Converse sneakers – part of the 1HUND(RED) campaign.


Vintage Clothing & Textile Show

The 17th edition of this popular sale, featuring 28 quality dealers, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday (March 1) at the CNIB Conference Centre (1929 Bayview Ave., N. of Eglinton – near Sunnybrook Hospital).

Vintage hounds, crafters and collectors will enjoy combing through the collections of fabrics, laces, buttons, accessories and clothing from the ’20s to the ’70s. Admission is $7 with partial proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer and MS societies.


Converse AIDS fundraiser

Popular sneaker label Converse is poised to launch 1HUND(RED), a collection of 100 limited edition Chuck Taylors designed by international artists, designers and activists to benefit The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.

The campaign, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the company as well as its ongoing commitment to the (PRODUCT) RED project founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver (in support of various economic programs for Africa), gives designers as well as shoppers an outlet to create and consume with the aim of fueling a worthwhile cause.

The quirky-cool 1HUND(RED) line will hit stores April 1.

Cute Eco-Tote

Happily, we’re all starting to use fewer plastic bags — the best way to avoid them is to bring your own re-usable tote. French Connection carries one of the sweetest options out there for early spring: a natural cotton bag silk-screened with a multiple lipstick print motif in various shades of pink and red. This kiss-covered cutie is yours for just $18.

Nathalie-Roze Fischer is a designer, writer, bargain-hound and DIY enthusiast. Visit her online at or at her indie shop/studio in Leslieville (1015 Queen St. East).