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.”

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TOP SPOTS: Tatiana Read

Tatiana Read in front of Mark Fast’s Luminato installation. Photography by Dave Chang.

As one of the city’s favourite publicists, it’s Tatiana Read’s job to know everybody, but few make networking look so effortless. Less than a year ago, she struck out on her own, founding Knot PR, a boutique PR agency. Her clients are a stylish mix, encompassing fashion (Mark Fast, Plutino Group, and Red Canoe, to name a few), design (Templar Hotel) and nightlife (Parts & Labour).

She’s active on the philanthropy circuit too, serving on committees as diverse as Paws for the Cause and the Arnold Party, the glam gala for the Business of the Arts.

Tat shared a few of her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.

Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and what’s your drink of choice?)
“Little Italy. Most places. I like Giancarlo’s or Il Gatto Nero (720 College St., 416-536-3132).”

Go for a drink on the weekend
Parts & Labour! The sea bass carpaccio is my fave app.”

Top brunch spot
The Senator, or my sister’s place where I get to eat chocolate croissants with my niece and nephew. Oddfellows always hits the spot too.”

Place to work out
“I joined Totum Life Science on King Street and train with Nicole. I’m new to the gym but I’m quickly learning that it makes a big difference, especially where stress management and keeping focused are concerned.”

Pho, dim sum or both? (And top spots for both)
“Pho Phuong (1603 Dundas St. W., 416-536-3030), for sure. I’m not big on dim sum, but my sources recommend Bright Pearl at Spadina and St. Andrews.”

Place to buy books or magazines
“I always like to read magazines at Indigo in the Manulife centre before catching a movie at the Varsity but I buy them at Presse Internationale (622 College St., 416-535-9666). I don’t buy books so much as borrow them from well-read friends and better-read siblings.”

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