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Banana Republic

May Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent


Made in the Maritimes

Made in the Maritimes

•For an eclectic mix of local, Canadian and international jewellery and accessories, visit Bedazzled in its new location in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. Find unique and exquisite designers by artisans such as Earth Goddess, Arcane Angel, Myka and Tori XO.



Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique brings to its new location in Sunnyside Mall contemporary, high-quality products for its clientele. All of the products, which include woodwork, jewellery, glass art, toys and more, are made in the region.




Find the latest in spring styles at Halifax Shopping Centre, the largest shopping complex in Halifax. Retailers include Coach, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora and Roots. Anchored by Sears, and the annex across the street is home to Winners and Wal-Mart.



•Art lovers will appreciate Art Zone Fine Arts Gallery on Barrington Street, which showcases some of the best of local talent by providing them a space to display their work. The gallery also hosts monthly shows, workshops and artist talks and more.

•For hand-crafted local treasures, visit The Bogside Gallery in the Hydrostone Market on Young Street. The elegant and whimsical art, made by artisans from Nova Scotia and around Atlantic Canada, make for great gifts or décor for your own home.



Drala on Grafton Street is the city’s home to supplies for a contemplative lifestyle. Find Asian-inspired décor items and gifts, as well as meditation cushions and supplies, beeswax candles, Japanese teas and buckwheat hull pillows.



•For fun and casual custom clothing, visit Cool as a Moose in the Historic Properties on Upper Water Street. Outfit the whole family with hoodies, sweats, pajamas and t-shirts, all of which are emblazoned with the store’s logo.

•Located on the rocks of Peggy’s Cove next to Nova Scotia’s most famous lighthouse, the Sou’wester carries a large mix of souvenirs for anyone visiting the province. Finds include kilts, postcards, sweatshirts, and giftware made my local artisans. You can also find books that explore local history and folklore. Visit the restaurant for a treat like lobster or gingerbread.



For one-of-a-kind shopping, visit The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. Find a dinner wine at Bishop’s Cellar and dessert at Sugah or Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory. Pick up a new outfit at Unicorn and accessories at Frida Custom Jewellery Design or Pearl City.

Hot Shopping: Banana Republic’s Russian-Inspired Line

Selections from Banana Republic’s fall line

Banana Republic enters the world of lights, camera, action in its first-ever film-inspired collection, styled and curated by the costume designer of Keira Knightley’s new film, Anna Karenina, in theatres Nov. 16. Rich colours channel the romance of 19th-century Russia, while the accessible price point banishes any heartache.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Fashionable Frocks

Give a jolt to your tired wardrobe with a fun summer dress from Banana Republic

Wondering what to wear to an upcoming summer celebration? Whether it’s an outfit for a wedding, beach or dinner party, Where’s got you covered. Grab some gal pals and head to Banana Republic for a wide range of both mini and maxi dresses (including the linen/cotton strapless dress, pictured). BCBG’s cutting-edge designs are perfect for glamorous nights. The Bay’s chic White Space on the third floor sits chock-a-block with party-friendly finds, or head down the street to Holt Renfrew for designer labels aplenty—a must for star-studded soirees.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Dapper Duds

Stylish men's apparel is plentiful at Banana Republic

The weather outside may still be frightful, but you can start thinking about spring. Stylish guys head to Banana Republic for linen shorts, lightweight blazers and floral-print shirts (pictured). Stock up for summer or line your luggage for a winter vacation—lucky you.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Coated Cool

Banana Republic's men's chino trenchcoat

Mother Nature’s moody temperament in spring naturally means a trench—perfect for heading off both morning chills and evening breezes—becomes a necessary part of any wardrobe. This season, Banana Republic returns to its roots with a utilitarian aesthetic. The preppy American brand has re-imagined the classic coat with such textured details as crinkled, metallic-thread silks and satiny poplin to create soft and versatile silhouettes. Ladies can don the classic chino trench ($240), while men can slip on a four-pocket utility jacket ($210).