Toronto Boutiques: WANT Apothecary
WANT Les Essentiels, the Montreal-based brand known for their no-fuss, travel-friendly accessories, recently brought its Apothecary concept north of downtown to Toronto’s Lawrence Park neighbourhood. And if that doesn’t sound like the most obvious choice for a 19th century-pharmacy-inspired boutique, that’s on purpose, says co-founder Dexter Peart. “We want to be early stewards to neighbourhoods and we try to anticipate the next thing. We thought Lawrence Park was the next opportunity. The clientele are appreciative of the fact that there’s something different from everything else that’s around.” Like all Apothecary stores, this location stocks hand-picked designs by Jil Sander, Acne Studios and up-and-coming labels like Xu Zhi along with cult-fave beauty items and candles in addition to the brand's own wares.
2579 Yonge Street
Toronto boutiques: The Wanderly
For those that count shopping as a hobby, one of the greatest joys can be discovering an amazing, immaculately curated boutique when you're travelling. Stepping into Toronto's recently opened boutique The Wanderly feels like being transported to a shop in a quaint beachside town. The always-evolving product lineup is a mix of vintage finds and artisanal, ethical goods sourced from Canada and beyond. Some standouts include linen overalls from Aussie brand Opia and handmade leather sandals and totes by Mexico-based By James. Apothecary items and home goods are up for grabs too.
1613 Dundas Street W.
Toronto boutiques: Ease
Two years ago, Zai Rajkotwala opened Easy Tiger Goods on so-hip-it-hurts Dundas Street West in Toronto. The meticulously curated boutique became the darling of the city’s general-store scene. Now, Rajkotwala has opened Ease, an offshoot located across the street from the original. The new space is dedicated to fashion and carries the kind of understated cool pieces (stark structured bags by Building Block and minimal shoes by LOQ) that are worthy of the boutique’s effortless name.
1446 Dundas Street W.