Inside Scarborough Town Centre's Lifestyle Pop-Up Shop 'GRL PWR'

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As much as I love international labels, there's a special place in my heart for local designers. My appreciation for homegrown talent was fostered when I started working in the fashion industry and was exposed to Canadian designers via Toronto Fashion Week and it grew even more when my hubby/good friend Marcus Kan became the owner of the Toronto Designer's Market, which features an array of local designers.  Despite all of this, I'm not as well versed as I think I should be with Canadian brands, especially if we're talking lifestyle and decor. So when the opportunity comes up to discover and learn more about local labels, I'm all for it. 

Currently, Scarborough Town Centre is hosting a pop-up shop which features 15 Toronto-based brands, some well-known, and others I would consider hidden gems. Called GRL PWR, the lifestyle shop is, as the name suggests, all about female empowerment, and is a beautifully curated space developed in collaboration with female-driven creative agencies, Kastor & Pollux and August in Bloom (in other words, it's great for the 'gram). 

The space is curated by women, for women, in the form of a shoppable apartment with furnishings by Make Moves Vintage and Kay.At.Home. It's split into three areas: the bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.

In the bedroom, you'll find chic printed (and pom-pom'd) pillows from Pepper B Design, handcrafted lip shades from Lipcandy, natural, vegan skin care from NIU BODY, gender-affirming clothing and accessories from queer fashion brand NEW FRDM and Peace Collective's exclusive female-pride streetwear line, "Self." 

In the living room, you'll see handmade throw pillow covers by A Piece of Bella, spirit and beauty wellness goodies from Cardea AuSet, beautiful and empowering watercolour prints by Art of Marina, handmade ceramics by Common Goods Studio, succulent designs by Snaffle & Mane and unique stationary by Paper Plus Cloth

And finally, the kitchen features goodies from plant-based juice company, Greenhouse Juice Co., and Austrian bakery, Guschlbauer


My personal faves from the pop-up? Pepper B's Misfit Stripe Pillow, Peace Collective's Baby Girl crewneck and Art of Marina's Powerful Woman and The Future is Female prints. 

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STC GRL PWR is open at the Scarborough Town Centre, right across from GAP, until September 13th, 2018. Be sure to check it out!

This post was written in partnership with Scarborough Town Centre. Views, thoughts and opinions are my own.