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Toronto Eaton Centre

Hot Shopping: Massimo Dutti Adds Preppy Chic at the Eaton Centre

(photo: JJ Thompson)

Zara’s upscale sibling, Massimo Dutti, has arrived in Canada to begin transforming the country one prepster at a time. Popular around the world  for its tailored  essentials—from blazers and trousers to polos and cashmere sweaters—the brand is often compared to quintessential American label Ralph Lauren. The Spanish-based line of apparel, footwear and accessories for men and women is designed with the yuppie urbanite in mind, while also catering to the manor-born with pieces like silk handkerchiefs and bow ties.  —Linda Luong

Hot Shopping: Ann Taylor Sashays into Toronto

Add one more brand to the ever-growing list of American retailers opening up north of the border. Ann Taylor’s first foray into the global market includes two stores right here in this city. Creative Director Lisa Axelson says Toronto was the perfect choice: “It is a beautiful city filled with modern, sophisticated women who lead busy lives, and we are excited to bring a trusted fashion destination that offers great styles as well as incredible versatility.” Named for a best-selling dress—not an actual person—the iconic company is best known as a producer of smart, sophisticated attire for the modern woman, featuring dresses, suiting and separates that take a lady from the office to a post-work cocktail party to a weekend of errands and adventure. Best of all, pricing is consistent with the U.S., making cross-border shopping excursions a thing of the past.  —Linda Luong

Hot Shopping: Singular Shoes from Geox

OCTOBER 30 Take your feet for an extra special treat as Geox hosts a pop-up shop at its Toronto Eaton Centre location. For one day only, the brand known for its highly breathable shoes replaces its regular stock with footwear from an “Italian Runway” collection of two-tone Derbys, sky-high pumps and boots, plus exclusive creations by Canadian-born U.K. designer Patrick Cox, such as metallic silver and pink lace-ups and loafers for men and women. Savvy shoe-buyers will want to visit the shop early—the stylish goods are on sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. only, or while limited quantities last!

Hot Shopping: Get Suited Up (Again!) at Harry Rosen

Style powerhouse Harry Rosen continues to dominate the menswear market; each of its stores is a one-stop destination for all its customers’ clothing needs. The company grows even stronger this fall with the opening of its new location overlooking Queen and Yonge streets at the always-busy Toronto Eaton Centre. Just down the way from its previous shop, this updated anchor destination boasts private suites, a made-to-measure area, and expanded shoe, sportswear and denim departments. Catering to the folks on Bay Street, Harry Rosen’s First Canadian Place store has also been completely revamped and includes the chain’s largest tailored clothing section.

Hot Shopping: The Eaton Centre is 35 Years Yonge

The Toronto Eaton Centre is celebrating its 35th anniversary by becoming more stylish than ever. The downtown shopping hub has been undergoing renovations for the past few years: last winter it inaugurated a fabulously chic Urban Eatery food court; this season, shoppers are treated to new stores from the likes of Ann Taylor, J. Crew and the first Canadian location of Massimo Dutti, plus a massive expansion of gentlemen’s clothier Harry Rosen. Once you’re finished browsing the retail wares, take a moment to look skyward—the mall’s signature glass roof now features an art installation that responds to the movement of the sun and local weather conditions.

Hot Shopping: Toronto Eaton Centre Marks a Milestone

The Toronto Eaton Centre is celebrating its 35th anniversary by becoming more stylish than ever. The downtown shopping hub has been undergoing renovations for the past few years: last winter it inaugurated a fabulously chic Urban Eatery food court; this season, shoppers are treated to new stores from the likes of Ann Taylor, J. Crew and the first Canadian location of Massimo Dutti, plus a massive expansion of gentlemen’s clothier Harry Rosen. Once you’re finished browsing the retail wares, take a moment to look skyward—the mall’s signature glass roof now features an art installation that responds to the movement of the sun and local weather conditions.

Hot Dining: Yorkdale’s Retail Refuel

The evolution of the food court continues apace. Gourmet fast food came to the Toronto Eaton Centre’s Urban Eatery last year; now Yorkdale Shopping Centre offers Dine on 3. Sleek and sophisticated with natural wood and stone finishes, skylights and an outdoor patio, the upscale space features 19 diverse eateries, including local Indian-fare fave Amaya Express and licensed Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria. It’s also the first food court in Canada to take table reservations, while a “perfume butler” helps you freshen up before a meal or after a hectic day of shopping.

Hot Shopping: Another Dream Team-Up at H&M

Marni for H&M (photo by Magnus Magnusson)

On the heels of its sold out collaboration with Versace, Swedish retailer H&M has teamed up with Italian label Marni for its next coveted launch. Fashionistas are already talking about camping out the night before the March 8 debut of this line by Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni. The designs highlight elements of her signature style, including graphic prints, colour blocking and textured materials for women, and subdued prints, contrasting details and classic silhouettes for men.

Hot Shopping: Navigate Toronto Malls During the Holiday Rush

Malls like the Toronto Eaton Centre go all out for the holiday season (photo by Rasheed Clarke)

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? We know, finding gifts for everyone
on your list can be a daunting task. If you’re inclined to get all your shopping done in
one shot, the city’s premier malls and department stores offer multiple ways
to ease the experience.

TORONTO EATON CENTRE
Downtown’s largest shopping centre has cranked up its seasonal cheer with oversized snowflakes and giant silvery reindeer sculptures. The crowning gem is the Swarovski Christmas Wish Tree alight with more than 44,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments. In sight of this monolith, children can register to create their own holiday ornaments. Santa’s out in full force, too: bring your child to hear Saint Nick read a story, or schedule a 10-minute at-home Skype session with the jolly old man. Gift wrapping is available for a $5 donation benefitting the Children’s Wish Foundation. And when all your gifts are safely boxed and bagged, why not view the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity’s production of The Christmas Story? iPhone users can download the Toronto Eaton Centre’s mobile app to streamline their shopping experience.

YORKDALE SHOPPING CENTRE
Holiday stress often begins with packed mall parking lots. Yorkdale offers a remedy. The only shopping centre in the GTA to offer a mobile app for parking, which offers updates on your best parking bets every 15 minutes, plus streaming video of the mall’s upper deck lot. Yorkdale’s parking entrances are even equipped with electronic tabulators that note the number of spaces available, and valet parking is complimentary for MasterCard World cardholders. If you prefer public transit, visit with your TTC Family Day Pass and receive a $10 gift card when you spend $50 or more in the mall. Other bonuses include a complimentary coat check, Santa sightings, and a gift-wrap service.

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Where in Toronto: Bright Lights, Big Reindeer

The Swarovski tree and giant reindeer at the Toronto Eaton Centre (photo by Rasheed Clarke)

Each week, our intrepid interns reflect on life and times in the big city.

It’s amazing how Toronto residents go nuts at the first sight of snow. All it took was a few flakes falling yesterday morning for #snow to become a local trending topic on Twitter. That dusting didn’t really stick around, but the imminent arrival of the white stuff (along with the much-maligned early sunset) means it’s the time of year to test the power grid with millions of twinkling lights at the city’s festive displays. (more…)

Hot Dining: New Menus at the Eaton Centre

The Eaton Centre location of Joey

Our city’s downtown retail epicentre, the Toronto Eaton Centre, offers two new, upscale-casual restaurants to satisfy hungry shoppers seeking more than food court fare. Rustic Italian classics are the specialty at Trattoria Mercatto, which serves up a range of antipasti, pizzas and pastas plus a complementary selection of wines from the old country. Nearby, Joey features a more cosmopolitan spread with options ranging from a lobster grilled cheese sandwich ($14.99) to Bombay butter chicken ($17.49), best enjoyed from a people-watching perch that overlooks Dundas Street West.