It’s so lovely to see the city come alive with this sunny weather! Kensington Market was packed was happy Torontonians, enjoying the patio weather. I popped into two of my Kensington favourites: Bungalow and Courage My Love. Bungalow has a great selection of new and second hand clothing and accessories, alongside cool 20th century modern furniture. Courage My Love is a magpie’s nest of beads, buttons, silver jewellery, vintage clothes, and other quirky items. You can spend hours browsing the cases and racks filled with finds from all over the world, especially Mexico and Central America.
If you’re looking for some locally designed treasures, you might want to check out the Gardiner Museum’s annual jewellery trunk show. With eight designers, whose pieces you can preview here, you are sure to find a new bauble. I especially like C’est Joli‘s bib-style necklaces and Eliza Kozurno‘s sculptural textile-like pieces.
- event: Gardiner Shop Jewellery Show, Gardiner Museum Shop, April 17, 5-9pm
- event: Fashion Art Toronto Arts & Fashion Week, Daniels Spectrum, April 21-25
- contest: Win 10 Years of Free Shoes, John Fluevog stores, ongoing until May 14
- exhibition: Good Beginnings: Children’s Hats and Clothing from China, Textile Museum, February 11 – May 24, 2015
- exhibition: Fashion Victims: The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, Bata Shoe Museum, June 18, 2014 – June 30, 2016
- event: Yoga Jeans Spring Trunk Show, Shopgirls, April 22-26
- seminar: Chinese Garments from the TMC Collection, Textile Museum of Canada, April 22, 6:30pm
- market: Leslieville Flea, Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane), April 26, 10am-4pm
- exhibition: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels, Bata Shoe Museum, opens May 8
- exhibition: Artist Textiles: From Picasso to Warhol, Textile Museum, May 2 – Oct 4, 2015
- event: INLAND Spring 2015, 99 Sudbury St, May 2-3
- gala: TFI New Labels Fashion Show & Fundraiser, One King West, May 4, 8-11pm