DOVER STREET MARKET: NYC LAUNCH

In a city filled with galleries, museums and a host of other fashion hot spots, Dover Street Market in London offers what could be considered one of the best ‘retail gallery’ experiences in the industry. The brainchild of fashion visionary Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, DSM is a chic multi-floor fashion haven that showcases an eclectic and drool-inducing selection of pieces from Alaia, Lanvin, Demeulemeester and Rodarte, just to name a few. M of BOXNOIRE nearly died of happiness upon visiting the store in London this past summer. In her own words, “I just could not stop smiling and staring at the clothing. I wandered over to the Alaia corner, marvelling at his signature waist nipping leather corsets. I slipped on a couple of pairs of Alaia stiletto sandals, and some Nicholas Kirkwoods…and I was only getting warmed up!”.

DSM NYC

The merchandise is unique to the shop itself, and you can seriously get lost in here for hours. Chances are, by the time you’re done, you’ll have worked up quite an appetite… thankfully on the top floor of the store is the Rose Bakery, full of tasty, organic treats.

Now for those of you pining to visit DSM – don’t book your tickets to London just yet. Dover Street Market is opening a location in NYC! We can barely contain our delight and excitement! The store is set to launch in NYC in December 2013. The 20,000 sq. ft., seven story space will be located at 160 Lexington Avenue and is sure to provide a fabulous shopping experience that will leave your arms full of shopping bags, and your wallet bare. xx

Meet Arie Assaraf: The Brains Behind TNT

If you haven’t heard of Arie Assaraf, chances are you’ve at least heard of TNT – the fabulous boutique-style chain of stores in Montreal & Toronto. If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit – you need to go. Like now. Seriously, stop reading and head over NOW!

Arie Assaraf: TNT

TNT is a fashionista’s dream come true. Each TNT space is unique, filled with hundreds of edgy brands that range from avant garde to easy-to-wear basics. Whether you shop here for a fabulous selection of Comme des Garçons or the latest Alice & Olivia statement piece, TNT is a fashion utopia.

Arie Assaraf is the mind behind the TNT empire, and he began over two decades ago with one store in toronto, simply trying to ‘create a story‘. He describes TNT as a closet. And what a dream closet it is! The best part is, Arie Assaraf is loyal to his Canadian roots and is a huge supporter of Canadian talent. We can’t help but love him!

Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) will be hosting an event with Arie Assaraf this Thursday, December 13 at 5:30pm. This is your opportunity to meet one of our favourite Toronto retailers and maybe even get some fantastic business advice. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Hope to see you there! xx

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably only just begun thinking about holiday shopping…and probably for a reason, it can be a very stressful and daunting task! We’ve compiled some of our favourite picks for friends, for him, for the hostess and even for those picky parents. Hopefully this will make that last minute shopping a little easier! xx

Friends Gift Guide1. Condé Nast Traveler Photographs Coffee Table Book [ $60.00 ]

2. Coco Noir [ $112.00 – $152.00 ]

3. Prada Cosmetic Pouch [ $250 ]

4. Holt Renfrew Beauty Bag [ $35 ] – in stores only

5. Deborah Lippman Rock This Town Holiday Trio – Nail Lacquer [ $42.00]

Him Gift Guide1. Power Shave Set [ $175.00 ]

2. IPad Mini [ $329.00 – $529.00 ]

3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones [ $350.00 ]

4. 101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die [ $15.00 ]

5. Burberry Brit Quilted Down Vest [ $525.00 ]

Hostess Gift Guide1. Bar Tool Set [ $118.00 ]

2. Slate Board & Knives Cheese Set [ $25.00 & $21.50 ]

3. The Hungover Cookbook [ $11.00 ]

4. Set of Mini Candles – Diptyque Paris [ $84.00 ]

5. Assorted Holiday Teas – David’s Tea [ $7.50 ea ]

Mom & Dad Gift Guide1. Holt Renfrew His & Hers Bathrobes [ $160.00 ea ]

2. Jack Spade Mill Leather Toiletries Kit [ $155.00 ]

3. Mastering the Art of French Cooking [ $30.00 ]

4. Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Refueling Set [ $68.00 ]

5. Burberry Brit Silk Chiffon Scarf [ $375.00 ]