Where to shop in Toronto: Our editors’ favourite stores

Jul 24 2017 by
Categories : Shopping

You’re practically guaranteed to find your next wardrobe treasure at one of these cool Toronto boutiques.

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    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 Torontos Lawrence Park neighbourhood. And if that doesnt sound like the most obvious choice for a 19th century-pharmacy-inspired boutique, thats 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 theres something different from everything else thats 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

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    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.
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    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.

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    Toronto boutiques: KOTN

    KOTN is a Canadian basics brand known for using ultra-soft Egyptian cotton. What started as an online-only operation selling men's hoodies, tees and joggers is now a rapidly growing unisex clothing label. And as the brand expands into exciting new categories and introduces some beyond-basic clourways, you can shop IRL at KOTN's Queen West store in Toronto—where you'll find your next favourite t-shirt, trust. 

    754 Queen Street W.
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    Toronto boutiques: Kit and Ace

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    The Canadian label that introduced us to technical cashmere–basically, the ultimate athleisure uniform–set up its Toronto-based flagship location on the swank stretch of Bloor Street that’s home to Holt Renfrew, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. The space is slick: think luminous white walls, copper finishes and geometric light fixtures. Head to the back of the store where a comfy couch is tempting after a long day of shopping, and check out the Technical Atelier where resident designers churn out experimental garments from the open workshop–it's one of only five such spaces worldwide. (This is also where you can have your purchases tailored.) And, if all of this wasn’t already too cool for school, you can also get your caffeine fix at Sorry Coffee Co., the in-house coffee shop.

    102 Bloor St. W 
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    Toronto boutiques: Oak + Fort

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    Grounded in a belief that fashion should be rooted in design and well-curated thoughtfulness, Oak + Fort is shockingly young for it’s quick cult following. Become enamoured with their distinctively languid silhouettes; think Parisian scholar meets androgynous It-girl. With a new locale at Toronto’s Eaton Centre, there’s sure to be a nearby location to satisfy your fashion fix.

    220 Yonge Street,
    The shops at Don Mills, 666 Queen Street West
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    Toronto boutiques: Victoire

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    Expect to fall in love with Victoire if Zooey Dechanel, Liz Taylor or Lana Del Ray are your style crushes. Stocked with the most adorkable clothing and jewellery brands, this boutique makes a great option for anyone who loves quirky, retro designs.

    129A Ossington Ave. 
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    Toronto boutiques: Zane

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    A favourite amongst fashionable locals, Zane is yur go-to for getting accessorize. Go and treat yourself to those Karen Walker sunglasses and that Mackage crossbody you've always wanted! You can totally thank us later. 

    753 Queen St. W. 
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    Toronto boutiques: Jonathan + Olivia

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    Jonathan + Oliva’s just like our favourite go-to LBD: It never lets us down. Just when we thought we could never get our hands on the latest Acne Studios collection, Jonathan + Olivia’s had it. Hence why they’ll always be our haven for contemporary fashion #forever. 

    49 Ossington Ave. 
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    Toronto boutiques: Canon Blanc

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    Love Parisian style? You're in for a treat. Canon Blanc calls themself the "Ambassadors of French awesomeness" and we have to agree. In addition to outfitting you in true French style, they stock eco-friendly fashion and support Canadian brands that are organic, free-trade and locally crafted.

    679 Queen St. W. 
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    Toronto boutiques: Heel Boy

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    Got an obsession with shoes? (Us too.) Satisfy it with a trip to Heel Boy in the Distillery District. You can name it, they’ve got it, whether it’s Steve Madden heels or New Balance sneakers. This footwear favourite's bound to keep your feet happy.

    773 Queen St. W. 
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    Toronto boutiques: 119 Corbo

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    Canada's sophisticated trendsetters are known to frequent 119 Corbo – otherwise known as the ultimate women’s speciality boutique. Whether it’s a Celine Phantom handbag or Erdem trousers, this spot's here to fulfill all of your luxe desires.

    119 Yorkville Ave. 
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    Toronto boutiques: 6 by Gee Beauty

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    We like to consider 6 by Gee Beauty our secret oasis. Before your next oceanside getaway a visit to their boutique's a must! Located in Rosedale, 6 by Gee Beauty's cabana-inspired location sells an assortment of beauty and fashion pieces from designers like Lisa Maria Fernandez.

    6 Roxborough St.
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    Toronto boutiques: Over the Rainbow

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    Over the Rainbow’s our denim sanctuary. We’ve struck gold with this retail paradise located in the heart of Yorkville. With their all-star staff and ultimate selection, they make buying jeans enjoyable rather than a complete nightmare. J Brand, Fidelity and Citizens of Humanity, here we come!

    101 Yorkville Ave. 
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    Toronto boutiques: Easy Tiger Goods

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    Easy Tiger Goods lifestyle concept store is the place to go for everything from womenswear to stationary. But what really draws us to this boutique is their selection of jewellery. If you appreciate simple, minimalist pieces at a good price we highly recommend a trip here soon. 

    1447 Dundas St. 
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