Step into autumn in style

Intriguing. Exciting. Exceptional. This fall Holt Renfrew gives you a fresh perspective on the best fashion, accessories, cosmetics, fragrances and home décor. From the latest runway trends to traditional classics, here are the season’s top picks available to you at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.

Borrowed from the boys.

Fashion balances out this season’s ladylike dressing by borrowing from the boys. Flannels, tweeds and wool add a strong masculine edge and are perfectly complemented by a pared-down colour palette of earthy tones. Simple greys, black and crisp white. The overall effect is dramatic and puts a whole new spin on the term “man power”.

Old is new.

As menswear embraces vintage inspiration with retro-look fabrics, colours and special worn-look treatments, classics are re-invented for a new fashionability. Look forward to a more structured silhouette and an updated “Jimmy Stewart” feel evident in luxurious fabrications and rich, deep hues.

Travels in Style.

The House of Goyard has been making luggage using their famous stencilled chevron fabric since 1853. It has an illustrious history as the luggage maker of choice for everyone from Sarah Bernhardt to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to Pablo Picasso. Today, Goyard enjoys a cult following that includes Madonna (naturally), and the renowned six-star Michelin chef Alain Ducasse (for whom Goyard created a custom "culinary trunk" to house his prized spice collection), and yet, trading on celebrity connections has never been Goyard's style. Available exclusively in Canada at Holt Renfrew, the understated family business continues to value labour-intensive trunk-making techniques over flashy innovation, and the quest for perfection lies in age-old craftsmanship and exclusive distribution.

Check please.

With a successful revamp under its legendary belt, Burberry moves into the realm of housewares with its chic new house collection. "The signature Burberry look is evident in the home collection," observes David Battle, Director of Home Fashions and Food Services at Holt Renfrew. "There’s camel checked china and plaid engraved crystal tumblers, yet all the embellishment is done in a subtle way. We’re also the only store that will have this collection worldwide, outside of Burberry stores".

All items or styles are available at or through your nearest Holt Renfrew store. All items available while quantities last. To order by phone, toll-free, call Holt-Renfrew at 1-866-465-8736

Holts and Holt Renfrew are trademarks of Holt Renfrew & Co. Limited.



Dining

Step into some of New York’s finest dining – afterhours.

The Peripatetic Gourmet: Where the city that never sleeps eats.

Hunger doesn't stand a chance in New York, but the odds of satisfying it decrease sharply after midnight. Lately, though, the city that go-go-goes all night has kept on cooking, too, serving up far better fare than a burger or a slice. Not that there haven't always been options: We love any Keith McNally joint (Pastis, Lucky Strike, Schiller's Liquor Bar), and Blue Ribbon in SoHo and Florent in the Meatpacking District are classics. Still, with so full a raft of reliably sleepless boîtes, we couldn't help but pick a few new favorites, from classic to cool.

BAR MASA

Masa Takayama's new restaurant in the Time Warner Center, Masa, has garnered as much ink for its $300 prix fixe as for the waiting list for its 26 seats. We have to wonder, Why bother, when Bar Masa next door offers great food and an almost guaranteed seat? Sit at the bar or slip into the long white banquette and wrap your mind around the cocktail list, with its $15 Kin Kan: Ohyama sake, Belvedere vodka, and fresh muddled kumquat. The menu is split between luxurious raw fish and ramped-up Japanese bar snacks—squid jerky, fried noodles with Kobe beef, fried rice with baby shrimp. For nibblers, the sushi canapés are an abbreviated tour of Takayama's genius; note his pairing of tuna tartare with caviar. The $85 sashimi tasting is a step closer to next door. Dinner, $150; served until midnight Monday-Saturday. At 10 Columbus Circle, 4th floor; 212-823-9800.

MAS

Even in the wee small hours, this wee small West Village dining room sets a formal table, with white cloths, oyster forks, and Prouvé chairs at the ready for the designers, fashionistas, and neighborhood chefs who wander in. A glass of Ridge Zinfandel or an intricate house cocktail (the bitters are homemade) beautifully complements the late-night menu, which, on our visit, included an intensely flavorful duck tart with frisée salad, flash-seared tuna with beurre noisette, and trout stuffed with watercress and smoked trout. Artisanal American cheeses and desserts that flirt with the savory, such as lavender-scented chocolate flan with Guinness stout ice cream, bring the day to a voluptuous close. Dinner, $70; served until 4 a.m. Monday-Saturday. At 39 Downing St.; 212-255-1790.

BALTHAZAR

With its unerring brasserie decor, buzzy clientele, and serious food, this SoHo stalwart has become a culinary and social institution after just seven years. While the late-night menu is stripped of the duck confit, the omission is made up for with a grand plateau des fruits de mer, true onion soup, garlic-laced escargots, and the city's best fries (they also come with the mussels). The dessert menu thankfully still lists the airy pavlova and chocolate pot de crème. Both go well with the extensive Champagne selection, which, along with the reserve wine list, is a perfect testament to the restaurant's refined exuberance. Dinner, $95; served until 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and midnight Sunday. At 80 Spring St.; 212-965-1414.

5 NINTH

Half lounge, half restaurant, 5 Ninth sets itself apart from the other trendy hybrids in the Meatpacking District with dishes like oysters with double-cooked pork and pickled ramps, fried chicken with peanuts, and roasted quail with onion fondue. The beautiful three-story townhouse has been stripped to its bones, with exposed brick walls and rough floors—a contrast to the shiny, pretty, drunk young things that swarm the neighborhood after dark. At its best, chef Zak Pelaccio's ambitious cooking makes the attitude at the door bearable. Once you've tasted his fried caramel, you'll endure a thousand slurring junior vice presidents. Dinner, $120; served until 2 a.m. daily. At 5 Ninth Ave.; 212-929-9460.

LE ZINC

After nearly 15 years in Tribeca at Chanterelle, David and Karen Waltuck wanted to open a relaxed, chic place where locals could drop in for several meals a day, with a menu that reflects the Waltucks' Sunday home cooking (a hybrid of Chinese, Jewish grandmother, and haute comfort). Le Zinc, papered elegantly with gallery posters from the eighties art scene, always seems calm and thoughtful, the eavesdropping always intelligent. And the menu follows suit. Jim Pyron, formerly of Eleven Madison Park, plays the Asian angle with a teriyaki salmon burger and a crispy mu shu wrapper topped with pickled vegetables and sushi-grade tuna. He also has a deft hand with meat; try hangar steak with a side of curried onion fritters or the slow-cooked ribs in whatever seasonal form they take on your visit. Dinner, $90; served until 11 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, midnight Wednesday, and 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. At 139 Duane St.; 212-513-0001.

DINER 24

At 26 years old, owner and Jean Georges alum Alex Freij—who brought Industry (Food) to the East Village—had the energy to envision a place where you can get duck meat loaf and a boozy milk shake at any hour. So he found a corner space that borders Chelsea and the West Village and turned it into a "desert modern" diner—with a VIP room. Among the updated comfort food is french fries with truffled brie fondue, a fish taco with seared mahi-mahi, fried Cornish game hen with biscuits, and buffalo-chicken dumplings. Dinner, $40; served daily, 24 hours. At 102 Eighth Ave.; 212-242-7773.

BRASSERIE

Few sixties ad execs would recognize their canteen in the Seagram Building since its gutsy makeover from Diller & Scofidio in 2000 (complete with a catwalk instead of stairs). But the food still makes good on the restaurant's name—a classic seafood platter, steak frites, omelet du jour—while modernizing other favorites, such as a lamb shank with mascarpone polenta, crab cakes with tropical fruit slaw, and one righteous burger with roasted tomato and oyster mushrooms. Chocolate beignets with caramel ice cream is our new definition of a nightcap. Dinner, $100; served until midnight Monday-Thursday, 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. At 100 E. 53rd St.; 212-751-4840.

— Christine Muhlke. Reprinted with permission Departures September 2004 Issue 93. American Express Publishing Corporation.

Restaurant prices are in U.S. dollars and reflect a three-course dinner for two, excluding beverages and gratuity.



Travel

AMEX® Global Assist® Travel Medical Insurance1

Whether you’re touring across the country or around the world, illness or injury can happen when you least expect it. American Express can help make sure you’re prepared.

AMEX Global Assist Travel Medical Insurance gives you worldwide medical emergency coverage in the event of an unexpected illness or injury while traveling outside your province of residence. Our 24-hour worldwide hotline puts you in touch with specially trained healthcare representatives who can help you in an emergency medical situation. Plus, our multilingual coordinators can direct you to the closest healthcare facilities just about anywhere in the world.

And with a Basic and an Enhanced Plan, you’ll feel safe no matter where your travels take you. For more information on either of the plans, call 1-866-896-5706, or click here.

1 The AMEX Global Assist Travel Medical Insurance is underwritten by RBC Travel Insurance Company. In this outline we have attempted to explain clearly and briefly the benefits available under this Plan. All the provisions of the Plan are contained in the Certificate of Insurance. Certain exclusions, limitations, deductibles, maximums and definitions apply. Please read your Certificate of Insurance carefully.




AMEX® Investment Savings Account

Get your money working as hard as you do with an AMEX Investment Savings Account. Better than those offered by the big banks in Canada, our savings account gives you high interest for every dollar in your account, helping your savings add up much faster. You’ll enjoy:

  • A competitive 2.30%1 annual interest rate
  • No fees or service charges
  • No tiered rates
  • No minimum balance requirements
  • Easy account access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with AMEX Online Banking.
And, for a limited time only, when you open an AMEX Investment Savings Account with a minimum initial deposit of $1000, we’ll give you $202.

Call an Amex Banking Associate today at 1-888-453-2639 and reference Promotion Code 192. This offer ends December 31, 2004. For more information or product details, click here.

1 As of August 1, 2004. Rates are subject to change.
2 A minimum initial deposit of at least $1,000 is required to be eligible for the $20 deposit. Offer is only applicable for new AMEX Investment Savings Account customers. This offer cannot be combined with another offer for the AMEX Investment Savings Account. Offer only applies to the first account opened per customer. Offer does not apply to the AMEX RSP Investment Savings Account. $20 will be deposited into your AMEX Investment Savings Account within 60 days from the date the account is opened. Offer expires December 31, 2004.


Be Delighted

You could win $25,000 from American Express.

Each time you or your Supplementary Cardmembers use the American Express Charge Card1 to make a purchase between November 1st and December 31st, 2004 inclusive, you will be automatically entered in our Charge To Win Sweepstakes2. Every purchase you or your Supplementary Cardmembers make is another entry for your chance to win.

You could be the American Express Card member to win $25,0002.

Use your American Express Card for all your holiday shopping and for your everyday purchases. The more often you charge, the more chances you have to win!

1 Purchases eligible for entries into the contest must be charged to one of the following Charge Cards, the American Express® Card, the American Express® Gold Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express, and the American Express® Corporate Card for Small Business.
2 During the contest period, each time you or any Supplementary Cardmembers on the Card account use the American Express Card to make a purchase, you, as the Basic Cardmember, will automatically receive one entry into the contest. All purchases made on a Supplementary Card will be entries for the Basic Cardmember. Supplementary Cardmembers are not eligible to win. Click here for full contest rules.



Be Entertained

Redeem for a day and win for a year with the Flicks Food & Fashion Contest.

Save 1,500 Membership Rewards® points when you redeem for our Day on the Town combo. For only 12,000 Membership Rewards points you can redeem for our Day on the Town combo*:

  • $50 Roots® certificate
  • $50 Keg Steakhouse & Bar certificate
  • Famous Players Package (two general admissions, two regular soft drinks and a regular popcorn).
*Offer valid from October 1 to December 31, 2004.

From October 1 to December 31, 2004, when you redeem for the Day on the Town combo, you’ll be automatically entered in our Flicks Food & Fashion Contest to win a:

  • Famous Players Big Card (a year’s worth of movies)
  • and $1,000 in Keg Steakhouse & Bar certificates
  • and a $1,000 Roots® Shopping Spree
With all this, it could be the best year ever. Act now, this exclusive combo and contest ends December 31, 2004. For full contest rules, click here.



Your Cardmember Benefits at a Glance

Customer Service

American Express
Travel Service Locations
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1-888-414-8747

TRAVEL/INSURANCE BENEFITS
Emergency Card Replacement
American Express Travel Service Locations Worldwide
Travel Emergency Assistance
Travel Accident Insurance
The Purchase Protection® Plan
The Buyer’s Assurance® Protection Plan
Note: Please refer to your Welcome Package for details.

REWARDS PROGRAM
Membership Rewards® Program (Optional)



RETAIL/ENTERTAINMENT
Front Of The Line®
American Express SelectsTM

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Online Account Access @ My Account
Supplementary Cards (Optional)
Automatic bill payments using the Card


AMEX BANK OF CANADA
CHARGE TO WIN SWEEPSTAKES
RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. The contest period runs from November 1, 2004 to December 31, 2004 inclusive. To be eligible to enter the contest, you must be an existing American Express Basic Charge Cardmember as of October 31, 2004 and holder of either a Basic American Express® Card, American Express® Gold Card, The Platinum Card® from American Express or The American Express® Corporate Card for Small Business (“the Card”) and a resident of Canada of the age of majority in your province or territory and you must not be an employee, a member of the immediate family of or domiciled with an employee of Amex Bank of Canada, Amex Canada Inc, or the independent contest organization, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, and agents.
2. During the contest period, each time you or any Supplementary Cardmembers on the Card account use the Card to make a purchase, you, as the Basic Cardmember, will automatically receive one entry into the contest. All purchases made on a Supplementary Card will be entries for the Basic Cardmember. Supplementary Cardmembers are not eligible to win. No purchase necessary. To enter without making a purchase submit your full name, address, American Express Card number, telephone number and a handwritten essay of at least 100 words on ”Why I like my American Express Card” and mail it to: “Charge to Win Sweepstakes”, Box 9104, Saint John, N.B. E2L 4X8. You may enter as often as you wish, but each envelope must contain only one entry, bear sufficient postage and be postmarked on or before December 31, 2004, the contest closing date. No mechanical reproductions of non-purchase entries permitted. Entries become the property of Amex Bank of Canada and will not be returned.
3. There will be one (1) grand prize awarded in the amount of $25,000 in the form of a cheque. The cheque will be made payable as follows: in the case of a Purchase Winner, payable in the name of the person appearing as the Basic Cardmember on the American Express Card account in which the winning purchase transaction appears. In the case of a Non Purchase Winner, payable in the name of the person appearing as the Basic Cardmember on the eligible American Express Card Account indicated on the Non Purchase entry. Any name on the entry that does not match either a Supplementary or Basic Cardmember on that account will be disqualified. Prize must be accepted as awarded and will be drawn from among purchases made during the contest period of November 1 through to December 31, 2004, inclusive, and from among no purchase entries received on or before, December 31, 2004.
4. In order to receive his/her prize, the winner must execute, without compensation, and in the form required by Amex Bank of Canada in its discretion, a release and a consent for the use of his/her name and/or photograph and/or address (city only) for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes in all media, including but not limited to within americanexpress.ca. By entering the contest, the contestants agree to abide by the contest rules and the decisions of the independent contest organization which are final.
5.Random selections will be made in Saint John, New Brunswick, on February 28, 2005, from among all eligible entries received (automatic and non-purchase). Selected entrants will be telephoned at a number(s) indicated in the records of Amex Bank of Canada or at the telephone number indicated on the non-purchase entry, as the case may be. Attempts to contact the selected entrant will be made over a 7 day period from or after February 28, 2005. If a selected entrant cannot be reached by telephone within 7 days, a letter will be sent by registered mail to the address where the billing statements are sent or, in the case of the non-purchase entries to the address provided, requesting the selected entrant contact the contest organization. If, after 7 days from mailing, no response has been received from the selected entrant, the prize will not be awarded in respect of that selected entry and another contest entry will be randomly selected and so on until the prize has been awarded. In order to win, a selected entrant must first correctly answer, unaided, a time-limited, arithmetical, skill-testing question to be administered by telephone at a mutually convenient time. The odds of being selected depend upon the total number of eligible entries received.
6. By entering, contestants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Amex Bank of Canada, Amex Canada Inc., their respective employees, officers, directors, parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, agents and representatives (the “Releasees”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind resulting from their participation in the contest or their acceptance, use or misuse of the prize. The Releasees are not responsible for and shall not be liable for (a) any electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind, including without limitation, server malfunction or any human error which may occur in the processing of entries; (b) failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions; (c) lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or incorrect entries; (d) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Releasees that may cause the promotion to be disrupted or corrupted; (e) tampering, theft, defects or typographical errors in materials. Amex Bank of Canada reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend the contest or any portion thereof should a virus, “bugs” or other causes beyond the control of Amex Bank of Canada corrupt the administration, security or proper conduct of the promotion. Entry information becomes the property of Amex Bank of Canada. In this section, entrants/contestants include heirs, successors, assigns, executors or administrators. Subject to applicable law, Amex Bank of Canada reserves the right to terminate or amend this contest at any time, without notice to the entrants, should any factor interfere with the proper conduct of this contest as contemplated by these rules.
7. Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of this publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.
8. Contest is subject to all applicable Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws.