After 25 years, Canadian fashion retail trailblazer Annie Thompson is closing her boutique (674 Queen West, 416-703-3843, www.anniethompson.ca) at the end of March to focus on developing her growing body of art and textile work. Thompson will be appearing in March’s Toronto Art Expo as well as creating installations for Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week in April. Until she shuts her doors, though, everything in the shop is marked down. Look for 40 to 70 per cent discounts on Thompson’s artisanal clothing and handbag collection.
Danforth’s Body Blue (201 Danforth, 416-778-7601) is making a move, and the denim and clothing stock is on sale to lighten the relocation load. Price-slashed denim lines include Seven, Diesel, Citizens of Humanity, Earnest Sewn, Nudie, Rock & Republic and Fidelity. Sportswear from Jessie May, Mackage, Matinique, Ben Sherman, Velvet, Penguin and Line as well as Fly London and J Brand footwear also make the price cut.
That Valentine’s Day clock is ticking, and in T minus very few minutes, you’ll be out of lover’s luck if you don’t come up with a gift idea quick. You’re not going to win any originality points with a bouquet of roses, but the time for creative gifting is long past. If he or she’s a manic organic, Whole Foods (Hazelton Lanes, 87 Avenue, 416-944-0500, www.wholefoodsmarket.com) offers a dozen naturally grown stems for $24.99. If you’re extra-smart, you’ll reserve with the store right now to keep your 12 from falling into other procrastinators’ paws.
Bayview Village’s (2901 Bayview, 416-226-0404, www.bayviewvillageshops.com) roster of shoe shops have joined forces for The Shoe Affair, a week of footwear fanaticism on now. Browns, Capezio, Ecco, Davids, Feetfirst, New Balance, Nike, Nine West and Ron White have all marked down leftover winter stock and brought in spring styles to preview. On Saturday (February 16) at 1 pm, they all walk their pick of new stock down the runway at a shoe fashion show sure to lure you into a new pair or two.
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