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Toronto-based The Design Agency are responsible for unique environments in the city such as Momofuku, Brassaii and the new Soho House. Recently, they’ve expanded their reach to Barcelona, Spain, where they had the opportunity to designed the flagship Generator Hostel.

Description from Architect:

In Barcelona’s Gràcia district, a short walk from Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló apartments, Generator Barcelona marks not only the rebirth of a building, but also the emergence of the Generator brand. The interiors of the 1960s office building have been completely gutted and rebuilt in a way that demonstrates the tremendous creativity that is being invested in this brand and in each location. The Design Agency has collaborated with local architects, suppliers and artists, creating unique supergraphics, fantastic, unusual light fixtures and signature “G” sculptures.

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Photography by Nikolas Koenig

via Contemporist

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NEEDS / WANTS Studios® is a luxury sportswear jacket company conceived by Toronto artist Sean Brown with the idea of maturing traditional outerwear through modern design. Sean’s less-is-more mantra is evident as he puts emphasis on simple, long-lasting quality, function and craftsmanship with each jacket made entirely by hand in Toronto.

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Take for example the “Mirage Bomber” (as seen above), a light weight, reversible bomber jacket as part of the “Mai Iloko Mai” collection, named after a Hawaiian term which translates to “That which is within matters”. The jacket features long sleeves, lined interior, ribbed collar, cuffs and hem with enhanced fit with side slit pockets for storage. Slim fitting, mid-weight, non-stretching fabric that retails for $225.00.

Shop Online: needdontwant.com

Previously: Varsity Jackets by Sean Brown

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3 • W • Y – Spring ’14

Last week Toronto-based brand When We Were Young showcased their Spring 2014 collection at The Foundation showroom in NYC. The design duo, formerly known as “Chaos Theory“, have done a complete rebrand. When We Were Young a.k.a 3 • W • Y will now feature higher quality materials and craftsmanship than in their previous releases. Their Spring ’14 Teaser video features Toronto artist Vital sporting a sleek bilker jacket with weaved leather details on the sleeves and back.

At the New York showcase the models were featured with battered faces and detail oriented pieces; the zipper on the weaved leather sleeve, a dipped hem jacket and leather patches on sweatpants.The collection was full of black, navy blue and dark gray. It was a dark Spring collection done the right way.

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3 • W • Y has grown so much since their last showcase!

For more info: 3-w-y.com

Posted by Jessica Franklin

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1 LOVE T.O. & Roots Canada are excited to announce our first ever limited edition Tank Top collaboration as part of the “Show Your Roots” Collection. We’re releasing two official Men’s and Women’s tanks, representing both Jamaica and Trinidad, just in time for this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

Join us this Friday, August 2nd, as we’ll be hosting another one of our famous pop-up shops from 4-9pm, at Roots (Eaton Centre) 220 Yonge Street.

PS: Get there early! Last year we sold out in 15 minutes.

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Check out Community 54’s collaboration of 12 locally made coaches jackets with GLDSTK and British Milleran.

“GLDSTK” (pronounced, GOLD-STOCK) is a lifestyle brand which is designed, cut, sewn and manufactured entirely in Toronto, Canada. Josh B. Scott (Owner/Designer) & Carmen Ng (Owner/Production Manager) infuse the classic techniques of workwear, military, hunting and sportswear with modern aesthetics using quality fabrics, combined with the finest craftsmanship and most importantly, local manufacturing.

The British Millerain Co. Ltd is the world’s leading manufacturer of waxed cotton. Since their humble beginnings at the first factory in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK in 1880 their range of textiles have been developed with refinement and testing, using skills handed down through generations. Based on more than a century of knowledge, the first Millerain® rainproof finish was patented in 1894 and has expanded to many offerings into apparel and commercial markets.

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Available here: community54.com

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Imagine a camp where your tools for survival include high heels, a solid strut and a strong sense of self. The wilderness has got nothing on the cut-throat world of modelling and if you want to make it, you’re going to need more than a compass to find your way. No one knows this better than “Walk This Way” Camp creator and supermodel, Stacey McKenzie.

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Walk This Way Workshops Camp is a free-of-charge camp created to educate and empower inner city youth of Toronto. This year, 20 lucky girls were hand selected by Stacey after writing to her explaining why they’d like to join the camp. She reads every submission. The girls begin an intensive two week camp where they learn not only how to rule the runway but also take part in workshops like, “Owning Your Craft” and “Owning Your Health & Wellness”. The purpose is to provide a well-rounded, nurturing education in hopes of leading them into a positive, more enlightened direction.

So where did this idea come from and why did she think it was necessary? “In my journey, I didn’t have anybody to help me…the odds were against me” an emotional Stacey explains, “I didn’t have anybody to guide me, had nobody say to me, ‘Stacey, it’s gonna be fine.’” She glances over to her troupe of happy campers and it was obvious that she could see a reflection of herself. It’s because of that connection she feels urgency within her own self to give back. “I’m supposed to do it, I need to do it. I was given this opportunity for a reason and I believe that reason is not for me to keep for myself.”

But don’t get it twisted. This isn’t a camp about necessarily creating models, it’s about equipping these girls with valuable lessons and self-confidence that they can carry on for the rest of their lives. Though the majority of girls have a genuine interest in modelling, they also have other aspirations from lawyer to journalist to engineer. Stacey’s main focus is developing their sense of identity and encouraging their individuality. “I hope they walk away from this experience with the confidence to go after whatever they want to go for, and not be afraid of it, that’s the most important thing.”

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For more info visit: staceymckenzie.com

Posted by Samira Zia Rehman

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OVO x Blue Jays x New Era

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OVO drops one of the biggest collaborations our city has ever seen! October’s Very Own x Toronto Blue Jays x New Era announce the release of their 59FIFTY OVOFEST limited edition fitted baseball cap. The hat is 100% polyester (woven) and includes the official Jays logo on the front, New Era tonal logo on the side, with a commemorative OVO ChromaFlex Patch on the other side.

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For more info: octobersveryown.blogspot.ca

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Belzberg Architects have designed the Toronto Residence that recently won a 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence award.

Description From Architect:

Designed for a large double lot in a premier neighbourhood in north Toronto, the project’s ambition is split between providing a space that can take advantage of the site’s abundant natural features and also serve as a hub for a growing international family. Large portions of glazing along with clean lines and simple volumetric proportions underscore the client’s interest in creating a space with an effortless flow between interior and exterior; in a climate that is not always conducive to this type of habitation. The interior layout of the house has been carefully crafted to provide an informal and inviting space with an understated sophistication. The architecture and landscape design at the front of the building have been choreographed to allow for an abundance of natural light and a feeling of airiness without sacrificing privacy. A simple, yet enduring material palette blends plaster and zinc cladding with various natural woods and stones.

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Photography by A-Frame/Ben Rahn & Stephen Elphick

via Contemporist

Previously: Beech House In Toronto

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Pop Up Shop Tomorrow!!!

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Meet us at the Roots Store at 100 Bloor St & Bellair from 12-6pm tomorrow (Saturday, June 29th), to pick up your limited edition ROOTS CANADA x 1 LOVE T.O. t-shirt (just in time for Canada Day)!!! Roots is also offering an additional 25% off any regular priced Roots items for that day with the purchase of our exclusive t-shirt.

If you missed last year’s Pop Up Shop, watch the video below to see what to expect for tomorrow…

Photo by Anil Hanasoge and Megan McLeod.

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