Sister act anniversary
There's no such thing as basic black for Designs by Naomi creator Naomi Shapiro (1281/2 Cumberland, 416-345-8389, www.designsbynaomi.net). Along with her sister (and biz partner) Devorah Shapiro , she's celebrating the first anniversary of their Yorkville boutique (shhh, don't tell the 'hood's hoity shoppers that they started their booming business from a cart at the Eaton Centre) by packing it with the bold-hued blouses and bedazzled jeans that separate them from the monochromatic masses. Stop in for a happy birthday shop.
Montreal transplant Roma Kulyk cut her fashion teeth buying for the Bay but always hoped to start her own shopping dynasty. The first step is her new Roma Rush shop at Queen and Portland (504 Queen West, 416-603-7874). It's a buzzing factory of stylish activity, with a judy-packed workshop/fitting room in the basement and a slick pink-walled boutique on the main floor. The swing hanging from the ceiling next to the door expresses her sophisticated but flirty clothing philosophy.
If you can't sew a slip to save your life but excel at stitching up beautiful bags or bead a mean bracelet, and you're enrolled in an accredited school of design (full- or part-time) for the 2005 academic year, try boosting your fashion future by entering the Create i|m accessories design competition. Entrants submit three designs (a handbag, a hair accessory and a miscellaneous piece) and 10 talented winners get shipped to contest sponsor Industrie 's headquarters in Atlanta to develop their design for sale in spring 2007. Log on to www.createim.com before February 15 for all the entry info.
I'm typing this week's Fashion Notes over Wi-Fi from New York City, where Toronto art and design are popping up everywhere I go. Mabel (created by Ryerson fashion grads Josephine Kwan and Fiona Chau ) hangs proudly with hot indie NYC styles at Nolita's TG-170 (www.tg170.com). Homegrown design guru Karim Rashid 's year-old shop in Chelsea is packed with his fluorescent-coloured wares (www.karimrashid.com). And New Yorkers are happily hopping the 2 train to the Brooklyn Museum (www.brooklynmuseum.org) for Hogtown photomeister Edward Burtynsky 's Manufactured Landscapes exhibit.