It’s safe to say that our conversion from plastic to reusable bags is well under way, but now kitchen cupboards are stuffed with a collection of canvas-?to-?tarp totes that are as interchangeable as their flimsy predecessors. Keep Six Contemporary Art (938 Bathurst, 647-?436-?6594, keep6c.com) is hosting a handmade eco-bag show called Eco-?Bag Eco-?Life to offer up more cherishable alternatives to the usual logo-?printed shopper. Visit the exhibition until Sunday (July 6) to browse and buy bags by 20-?plus local artists and illustrators.
It’s time for another installation switch-up at Made (867 Dundas West, 416-?607-?6384, madedesign.ca). Tonight (Thursday, July 3) designers Don MacIennan and Cali Balles move in with their collaborative blown-?glass light sculptures. The sandblasted figures have a blobby, free-?form style (picture a pack of glowing, sinister-looking Barbapapas), the product of MacIennan and Balles passing pieces back and forth to each other to arrive at the final shape. This evening’s opening is from 7 to 9 pm. The show runs to August 16.
Fluid Living has moved from the Distillery District to the King West ’hood, setting up its new shop at 35 Bathurst (416-?850-?4266, fluidliving.com). Stop in to browse the in-?house furniture collection and chic summer staples like resto-white dining plates and fresh Dwell linens. Yogis and other not-?so-?centred workout warriors can search for stylish sweat gear at Cat Tilt (1-?198 Walnut, 416-?519-?5189), opening Saturday (July 5). Designer sunglasses spot Ilori (95A Bloor West, 416-?928-?9385, iloristyle.com) has opened at Bay and Bloor and stocksg shady names like Persol, Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples.
Sweet deal bites
Balisi’s (668 College, 416-?532-?1074; and 711 Queen West, 416-?203-?2388) Take It Off summer sale is on now, featuring a sliding discount scale on new footwear purchases. Your first pair is 20 per cent off, second pair 25 per cent and the third is marked down by 30 per cent. Uptown at Elte (80 Ronald, 416-?785-?7885) and Ginger’s (95 Ronald, 416-?787-?1787), furniture, home accessories, hardware and kitchen/bath fixtures are on sale for up to 50 per cent off until July 31.