The last time we saw Engelbert Gayagoy (www.1point6-1-8.com), he was improvising a dress out of muslin and push pins in Dundas Square during the summer’s Fashion And Design Festival. This weekend (March 8 and 9), he’s holding a sample sale of autumn-winter and spring-summer pieces at his Yorkville studio (1300 Bay, lower level 3, 46-569-3076). Stop by between noon and 5 pm if you happen to be Gayagoy’s sample size (bust 34B, waist 24 inches, hips 36 inches).
Skip that last-minute Mother’s Day dash to the grocery-store florist and take advantage of this incentive to get organized early. If Mom’s got a green thumb, take her to Vintage Gardener’s mother/daughter/son/whoever floral luncheon May 7 (55 Mill, building #57, 416-364-6232, www.vintagegardener.com). Book now to score a pair of $125 tickets for $95.
The Monkey’s Paw (1229 Dundas West, 416-531-2123, www.monkeyspaw.com) is celebrating its second birthday with an open house on Saturday (March 8) between 4 and 7 pm. According to owner Stephen Fowler, guests can expect “fermented beverages, savoury snacks, birthday cupcakes and bohemian atmosphere.” Fowler has an odd print-culture artifact as a gift for the first 30 people through the door.
Carpet culture is booming, with designers dreaming up modern rug patterns and shoppers eagerly laying them under their contemporary furniture collections. Some of the most stylish examples twist traditional techniques and motifs to create forward looks. Elte (80 Ronald, 416-785-7885, www.elte.com) has a beautiful Tibetan selection now on sale for 20 to 50 per cent off. Look for rugs sized 3-by-5 to 10-by-14 feet.