Echoes of eco
Echoes in the Attic (www.echoesintheattic.com) has taken the reworked vintage sweater to the next level with its felted bag collection. T-shirts and retro wools are braided and woven into ladylike handbags and carry-all messenger styles. The line also includes jewellery strung together using reclaimed beads and baubles. Look for Echoes in the Attic at Boga Moda (10 Wellesley West, 416-964-6395), Grassroots (372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, and others) and other eco-smart retailers.
The organizers of Kensington Market's monthly Pedestrian Sundays (www.pskensington.ca) have added the Mirvish Village strip and Baldwin Street to their list of monthly reclaimed public spaces. The second P.S. Mirvish Village event was scheduled for Sunday (August 12) but has been cancelled due to the Ed Mirvish celebration taking place outside Honest Ed's (581 Bloor West) between 11 am and 7 pm. The next Mirvish Village Sunday takes place September 9, and Baldwin's next event happens on August 19.
Time's almost up to grab your tickets for Vintage Gardener's (55 Mill, building #57, 416-364-6232) summer fundraising luncheon. On Wednesday (August 15), owner Elaine Martin hosts Harvesting The Floral Garden. Guests learn how to preserve flowers and cook with edible blooms while munching on a lunch catered by A la Carte Kitchen. The event takes place at the Thompson Landry Gallery (55 Mill, building #5) from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Proceeds from tickets ($75 each or $125 for two, call 416-364-6232) benefit the Walk to End Breast Cancer.
The sweatiest days of summer are still ahead, but the annual August rollout of cozy autumn duds has begun. The arrival of fall collections from Rag & Bone and A.P.C. at Lileo (55 Mill, building 35, 416-413-1410, www.lileo.ca) signals how the city's menswear selection is amping up. Snag a pair of stone Rag & Bone denim to mix with the season's grungy earth tones and match into its grey-on-grey looks. Over at Sydney's (795 Queen West, 416-603-3369), the entire Band of Outsiders tie collection has already sold out, and oxford shirts in navy, white and graph-paper-check cotton are flying off the racks.