SSENSE has added a new "sexual wellness" category to its Everything Else department, meaning you can throw a vibrator or some lube into the cart with your Versace floral dress or Comme des Garçons sweater.
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The reason for his visit? SSENSE has partnered with Pharrell's wellbeing product company, Humanrace.
VOGUE reported that Pharrell is actually "taking over the store" — from the green-tinted windows to a full-on exhibit showcasing his skincare products, exclusive apparel, and an archive of his own wardrobe pieces curated by Tyler the Creator — though his personal items are not for sale.
Like much of the exhibit, VOGUE reported, the wardrobe pieces are meant to give you insight into his "creative vision" for the brand.
Humanrace started as a skincare company with "a genderless, vegan, and clean trio of products (a cleanser, exfoliator, and humidifying cream)," but will now be expanding into other categories, according to VOGUE.
Shina Nova, the Montreal-based based Inuk throat singer and TikToker, posted an Instagram story of her at the store on Friday night. A photo shows her standing next to Pharrell holding her phone with the caption, "Pharrell meeting my mama through FaceTime."
We reached out to SSENSE and Humanrace to find out if Pharrell's still in town but did not receive a response. That said, it's entirely possible, so keep your eyes peeled.
The House of Humanrace exhibit at SSENSE is now live, so you can head to 418, rue Saint-Sulpice to check it out.
Otherwise, the collection goes live on ssense.com on September 27.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Bath & Body Works Canada confirmed in January 2021 that it would finally be launching an online store in the fall. It was welcome news for Canadian customers, who know all too well the struggle of trying to track down their favourite products and having to either resort to the pricey U.S. online store or take a chance on long lines at their local shop.
But since that initial confirmation and a formal announcement that followed in July, Bath & Body Works fans have been in the dark. Fall 2021 is almost here and the company has released no further details. But MTL Blog can at the very least confirm the Canadian online store is still on track to launch this upcoming season.
A Bath & Body Works representative told us the store is still scheduled for this fall, though they couldn't confirm a launch date.
"Good things take time," the company said of building the Canadian online store in July.
The feds have proposed a retail tax on certain luxury goods sold in Canada effective January 1, 2022.
This means extra tax when you buy luxury cars and private aircrafts priced over $100,000, or boats priced over $250,000 — cause that's definitely something all of us were planning on doing next year (note the sarcasm).
Excise duties are paid by businesses rather than consumers, meaning you won't have to pay the tax if you're just a vape user. But it does mean that vaping products will likely get more expensive to make up for it.
The new duty on vaping would apply to all vaping liquids, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine, but not to cannabis vaping products.
There's also a proposed increase in excise duties on tobacco products in the budget — up by $4 per carton of 200 cigarettes, along with corresponding increases for other tobacco products.
Again, you won't be paying more taxes on cigarettes but the price could go up because the tobacco industry will want to recuperate the costs.
Netflix, Prime Video & other video streaming platforms
The government wants companies from outside of Canada that sell and supply digital services to Canadians to start collecting and paying GST/HST.
This includes video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and so on.
Crave is homegrown so it won't be impacted.
The measures would come into effect on July 1, 2021.
Experts told the Canadian Press that companies will probably add a GST/HST charge to subscribers' bills or add the price of the tax to the total sale price.
The same way Netflix would be required to collect and pay GST/HST, so too would non-Canadian music streaming platforms, such as Spotify.*
The government's GST/HST proposal also covers "non-resident distribution platform operators" like Google Play.*
Tax lawyers Rob Kreklewetz and Stuart Clark explained in a blog entry that vendors and operators will collect the correct amount of GST/HST based on the consumer's "usual place of residence as determined by their billing address, SIM card, IP Address, and/or banking information among other indicators."
*This article has been updated. An earlier version of this article included Apple Music & the Apple App Store; however, Apple opted to start charging GST/HST voluntarily in 2019.