Budget Jorg & Olifs
Vancouver-made Jorg & Olif bicycles are known for their city bike style, practical utility and a price tag well above the crimson 10-speeds in the SuperCycle aisle of your local Canadian Tire. The company's new-for-fall Scout model still outprices most department store buys, but at $545 (for one speed, $645 for three speeds), it's about half the price of their standard ride. It still comes outfitted with a built-in light, kick stand and cargo rack in your choice of mushroom brown, steel blue, black or red. Pre-order until August 31 by logging on to www.jorgandolif.com .
With never-ending apologies to our vegan readers, we have a serious love on for the M0851 line of leather bags. New for fall are weekender totes and boxy backpacks in olive green, teak-toned brown and a limited number in hyper-bright purple. Stop in to the store (23 St. Thomas, 416-920-4001, www.m0851.com) before September 20 to browse the collection and fill in your ballot to win a fave purse or duffle.
Still on the bag beat, Toronto-based Retrodelic continues to build its brand after shout-outs from InStyle, Lou Lou and, of course, good ol' NOW Mag. The trend forecasters want us to believe that the days of big, catch-all sacks are over, but judging from the Retrodelic fall line, we still dig mammoth purses. The Sade bag comes in gold metallic and red leather with a structured flap that buckles closed onto a puffy, pleated body. The Slingshot cinches its top with a tassled toggle and the Mustique surrounds its square body with an arsenal of cargo pockets. Log on to www.retrodelic.com to browse and buy.
Secrets from Your Sister (476 Bloor West, 416-538-1234, www.secretsfromyoursister.com) has already done one round of price-slashing on its selection of bras, knickers and PJs; now the staff is at it again. All through September, underwear and lounge duds are more than 75 per cent off during the shop's Second Markdown Sale.
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