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We’re pretty excited about this!

Etsy presents their first-ever Etsy: Made in Canada Flagship Marketplace at the MaRS Discovery District, located at 100 College St. For one day only on Saturday, September 27, from 10 am – 4 pm, you’ll be able to shop over 120 local Etsy sellers showcasing handmade and vintage goods. See the official marketplace lookbook HERE.

For more info, check out the event page HERE.

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As an official OBEY Ambassador for Canada, I’d like to share a glimpse at the new men’s & women’s OBEY Fall 2014 Lookbook. As we all know, summer here in Toronto is over, actually it was never really here in the first place. With that being said, it’s all about layering for Fall, and OBEY has a ton of options for both men and women. Check out some of the looks below or visit obeyclothing.ca

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PS: Save These Dates – October 1st & 2nd (more info coming soon…)

Previously: OBEY Hats For A Year (Contest)

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Chinedesign Presents Supafrik Toronto

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Supafrik is a traveling pop-up concept that was created by Chinedu Ukabam, the creative director of Toronto fashion label Chinedesign. Part exhibit and part retail, Supafrik showcases the work of artists, designers, photographers and entrepreneurs that are inspired by Africa or working within the burgeoning “Afropolitan” movement. Curated around the theme of “Contemporary Africana”, Supafrik features artwork and other creations that re-contextualise and re-imagine traditional African aesthetics and tradition within a modern framework.

SUPAFRIK returns to its Toronto roots after well received installations in Washington DC, London and Paris. The pop up shop takes place on Sunday September, 21st from 1-7pm at the TAC Art/Work Gallery located at 568 Richmond St W.

The pop up shop will feature a collaborative one-off capsule collection from Chinedesign and Parisian conceptual artist MyriaMMaxo. Chinedesign’s #TheBravingRitual collection, the label’s first foray into eclectic winterwear combining tartans and indigo-dyed mud cloth will also be exclusively available for made-to-measure custom orders.

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For more info: chinedesign.com

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The Return Of “Too Black Guys”

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Too Black Guys is a brand that was founded in Toronto, in 1990, by designer Adrian X. The brand started from humble beginnings, with simple black graphic tees representing the black experience. The name was derived from Malcolm X’s “Message to the Grass Roots” speech, which went hand in hand with the “do for self” sentiment of early 90’s hip hop. The brand gained notoriety immediately following an appearance in the video for the now famous hit song “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige. Look closely and you’ll see Mary rockin’ an official “Too Black Guys” baseball jersey representing Toronto!

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Too Black Guys eventually opened a small store in Toronto before eventually opening a store in NYC’s lower east side. Over the years, the brand has seen success with collaborations with the likes of Mos Def, as well as continued support within the hip hop community. Nearly 25 years later, Too Black Guys remains a powerful brand with a powerful message. Their latest collection, entitled “Runaway” aims to speak about the black experience once again, but with updated styles, fabrics, and more.

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For more info check out their new website: tooblackguys.co

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Previously featured on 1LOVETO.com as a “Walk-In-Closeter” — Daniel Eckler, is formally known as the founder of MIJLO — creator of simplistic solutions for small spaces. Mainly catering to home décor, supplies, fixtures and knick-knacks, MIJLO originally arose from a desire to build an essential collection of well-designed goods in which he launched: A Better Backpack collection via Kickstarter that’s made to last a lifetime. After a successful campaign that attracted nearly 2,000 backers, the MIJLO team decided to apply their core design values to another product: The Everyday Watch. After reaching their goal with just two days after launching their Kickstarter campaign, Eckler expressed, “When MIJLO designed The Everyday Watch, we did so with a clear purpose: To create an affordable watch with a quality design and a commitment to durability.” Here you have it, with just a week left on Kickstarter, Eckler and his creative team bring you a 10-in-1 timepiece collection with two faces and five diverse bands that are fit for every occasion. We chatted with MIJLO’s Daniel Eckler to get the ins and outs of his latest collection and a sneak peek at his upcoming projects scheduled to drop early 2015.

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Since MIJLO specializes in small space solutions, how did you find it fitting to create The Everyday Watch? How does it play with your motto?

MIJLO’s goal is to help people in small spaces live simple and live well, with a collection of well-designed, quality goods. I believe deeply that living a simple life, in a simple home, with simple things, can dramatically increase people’s quality of life. A lot of people don’t agree with that, so it’s our job to show them why we think that way, and encourage them to give it a try.

A lot of people might even agree philosophically, but in practice it’s much more difficult. Downgrading your home from 2000 sq. feet to 1000, or 1000 to a micro-apartment is a big step for a lot of people. We’re encouraging people to start small. Start with your closet. Start with committing to a collection of essential pieces in your wardrobe, and see how that feels. And if it feels good, keep taking bigger steps. After an essentials closet, try an essentials bedroom, and then an essentials home.

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I understand that MIJLO’s goal is to help live a simple and well lifestyle with a collection of well-designed, quality goods. How did the 10-in-1 Timepiece Watch idea come about?

Watches are the staple accessory for men, but most watches don’t suit every occasion, requiring men to buy several. We wanted to solve this problem, so we created a watch that a man can wear anywhere, anytime, by simply switching the watch-band, without the use of a tool.

Congratulations on reaching your goal with The Everyday Watch just two days after launching your Kickstarter campaign! Can you elaborate on your experience with Kickstarter? Why/how did you find it to be the best fitting outlet to showcase your new product?

One of MIJLOs core beliefs is accessibility – we want to ensure any product we develop is affordable enough that as many people as possible have access to it. Cutting costs means cutting out the middle-man; MIJLO products are not distributed at retail – we only sell them direct to consumer. Working with Kickstarter allowed us to tap into a great community of like-minded men who have a history of backing innovative products.

Where do you see The Everyday Watch going? What’s your end goal for your new product?

The Everyday Watch is a package of 2 faces and 5 bands that culminate in a 10-in-1 watch. Adding a face makes it a 15-in-1, adding 5 bands makes it a 20-in-1, adding both makes it a 30-in-1. It adds up very quickly. We envision The Everyday Watch growing as a tightly curated assortment of faces and bands that all look beautiful together.

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What makes The Everyday Watch different or more appealing than other watches out in the market today? How does it stand out amongst the rest?

The Everyday Watch is the only 10-in-1 watch on the market. Other watches market easy change options, but they are usually cheap looking rubber, or slip-thru bands that do not come as a package. The Everyday Watch is a simple, sophisticated watch that includes high quality leather and mesh metal straps that all are interchangeable without any tools.

Who is your target market audience?

Most of our buyers have been men between 18-35.

What other products are currently in the works? Can you give us a sneak peek on what’s to come for MIJLO?

I can’t say much but we’re working on a wallet for Kickstarter and an app that helps men dress. Both of them will be really interesting and should drop early 2015.

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Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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Canada Goose x Uncle Otis

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As summer comes to an end, the inevitable cold weather starts to roll in and fashion conscious men everywhere are reorganizing their Fall & Winter wardrobe. Canada Goose & Uncle Otis have partnered for their second collaboration, offering only 150 Otis Parka’s this fall. The bespoke quilted charcoal jacket includes a removable charcoal dyed coyote fur hood, custom-designed wood buttons, and matte black zippers, which retails for $1,150 and will be available exclusively at Uncle Otis (26 Bellair St.) in Toronto as well as online at UncleOtis.com

We’d love to hear your feedback? Tweet your comments to @1LOVETO #OtisParka

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Toronto-based company FoundMissing plans on changing the way we discover, share, and purchase men’s footwear brands online. Their mission is to build an online boutique retail experience unlike any other, specifically for men’s footwear in the urban, athletic, casual, and luxury categories. This Thursday August 21st marks their official website and app launch event entitled “Origin”. The event takes place at Hermann & Audrey (1506 Dundas Street West) from 6-11PM, allowing guests to become the first members of FoundMissing, giving them premiere access to the website and ability to download the mobile app.

For more info visit foundmissing.ca

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Umbra Shift Collection

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Umbra Studio, located in Toronto’s downtown core, is considered the city’s lifestyle concept store which caters to collaborative outputs of Umbra’s in-house designers — serving as an outlet towards a creative and diverse group of individuals from all over the world.

For instance, this past week, Umbra opened their concept studio to welcome the new “Umbra Shift” collection — where they experiment with various designers around North America, including three from Toronto and one from Vancouver. Umbra Shift is best described as “an extension of Umbra that focuses on contemporary influences in the design community” and experiments with new materials, techniques, and processes; and serves as a platform for discovering ways of re-thinking practical everyday items.

Umbra Shift revisits the past 30 years of Umbra’s ever-changing designs and revamped it with a fresh, young roster of established, emerging, and in-house designers who share Umbra’s passion to re-think things and design personal objects they themselves would like to gift or use at home.
The result of the Umbra Shift collection expresses diverse points of views through design, yet sits together with a shared belief in ideas that are functional, familiar and forward thinking.

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For instance, UK designer, Philippe Malouin designed the most talked about piece from the Umbra Shift collection — the “Hanger Chair”. The Hanger Chair mimics one of the ultimate storage systems — the modest hanger. When not in use, it hangs and stows in a compact, orderly fashion and easily unfolds when needed. It’s perfect for small spaces and for hosting dinner parties. Genius and practical concept! (Available in: marine, grey, yellow, black and coral.)

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Two collaborative Toronto designers, Jessica Nakanishi and Jonathan Sabine of MSDS Studio — typically engage in the pursuit of emotive concepts, objects and environments. With that being said, they have created the Pleated Dish, Vase and Planter as part of the Umbra Shift collection. The”Pleated series” was made to accompany plants through its different stages of growth. Each piece caters to quality as it is handmade and sports geometric pleats that flawlessly highlights its content. For an added bonus, it’s also low maintenance as each planter includes a self-watering wick. MSDS Studio are also collaborating masterminds behind: Spin Toronto, Shopify and Mjölk.

Other Canadian designers who have joined Umbra Shift are Jano Badovinac of Toronto-based design studio, Fugitive Glue and designer, Lukas Peet of Vancouver. Jano designed practical and cozy Felt House Slippers, while Lukas designed Asymmetrical Candle Holders.

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Two other popular and in-demand pieces from the collection are the Roll Bottle Opener (which sold out in one day), courtesy of Umbra Studio and the Coiled Stool by New York based designer, Harry Allen.

The Roll Bottle Opener is anonymous in function and cast from solid brass; and not only is it stylish and functional — it’s also likely to find itself on the vanity sooner than the kitchen drawer.

The Coiled Stool is another favorite as it’s unique and inspired by the traditional basket-making techniques of the Philippines. Hand-woven threads cover a rattan core to create a surprisingly comfortable tractor seat. The Coiled Stool is the perfect lifestyle and home decor object as it fits easily into casual and formal environments. Available in aqua, red, and grey.

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The Umbra Shift collection is practical, stylish, forward thinking, minimal and simplistic — ideal and suitable for your everyday home lifestyle needs. To view and shop the collection, you may visit the Umbra Studio in Toronto (located on Queen St. West and John St.) or shop online HERE.

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

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This past weekend, one of Toronto’s most anticipated pop-up events entitled; Walk-In Closet, took place in the city’s most eclectic, vibrant and cultured area of Kensington Market called “A HOMERUN” on Augusta Ave. Since Kensington Market is notorious for vintage and thrift fashion, it was only fitting to have the event held in one of the city’s most respected thrift shops.

Organizing the event was Singhnature’s Natasha Singh, whose personal mantra is to recycle, reuse and reinvent. Hence, Walk-In Closet, a one-of-a-kind trunk sale whose target audience is geared towards like-minded fashion conscious Torontonians who have extensive wardrobes they’re looking to purge. Essentially, the goal is to celebrate life and style through clothing and accessories, while finding loving new homes for once-treasured belongings.

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This WIC series edition was dedicated to men whilst featuring three of Toronto’s influential male movers and shakers: Bryan Brock of 1LOVETO, Daniel Eckler of MIJLO, and record producer Jahmal Padmore.

“Walk-In Closet has been highly female focus but I am sure not to forget about the men. This was my second edition of a full on men’s closet,” said Natasha.

Collaborating with three of Toronto’s creative and fashionable men, Natasha said it was only natural to have them share their closets in conjunction to her event:

“Lucky enough they connected with me and I knew they had great gear and lifestyle goods appropriate for WIC. As much as I like to curate and select my “closeters” so often they come to me, and these three gentlemen all came to me around the same time. So I thought, why not do a collaboration of men’s closets which will give the customers variety in style and size.”

Hosting a men’s edition of Walk-In Closet definitely brought on a positive and interesting dynamic and trend to her usual crowd. For instance, featuring three outstanding individuals from Toronto who have a wide range of various styles, it was inevitable to suit the likes of not only men, but also women who appreciate men’s fashion.

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“I was impressed with the men who shopped this WIC versus the women. Especially since I have a larger female following, I really pushed for a his-to-hers concept showing females how to rock some dope men’s wear fashion in my promo. With that being said, knowing my following is female dominated, I was sure to cover my tracks to push this closet for males and females equally.” said Natasha.

Also new to the WIC event was a curated collection of art and lifestyle second hand books; along with lifestyle goods inspired by simple living collections of well-designed, quality goods, specializing in small space solutions.

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With the success and support Walk-in-Closet has had over the past, along with being a lover of connecting and sharing the stories individuals have with their fashion, it’s inevitable for both Natasha and WIC flourish. So when asked what the future holds, she expressed foreseeing it going online sooner than later. “WIC started off as a pet project and has now turned into a unique networking and social shopping experience. It allows for an authentic storytelling from the closeter to the customer, and going online only helps expand that.”

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For those interested in participating in the future of Walk-In Closet, Natasha expresses that it may be difficult as there’s a high demand of requests and a tedious wait list to follow. Torontonians just have so much to give!

“What makes WIC fun for me is scouting out the right closets. I love finding people who have a story to tell and aren’t shy to put their closet and life on blast. I have accumulated a waiting list of interesting individuals who would like to share their story, so the selection process can be difficult.”

Nonetheless, feel free to contact Natasha in regard to participating in one way or another by visiting singhnature.com

Posted by Christina G. Cheng

Previously: Walk-In Closet

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In a city as big as Toronto we sometimes get stuck in our comfort zone and forget to explore what the rest of the city has to offer. A recent study commissioned by American Express, reveals more than half (53%) of Canadians feel stuck in their comfort zone, and almost everyone (98% of respondents) believe exploring our home towns or cities helps us live a more enriched life.

Toronto is filled with so much potential, not only the people, but the places. At 1 LOVE T.O. we constantly get the chance to explore and be #InspiredBy the different places throughout our city.

We’ve selected 5 of our ‘potentials places’ that highlight areas in the city where we get inspired through healthy living, fashion and style, music, reading and food/cooking.

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1. Healthy Living: When it comes to clearing our minds and taking a break from the daily grind, while staying healthy and active, we head over to High Park to hike the trails. You can’t help but be inspired when you’re surrounded by mother nature.

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2. Fashion: If you’re anything like us, we love to people watch! On any given day you can pull up a chair, or find a spot on the giant rock in Yorkville Park and you’ll see all different types of style. Summertime is the best time to get inspired by this place.

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3. Music: There’s something special about watching a concert outdoors! We’ve always been inspired by live music at the Molson Amphitheatre, especially in recent years with the now iconic OVO Fest. Seeing artists from Toronto like Drake, Kardinal and The Weeknd share the same stage as Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, TLC, Stevie Wonder, (the list goes) is nothing but inspirational.

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4. Reading: Believe it or not, we love to read on the Subway and/or Streetcar. Passing the time on your daily commute gets a whole lot better when you’re reading an incredible book.

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5. Food: Shopping for food is almost as much fun as eating! Wandering around St. Lawrence Market has always been something we enjoy. Seeing the different types of food, people and the history of that building is all inspiring to us.

We want you to help us ‘realize the potential’ of Toronto by telling us your favourite places and hidden gems that provide you with inspiration?! Tweet your suggestions to @1LOVETO & @AmexCanada using the hash-tag #InspiredBy or leave a comment below.