Fall shop report
Fall is retail's season of renewal, so here's a rundown of store openings, renos and closings to help you plan your September shopping route. Pho Pa (668 Queen West, 416-979-9444) has opened a second location at 503 Danforth (416-850-1527) stocking its mix of chic city wear.
Now that Caban is kaput, Urban Outfitters (235 Yonge, 416-214-1466) is the only micro department store in town, and it's expanded onto a second floor loaded with trendy menswear and home style finds. On the shoe front, Divinitas Designs has closed at Avenue Road and Davenport, and Trove (793 Bathurst, 416-516-1258) is expanding its space on the east side of Bathurst that includes shoe store Shoon (791 Bathurst 416-531-4211).
Serious fashion fans pining for the lineup of kitschy chic labels like Comme des Garcons and Vivienne Westwood stocked by Peter Halpin at his now-closed I-cii can track them down at Halpin and Mary Ng's new shop, Noir (151 Bloor West, 416-966-6647).
Designer Challenge last call
Friday (September 1) at 5 pm is your last chance to submit your application to NOW's Designer Challenge. Log on to www.nowtoronto.com/designerchallenge for details on sending in a sketch of a piece of clothing that uses NOW newsprint. The finalists will sew up their designs, and Boutique Le Trou, Distill, Frock, Iki, Pho Pa, Propaganda, Red Pegasus, Skirt, Trove and Wash Up & Brush Co. will display them. The winner receives $1,000. Good luck!
News you can use
The Fashion Design Council of Canada (www.fdcc.ca) is the hard-working group that throws Toronto's biannual Fashion Week. Now the organization is getting in on the dot-com style report racket with its www.f-list.ca site. The F List, launching this fall, will feature info on designer deals, retail news and fashion trends here and across Canada. Sign up now to score a heads-up when the service goes live.