Mar 14, 2014

6 Canadian fashion boutiques to visit right now

By: Sarah Thompson

Author: Elle Canada

Mar 14, 2014

6 Canadian fashion boutiques to visit right now

By: Sarah Thompson
A look inside Vancouver's Secret Location. Photo courtesy of Secret Location.

Canada’s fashion landscape includes an array of established and emerging designers, the second largest fashion week in North America (thanks, WMCFW!) and a selection of indie boutiques with unbelievable fashion finds. Explore Canada’s style playground with these six one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques while supporting our home and native land’s evolving fashion industry. (Insider tip: Get your credit card ready.)

Canadian fashion boutique: Secret Location

Where: One Water St., Vancouver, British Columbia
Designer highlights: House of Holland, David Koma, Sage and Ivy, Anthony Vaccarello and Vivienne Westwood.
Why we love it: Two reasons. First, there’s the décor: a gorgeous collection of luxury fashion and home decor items (like tailored blazers and coffee table books) featured on colourful shelves and Parisian-inspired stands. Second, the boutique boasts its own culinary tasting room where you can sit and enjoy a 10-course meal (think papaya salad, smoked salmon and foie gras) served by executive chef Jefferson Alvarez. Talk about a fashion feast.

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A snapshot of Victoire in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Victoire

Canadian fashion boutique: Victoire

Where: 246 Dalhousie St., Ottawa, Ontario
Designer highlights: Betina Lou, C Comme Ça, Erin Templeton and Salvage.
Why we love it: When you walk into this lovely, eclectic boutique, you feel as though you’re perusing a vintage boudoir, complete with floral wallpaper and antique furniture. At Victoire, founding partners (and proud Canadian fashion supporters) Regine Paquette and Katie Frappier handpick each one of the hundreds of pieces, from affordable lace dresses to gold-flecked jewels to leather riding boots. What’s new? Victoire’s new Toronto location, on hipster It street, Ossington Avenue.

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Jonathan and Olivia's modern interior in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Jonathan and Olivia.

Canadian fashion boutique: Jonathan and Olivia

Where: 49 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario
Designer highlights: Rag & Bone, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Kenzo and Jeremy Laing.
Why we love it: Jonathan and Olivia founder Jackie O'Brien opened this Canadian style hot spot in 2008 (three years after launching the original store in Vancouver). Displaying row upon row of graphic tees, metallic dresses, and edgy accessories, this boutique is the living definition of high street fashion, and a destination for the city’s cool girls. (Side note: Jonathan and Olivia was selected by TopShop to introduce the British retailer to the Canadian fashion industry in 2010 so we could all dress like Kate Middleton—or Kate Moss. Amazing.)


Canadian fashion boutique: Reborn

Where: 231 Rue Saint-Paul O., Montreal, Quebec
Designer highlights: Acne Studios, Robert Geller, Arielle de Pinto, Harakiri and Sophie Hulme.
Why we love it: Reborn has been one of Montreal’s destination stores since it opened in 2005. The décor is severe minimalism (only one piece of each item is on display), and the selection of classic (not trendy) designer labels is peerless. Plus, the service is great. If you need to invest in a perfect leather jacket, make Reborn your go-to.


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A peak inside Ewanika
 in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Ewanika

Canadian fashion boutique: Ewanika

Where: 1083 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario
Designer highlights: Mason Boinet, Edith Miller, MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela, Saskia Diez and Ewanika.
Why we love it: Canadian designer Trish Ewanika is the creative mastermind behind this 15 year-old Toronto boutique. Ewanika supplements her eponymous modern ladylike collection (think striped jumpsuits) with a rarefied selection of local and international brands. (If you haven’t heard of jewellery designer Saskia Diez, check her out immediately.) It’s your one-stop shop for luxe silk scarves, boy-meets-girl suits and directional jewellery.



The ultra contemporary Cahier d’Exercices in Montreal. Photo courtesy of Cahier d’Exercices.

Canadian fashion boutique: Cahier d’Exercices

Where: 369 Rue St. Paul O., Montreal, Quebec
Designer highlights: Jil Sander, Céline, Marni, Saint Laurent and Dries Van Noten.
Why we love it: Nestled amongst the cobblestone streets of historic Old Montreal, Cahier d’Exercices is home to a carefully curated selection of international designers and emerging brands. Plus, the open-concept industrial retail space (envisioned by Gilles Saucier for Saucier and Perrotte) is so posh that you'll never want to leave.


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6 Canadian fashion boutiques to visit right now