Who knew you could reinvent the jean so many times? Every season a new batch of blues brands pop up to compete for our denim affection. The cream of this spring's crop is Hudson , launching today (Thursday, March 2, 10 am to 8 pm) at Over the Rainbow (101 Yorkville, 416-967-7448). For their debut, boys and girls who purchase a -tailored pair (the haute prices range between $240 and $300) also take home a free Hudson T or tank printed with their Union Jack logo. www.hudsonjeans.com .
There are a few special shopping spots in Toronto where you're guaranteed a great buy, and fashion/art heaven Distill (55 Mill, Building #56, 416-304-0033, www.distillgallery.com) tops that list. Shopkeep Allison Skinner took up residence in the Distillery District when it was still a work in progress, and now she's celebrating her trailblazing first three years with a three-day sale Friday through Sunday (March 3 to 5). Her entire collection of clothing, art, accessories and home goodies is marked down by 25 to 40 per cent.
Making the move
After seven years of boosting Queen West's Trinity Bellwoods strip by luring downtowners in for a sample of her bold and beautifying body products, Iodine owner Julie Nadalin has shuffled her store a few addresses east to 809 Queen West (416-681-0577, iodineandarsenic.com). To celebrate the move, her in-house line of natural and handcrafted washes, lotions and bath bombs are marked down by 20 per cent. Other buys, including Trigger Response 's soft-scented room sprays, get the 50 per cent off treatment.
This Saturday (March 4), the 15th annual Vintage Clothing and Textile Show and Sale will fill the CBC 's Barbara Frum Atrium (250 Front West) with retro duds and stylish second-hand accessories. The fashion finds are complemented by a cache of quilts, fabrics and trims. Admission is $7 with proceeds going to the Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer societies . Couture hunters under 12 get in free. Contact June Troy at 905-666-0523 for more info.
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