Indie retailer and DIY fashion doyen Nathalie-Roze Fischer is celebrating the second birthday of her Nathalie-Roze & Co. boutique (1015 Queen East, 416-792-1699, nathalie-roze.com) on Saturday (July 12). Birthday visitors can look forward to 20 per cent discounts on clothing, jewellery and accessories as well as prize packs and a cupcake and lemonade party spread. No matter when you shop this summer, Fischer is once again serving homemade ice cream on the side patio, including flavours like honey/lavender and Ginger Kiss.
New at Blue
Kensington Market’s permanent gift, art and craft show space, Blue Banana Market (250 Augusta, 416-594-6600, bluebananamarket.com), has expanded its clothing selection. Shoppers will find Mandala Design, Illyria Designs, Greenbaum Clothing and Utility Grade from Toronto, as well as Montreal’s Gypsy Circus Creations and Janna Hurtzig’s Astrosatchel line of bags and wallets from Vancouver. Imported offerings include purses by Little Earth made from recycled materials, and footwear and accessories by Mola Vida.
Sew be it
If your little Lagerfeld would rather spend the summer stitching up a storm than faking a sprained ankle to get out of sports camp, sign junior up for Sew Be It Studio’s (sewbeitstudios.com) Summer Fashion Camp. Week-long classes in sewing, fitting and fabric are taught out of the Canadian Stage Company wardrobe shop (26 Berkeley) throughout July and August. Budding design divas ages eight to 14 are welcome. Each session costs $395 and can be booked by calling 416-481-7784.
Sweet deal bites
Owner Marlene Shiff proves just how much Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen West, 416-516-7122) loves you with her summer sale on Canadian and international designer clothing. Price tags that used to max out around $750 now don’t top $195, and accessories start at $5. Down the street, Fawn (967 Queen West, 647-344-4703) is hosting its own 25-to-50-per-cent-off discount event. Hazelton Lanes’ (87 Avenue Road, 416-968-8680) Take Me Now sale runs from Monday (July 14) to July 20, with up to 75 per cent discounts at mall retailers including Browns (416-968-1806) and Jacadi (416-923-1717).