Toronto is known for being home to many things: the CN Tower, Drake, ketchup chips and the list goes on. But the Toronto fashion scene seems to be under the radar. N.Y.C. and L.A. tend to get the most recognition for cool shops, but the streets of T.O. also offer a bountiful array of boutiques. Believe it or not, we don't only wear parkas and TNA leggings.
Certain Canadian brands such as Aritizia and Lululemon have garnered worldwide recognition, but Toronto is drawing more attention to it's own shopping culture. Whether you're looking for hard to access international brands or introducing more local pieces into your wardrobe, this list will help you narrow down your search:
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1. 6 By Gee Beauty // 6 Roxborough St W
Leisure meets luxury at this South Beach inspired boutique. They offer everything from oxygen facials to cashmere sweaters to their own cosmetics line. 6 By Gee approaches fashion as a lifestyle with easy, breezy pieces to promote a likeminded mentality. Expect to find brands loved by celebrities and famous stylists like Anine Bing, Wwake, Gabriel Artigas and Fallon Jewelry to name just a few.
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2. CNTRBND // 104 Yorkville Ave
This luxe men's boutique is for minimalists and fashion aficionados alike. They carry a winning roster of designers, from Ann Demeulemeester to Rick Owens to Raf Simons (if you have A$AP Rocky's Fashion Killa stuck in your head, you're not the only one). If you want to invest in bomber jackets, hoodies and sneakers, CNTRBND carries a wide variety of colors, styles and brands.
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3. Convey // 754 Queen St W
Just over a year ago, Convey introduced Queen St. to low-key, hard to access brands such as Namesake, 3X1 and SIG. Loved by bloggers, stylists, and people of all ages, Convey offers trendy pieces and classic staples. They recently collaborated with the bespoke leather designer label, By The Namesake, for a pop up shop. Not to mention @mr.danielocean, @emelie_etc and @3girlsandourcloset are all fans.
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4. Want Apothecary // 1070 Yonge St
Appropriately named, this 19th century pharmacy inspired boutique rethinks modern luxury. It will have you lusting after their couture capsule collections with luxurious leather goods, silk dresses and elegant perfumes. If you're looking to invest in high quality staples or reduce you fast fashion intake, you'll want to check out Want. Selective pieces from brands such as Acne Studios, Fillippa K, Want Les Essentials, Maison Kitsune, Grown Alchemist, et cetera grace the brass rods marble countertops.
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5. The Cure Apothecary // 719 Queen St W
If your looking for clean cosmetics and natural skincare, The Cure Apothecary is for you. Eco-luxury brands such as Evan Healy, Antipodes, Kypris and Rituel de Fille can all be found on their wooden shelves. They house their own line of body care and Emily Oberg's facial oil of choice by F. Miller.
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6. Needs and Wants // online
Toronto's take on luxury sportswear, Needs and Wants will have you not wanting, but needing, one of their jackets. This e-boutique approaches fashion with a less-is-more mentality, where quality of material and design trump quantity. They offer multiple iterations of their Heritage Varsity Jacket made from materials such as suede, satin, wool and leather.
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7. Untitled & Co. // 438 Queen St W
Untitled & Co is known for their cool and colorful designs, including their elastic band pieces. Their skirts, bras and underwear feature their brand stitches on an elastic band but they also carry chain jewelry, sweaters and graphic tees. Their basics are anything but basic, in both their men's and women's line.
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8. The Store on Queen // 662 Queen St W
TSOQ is what happens when two girl bosses, Vava Valentina and Angela Phung, take a chance on a "for rent" sign. These two do it all, from running a business to modeling the clothes. You'll definitely find something here, whether you're looking for trendy, unique or classic pieces. Stalk their Instagram, go to the store or visit the online site if you need some good retail therapy.
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9. The Narwhal Boutique // 8 Price St
This brick-and-mortar luxury boutique is quintessentially hippie-chic. The store exudes west-coast vibes with brands such as Ulla Johnson, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, A.L.C., Raquel Allegra and Rachel Comey etc. Loose dresses, ripped jeans, and mule sandals fill the store, along with leather jackets, flowy blouses and cool sneakers.
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10. Fawn // 967 Queen St W
Fawn carries unique, hard to find international brands such as Ilana Kohn, Kowtow, In God We Trust and Krane Women. Expect a beautifully edited collection of simple silhouettes, quality materials and contemporary fits. You can find classic button downs, culottes, t-shirts and rompers in high quality fabrics and simple shapes.
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11. Smoke and Ash // 644 Queen St W
Cool and contemporary brands such as Cheap Monday, Finder's Keepers, The Fifth and Quay sunglasses can all be found at Smoke and Ash. Effortless yet trendy pieces, along with home goods and beauty products are carried in store and online. Enter with caution, you will mostly likely leave with more things than you anticipated.