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Footwear, fashion and a glimpse of the past

One of Western Canada’s footwear institutions has made its debut in Toronto, with the unveiling of an impressive new Queen Street boutique that’s as rich in design as it is in merchandise.Gravity Storefront

Gravitypope, an independently owned retailer that began in the footwear business and more recently expanded into fashion, opened its first Ontario store last week. It represents the sixth store for the chain, with all five other stores located in Alberta and B.C.

Gravitypope is known for its wide selection of footwear brands, among them: Clarks, Hugo Boss, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Toms, See by Chloe, and many more. The company’s collections of clothing and accessory labels are similarly extensive.

Gravity ShoesAltogether, the Toronto store carries more than 100 brands. This explains the vast size of the new boutique: with three floors of retail space, the store is quite a bit larger than most other boutiques in that part of the city.

Probably the most breath-taking part of the store is the vast quantity of shoes spread out across the main floor. Different styles of shoes and boots line the walls of the boutique, and are scattered across display tables everywhere you look.

A variety of men’s clothing can be found in a separate section on the main floor, and the second floor houses a selection of women’s clothing and accessories. But the shoe collection is clearly the main event in this store.Gravity Clothes

Layered beneath the merchandise are a variety of elegant design elements that add some serious charm to this boutique. The shop is decked out with chandeliers, antique mirrors, display cases and other charming artifacts that provide a look and feel reminiscent of times’ past.

Even the steps leading to the second level are nothing ordinary – they’re comprised of a 1930s’ Art Deco staircase, made of solid brass and round glass inserts, which was reclaimed from the Buenos Aires Paramount Theatre. Wow.

Gravity ChandelierThe store definitely caters to wealthier shoppers. Upon browsing, I was disappointed to find that most of the merchandise was too pricey for me to justify. Most of the shoes I saw were at least $300, and even most accessories boasted price tags of $100 or more. Many of the items I saw were upwards of $600.

Since the boutique is right around the corner from the high-end vintage retail strip on Lower Ossington, perhaps Gravitypope’s pricey offerings will resonate well among the shoppers in this part of town. But the store certainly isn’t for everybody.

Despite the high price of the goods, a visit to this unique new store is worthwhile – particularly if you have an appreciation historical design.

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Watch Station clocks into the GTA

Start counting the hours. A U.S. retailer specializing in fashionable, brand name watches is preparing to open its first Canadian store at Vaughan Mills shopping centre.

Texas-based Watch Station International, which operates about 20 locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, is aiming to launch the new store on June 1st.

The Watch Station chain is owned by popular watch brand and retailer Fossil, Inc. In addition to Fossil’s own watches, the stores carry such brands as Michael Kors, Marc By Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani, DKNY, Burberry and Diesel.

It will be nice to have a new destination for watches in the GTA. Aside from department stores like The Bay – where there are often too few staff members available to assist shoppers – there aren’t too many stores carrying a good selection of watch brands.

The new store at Vaughan Mills will be situated near the mall’s centre court.

Once it’s up and running, other locations could begin to appear in other Canadian cities, as the chain intends on expanding across the country.

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Ten years of Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection, and as a unique way of celebrating, the designer has released a limited edition ‘capsule collection’.

The special collection features the re-release of several popular pieces from throughout the decade, all of which reflect the youthful and urban style of the Marc brand.

Roxy Rose Dress, $278.

Holt Renfrew is carrying the collection, and for one week, is offering special gifts with certain Marc by Marc Jacobs purchases.

Here are the offers, which run from Saturday April 9 to Saturday April 16:

– Receive a Marc by Marc Jacobs 10th Anniversary tank top with any purchase of $350 or more in Marc by Marc Jacobs womenswear or women’s footwear

– Receive a limited edition Marc by Marc Jacobs Rubik’s cube (Marc makes Rubik’s cubes? Who knew?!) with any $100 purchase of Marc by Marc Jacobs handbags, small leather goods, eyewear, menswear or womenswear

– Receive a special edition Marc by Marc Jacobs jewellery dish with any purchase of $100 or more in Marc by Marc Jacobs jewellery

Happy anniversary Marc!

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