Our favourite furniture spot, Made (867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384, www.madedesign.ca), owned by Julie Nicholson and Shaun Moore, marks its first birthday with a series of in-store events from September 6 to 8. Today (Thursday, September 6), the VEST collective opens Guide To Smuggling, an exhibit of limited-edition items inspired by illicit trade (on till October 20). Friday, the store launches design lines including UtiliTILES and Propeller Design pieces and product releases from Bev Hisey and Molo. An open house runs Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
Toronto- and Montreal-based crafters team up on Saturday, September 15, from noon to 5 pm for the Dear Diary Craft Fair. Parkdale gift shop Good Catch General Store (1556 Queen West, 416-504-7893, www.goodcatch.ca) hosts the event. Look for Coldsnap Bindery's collage-appliquéd journals, Artech Studios' reworked beer bottles, angsty characters by Damned Dollies and organic beauty and home decor goodies by Bookhou Designs.
A long list of eco-aware Toronto designers show off green gowns and other fashion goodies at the first Fashion Takes Action gala on September 26 from 6 to 10 pm at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview). Labels participating in the fundraiser for earthy group Environmental Defence include David Dixon, Thien Le, Pat McDonagh, Sarah Nicol, Juma, Damzels in this Dress, Annie Thompson, Farley Chatto, Rosa Costanzo and Ula Zukowska. Aside from the fashion, organizers Kelly Drennan and Katie Lister are making sure the event itself has as little eco impact as possible. Tickets are $110 through www.fashiontakesaction.com.
She does the city
At one of those rowdy Drake Tag Team Tuesdays (on August 21 to be exact) where hipsters clash with uptown imports over amateur DJ spins, woman-about-town Jen McNeely launched Shedoesthecity.com. The cyber spot dishes out Toronto life and style tips through links like The Costume Cupboard (where a writer laments her trend-driven purchase of a pair of white jeans) and I Love The Nightlife, featuring the Out Of Control Party Pic like the one of tipsy guests bug-eyeing the bare caboose of a stripping cowboy.
Elizaveta Yankelovich's Kameleon (www.woomp.com/kameleon) line of dollar-store-toy necklaces star in their own art show at Bobby Five (1239 Queen West, 416-538-6528, www.bobbyfive.com) starting Friday, September 14 (opening from 8 to 11 pm). Expect slot machine pendants, mini china teapot charms and cowboy pistols mixed with purses on raw chain strands.