Frank And Oak
Last year, Frank And Oak launched its first womenswear collection, sold solely online. Now, the brand is giving its female customer base a brick-and-mortar option in Toronto and Montreal. The Toronto shop, located on Queen Street West, opens its dusty pink door today. Montreal’s location, on St Viateur Street, opened last month. Inside the Toronto boutique, clothing is displayed on individual racks on either end of the store and on lower platforms in the middle. The current selection consists of double-breasted coats, chunky angora knits, basic denim and twists on classic tailoring. For the interior of the store, the brand tapped three Montreal-based start-ups—Mobillier de Gaspé, Élement de base and D’Armes Luminaires—to furnish the space, from custom-built counters to couches made from renewable materials and lighting. Both the Montreal and Toronto spaces will also function as community studios and encourage local creative to come together.
634 Queen Street West and 160 St-Viateur Street East, Suite 110
The re-opening of Toronto's adidas store on Queen Street West coincides with a re-think of the brand's global store concept. Dubbed "Neighbourhood," the design aims to be a reflection of the local scene (whatever that may be around the world). In Toronto, the store features artwork by local artist Gyimah Gariba. The second floor will host acitvations with local artists and creatives, in keeping with the neighbourhood-hub feel. The concept will arrive in Montreal and Vancouver soon too.
389 Queen Street West
Danish brand ECCO, known for minimal, practical leather footwear, recently opened its Yorkdale store—the company’s first in North America. The 1,150-square-foot space features an installation of the Toronto skyline made from leather and two seating areas (aka boyfriend couches). The store carries kids and sport shoe options as well as the full range of men’s and women’s shoes, including formalwear styles.