Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week founder Vanja Vasic is launching the FAT Lab, a permanent store and gallery for emerging designers and artists that also includes subsidized studio space. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to apply for a spot. Also on the designer-boosting front, tomorrow (Friday, November 7) is the deadline for the Toronto Fashion Incubator's 2009 New Labels competition. That application is available at fashionincubator.com.
A game of chess might look like it's all strategy, but what about style? The Umbra Concept Store (165 John, 416-599-0088) hosts a chess tournament Sunday (November 9) between 2 and 6:30 pm. Amateur players will take on members of Canada's Olympiad Chess Team for a chance to win store gift certificates. The first 20 spectators receive a free Playmate chess set. Everyone who checks out the competition gets a Bungee iPod Touch case.
If you have $1,000 burning a hole in your pocket, pick up a ticket to the Royal Ontario Museum's (100 Queen's Park, 416-586-8000) Material Ball benefiting its costume and textiles collection. On November 13, gala guests will take in the ROM's Nature Of Diamonds exhibit and a spring 2009 fashion show by Paris-based designer Giambattista Valli. Visit rom.on.ca for fundraiser tickets or an easier-to-stomach $22 museum pass (swanky catwalk show not included).
Sweet deal bites
We spy Josephson's (60 Bloor West, 416-964-7070, and others, josephson.ca) annual November sale, on now until November 29. Look for up to 70 per cent off designer eyewear and sunglasses. Rumah's (668 Queen West, 416-703-4594, rumah-inc.com) jewellery sale continues until November 10, with 20 per cent off primitive pieces combining forged metal and natural stones. The GSUS warehouse sale offers up men's, women's and kids' clothes for as little as $10 until Friday (November 7) in the basement of 543 Richmond West.