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COMRAGS 812 Dundas West, 416-360-7249, comrags.com
Comrags' Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse are making some big moves this spring. This past March the duo launched their e-commerce site, an online hub for their spring collection of poppy red suiting, striped cotton skirts and offset polka-dot print dresses. And after 14 years on Queen West, they reopen their retail operation in a 2,000-square-foot store on Dundas just west of Palmerston on Saturday (May 5).
It's a bright and airy space outfitted with grasscloth panels, dark wood cabinetry and a trio of change rooms wrapped in striped fabric. An all-glass storefront lets them expand their always changing lineup of charming and quirky window displays.
Once the shop is up and running, Cornish and Gunhouse switch their focus to moving Comrags' studio from condo-saturated King West to a lofty space above the store. The building's basement, once home to the Hard Luck Bar's rock stage, will become a space where they can experiment with fabric treatments and other creative clothing pursuits.
Comrags picks: The Florida dress has a classic scoop neck and a colour-block skirt, $395; the Comrags look is never too trend-driven, but the striped Anderson top does feature a very in-season peplum detail, $245; tie on the apron-style Service skirt in either teal blue or Dijon yellow, $255.
Look for: Gunhouse and Cornish at the shop for an open house Saturday between noon and 5 pm.
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.