­Funky fundraiser at Propaganda




Freedom Clothing Collective recently relaunched after an intensive renovation period.


Spring has officially sprung, and it’s your cue to update your look.

Now is the perfect time for the Buy Your Own Bag event being held tonight at the hip accessories haven, Propaganda (686 Yonge St., just north of Wellesley Street).

This funky fundraiser, featuring a sale of limited edition bags created by local indie designers, serves a doubly positive purpose — to encourage local stylistas to be eco-warriors (by bringing their own fab bag on their retail romps) and also to raise some cash for the very worthy Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. The shindig starts at 5 p.m., so get there in a flash to snag one of the 90 super-cool totes on offer (including designs by fashion starlets Dagg and Stacey, Passenger Pigeon, Barbie’s Basement and Montreal’s Roadkill).

Shop for a good cause while enjoying nibblies and cocktails and a chance at some ace door prizes. Visit www.propaganda.bzfor more information.

Freedom has relaunched

As of last Friday, Freedom Clothing Collective (939 Bloor St. W., 647-435-3887) relaunched following a few weeks of intensive renovations. Go check out the fresh new digs and comb through loads of new merchandise made right here in the T-Dot by emerging young designers and fashion students.

For a sneak peek, visit them online at www.freedomclothingcollective.com or at www.myspace.com/freedom_clothing.

TFI Schmooze-Fest

Coming up soon on April 17, the Toronto Fashion Incubator is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a swish fete to be held at the Carlu. Entitled Ultimate PlatinumTFIXX07, the event will toast two decades of TFI’s key community programming dedicated to nurturing, supporting and promoting new fashion entrepreneurs in our fine metropolis.

The cash raised will benefit this important non-profit organization’s various initiatives to help sustain and build our local fashion industry. And, it’ll be a great excuse to get dolled up for an evening of rubbing shoulders with local fashion, media and entertainment glitterati.

Hosted by Breakfast Television’s Dina Pugliese, the night will include two runway shows — the TFI New Labels finalists, as well as the Ultimate Platinum presentation of one-of-a-kind gowns modelled by stylish Toronto celebs like musician Sarah Slean and entertainment reporter Tanya Kim. And, of course, there will be fine wine and hors d’oeuvres, plus a silent auction of prestige fashion loot and spa getaways, plus some fine swag-loaded gift bags.

Tickets are $50+GST and must be purchased in advance. They are available via the TFI’s website at www.fashionincubator.comor by calling 416-971-7117 ext. 21.