Some of the city's swankiest fashion and design shops are showing off a collection of Dutch-designed city bikes by Vancouver's jorg&olif (www.jorgandolif.com) to mark the brand's arrival on Toronto's pedal-pushing scene.
Nienkamper (360 King East), Lileo (55 Mill, building #35), Klaxon Howl (877 Queen West) and Uncle Otis (26 Bellair) are displaying the Oma and Opa styles, featuring classic frames, fenders and built-in lighting and locking components available on one-, three- and eight-speed models. Prices range from $875 to $1,350.
Boutique Le Trou can do
Queen West's hot retail property market is moving in on the raw storefronts between the increasingly gentrified Trinity Bellwoods and Drake Hotel strips, and a real estate shuffle has been looming over Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) and its cast of Canadian couture labels. After her building was sold, owner Marlene Shiff planned a move and zoned in on a property a few doors west. But after closing the original store on June 30, the new location fell through and her racks were without a home.
Luckily, the new landlord of Boutique Le Trou's original location came to Shiff's rescue, and the shop will reopen the week of June 24. A quick reno has tripled the size of the space, and every new square foot is being filled with high-style duds by lines including Jason Matlo , Vawk , Obakki and Lydia K . The store will be open seven days a week for a blowout sale featuring discounts of 25 to 70 per cent to make way for fall arrivals.
Call for entries
The Toronto Fashion Incubator 's annual fall press breakfast at the Drake Hotel is a designer's best chance to meet with retailers, buyers and the city's style media. Industry insiders mingle over muffins and rifle through racks of spring samples by emerging labels. This year's event happens September 20, and the TFI is now accepting applications for the 20 coveted spots. Log on to www.fashionincubator. com/happenings/calendar to download your form and submit it by the August 4 deadline.