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Fashion & Style

10 upstart fashion brands in Toronto for winter 2016

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / January 27, 2016

fashion brands torontoStartup fashion brands in Toronto aren't as rare as they used to be. It seems like everywhere you turn, there's a local label making waves in their niche by blowing up social media or participating in pop-up markets like INLAND. As a result, Toronto's name is becoming more and more relevant in the fashion and retail scene - and these little guys are just waiting to take over.

Here are my picks for Toronto-based labels to look out for.

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Toronto gets its first sneaker shop for women

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / January 24, 2016

Community 54Why should guys get all the love when it comes to sneakers? That's what the owners of Community 54 asked when they decided to open Toronto's first sneaker shop for women. While there's a smattering of stuff for guys here too, this lower level shop on Ossington gives women's feet the TLC they deserve.

Read my profile of the Ossington location of Community 54 in the fashion section.

New men's clothing shop comes with a basement bar

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / November 11, 2015

Love and Greed TorontoToronto's new, high-end menswear boutique houses a roster of rare Italian, American and Japanese brands - and whiskey. While currently functioning as a private event space, the bar beneath the shop will eventually open to the public, so you can drink while you shop.

Read my profile of Love & Greed in the fashion section.
Fashion & Style

Fans swarm Toronto shop to party with The Weeknd

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / November 5, 2015

the weeknd torontoLast night, press, friends and a select handful of lucky fans attended an exclusive in-store signing with The Weeknd. Held at menswear boutique Nomad, the two-hour event kicked off the R&B singer's North American "The Madness" tour complete with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres.

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New sneaker shop brings hard-to-find kicks to Toronto

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / October 29, 2015

Exclucity TorontoThis new sneakerhead destination started as a basement store somewhere in Montreal. With just three months on Queen West under their belts, they're attracting week-long lineups for their biggest shoe releases.

Read my profile of Exclucity in the Fashion section.

Aesop opens its first standalone Toronto store

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / July 21, 2015

aesop torontoThe upscale skincare brand has opened a bricks and mortar location in Toronto, bringing intriguing scents and $400 eye creams a few strides west of Trinity Bellwoods. The interior is as minimal as can be, but you couldn't think of displaying these products in any other way.

Read my profile of Aesop Toronto in the fashion section.
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