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Ste-Catherine St.: more than a shopping artery

This is the second in a series of essays on the history of Montreal fashion. Mandated by the Festival Mode & Design, with support from the city of Montreal, the essays accompany a video series that is in its final stages and seeking a broadcast partner. There are six capsules: today, here is a look [...]

Shopping Toronto: a picture diary. Captivating shoes, department store blur, plus salami

It's a big blur: four days in Toronto shopping from Yorkdale and Yorkville to the Eaton Centre and Ossington St. Saks, The Bay, The Room at The Bay, Nordstrom times two (at Eaton Centre and Yorkdale), Uniqlo, etc. What stood out: mainly the shoes. Darling Miu Miu Maryjanes at Nordstrom, Erdem at The Bay, Dries Van Noten [...]

Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

Surprise, surprise: Canadian fashion retailing is healthy. So says Randy Harris, president of Trendex North America. From Ohio, based in Florida, and specializing in Canadian, Mexican retail and e-commerce apparel markets, Harris shared his Canadian apparel insights at a recent meeting of Vêtement Québec – his 13th time as a guest of the industry association. [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Retail report: we’re shopping, not dropping

Not in the bag

  Those who know me know I have been on a quest for a good everyday bag since, well, almost forever. Here's my last post on the never-ending quest. Yesterday, I almost scored. First, there was a flash sale at The Bay – 60 per cent off selected models. I ordered three, including two saddle [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Not in the bag

Lessons in retail from Bonnie Brooks

Be bold, be brave and harness technology: Those were a few of many messages from Bonnie Brooks, the retail wizard whose latest feat of merchandising/marketing/fashion magic was to turn around the tired old battleship that was Hudson's Bay Company. "We are the real thing,'' she declared to the crowd, recounting the storied history of the company [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Lessons in retail from Bonnie Brooks

A bagful of complaint: where’s my NEW purse?

And now for the complaints department: I have been hunting for a new handbag for years, it seems, and the situation has gone from bad to out of reach. Like thousands of dollars out of reach. On the contemporary level, where bag prices are also rising, almost every maker embosses initials in tacky gold front and centre. If [...]

By | December 4th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A bagful of complaint: where’s my NEW purse?