Just as the Oscar nominations were being announced today, a series of closure announcements made for a grim day on Canada's retail scene.

Two major retailers are calling it quits in Canada.

Target Canada announced on January 15 that it will close its 133 stores across Canada. The U.S.–based retailer launched in Canada in March 2013 to high expectations.

Sweater designs by a local independent business appear to have been copied by a U.S.–based fashion chain with a history of copyright infringement lawsuits.

Richmond family-run company Granted Clothing, which has operated since 1978, makes hand-knitted clothing items.

Granted co-owner Brian Hirano discovered an Instagram photo of a sweater that resembled his company's own design but was purchased at Forever 21. He soon found out that Forever 21 was selling two cardigans, one with a bear pattern (which it describes as a "unique zip-up cardigan") and the other with a whale design (which the company describes as a nod "to seafaring Nordic style"), that looked like replications of his own company's products.

Guys, as you surf lingerie sites for gifts this Christmas, be aware that, according to recent research, you probably won't be buying the stuff worn on blond models.

Lingerie retailer Adore Me has found brunettes definitely sell more bras. According to a recent article in Fast Company, the fast-growing online retailer knows this because it shoots every product in two ways and tests which photo sells more of its product online.

While some folks might find it too early to partake in Christmas festivities before December, Vancouver will be getting a double-dose of holiday cheer this weekend. Both the Vancouver Christmas Market and CandyTown Festival take place downtown on Saturday (November 22).

The Vancouver Christmas Market kicks off a month-long run at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza (650 Hamilton Street) starting Saturday at 11 a.m. The outdoor event, now in its fifth year, is modeled after a classic German Christmas market. Revellers can check out handmade gifts, such as wooden toys, knitted goods, pottery, and nutcrackers, while sipping on mulled wine and apple cider.

When I was a kid, a long weekend often meant a chance to go to the U.S. for a bit of cross-border shopping. My family would drive down to Bellingham and wander what felt like a cavernous Bellis Fair Mall, or we’d drive a little further to Seattle and window-shop downtown.

I remember the excitement I felt when I discovered Old Navy—“It’s like Gap, but cheaper!”—and how I pined for an Abercrombie & Fitch rugby tee as a teenager (It was the early 2000s). I recall roaming the neon aisles of Target, and marveling at a swish department store called Nordstrom.

Vancouverites got their first taste of American cosmetics emporium Sephora when the U.S. chain opened in Pacific Centre back in 2009. Starting Friday (October 31), beauty junkies will have a second location to get their fix when Sephora opens at 1045 Robson Street.

The new shop will not only be Sephora’s new Vancouver flagship location, but—at 8,600 square feet—it will also hold the title of being the largest Sephora store in Canada.

Sephora Robson will offer more than 200 makeup, skincare, fragrance, and haircare brands.

They're calling it a denim baptism: dutil (303 West Cordova Street) is throwing "the last pool party of the season" on Friday (October 24) to launch the much-anticipated jean collaboration between IDC (International Design Collective) and Pure Blue Japan.

In other words, they're giving a live demonstration of how the shrink-to-fit denims work, and things may get wet. The IDC x PBJ XX007 is a slim-straight style crafted on PBJ's shuttle loom in limited quantities in Okayama. The untreated fabric is slubby, irregular, and full of character, evolving to fit the wearer through washing and use.

Denim fans can head down to dutil at 12:30 p.m., take in summer jams, and watch shrink-to-fit go live.

Lululemon athletica has managed to piss off the entire city of Buffalo, New York.

The Vancouver-based yoga apparel company placed the words “wide right” and “no goal” on the floor of its Walden Galleria retail store, offending sports fans after the tile mosaic received widespread attention on social media.

In Buffalo, “wide right” references a missed field-goal attempt that caused the Buffalo Bills to lose Super Bowl XXV to the New York Giants in 1991. “No goal” refers to an equally devastating loss that the Buffalo Sabres suffered to the Dallas Stars in triple-overtime of game six in the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

The fall 2014 edition of the Gastown Shop Hop takes place this Thursday (October 16) from 5 to 9 p.m. During the event, some of Vancouver’s most stylish clothing, shoes, accessories, and home furnishing shops will offer discounts, in-store specials, and more.

LaSalle College opened the doors to its new Yaletown campus for a media tour today (September 4).

With the move from LaSalle's original West Pender location to a heritage building at 101 Smithe Street, the fashion and design school increases its student capacity from 100 to 400.

"The government of British Columbia has taken a really strong exmphasis on job training and this fits very well into what we're doing," said Vancouver-False Creek MLA Sam Sullivan, who was on hand for the event. "I'm so proud to see our city on the map with this very prestigious school."

The school's five-story building, originally constructed in 1911, has been restored and retrofitted with an emphasis on creativity and environment.