TFI moving on
Baywood Homes, the developer behind the controversial Bohemian Embassy project, has bought the building that houses the Toronto Fashion Incubator (www.fashionincubator.com) at Queen and Dovercourt, and the TFI will be booted out August 31 to make way for a condo sales centre.
Executive director Susan Langdon says the TFI is hunting for a new home in an up-and-coming neighbourhood. Resident designers including Nada, Karamea and Juma won't follow the Incubator to its new home, but Langdon says outreach members shouldn't see a change in the TFI's schedule of seminars and events.
Not that Prada
Anyone who has stumbled into the Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (www.agatharuizdelaprada.com) store in New York's SoHo neighbourhood knows the Spanish clothing and housewares designer has a much more whimsical sense of colour than that minimalist Italian designer with the same surname. The summer collection of rainbow tabletop accessories has landed in Toronto at Ma Zone (63 Jarvis, 416-868-0330).
Recycled glass items, scented bedtime candles and heart-printed clocks add bold hues to your houseful o' beige.
We have a soft spot for this year's Sheridan College (www.sheridaninstitute.ca) design grads. Last year we visited the textile class and were mighty impressed with their creative approach to cloth. Those kids had their final show June 1 to 3 at the Gladstone, and we bet you're going to see a lot from newbies like Robyn Cox, who exhibited postcard-collage textiles, and Jo Gale, who featured mustachioed fellows in pillow picture frames.
The centrepiece of the show was Lucas Bracalion's bamboo and rattan bird-shaped cage. Bracalion's wood laminate bracelets are available in Toronto at Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122).
The Shared Loft (358 Dufferin) is the headquarters of the philanthropically minded Shared T-shirt company (www.weshared.com) and the site of occasional after-hours DJ sets, but at 7:30 on June 21, it hosts Rethink Breast Cancer's annual spring fundraising bash. The Party promises boatloads of beer, celebrity DJs, wild record scratch lessons and a trendy outdoor street sale. Tickets are $65 available online at www.rethinkbreastcancer.com.