural beauty in 1956 as a teenager attending Camp Tamakwa. For more than 13 years, the Detroit native would spend his summers at the camp as a counselor, a canoeing instructor and a camp director. Algonquin Park was also where the idea for Roots, a lifestyle shop devoted to athletic apparel, began to take shape. The first Roots store opened in 1973; more than 30 years later the company boasts nearly 200 stores in Canada, the United States and Asia.

Here, Budman and his wife, Diane Bald—who also serves as the company’s design director—share their Algonquin Park pastimes and memories. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Sweet Scarf from Roots

Roots Cable Lace Scarf, seen here in oatmeal, also available in light grey.

Bundle up against the cold with this Cable Lace Scarf from Roots. Made with acrylic, wool, and cotton blend, you’ll feel cozy, but still lady-like. Pair with a pea coat, dark jeans, and knee high boots to add a touch of whimsy to a streamlined look. Available in oatmeal and light grey. $48. Rideau Centre,
50 Rideau St., 613-236-7760, and four more stores in Ottawa.

Where in Toronto: Bright Lights, Big Reindeer

The Swarovski tree and giant reindeer at the Toronto Eaton Centre (photo by Rasheed Clarke)

Each week, our intrepid interns reflect on life and times in the big city.

It’s amazing how Toronto residents go nuts at the first sight of snow. All it took was a few flakes falling yesterday morning for #snow to become a local trending topic on Twitter. That dusting didn’t really stick around, but the imminent arrival of the white stuff (along with the much-maligned early sunset) means it’s the time of year to test the power grid with millions of twinkling lights at the city’s festive displays. (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto This November and December

2. Spirits by Karoo Ashevak (photo courtesy of the Museum of Inuit Art)

1. Crunching into stone-baked pizzas and grilled panini at Café Uno in the the Distillery Historic District.

2. Marveling at finely crafted stone and bone carvings at the Museum of Inuit Art.

3. Horses and llamas and cows (oh my!), plus a giant vegetable competition and more at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

4. Admiring Grace Kelly’s glamourous gowns, Oscar and more at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

5. Savouring straight-from-the-tandoor-oven naan—alongside chicken tikka and palak paneer—at Little India. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Roots Purse Panache

Spring into the season with a bold French tote ($158) from Roots. It’s a workhorse of a bag—one large compartment fits anything and everything you need for a busy day at the office or a jam-packed weekend—but its colourful prince leather body trimmed with vegetable-tanned leather ensures a supple material that only softens over time.

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.

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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.

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.

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

Hot Shopping: Oh, Canada!

On July 1 our home and native land marks its 143rd birthday. Even if you’re just adopting Canada for the day, these red and white products help you show some patriotic pride.

Clockwise from top left:
>> 100 Photos That Changed Canada book by Mark Reid, $45, Indigo.

>> Maple leaf key holder, $63, Swarovski.

>> Canadian Shield T-shirt, $32.50, Red Canoe.

>> Village Bag International, $158, Roots.

>> xcase Nation carry-on suitcase, $99.97, The Bay.