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Umbra Shift Collection


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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.


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.


“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.


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.”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Walk-In Closet


This Saturday and Sunday our very own Bryan Brock along side Jahmal Padmore and Daniel Eckler will be taking part in the popular Toronto “Walk-In Closet” event series by Natasha Singh. The idea behind “Walk-In Closet” is to bring together socially conscious consumers interested in local, thrift, vintage and one-of-a-kind goods who enjoy a unique shopping experience.

Stop by A Homerun in Kensington to shop a carefully curated selection of lifestyle goods (worn and unworn) including Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Tommy Hilfiger denim from the 90s, Scotch & Soda, Lacoste, Common Projects, New Era, Levis and more. Any unsold articles will be doanted to local men’s and/or women’s shelter.

The two-day pop up event is happening at A Homerun (165 August Ave) in Kensington. Hours: Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.


For sneak peeks check out @walkin_closet on Instagram!

For more info visit: singhnature.com

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Toronto-based alternative lifestyle menswear brand NTHNG released their first collection for Spring/Summer 2014, titled “Elegy.” The collection was designed and manufactured entirely in Canada and mixes design elements of both contemporary and avant-garde wear. This eight-piece collection is a physical representation of the emotional roller coaster one experiences during their life. Heartbreak, solitude, sadness, anger, defiance.


Photography by Jaz Panaguiton

For more info: nthng.net

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Summer is in full swing and we’re back with one of our biggest SUMMER SALES events to date! Join us this weekend, Friday-Sunday at The Distillery District as part of Bacardi’s Festival Libre. Our pop up shop will be featured in this three-day cultural experience, celebrating rum culture in Toronto’s largest licensed outdoor patio! There will be everything from live music, food, cocktails, art, fashion, and of course more rum than you can drink.

Tees and Tanks are on sale for $20 this weekend, or 2 for $35! Make sure you check out the map below to see where all the action is taking place!


For more info: festivallibre.ca

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OBEY – Spring/Summer 2014


Over the past two months I’ve been representing as an official OBEY Ambassador for Canada on behalf of @1LOVETO. I’ve had the opportunity to get outfitted this summer by OBEY, plus I got a sneak peek of the Fall/Winter line, and I’m working on some incredible OBEY related projects coming later this year (stay tuned, you DON’t want to miss out)! In the meantime, I wanted to get you familiar with the brand’s latest release for both Men’s and Women’s Spring/Summer 2014. I hope you like some of the pieces as much as I do?!






To see more from OBEY check out their online shop here: obeyclothing.ca

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Last week Converse took over Toronto with the launch of their highly anticipated Converse CONS Weapon Sneaker Collection. The invite-only event took place at Goodfellas Gallery with Converse’s very own Canada Vice President of Marketing, Marciano Lobo, and Converse CONS Design Director, Chris Law, not to mention special guest performances by rapper Vince Staples, El-P, and the legendary Ghostface Killah along side Sheek Louch from The Lox. The new collection is a compilation of five premium, lifestyle and skate sneakers that pays homage to the original design of the popular Weapons, but with modified aesthetics for a more modern, sleek and edgy look. Check out a few of the new kicks below!







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We’re excited to announce that 1 LOVE T.O. has partnered with the Drake General Store to create an exclusive World Pride Toronto t-shirt. The shirt is currently available at The Hudson’s Bay (Yonge & Bloor location), as part of their curated Pride Pop Up Shop! The tee will also be made available at The Drake General Store’s Queen St West location as well as online drakegeneralstore.ca. Don’t miss out on your chance to have your very own piece of World Pride Toronto history!


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We are extremely excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Cosmopolis Toronto to host a very special photography exhibit entitled “Torontonian”, featuring photos by Colin Boyd Shafer. This unique documentary photography project, curated by Vanessa Tamburro, captures and celebrates Toronto’s cultural diversity by featuring the portraits of 193 Torontonians from all over the world who now call Toronto home. Each Cosmopolis Toronto participant was photographed in a place where they feel ‘at home’ in the GTA. This Toronto centric project has already gained tremendous support and momentum, receiving media coverage from the Toronto Star, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe & Mail, CBC Radio and Global National News.

We’d like to invite you to our opening night reception on Thursday, June 12 at the Moniker Gallery, 452 Richmond St. West, from 8-11pm. The exhibit will feature a selection of 12 large-scale portraits and will run until Thursday, June 26, 2014.

EVENTS@1LOVETO.COM (Subject: Torontonian)
*Admission is by donation*

For more info: CosmopolisToronto.com

Previously: Cosmopolis Love

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