If you hadn’t heard of one of the latest and greatest online e-commerce websites, Alibaba.com, well we've got what you need to know about why it’s so…interesting. Somewhat similar to eBay, Alibaba.com offers a platform for brands & vendors to sell pretty much anything they want, to anyone in the world.
A couple of weeks ago, we reported that the Canadian women's retailer, Jacob, had filed for bankruptcy. The Montreal-based retailer had been under creditor protection since 2010 and had underwent operational restructuring, but was unable to secure new financiers or to make the business profitable since then...
As Canadians, it's essentially in our blood to love Tim Hortons. There's one on almost every corner - making it our go-to for quick meals, coffee, and treats, but what happens when the 50-year-old Canadian restaurant we love and adore gets a major upgrade?
I have very high ceilings at home and have been wanting to welcome my guests by my front entrance with a big piece of art for quite some time. However, finding a frame or a canvas about 6 ft tall can be quite challenging. Therefore, I decided to create a DIY built-in chalkboard for some doodling by painting directly on the wall and adding some simple trim border as the frame.
Back to school shopping may be fun, but it's rarely inexpensive - especially if you're shopping for more than one! The season pulls in around $72 billion a year and is typically the busiest time of year for most retailers.
Good news future brides, everyone's favourite wedding dress reality show is coming to Canada! The popular TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress is heading to Canada is set to launch in 2015 on the W Network...
Have you felt the urge to go workout this summer, but still trying to figure out what fits you best? Well do I ever have some awesome news for you! Allow us to introduce you to Tryfit Pass, one of the best membership programs 2014 has to offer for Torontonians. And yes, you may be wondering what exactly the Tryfit Pass is, right?
Incase you haven't heard, this weekend we'll be hosting the Tommy Bahama Warehouse Sale at the Leaside Gardens Arena in Toronto. We have hundreds of different styles in stock for men, women, and boys...
In present day, some women have become obsessed with being thin, almost as if it’s a goal to be even smaller than what is recognized as the norm. With the introduction of the new triple zero size from brands like J. Crew, it’s no wonder that women are becoming so obsessed with fitting into ridiculously tiny sizes like these.
If you haven't heard of the indie-pop New York-based band Bleachers, you may recognize lead singer Jack Anotoff as the second half of the band fun. or as the second half (boyfriend) to miss Lena Dunham (Girls)...
Toronto will soon join the likes of London, Los Angeles, Florence, Milan, Paris, Singapore, and Vancouver, becoming the eighth international city to host a men's fashion week. Dubbed TOM*, the event - to take place August 11-15, 2014 - hopes to establish itself as the the axis for North American menswear design in the same way that London and Milan have become hubs in Europe.
There ain't no party like a girls night out, and what better way to spend it than with free makeovers and summer steals?! This week on Thursday, July 17th 2014, The Body Shop will be hosting a Girls Night Out event in all of their stores across Canada. It'll be a great time to stock up on your favourite Body Shop beauty supplies for cheap PLUS try new products & get free samples!
Over this past weekend, the StyleDemocracy team had the opportunity to check out Ottawa's annual outdoor music festival, RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest. It was an amazing weekend It was an amazing weekend and the weather could not have been better to enjoy acts by Bob Saget, Deltron 3030, Childish Gambino, and Snoop Dogg.
Let us introduce you to Athletes Collective (AC) - A Toronto based clothing brand that focuses on making the highest quality athletic apparel for the every day athlete. Founded by Adam Mintz and Charlie Friedmann, AC might just be the next big thing in athletic wear.
Giorgio Armani's first Canadian outlet opens late next month at theToronto Premium Outlets. Armani is currently recruiting management....
This weekend, I'll be heading to Ottawa to cover the RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest! It will be my first music festival of the summer and I am so excited to soak up the sun with my friends at Lebreton Flats. This year, the festival began on July 3 and it runs until to July 13, 2014 - 10 music packed days of excitement!
This is huge news for shoe lovers in the GTA! A few months ago, you may remember us announcing that the American shoe retailer, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse had purchased a portion of Town Shoes Limited as part of their strategy into the Canadian market. After months of anticipation, the first two Canadian locations of the popular discount designer shoe retailer have been revealed.
Tommy Bahama is known for their luxurious, laid-back island style of clothing, so our Tommy Bahama Warehouse Sale will be the perfect event to stock up on patterned button-ups for backyard BBQs, vacations, the office, or just lounging at home in style!
Has our love for sneakers spiralled this out of control? Check this new video from fouseyTUBE, which finds the internet personality posing as a homeless person and strategically placing a pair of Red October Air Yeezy 2's
The first peek we have for you is a selection of Tommy Bahama summer dresses for women that are perfect for your next vacation, the office, or for lounging around in the heat. Get full details about the Tommy Bahama Warehouse Sale.
In an effort to become even more exclusive, Holt Renfrew will create luxury shopping 'apartments' in its Canadian stores. Referred to simply as The Apartment, the spaces will be accessible only to a handful of Holt's top customers
These collaborations get so much hype! After we announced that superstar designer Alexander Wang was collaborating with H&M, we now have access to photos giving us an idea of what to expect.
Mississauga's Square One Shopping Centre will become North America's only mall to feature both a luxury anchor and a Walmart store.
This week our resident street style photographer captured women in Toronto who are keeping cool this summer wearing all white. See more Toronto Street Style by the Korean Barber...
If you're not already soaking up the sun in your itsy-bitsy bikini, go and grab it because today is International Bikini Day!! Why celebrate you ask? Well because by celebrating the bikini, we're also, in part, celebrating the sexual freedom of women!
America the beautiful is celebrating her birthday on July 4th! It’s the perfect time to make mention of the fantastic items that are made in the U.S.A, like Hanky Panky panties which have proudly been made in the U.S.A since 1977.
The world of luxury goods and designer handbags specifically, are a large part of the vast fashion industry. The urge to own a designer bag, whether priced from $300 to $3,000 is at heart for most women (and men) around...
Now that summer is here, we wanted to find some killer shoes that would be perfect for cottaging. Luckily for us, our friends at Timberland dropped us a line and suggested two shoes that would suit all of our cottaging needs.
If you've checked out SD lately, you know we've been following the Dov Charney vs. American Apparel situation very closely. If you haven't heard, tensions between AA and their founder Dov Charney reached a boiling point a couple weeks ago which resulted in the brand firing their scandalous creator.
Nordstrom representatives won't yet reveal what restaurants the retailer will operate in its Canadian stores.
As many of you may know, Lululemon’s business model doesn’t look as good as it once did and is on the slow road of decline. Although their brand is amongst the top leaders in the activewear industry with millions of customers, there are many alternative brands like Lululemon (and even better!) that create high quality & flattering workout wear...
This Canada Day, we want you to wear Toronto with pride on your chest! We've teamed up with the Canadian brand SEVENTHIRTYONE to give away one unisex "Toronto Love" shirt (valued at $155) from their new Project Artist Collaboration (PAC). "Toronto Love" is the debut piece from PAC and was hand drawn by Toronto local, Taylor Pietrobon.
For those of you who were disappointed about the news of Juicy Couture closing that we reported on earlier this week, we've got a great announcement! New Juicy Couture stores will open in Canada in 2015, after the recent closure of all of the brand's stores.
The StyleDemocracy team recently had the awesome opportunity to taste some of Yogurty's new cocktail-inspired froyo flavours! Yogurty's hosted their first #FroyoBeachParty where we got into the beach mood & enjoyed these delicious new flavours.
If you work retail, we understand your pain!
Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) CEO Richard Baker indicates that he may sell some the company's best stores. HBC owns several massive Canadian flagships, with a combined worth into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Recently it has come to light that struggling yoga pants maker Lululemon Athletica Inc. may have some serious buy-out interest due to a 16% drop in forecasted earnings.
Last month, we reported that parent company Kate Spade Inc. announced the closure of all Juicy Couture storefronts in Canada. This decision came shortly after the sale of the velour-loving label’s license to mega American retailer Kohl’s...
Welcome to our very first STYLEPROFILE post. In the upcoming weeks TEAM SD will be talking to inspiring industry leaders who have great style. Get to know the people in our Industry that are making a difference.
On Sunday, Buzzfeed obtained the original termination letter that Charney received from the board. The four-page long letter details why the infamous founder was let go. Not so surprisingly, one of the reasons include sexually harassing employees. Other reasons include refusing to "participate in mandatory sexual harassment training...
Canadian luxury retailers are targeting Chinese shoppers like never before. It should come as no surprise, given the tremendous spending power of Chinese tourists.
Passion is a powerful thing. It’s an emotion that fuels our desire to make our wildest dreams become a reality. For Sage Wosminity, passion was something she discovered at a very young age. Alongside her grandmother, Wosminity learned how to draw sketches and operate a sewing machine.
To celebrate our love for the game and FIFA World Cup 2014 we're giving our readers a chance to go see the TORONTO FC Live on either September 21st , September 27th, or October 1st!
Everyone is Toronto is taking advantage of the heat and lots of people are spending their time enjoying one of Toronto's most beloved parks - Trinity Bellwoods. Our resident street style photographer The Korean Barber hit the park to grab Toronto's best style. Take a peak at the snaps below - did he snap you or someone you know?
After one too many scandals and headlines, it looks as if American Apparel has finally decided to let go of their founder and CEO. On Wednesday June 18, 2014, The board of American Apparel voted to remove the infamous Dov Charney as chairman and notified him of their intent to remove him as president and chief executive.
Tucked away in a basement located in Kensington Market, lies a shoe cobbler like no other. Sole Survivor is an open concept shoe repair shop headed by one of the only female cobblers in Canada, Lorena Agolli. With so few women in the cobbling industry, it's refreshing to hear why Agolli decided to get into the male dominated old-school trade of shoe repair.
Whoa! We're pretty impressed with Target Canada's devotion to keeping Canadian customers engaged. If you've been keeping up with retail news, you'll know that Canadians have not been impressed with the American retailer's launch into Canada...
The warm weather looks like it is finally here to stay and with the the summer season officially just a few days away, the time for sunning and swimming has arrived. A new summer season means new swimwear... But how can you sport the latest bikini style trends for less?
Nordstrom's Canadian stores will look somewhat different than most of its American locations. The company will adopt a more contemporary look for its store interiors, with windows providing natural light, while most American Nordstrom stores feature a conservative cream-colour aesthetic, void of sunlight.
The Much Music Video Awards is without a doubt one of the biggest music events in Toronto. While the award show mostly focuses on the talents of Canadian musicians, this year the hosts were two celebrities that are neither Canadian or musicians, but still exciting nonetheless!
Earlier today we had the pleasure of previewing the Standard Apparel Flash sale before it opened to the public! With each Standard Apparel sale that comes we are nothing less than impressed with the product and the prices - this sale was no different.
In an apparent aim to capture some of the luxury sportswear marketshare, Lululemon has tapped photographer Fahim Kassam to create a high-fashion-esque editorial for the brand's men's division. Shot in beautiful British Columbia, the photos capture Lulu's new gear in their natural element. Let us know what you think of their new direction.
I find dressing for Toronto weather always a little a bit difficult. Take today for example, this morning it was 13 degrees, in the afternoon it reached 26, and by night they are predicting rain.
As Father's Day draws nearer and nearer, Yorkdale Shopping Centre recently surveyed 14,000 of its shoppers to find out what guys really think about shopping, and what ladies really think about their guy’s style.
I love wearing a basic, neutral sandal during the warmer weather. When it comes to running around the city, a flat, comfy pair of sandals is a girl’s best friend. However, adding a bit of glam to a basic leather sandal can go a long way in terms of dressing up a casual outfit.
Canada's first H&M Home collection shop opens on Thursday at the H&M flagship at West Edmonton Mall. This shop-in-store prototype, whose purpose is to test the Canadian market, will eventually be rolled-out in selected H&M stores nation-wide. Prices are reasonable, and the colourful collection focusses on home furnishings.
Always pushing boundaries, NIKE is bringing it's latest innovative technology to the feet of athletic enthusiasts everywhere. Meet the Free Mercurial Superfly HTM. The design elements come straight from Nike' Mercurial Superfly- a soccer boot that will be on full display at 2014's FIFA World Cup.
Some of us just don’t feel the urge to wear skirts and dresses on summer days. I like to transition my winter look into summer by lightening up on fabrics and colours. Instead of my typical black attire, I pair Paige denim with an oversized white linen dress shirt. No its not my boyfriend’s, but I sure do love oversized boyfriend shirts as well...
We've got details of Nordstrom's first Canadian store, which could be a good indication of what will be coming to Toronto. The details we have include what departments and services will be included in its Chinook Centre location. Nordstrom's most expensive designer departments will be featured for womenswear, menswear, footwear and accessories, with prices into the thousands of dollars.
MØ is an electro-pop singer/songwriter from Denmark with a wicked style. The interview took place at Analogue Gallery, Canada's premier Rock & Roll gallery. At the time, Analogue had a Punk vs. Rap exhibit on, which was the perfect setting given MØ's prior punk days and rap inspiration.
Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo is working with a broker to open Canadian stores. Uniqlo's choice of American locations can be considered an...
Oliver is StyleDemocracy’s Event Director. Check out what he wore in the office today below: Shirt: Fred Perry (similar […]
If you're as beauty bewildered as I am, BB stands for beauty balms or blemish balms. BB creams are meant to provide all the after-facewash skincare you need in a single tube! I decided to turn to The Body Shop after hearing about their ever popular All-in-One BB Cream ($20). Apparently it's so good that one tube is sold every 27 seconds!
Last week, we had the opportunity to sit down with Andrew Moore, the creative brains behind Felony Case. Check out the video above to see how Andrew got his start, and enjoy the photo selection of his new products below.
The weather is finally warm which means that it's finally appropriate to express my love for sheer tees and midi skirts without freezing my butt off! For my outfit of the day, I decided to give my skin tight American Apparel houndstooth pencil skirt a whirl.
Our friends at French Connection are having a Canada-wide sale in stores and online. The sale features men and women's clothing and accessories for up to 50% off! The sale is on until August, but quantities are limited - if you see something you like, snatch it up! New products are also added periodically, so keep checking back!
About 80% of Hudson's Bay's flagship in-store merchandise will be available on its website by the end of this year, according to company president Liz Rodbell. Even more impressively, its website will offer a wider variety of sizes and colours than those available in-store.
Our resident street style photographer, the Korean Barber, hit the streets of Toronto last week to snap some photos of women's street style - there were lots of bare legs and patterns. We can't wait to see more Toronto street style next week!
It's been a few weeks since our last contest and we wanted to give our SD Insiders something to get excited about! We've teamed up with Sony Music Canada to give away not one, but FOUR amazing prize packs from the Swedish outdoor equipment brand and street style favourite, Fjallraven and the Swedish folk duo, First Aid Kit!
With summer finally here, it's time to wear lightweight versatile clothing. I like to keep my clothing selections pretty simple. In the summer I almost never wear shorts, so you can often find me in chinos or cargo pants paired of course with a lightweight sneaker. This year I'll probably be wearing Jogger pants exclusively
Father's day is only a couple weeks away and if you're scrambling to find the perfect gift, then you've come to the right place! We've come up with a gift guide to suit all kinds of different dads.
Top creatives Sean Brown and Sid Singh from Needs&Wants have finally given us an editorialized look at their newest project: Fishtail Flannel shirts.
A few weeks ago I attended a shopping event hosted by one of StyleDemocracy's contributors, My Little Secrets. The event was for the Toronto jewelry line, Shop for Jayu - a cute line full of trendy and affordable jewelry.
Canada's largest open-air outlet mall opens today in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The Outlet Collection at Niagara boasts 102 stores spanning a total of 520,000 square feet, including several retailers new to Canada.
The weather is finally getting better and people are taking full advantage of the blue sunny skies in Toronto hotspots like Kensington Market. Last week our resident street style photographer, The Korean Barber, hit the market...
It's no secret that Target has been struggling with their expansion with Canada. Just a couple of months ago, we reported that despite fact that Target was number 2 on Interbrand's Top Retail Brands of 2014 list, the American based retail giant had lost almost 1 billion dollars on their move to Canada.
Vitaly was given its first breath of life in Central Bali, Indonesia. Legend has it that founder Shane Vitaly Foran, a Toronto, Canada native, had decided to put his corporate job on hold in order to combat a growing sense of apathy and burn-out.
Alright, I am going to apologize in advance for any spelling mistakes that may arise during this post, with good (enough) reason - that reason being too excited for words about this newly announced collaboration between Vault by Vans and one of my all-time favorite franchise Star Wars!
Located in the heart of Summerhill you’ll find two adorable girls, in one amazing space. Meira and Tamara Elituv are the sisters and owners of Cloakroom, a women’s clothing store that specializes in stocking the best brands from California and Australia.
Spring has finally sprung and we're finally able to shed our layers and let our style loose! Check out the spring street style snaps below - did the Korean Barber catch you?
A couple weeks ago, the StyleDemocracy team had the chance to chat with one of the most inspiring & creative women in the retail industry, Brika co-founder, Jen Lee Koss.
With just a month away, it's almost Mother's Day and instead of scrambling last minute to find the perfect gift, take your time and get her something she will really love! Right now, there's one online store that we're really loving - Uncommon Goods...
Fresh off the launch of Park & Province - Canada’s newest online boutique for men - and rapidly gaining community level and national recognition...
Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo is in advanced negotiations to open a 35,000 square foot store at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre, according to the Financial Post. Uniqlo is also negotiating to open other Canadian stores, the first of which could open as early as 2016.
Amber Stafford and Kristina Smith are the two ladies holding down the fort at Ossington's newest boutique, Victoire. Though it's fresh to Toronto, it's been an Ottawa favourite since 2006 and was recently named one of the top 6 boutiques to visit in Canada by Elle magazine.
Designer Matteo Sgaramella showed for the first time at fashion week to a packed house. The energy in the show was absolutely electric, you would never know that the Fashion Week rookie has never been here before.
If you’ve already heard about the FATHERDUCK brand, turn around and carry on. There won’t be much I could say to you that you wouldn’t already know and love about them.
The arrival of Clearly Contacts' brick-and-mortar locations squashes all your worries and fuses the online experience of shopping with Clearly Contacts with a full service eye-care facility...
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