Dude, can you believe the Downtown Urban Design Event (DUDE) held at the Latvian House (461 College) is having its 1oth show already? In the five years since its creation by spacegirl's Kaz Zvanitajs and Ruckus's Kate Austin and Kristin Ledgett , the rock-solid lineup of up-and-coming local designers has almost doubled. This is a great opportunity to score Canadian-made goods, in categories such as women's wear, ceramics, handmade beauty products, jewellery, accessories, paper products and way, way more. Check out the kickoff shopping party this Friday night (June 18) from 6 to 9 pm, but do come back for excessive shopping until the 20th. Call Austin or Ledgett for more information at 416-366-2468.
Are you one of those last-minute people who use Shoppers Drug Mart - especially the 24-hour ones - as your essential gift buying destination? While designer fragrances always rock, Shoppers has upped the prestige ante with the new lifeEXPERIENCES program. Choose from 37 packages in four categories - think hang-gliding trips, luxury car rentals, deluxe weekend getaways and house cleaning services. Choose, pay and then present your giftee with a plastic gift certificate card. Simple. Prices range from $119 to $469, and are available at 240 GTA locations. www.lifeexperiences.com.
Think you're the next Jean-Paul Gaultier and have the pieces to prove it? Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen West) is looking for "wild and creative" artists and designers to show their wares at the gallery's annual fundraiser, Fantasy Fashion Show #7, happening July 28. Call 416-536-6778 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
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Keep cool while you break a yogic sweat in Dear Lil' Devas loose-fitting and breathable yoga pants. Created by Toronto-based designer Rosie Connor , this breathable yoga wear is available at several yoga studios around town. Check www.dearlildevas.com for specific locations and buying info, or call 416-716-8098.