Upcycled Rebel

Get your Rebel Rebel on with Daniel Silverstein’s “zero waste” David Bowie sweatshirt—a tribute to our favorite Space Oddity. Part of Silverstein’s “ZWD” line of 100 percent upcycled staples, each topper comprises high-quality cutting-room fabric scraps, pieced together by hand in Brooklyn.
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November Events

It’s that time of month again to hit up the Flea Markets and various shows in the big smoke. If you are looking for unique antiques, vintage, collectibles, local artisans work, clothing designers or just a good time out – November in Toronto is where it’s at.

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Swarovski Crystal Wonderland

Swarovski Crystal Wonderland
Yorkdale’s new Swarovski Crystal Wonderland includes a crystallized forest with more than 20,000 Swarovski Annual Edition ornaments and thousands of strands of crystal rain and crystal elements. The stunning winter forest features iconic Canadian wildlife including polar bears, owls and deer, along with Santa’s magical sleigh – a dazzling display adorned with thousands of glittering Swarovski crystals that will serve as the backdrop for visits with the big man himself! 

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
5:15 PM: Strings in Motion performance
6:00 PM Unveiling celebration featuring Jully Black musical performance
Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Centre Court), 3401 Dufferin Street Toronto, ON M6A 3A1

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Gentlemen’s Expo

Gentlemen’s Expo
Are you or is someone you know interested in fashion, tech, music, sports, cars, alcohol, grooming, sex, food, entrepreneurship, gaming, DIY and other things that would generally interest any man? Then they should come to the Gentlemen’s Expo.
Friday. November 14, 2014 – Sunday November 16, 2014
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

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Parkdale Flea Market

Parkdale Flea Market
Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectables, local artisans and designers.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1266 Queen St W.

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Santa Claus Parade

Toronto Santa Claus Parade
Stick Rudolph noses on your family, surprise your sweetheart with mistletoe and photobomb your friends with dancing elves!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
12:30 PM
Toronto, ON

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One Of A Kind Show

One Of A Kind Show
Since 1975, the One of a Kind Show & Sale has been the flagship destination to shop handmade.  The show features artisans and designers across Canada.
Thursday, November 27th – Sunday December 7, 2014
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sundays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place
100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto ON M6K 3C3

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Kensington Krawl

Kensington Krawl
‘Tis the season for food and fun.  This is the holiday edition of the Kensington Krawl tour to enjoy the very best of Kensington Market with select tastings and seasonal specialties. Get warm and cozy with some hot apple cider and mulled wine along the way!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
191 Baldwin St – Toronto

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Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers and children’s choirs.
Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
55 Mill Street – Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4

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Leslieville Flea

Leslieville Flea
A curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and select artisans.
Sunday, November 30th, 2014
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Armstrong Community Centre – 56 Woodfield Road

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The ROM

Fashion Follows Form
Fashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting invites you to think critically about the relationship between function and fashion in our daily lives. The history of western fashion is a sequence of changing shapes that often favors form over function and comfort.
Present – January 25, 2015
Monday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4
Royal Ontario Museum – 100 Queens Park – Toronto, ON

What events will you be attending in November?  Let us know if you’d like to meet up in the comments below!

Upcyclin’ Inmates

When it comes to sustainable clothing, Eastern European prisons are hardly the first to come to mind.  But that assumption has been proven wrong by Heavy Eco, an eco-conscious and socially progressive fashion label that sells products designed and made by inmates in Estonian prisons.
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Bags, iPad and computer sleeves and wallets are made from discarded billboards; t-shirts and underwear are made from organic cotton from India.
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Heavy Eco argues that social injustice and childhood difficulties are what led many of the involved inmates to prison in the first place. It donates 50% of its profits to “homeless and orphanage children,” though it does not mention any specific charity or organization.

As far as the inmates are concerned, Heavy Eco explains that they make the minimum wage (an EU regulation). Designing and making original clothing is an outlet for creativity and teaches job skills. At the very least, it’s a way to kill time. The project was co-financed by the European Social Fund, the EU’s employment support arm.

Rain or shine

RAIN OR SHINE

Instead of leaving wayward brollies high and dry, Italian designer Cecilia Felli, rescues and rehabilitates them into twirl-worthy skirts, complete with the original spokes and dangling Velcro straps. Although one of a kind, each skirt is one size fits all, thanks to an adjustable belt that tops off each colorful ensemble with a sweet bow.  Dark and stormy days ahead? Bring ‘em on.