We all Know Toronto has a very fashionable reputation and its home to many luxury brands, but what really makes Toronto the most unique is the extensive variety of fabulous independent boutiques. Whether you have a love for vintage grunge or upscale chic, I can guarantee you can go out shopping in Toronto and run into some pretty amazing boutiques along your adventure.
In the course of my time living in Toronto I would like to say I have found a lot of hidden gems around the city; especially for shopping! Because of my job as a Fashion stylist and a blogger I find I spend a large amount of time in stores or at events. Since I spend a lot of time in stores that means I am always on the look out for unique pieces when I am wondering through out boutiques.
Today, I wanted to share with you my “Favorite Top 10 Fashion boutiques” in Toronto.
1) TNT – Forest Hill
The TNT boutique is located right outside of the downtown area. TNT stands for ‘the new trend’, and the store certainly lives up to its name. TNT sells trendy garments that reflect its brand exclusivity, providing shoppers with clothes from designers like Isabel Marant, Antonio Berardi as well as the Olsen twins’ line The Row. Other brands offered are 6397, Golden Goose, and A.L.C.
The boutique itself is spacious and classy, and store visitors can enjoy jelly beans during their shopping experience. TNT even has a personal dressing room, where clients are given undivided attention on behalf of the friendly staff. Shoppers can then take their time choosing the perfect outfit, as would a celebrity. An on-site tailor is also offered if needed.
2) Oak + Fort – Don Mills
Oak + Fort is a minimalist’s dream. Crisp white walls and a spacious shop house neatly organized racks of beautiful fabrics and cuts, all unfussy and – surprisingly – all quite affordable. The brand has already made a name in Vancouver as the go-to spot for a wardrobe upgrade since launching in 2010, and many of Oak + Fort’s fans have begun spreading the word to the Toronto market.
The store’s first permanent Toronto location opened in April at Shops at Don Mills, with a pop-up shop down currently running at Queen and Tecumseth. If trekking up to Don Mills isn’t in the cards for you, worry not; they are currently waiting for the right permanent home to be available downtown.
Because most of their stock is minimalist and classic, they’re still investment pieces, but the kind that won’t leave you feeling guilty and living off your organic quinoa cereal for days. That’s very much at the heart of the brand: “No one should suffer to wear what they want to wear. That’s our key philosophy,” explains managing director Stephanie Or. “The easiest way to dress yourself is if you had a closet full of really good basics. You wouldn’t have to think about it in the morning. Good basics, good price points.”
Subtle design details make even the most conservative pieces just that little more special, such as an artfully placed fold here and a little pleat there. The materials used are durable yet luxurious. You could outfit your entire wardrobe from Oak + Fort, and would end up looking exquisitely timeless with a little bit of edge. It’s a versatile formula that should gain them a Toronto following in no time.
3) Untitled & Co – Queen St. W.
Located in Toronto, Untitled and Co boasts a collection of clothing designed by the brand’s 24 year-old creator Cameron Wilson and his friend Chloé. The brand captures the trendy vibe of the surrounding Queen West neighborhood injected with an edgier flair: Cameron mixes current slang sayings with ’90s nostalgic images.
Untitled&Co was founded by Cameron Wilson and friendChloe Sam-Mcgrath in late 2006. Evolving from a photography project, over the past seven years, their aesthetic finally translated to a high-end playful street wear collection.
Their colourful and often offensive digitally printed sweatshirts have gone viral and attracted the attention from bloggers and retailers all over the world. Juxtaposing the vulgarity of their childhood era rap music along with images that hold the same nostalgic value from animated Disney films, the tension of humour and wistfulness has attracted a wide fan base.
With a growing celebrity fan base, their sweaters have been seen on Diplo, Lil Debbie and Perez Hilton. With a growing presence on the most relevant social media platforms it seems as thought this first year has truly solidified Untitled&Co as one of the brands to watch.
During this wild ride they found the time to open a flagship boutique. Carrying a mix of local toronto brands and internationally know street wear labels their new home thrived.
4) Mendocino – Yorkdale & Eaton Center
5) Black Market Vintage – Queen St. W
6) Armed – Dundas St. W.
ARMED VINTAGE & JEWELRY began in 2011 and has been unapologetically bold and beautiful ever since. Designer Desiree Girlato has watched her brand grow from her dining room table to its current incarnation at 1024 Dundas Street West, the flagship store in Toronto.
Girlato is a self-taught jewelry designer and conceptual artist that sources her raw material from across the world. ARMED pieces are rendered with unique stones from Tucson, Arizona and Chennai, India, and come together with superior workmanship of Brass, Steel and 24k Gold sourced from NYC.
ARMED is about empowering women to seek their fullest potential through their attitude and style. Our jewelry is about more than a special occasion, it’s intended to be worn casually and effortlessly. Be Badass, Stand out, and Always be ARMED.
7) Shop NYLA – Rosedale
Shop NYLA, short for New York Los Angeles, has an all white interior and light airy feel that is exactly what the true Toronto shopaholic needs to tide them over between visits across the border to revamp their wardrobe.
You can be sure to shop the hottest trends as buying is done with monthly trips to both NY and LA to get the latest from celebrity studded brands including See by Chloé, Vince, and Hudson Jeans. Their new two-story boutique space now means even more room for must-have extras like a JBrand denim bar, yummy fragrances and gorgeous candles.
8) BLK SHEEP – Thornhill
After traveling to fashion hot spots around the world, the owners Sara and Samira realized that Ontario doesn’t have any stores that offer any stand-out merchandise. they wanted to bring you some of your favourite, and most popular brands; but also provide brands that you may not have heard of, that will instantly be your new must-have clothing.
They are proud to represent the Blk Sheep’s of the world who dare to step out of their comfort zone and be different. The Blk Sheep is someone who deviates from the normal, or common form, they stand out in a crowd and aren’t afraid to step out of their comfort zone.
Blk Sheep is a family owned business that started in early 2013. Blk sheep strives to become Thornhill’s leading boutique in women’s fashion and bring their customers the most sought after brands. they also strive to present the most up to date and trendy pieces, all while providing timeless classics.
9) Tusk – Ossington
Tusk is a new clothing shop located in a shared space with Silver Falls Vintage, specializing in new independent designers both local and international. Tusk is truly the best place to find statement peices and sun glasses for the best prices.
10) 119 Carbo – Yorkville
“As home to the most innovative high fashion collections”
…in fact The New York Times describes its merchandise as “all the right European labels” – 119 Corbo continues its 8 year reign as Canada’s ultimate women’s specialty boutique. In Toronto, just steps from the Four Seasons and Hazelton hotels in the heart of upscale Yorkville district, 119 Corbo is located in a historic townhouse, allowing for two floors of retailchicly revamped by Johnson Chou Design + Architecture. 119 Corbo exemplifies retail excellence with a mandate of personalized service and a drive to push the city’s fashion envelope with exclusive, groundbreaking collections that work into the store’s definitive aesthetic of cool, modern luxury. No wonder 119 Corbo is the go to destination for the city’s fashion press, style elite and celebrity visitors