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Tiffany & Co.

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

Hot Shopping: Diamonds are Forever as Tiffany & Co. Turns 175

The Tiffany Diamond as part of a Jean Schlumberger–designed ribbon rosette necklace

That iconic blue box—and the dazzling jewels contained within it—takes centre stage as Tiffany & Co. celebrates 175 years as the world’s authority on diamonds. The American brand has featured designs by the likes of Paloma Picasso and Frank Gehry and mastered pieces as far ranging as stained-glass lamps and coveted engagement rings. A tastemaker even before its founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, was in 1850 dubbed the King of Diamonds, and home to the awe-inspiring Tiffany diamond, the retailer continues to prove that its signature gemstones may indeed be forever. Take the opportunity to treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that never stops giving at one of three Toronto locations, including a new store at Sherway Gardens—Eva Voinigescu

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.

Eleven

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.

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.

Click on any map marker for more information on Where’s neighbourhood favourites.

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June Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Cartier's elegant boutique is a hush oasis purveying some of the finest jewellery (Photo by George Pimentel).

Cartier's elegant boutique is a hush oasis purveying some of the finest jewellery (Photo by George Pimentel).

1. Bloor Street is fondly recognized by shoppers for its designer labels: Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton among them. Now, Cartier and Gucci boost the glam quotient with their recent renovations. Ensconced back along the mile of mink, Cartier’s dramatic 40-foot bronze exterior is the gateway to this polished palace, which boasts a private viewing room plus separate watch and bridal salons, and showcases a broader selection of jewellery, watches, accessories and fragrances that have made the 162-year-old French company famous. Across the street, a facade of ribbed bronze panels and rose gold mullions welcomes shoppers to Gucci. Inside, polished gold and smoked mirrors nod to the art deco era alongside touches of dark rosewood and marble—a luxurious setting for the Italian brand’s collection of handbags, luggage, footwear and ready-to-wear apparel for men and women.

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