The Clothing Show – Fall 2008

The Clothing Show, which occurred this past weekend, from September 26 to September 28 was a rousing success.  Over 300 booths participated, ranging from accessories to clothing to services.  Booths of note include:

Shenti: Shenti Shop for a Cause was, according to their Facebook group, created to raise funds for charities.  Items which can be purchased include handbags, gifts and so forth.  Profits made at these events are donated to Haven for the Arts, an organization based out of Montreal which offers underprivileged kids the opportunity to express themselves through creativity.  More information about Shenti, including contacts, can be found in their Facebook group.

Froosh: Gorgeous hand-made body treatments, including lotions, soaps, hair-care products, bath bombs and so forth.  These products are also locally produced and vegetarian-friendly.  Products can be purchased online as well as their store in the Beach area. 

The Refinery:  Run by Wendy Woods, an image consultant, clients of The Refinery can choose from a menu of services, ranging from coour analysis, style analysis as well as shopping tours in the Toronto area. 

ESPE: Very adorable synthetic leather (polyurethane) bags (see image below), wallets and other accessories!  They come in a variety of sizes and many have adorable designs on them, including frogs, puppies, kittens and even one with a girl on a motor scooter.  

Melissa Beth:  No more boring, black laptop bags!  Melissa Beth’s bags are colourful and very feminine, with colours ranging from pastel pinks and purples to light blues and greens. 

There were several other interesting booths at The Clothing Show, including Petite Panache, which was selling small-sized (though not necessarily petite in height) clothing and So-Fine, which sold reversable skirts and dresses which could be worn up to six different ways.  As usual, there were also plenty of booths selling vintage clothing and accessories.  These days, everyone seems to be in love with the early 1960s.  I’m sure many of the pieces from that period were the first to go.