Looking for some versatile, sturdy carry-on bags for the flight home? This LIFTwo garment bag, available at Ottawa Leather Goods, will keep your clothes crisp.
Keep your clothes crisp and clean with Samsonite’s LIFTwo Carry-on Wheeled Garment Bag. Redesigned to weigh in less than its competition, this little guy delivers on practicality and ease-of-use. The four multi-directional wheels make it incredibly easy to steer with minimal effort. Open it up to find two mesh pockets in the top corners — wasted space in other garment bags — and a spot to hang your clothes, complete with gentle compression straps that keep everything in place. And the paddled laptop pocket allows you to bring your business along without needing an extra bag. $320.
•Ottawa Leather Goods, 179 Sparks St., 613-232-4656. ottawaleathergoods.com
Recently opened at Bayshore, Express can meet all your wardrobe needs. (Photo: Tina Picard)
Known for its sophisticated line that acts as a magnet for fashion-forward individuals, Express recently dropped into Ottawa with its first store in Bayshore Shopping Centre in the city’s west end. It has plans to open a second location at the end of the summer in the Rideau Centre. For men, find quality shirts in three pinpoint fits that will help you transition from the boardroom to the lounge. For women, chic business wear ensures you’ll stand out. And there are plenty of casual and sexy options that will round out your entire wardrobe.
•100 Bayshore Dr., 613-828-2171. express.com
H&M’s first store in Ottawa at Bayshore Shopping Centre
Retail giant H&M opens its first store in Ottawa at Bayshore Shopping Centre. The store, known for stylish threads at bargain prices, takes over a 23,000 sq. ft. space inside the west-end Ottawa mall. It may have taken H&M over nine years to enter Ottawa, but they made up for it with a wide array of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories.
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ça va de soi in Ottawa’s ByWard Market sells high-end knits, perfect for chilly weather, that will last a lifetime
Keep warm with quality knits this fall and winter. ça va de soi, a family-owned company, operated for years as a wholesaler before opening boutique stores in Ottawa, in the ByWard Market, and Montreal. Their mission: bring the best materials from Italy and Egypt, assemble with top-notch spinning techniques, and deliver a product that survives trends. Prices are on the high end, but with simple care instructions and built-to-last design, these pieces will become wardrobe staples. Run your hands over the luxurious knits, and you’ll understand why their name means “it goes without saying.”
• ça va de soi, 459 Sussex Dr., 613-789-2828, cavadesoi.com
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Find the next piece for your home at The Modern Shop in downtown Ottawa
Add a dash of modernity to your home. The Modern Shop, in the ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa, carries over 20,000 products, from accessories and lighting, to furniture from brands such as Muuto, Mooi, Jonathan Adler, Foscarini, Hay, and Modernica. Peruse their incredible selection to find the piece that’s just right for you, or allow the store to stoke your imagination during your time in Ottawa — they offer free shipping to Canada and the USA on orders over $99, so you can make your decision from the comfort of your own home.
• 541 Sussex Dr., 877-748-0387, themodernshop.ca
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Ottawa Store Snow Goose has been selling its authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts for over five decades.
For five decades Ottawa’s Snow Goose has been the spot in the capital to find genuine Aboriginal art and crafts. The store along the Sparks Street Mall in downtown Ottawa includes Inuit sculptures, woodcarvings from Canada’s west coast, and crafts such as moccasins, Iroquois masks, totems, dreamcatchers, and quillwork. Everything you find here is authentic and truly Canadian. And Snow Goose’s staff is knowledgeable on all aspects of their products and the cultures from which they come. A great spot to find a gift for yourself, or for friends and family when in Ottawa!
• 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213, www.snowgoose.ca
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Ottawa Shopping: Joe Fresh opens its first standalone
Canadian designer Joe Mimran brings his popular Joe Fresh store to Ottawa. While Mimran’s fashionable line — which has turned into a massive success — has been available in the city for some time, this is Joe Fresh’s first stand-alone store in Ottawa. The clean, modern space, which recently opened in the St. Laurent Centre, covers an impressive 971,000 square feet that is filled with apparel for the whole family, plus beauty products and accessories.
• St. Laurent Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Unit 209, 613-745-6858. www.joefresh.ca
Visit our sister publication Ottawa Magazine to read a Q&A with Joe Mimran talking about Joe Fresh’s new Ottawa store.
Ottawa Shopping: Workshop Studio & Boutique offers innovative pieces made by Ottawa designers
Shopping for something special in Ottawa? Well, visit Ottawa’s Workshop Studio & Boutique for that exclusive piece you’ve been searching for. Started by two independent Ottawa designers, the store focuses on work from local women, as well as other collections from across the country. The studio is filled with unique handbags, accessories, clothing, home accessories and giftware that you’ll likely see nowhere else. The shop also offers a variety of classes for aspiring designers and crafters.
242 ½ Dalhousie St., 613-789-5534, www.workshopboutique.ca
The Ecobar, at Terra20, allows you to fill and refill reusable containers with green cleaning products mixed on site.
Green reigns supreme at Terra20. The 15,000 square-foot store, which opened this past September, is a one-stop-shop for everything eco-friendly: sustainable fashion, cleaning products, toys for kids, beauty loot, and lots more. The selection is huge — over 12,000 products — but staff are knowledgeable and more than happy to help you navigate the store. We love the soaps from Purple Urchin: the Ottawa-based company makes bath and body products that smell good enough to eat, and are pure enough that you could (though for obvious reasons, we don’t recommend it). Another big draw is the store’s Ecobar. The largest of its kind in North America, the bar allows customers to fill and refill reusable containers with a range of green house cleaning products that are mixed onsite.
2685 Iris St., 1-855-837-7220, www.terra20.com.
Best Vintage and Consignment Stores in Ottawa (Photo: miltedflower)
Unique clothing and accessories are never far out of reach in Ottawa. Consignment stores and vintage boutiques abound, each offering their own take on classic and modern looks. Our helpful guide below will get you to all the best finds in the city, and even instruct you on how to put your pre-owned items up for sale in an Ottawa consignment store.
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BCBG Max Azria’s fall collection is the perfect fit for the season
One of this season’s greatest sartorial pleasures is trading flip-flops and short shorts for more sophisticated clothing in rich, harvest-inspired hues and lush fabrics. BCBG Max Azria’s fall 2012 runway collection features these luxuries in spades — camel, burgundy, chartreuse, and black are presented in bold, geometric patterns on flowy, 70s-inspired dresses and pants. Topped with a trench or a leather bomber (or fur, which was everywhere at BCBG’s runway show), the look (at right, $562) will take you through the cooler weather in style.
Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-288-2874, www.rideaucentre.com.
The Get Up Stand Up system embodies Bob Marley’s vision of authenticity, charity and sustainability
Inspired by Bob Marley, The House of Marley makes audio products that embody the reggae legend’s vision of equality, unity, authenticity, charity and sustainability (and look good doing it). The Get Up Stand Up Home Audio System ($349) is made of walnut and birch, and the enclosure, dock and trim rings are made from recycled plastic. Of course, the tabletop speaker dock gives great natural sound too, providing the listener with crisp detail and powerful bass.
Available at all Future Shop locations, including 1695 Merivale Rd., 613-688-1045.