City Notebook – What’s New This Season

The season’s hot newsworthy events, couture, restaurants and designs that must be experienced.

Yorkdale Prom
This is the time of year to get prom and party ready. In its fifth iteration, CONCEPT at Yorkdale will inspire shoppers getting ready for prom, a wedding or any special event. CONCEPT is an evolving space devoted to new thinking, designed as a showcase of new tastes, trends and technology. Yorkdale style experts will gather the latest trends in fashion and accessories, and guide shoppers to the stores that best suit what they are searching for in their look. Shoppers can also sign up for a private or semi-private one-hour shopping session with a Yorkdale style expert.

Towers of Love
Blending emotional connection with an unconventional architectural design, Toronto-based architect Alva Roy brings forth his Towers of Love. By taking the notion of love and shooting it toward the sky, his design allows onlookers to consider its mystery as they walk through its hallways and corridors, fully immersed in the recesses of its heart. “Love is when two entities join to become one,” says Roy. “So I went to meticulous care to make sure that this design would be emblematic of this inextricable bond that is the very essence of love.”

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For the second time in a row, Boa-Franc has received a Grand Prix award, in the small-to medium-sized independent manufacturing company category. The award recognizes organizational excellence and outstanding results, but Boa-Franc was further singled out by the jury for the quality of its strategic planning process and its attentiveness to both customers and markets. “It’s proof positive that teamwork, continuous improvement and making everyone accountable for quality really do pay off,” says Jacques Beaudoin, Boa-Franc executive vice president and CEO.

TAIKAN Everything, Native Shoes and Stance socks
Spring has officially arrived. Warm weather will be here soon, and that means it’s time to ditch your boots for sneakers and dark colour palettes for pastels and prints. With a hands-free fanny pack ideal for festivals, skateboarding or simply accessorizing your look, TAIKAN offers a refreshing take on a classic silhouette for spring. Native Shoes’ unique footwear line will embrace spring with bold sneakers inspired by Japanese Mochi, flats that can be worn from the office to the beach and pastel pink kicks. Stance socks have everything from super invisibles that keep your feet cool in warm weather, to floral fashion socks that pair well with heels.

Call It Spring
Call It Spring has united with social enterprise ME to WE to launch a limited-edition line of socially conscious accessories that gives back to three key impact pillars in developing communities in Kenya: education, clean water and opportunity. Designed by actress Bailee Madison and triple threat/Dancing with the Stars winner Jordan Fisher, the Call It Spring + ME to WE capsule collection was handcrafted by Maasai Mamas in a WE-supported community in Kenya, using traditional techniques passed down through generations. All of the net proceeds from the sale of each accessory go back to WE Charity.

Dwell on Design
Dwell on Design, a dynamic four-day design conference, will welcome Jonathan Adler, Seph Lawless and Paula Wallace, three of the most prolific names in design, as featured speakers for 2018. Adler will be discussing his charitable work with Project Red and current influences in his new product lines, as well as upcoming design collaborations, including Uniqlo and Clinique. Best known for his extensive documentation of deserted locations across the globe, Lawless will discuss the origins of his career in photojournalism and touch upon the changing economies, consumerism and technologies of the locales he documents. Wallace is the president and founder of the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private, non-profit, accredited university with a mission to prepare students for creative careers.

Hazelton Wood Designs
For your next renovation project, you expect the highest in quality and nothing less will do. Hazelton Wood Designs will work with you to create customized solid wood doors, trim, mouldings and decorative hardware. Its designs feature a beautiful balance of solid wood, architectural detailing and the finest accessories. The talented team will bring your design inspirations to life, handcrafted to meet your detailed specifications.

Mia Città
Discover the brand Mia Città, a trendsetting online clothing store offering first-rate goods and exceptional customer service to shoppers in the comfort of their own homes. An Italian/Toronto line with a passion for its city and heritage, this successful business is made up of innovators and forward-thinkers. With everything from stylish sweaters to trendy tees, this brand is not only about the passion and heart for Italian culture, but also about what it takes to accomplish something driven by a force that makes owning a clothing company worth the work.

Kona Grill Vaughan
If you’re looking for a great new place to dine, Kona Grill Vaughan offers global food, friendly people and unique cultures — all in one place. Its menu features contemporary American favourites, award-winning sushi and specialty cocktails all made from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients. Whether it’s dinner with the girls or hanging out at happy hour, you’re sure to enjoy refreshing cocktails and your favourite Kona Grill bites. With servers and chefs trained to accommodate your dining desires, the staff at Kona Grill hope you’ll join them soon for an exclusive culinary experience.

Topshop Splash!
Topshop Splash! has been recognized at the Frame Awards as Window Display of the Year. YourStudio created the multi-sensory and interactive installation to launch Topshop’s summer swimwear line. The project took customers on a waterslide ride through virtual reality. Flowing water, squawking seagulls and sunscreen scents brought each customer’s senses to life for an original digital experience.

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