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Last night we attended the Monogram Dinner by Design event in Toronto, founded by GE Monogram Appliances and Azure Magazine as a way to celebrate design talents and to raise funds for two incredible organizations: Casey House & The Design Exchange. The concept of the event provides a unique dinner and cocktail experience highlighting well-know interior designers, architects, decorators and influential members of the design community. We participated in the ‘Cocktail by Design’ portion of the evening and saw everything from minimalist design, class & sophistication, to some unique and extremely artsy settings. See some of our favourites below.

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Watch a beautiful recap video from last year’s event in Vancouver.

For more info: dinnerxdesign.com

Thanks to the good folks at Kronenbourg 1664 for the invite.

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SPiN Toronto has become the hottest Ping-Pong social club in the city’s eclectic entertainment district on King Street West. Equipped with 12 high-quality Ping-Pong tables, Olympic-quality flooring, custom-designed lighting and two full service bars, it’s inevitably the go-to spot to fulfill a night of fun with a competitive edge. Building a community that consists of sportsmanship; SPiN Toronto has collaborated on four limited edition graphic tees, designed by Toronto-based artisans including: Doublenaut, Good Kids, Brianne Donut, and Fieldguided. Entitled, “White Dove and Paddles,” “SPiN Kombat,” “Funny Paddle Faces,” and “White Paddles,” each design is unique and available in both basic tees and raglans that are suitably themed for the sport at hand. The collection is exclusive as it’s limited to just 45 shirts per style. These shirts make for the ideal gift to represent your respective Ping-Pong teams. They are currently available for purchase at $38 a piece at 461 King St. West, Lower Level.

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For those interested in joining, SPiN Toronto is open seven days a week between the hours of noon to 1AM from Sunday through Wednesday, and between noon to 2AM from Thursday through Saturday. All are welcome and membership packages are also available.

For more information visit: toronto.spingalactic.com

Tell ‘em we sent ya!

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: SPiN Toronto’s Spring Menu

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3•W•Y (When We Were Young) releases their latest winter ’15 lookbook collection entitled, Jameson & Cigarettes, while drawing lifestyle inspirations from their own home city of Toronto. Photographer Barbora Simkova, incorporates the city’s skyline with rustic elements of brick and mortar, which characteristically contrasts well with 3•W•Y’s clean aesthetic.

“Toronto is our home and our goal is to always showcase the city and its aesthetics as true to self.”

Paying homage to the eclectic Toronto Fashion District, the lookbook highlights three of the most popular pieces in the collection: the Ruche Pants, the Vance Bomber Trench, and the Ranger Camo Bomber. Toronto’s rising artist, VITAL, showcases the collection’s use of simplicity, clean lines, and basic must-have winter pieces. Essentially catering to practicality and versatility, the lookbook centres its perfect go-to items that’ll easily take you from morning to evening.

Aside from dropping a fresh collection, 3•W•Y has been working on multiple projects and collaborations including: A sneaker collab. with Filling Pieces— which has been published in Hypebeast’s FW14 lookbook and various other style blogs. In addition, they have expanded their premium stockist accounts with Hypebeast’s online worldwide shop, Contraband in Canada’s Toronto and Vancouver locations, and many more.

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Visit 3-w-y.com and shop their entire collection.

Posted by Christina Cheng

Previously: 3•W•Y – Spring 2014

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Torontonian vintage heads are in for another treat as founders Josh Roter and Chantal Varela of, In Vintage We Trust (IVWT), expands their e-commerce market and opens its first ever retail headquarters store in the city’s ever growing Parkdale area. With their innate ability in retail, wholesale, design and fashion consultation, their passion lies in vintage clothing.

“eBay has been an excellent platform for us to grow our business internationally. However, the majority of our customers are not located in Canada. We knew that we wanted to bring IVWT to the local market and the best place to do that is right here, in the heart of Parkdale,” said co-owner Josh Roter.

Having earned its share of recognition and winning the eBay ‘Service-preneur of the Year’ award, IVWT guarantees to source some of the rarest vintage garments on the face of the earth by bringing the best of workwear, sportswear, military, and popular culture to the Toronto market. Both Josh and Chantal’s approach to vintage is unique as they aim to create a new way to view vintage menswear along with excellent customer service and product knowledge.

“We pride ourselves in being able to provide a back history to all of the items that sit inside our store.”

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Inside the newly opened brick and mortar shop, you will find some of the vintage industry’s most elusive hand-picked garments that you simply can’t (and won’t) find anywhere else.

Despite another vintage shop coveted on the West Queen West strip, In Vintage We Trust believes itself to differ from the typical vintage clothing experience as they have grown from being an online shop (in 2010) to one of the top names for international vintage menswear and collectibles at fair market value.

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Support the ever growing vintage wave and visit their newly opened retail location at 1580 Queen Street West, visit them online invintagewetrust.com, or follow IVWT on Instagram @invtgwetrust.

Posted by Christina Cheng

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Follow Joffrey Lupul on his off days at some of his favourite spots in the city. From his local coffee shop, to his favourite live music venue, to his “boys night out” steak house. Rate his style by Gotstyle and for every vote, Joffrey Lupul and Gotstyle will donate $1.00 to local charity – The Remix Project. Last year the #LupulStyle collaboration raised $25,000 for the True Patriot Love Foundation, this season they’re looking to raise even more for The Remix Project.

VOTE HERE: lupulstyle.com

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To learn more about The Remix Project, please visit: theremixproject.ca

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The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Our programs and services serve youth who are trying to enter into the creative industries or further their formal education; The REMIX Project provides top-notch alternative, creative, educational programs, facilitators and facilities. Our mission is to help refine the raw talents of young people from across the GTA in order to help them find success as participants define it and on their own terms.

The Remix Project is now accepting applications for the following youth programs.

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APPLY NOW (DEADLINE: DEC 27TH, 2014)

For more info: theremixproject.ca

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PEKOTA – Designed & Made In Canada

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We met Marco Pecota, Owner and Creative Director of PEKOTA, a Toronto-based boutique design firm, at the “RISE UP” party by DX and were wowed by his stunning designs throughout the venue; fitting for a party that is dedicated to design excellence! We had to know more so we caught up with Marco to talk art and design.

1. You wear many different hats, from publishing to film; why venture into furniture, how did you start?
I have always loved design. Once I finished designing and rebuilding my home a few years back, I felt a craving for more design. The hobby of building my first chair quickly turned into a small side business and then into a full blown design company.

2. Describe your creative process.
I am inspired by the design of the early 20th century. Not just furniture but also automotive, aviation and architecture. Combining this passion with an industrial edge has led me to design what I like to call “Industrial Elegance.” Everything I design starts with pencil to paper. I sketch out the design which is then converted into technical drawings and finally into 3D renderings. From there it goes to steel fabrication via laser cutting and CNC forming. After that we craft the wood components in house and handle all of the finishing and packaging.

3. Made and designed in Canada; why is this important to you?
Being made in Canada is very important as it allows me to have greater quality control over our products. I am hands on throughout the entire process allowing for quick changes to perfect the piece. This also allows for quick customization for customers. It is also important for me to support our local suppliers because it fosters a manufacturing community.

4. What do you hope people experience through PEKOTA designs?
I hope that people find my pieces both beautiful and original. I think that any art form should aspire to achieve this. Our pieces should make people feel comfortable and inspired.

5. Favourite experiences via designing?
I enjoy the entire process: from researching inspirational designs, to capturing a new look, to the process of manufacturing. There is great satisfaction in seeing a fresh idea come to reality in the matter of a few weeks.

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For more info: pekota.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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From Street Art To Feet Art

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Toronto-based sock wear brand Huely transformed their latest Street Art Collection (Series 02) with the help of co-founder and lead curator Nate Kogan. Nate selected eight of Toronto’s top street artists including SPUD, Uber5000, Anser, Darryl Graham, Lazerhorse, Paul Byron, Justin Pape, and Poser. Each artist designed their own Huely sock, drawing on inspiration from their respective styles.

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Remember when getting a pair of socks at Christmas was the worst gift ever? There’s a good chance most of the men out there would welcome a pair of Huely’s this holiday season!

SHOP HERE huely.com

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Toronto Skyline Porn (Video)

Ryan Emond does it again! Toronto Skyline Porn is exactly what its title implies – a full frontal visual journey through Toronto’s growing skyline. The scenes were shot over the past few years from different heights and in different seasons. Enjoy… #1LOVETO

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NYC/Toronto-Based Community 54 just released there “Local Hooligans” Holiday 2014 capsule collection with American-based “Sports Heritage” brand Ebbets Field. The collaboration brings to life a satin coaches style jacket with athletic lettering and numbers embracing the “Local Hooligans” branding. If you haven’t made the trip to Parkdale yet, make sure you stop by Community 54 located at 1275 Queen Street West. Tell ‘em that we sent you!

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For more info check out community54.com

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Disaronno Wears Versace Versace Versace

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On November 12, the Canadian launch of the DISARONNO wears VERSACE event took place at The Spoke Club Gallery in the city’s King St. West district. The evening was in celebration between two iconic Italian brands. Disaronno — the world’s favourite Italian liqueur has revamped its look in collaboration with the world’s most reputable Italian fashion houses — Versace.

The design combines the classic and recognizable shape of the Disaronno bottle with the signature decadence of Versace prints; creating a one-of-a-kind collectors item for both Disaronno lovers and fashion aficionados alike. The DISARONNO wears VERSACE design takes its inspiration from the classic Versace Home Collection, draped in light blue and embellished with an opulent white and gold motif.

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As the crowd mix and mingled and took a few selfies against the Versace mural, they had a chance to sip on the night’s signature drink, the ‘Disaronno Versace Sour’. Its collaborative unique flavours of Disaronno mixed with the sour notes of lime and bitter Vermouth and sparkling Prosecco, made for an enhancing bold blue colour of Curacao, garnished with a dramatic finish of real gold leaves — it’s a cocktail made in true Versace style.

The DISARONNO wears VERSACE project also supports the Fashion 4 Development initiative; a charity sponsored by the United Nations that creates opportunities for women working in the fashion industry in developing countries. ‘Tis the season of giving and this is just one more reason to add the exclusive bottle to your collection or give it as a gift during the holiday season.

The DISARONNO wears VERSACE limited edition bottles are currently available at LCBO locations and other liquor stores worldwide. Be sure and get yours while they last!

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Posted by Christina Cheng

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