When Target asked me to save the date earlier this week, I had no idea what for. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I was putting February 23 aside for a one-day only Jason Wu for Target Pop-up Shop in Toronto.
And if that wasn’t enough to trigger my jaw to hit my laptop when the official invitation finally arrived, this little tidbit was: “Join award-winning fashion designer Jason Wu and Target executives for blah, blah, blah…” Wait. What? Jason Wu himself is going to be there? I think I might’ve fallen out of my chair at that moment.
Now that I’ve recovered somewhat, here’s the skinny on this fabulous pop-up shop coming to our fair city:
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012
Doors open to public: Noon
Location: 363 King Street West, Toronto
Hosts: Designer Jason Wu and Tony Fisher and John Morioka of Target Canada
Note: Quantities limited. Purchase limit of 3 items per customer. All sales final.
I can’t imagine you do, but if you need a tiny bit of nudging to get yourselves to this one-day affair, here it is: all proceeds will be donated to United Way Toronto. So to recap: Jason Wu. At Target prices. For charity. See you there? I thought so.
By the way, prep yourselves by checking out the complete Jason Wu for Target lookbook here.
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Topshop continues to reign supreme at the Bay‘s Toronto flagship this summer! After the takeover of the 3rd floor by a potentially (socially) deadly combination of mojitos and a photo booth (remember these silly shots?) earlier this month, the Bay did it all over again this week in honour of the Topman pop-up shop on the 2nd floor. The city’s hipster men came out in full force to buy orange shoes, hit up the photo booth and play some ping pong.
Missed the fun? Don’t fret. Stop by the Bay Queen Street for your Topman (or Topshop) fix before summer’s end, or the Bay Yorkdale starting October 5th!
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The Bay threw a bash tonight in the Topshop Summer Takeover pop-up shop, serving up only the very best in fast fashion, mojitos galore and some good old fashioned photo booth fun. Nelia, Daniela, Richard and Marc and I had a ball goofing around behind the camera. In fact, I had so much fun that I now aspire to one day own a photo booth. When I do, you’re all invited to come play.
In the meantime, Toronto, get your Topshop on at the pop-up shop at The Bay on Queen Street this summer, or at The Bay in Yorkdale Shopping Centre starting October 5th!
On me: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel top / Club Monaco shorts / Gucci belt / Zara shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up with Joe Fresh lipstick
The Hudson’s Bay Company announced in March that it had secured the exclusive Canadian franchise rights for Topshop and Topman in Canada. Since then, Topshop’s Canadian fans have been waiting with baited breath for news of where the first store would launch, and today the wait is finally over.
The Bay revealed this morning that its location at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto would house the first Topshop and Topman stores-within-a-store, slated to open this September October 5th. Canadian Topshop fans outside of Toronto need not fret, however, as the Bay also announced that online shopping will be launched this September October as well through thebay.com/topshop and thebay.com/topman websites.
In the meantime, Torontonians will have plenty of opportunities to snag some Topshop in the lead up to the Yorkdale store opening this Fall. The Bay’s “Topshop and Topman Summer Takeover” campaign will see temporary pop-up shops popping up all over Ontario this summer.
“One-weekend-only” Pop-up Location
The temporary stores will feature summer essentials, free frozen treats to keep shoppers cool, and a shopping soundtrack provided by high-profile DJs. The first 200 customers each day will receive a limited-edition reusable fabric bag, and the weekend shopper deemed to have the best Toronto Street Style will win tickets to the Yorkdale VIP Opening Party in September, and a $500 shopping spree with a Topshop Topman Personal Shopper.
Where: Queen West and Soho Street
When: June 17 to 19, 2011. Friday, June 17 noon to 8pm; Saturday, June 18 10am to 8pm; Sunday, June 19 10am to 5pm
Topshop Capsule in The Bay Queen Street
Curated by Tommy Ton, Toronto’s own internationally acclaimed street style photographer and fashion blogger, the Topshop Capsule features a specially selected collection of Tommy’s favourite Topshop pieces. The Capsule will be in The Bay Queen Street throughout summer to get Torontonians ready for the Yorkdale launch.
Where: Yonge and Queen Street, 3rd Floor
When: Opens June 30, 2011
“Farewell to Summer” Topshop and Topman Pop-ups
This will be the last chance to shop Topshop and Topman before the Yorkdale store opening, so get your hands on it before anyone else.
When: July 30 to August 1, 2011
So, who’s ready to get their (Top)shop on?
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This season’s holiday pop-up shops are rocking my world. The newest one on the block, hosted by Shop Bicyclette, is chock full of fabulous clothing, stunning handmade jewelry and chic cold weather accessories to take you through the winter and then some. Located at 972 Queen St W in downtown Toronto, the shop was well worth the westward trek for me today. It was all work and no play though, so I’m going to have to head back to the shop for a few pieces I’m eyeing – a $20 faux fur snood, a gorgeous statement necklace by Lauren Elan and a pair of very chic white fur earmuffs.
You have 2 weeks to shop the pop-up and only 8 shopping days left before Christmas, so what are you waiting for? Get an idea of what’s in store via the Facebook pages of Shop Bicyclette and Lauren Elan Collections. Our readers outside of Toronto can join in on the fun too! Shop the Bicyclette online store here.
Limited edition mini berets by le PETIT BERET
On November 25, 2010, I officially kicked off my holiday shopping with a visit to the media preview for the Corduroy Magazine x Textstyles.ca holiday pop-up closet at Chasse Gardée. Having never been to Chasse Gardée before, I was blown away by how much fabulousness was crammed into that tiny store space! Stefania Yarhi (Textstyles.ca) and Tim Chan (editor-in-chief of Corduroy Magazine) did a phenomenal job curating an extremely tempting collection of exclusive and one-of-a-kind items – and all in the name of raising funds for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
The pop-up closet came and went all in the span of one weekend, so it’s too late to visit now if you missed it. So why this post then, you might ask. Consider it a plea for the shop to pop up once again next year. Yes, it was that damn good!
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If, like me, you haven’t dropped by the Hermès silk pop-up shop yet, this weekend is your last chance to do so, fellow Torontonians! Located at 1099 Yonge Street, the pop-up closes shop this Sunday, Dec 5, 2010.
I’m not very creative with how I wear my scarves, but if I do manage to squeeze a visit in this weekend, I’ll be sporting my most cherished Hermès scarf. What about you – how do you rock your carré?
Holiday pop-up shops abound this time of year – everyone from the folks at Holt Renfrew to my grandmother is hosting one – but there isn’t enough time from now until December 25th for you to hit them all up, so our job here at The Backseat Stylers is to let you know which pop-ups you can’t miss. The first to meet our stringent holiday pop-up shop evaluation criteria is the Holiday Pop-up Closet hosted by the duo of Textstyles.ca and Corduroy Magazine on Nov 26-28, 2010 at Chasse Gardee (1084 Queen Street W, Toronto).
What sold me was the very worthy cause the shop is supporting – the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, a place near and dear to my family’s hearts. Of course I was also sold by the excellent choice of shopping buzz words – “hand-selected”, “limited-edition”, “one-of-a-kind”, “exclusive” – that lure me in every time. Oh, and that pink sweater on the model on the invite? I’m calling dibs on it right now. See you there!