TOP SPOTS: Marika Brose

Marika Brose has the equivalent of a fashion phD. Check out a snapshot of her CV: Brose studied design in Paris and merchandising management in New York. She worked in design for Chloé, AlexSandro Palombo and Pink Tartan, then as a buyer for retailers like Bloomingdales. She tested her marketing mettle at Holt Renfrew and at Prada’s Milan headquarters. Now, with Brose, her own line, she’s among the head of the class of Toronto fashion designers. Made up (mostly) of chic and sexy cocktail dresses, Brose is for “women who like to go out.”

Marika shared a few of her own favourite spots to go out in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)

“Our rooftop patio. My boyfriend has transformed it into Mykonos—or, at least, our version of Mykonos. We’re hoping it will tide us over until we retire there. Drink of choice is Prosecco.”

Go for a drink on the weekend

“The Thompson’s rooftop patio.”

Top brunch spot

“The Granite Club makes a mean Eggs Benny, and who wouldn’t enjoy the view of the ravine and red-clay tennis courts?”

Place to buy books or magazines

“I have too many magazines—I’ve been collecting Vogue since 1982.”

Place to work out

“I’ve belonged to Goodlife Fitness for the last four years, and I pretty much go there to zone out on the elliptical for an hour a few times a week. However, my favourite thing to do is to go biking along the Lakeshore paths in the summer and grab an ice cream at Sunnyside pavilion in the west end where people play volleyball. Speaking of volleyball—I also play intermediate beach volleyball in the summer.”

Pho, dim sum or both? (And top spots for both)

“Don’t like either. I am a sushi girl, and Blowfish is my spot.”

Place to buy shoes

“The Room at the Bay. They have shoes that you can’t find anywhere else in the city and are perfect for a night out.”

Place to buy birthday presents

“The Drake General Store always has something interesting for everyone.”

Favourite overall retail experience

Holt Renfrew is still, and has always been, my favourite place to shop, bar none.”

Top date spot

“My boyfriend and I will indulge now and then in the gastronomic experience at Colborne Lane. The portions are small but bursting with flavour, and the interior is so inspiring.”

Top vintage shop

“I Miss You (63 Ossington Ave.). I always find the best pieces there, whether they’re vintage design brands or no-names. I usually incorporate some ideas from items I’ve bought there when I’m designing my next collection.”

Place to check out art

Parts Gallery on Queen Street East.”

Neighbourhood to go for a walk in

St. Lawrence Market makes me feel like I’m still living in Europe.”

Place to meet a friend for coffee

“El Almacen (1078 Queen St. W.), near Dovercourt.  The owners are Argentinian and specialize in mate, which is a kind of tea-infusion made from the leaves of holly.”

Place in the city where you feel most at home

“Corktown, anywhere east of Sherbourne between King and Queen. I love visiting the design stores—my favourite is Klaus by Nienkamper.”

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