Fair Trade with Far and Wide Collective

The retail industry has seen many prominent brands promote “fair trade” goods. In recent years, popular clothing and accessory companies have begun marketing their own brands under a variation of the “fair trade” banner. These companies will claim that the items were manufactured in safe working conditions, and are subject to equitable profit sharing between […]

Holt Renfrew Ottawa and Quebec City Closing

…and honestly, I’m not surprised.  At least not with the Ottawa closing (I have never been to the Quebec City store and am unfamiliar with the city, so I can’t really comment on population and demographics).  I have only been in the store once, and was very disappointed when I visited.  Not only was it […]

Supporting Wellspring Cancer Foundation with Fashion

Wellspring, an organization dedicated to helping families and individuals cope with a cancer diagnosis through support and education held its annual Well Dressed for Spring fashion event at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street on Monday, January 24.  The event, which was held in collaboration with Holts and Women in Capital Markets featured models who were all […]

Shopping, Availability and Living in Canada

I constantly read in retail-related blogs about the “lack of availability” in Canada when it comes to shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories.  And honestly, I can’t say I understand what they’re talking about.  Sure, there are stores that aren’t widely available in Canada, but that’s changing.  J.Crew and LOFT, for example, have been opening […]

Kiehl’s BB Cream: High SPF but Late to the Game

It looks like Kiehl’s has finally joined in to last year’s beauty crazy, BB Cream ($36 CDN).  Launched earlier this year, the product boasts a high SPF at 50, higher than most brands, which are typically 25 to 30, has Vitamin C and is available in four shades, according to the US website: fair, fair/light, […]

Favourite Yorkville Area Quick Bite Lunch Spots

Looking for a place to grab a quick lunch while shopping in the Yorkville area?  Here are some of favourite spots… Holts Gourmet: Not only are there cold sandwiches, but soup as well as a wide range of pre-packaged salads and behind-the-counter options that one can pick from.  On any given day, there are two […]

Holt Renfrew Bloor Street Introduces the H Project

Holt Renfrew’s Director of Brand Strategy, Alexandra Weston, made a personal appearance at the Bloor Street flagship Wednesday afternoon to formally introduce the H Project.  This unique “shop within a shop” highlights “culture, craft and artisans from around the world” and features watches, bags, tech accessories as well as items such as notebooks and t-shirts.  […]

Beauty, Shopping and Into the Gloss at Holt Renfrew’s ‘Powder Puff’

The beauty event, Powder Puff, was held at Holt Renfrew’s Bloor Street store in Toronto Tuesday evening.  Featuring special guest, Emily Weiss from Into the Gloss, the online beauty publication, who had a brief interview with Lisa Tant (VP, Fashion Editor at Holt Renfrew), the event was very much make-up and beauty centric.  Make-overs, manicures […]

Highlights from World MasterCard Fashion Week: Day 1

Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week opened last night with its usual Holt Renfrew show.  However, rather than featuring Canadian designers’ Spring/Summer 2013 collections who aren’t having their own shows at World MasterCard FashionWeek, the entire show featured pieces by various national and international designers that are available at Holts right now.  Kind of strange, in […]

Shop ‘Til You Drop Hits Toronto

Last night, LouLou Magazine’s annual event, Shop ‘Til You Drop hit the Toronto streets.  Participating stores included Banana Republic, Holt Renfrew, BCBG and the Gap.  Ann Taylor, which opened its first Canadian store at the Eaton Centre last week, featured a “style squad,” who wandered around  Bloor Street handing out postcards inviting participants to the […]





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