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6 by Gee Beauty

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on August 23, 2012

6 by gee beauty toronto6 by Gee Beauty is the ultimate luxury lifestyle shop — or "luxe," as you're more likely to hear once inside. This is the type of place where the jeans come in size 25, the cashmere sweaters are arranged from size small to size small, and the vibe is decidedly unapologetic. It's high-end, and detractors can simply move on.

6 by gee beauty torontoThe shop opened in November 2010 to serve as compliment to the adjacent Gee Beauty makeup and skincare studio. The studio is known for its oxygen facials and eyebrow threading, but the boutique, says the woman I meet behind the counter, "is more about travel and leisure."

6 by gee beauty torontoIndeed, glancing around the shop I get a bit of a "summer in Maui" vibe; close enough, I suppose, since Gee Beauty's second makeup studio is located in Bal Harbour, Florida. Bal Harbour, I learn, was always a favourite spot for the owners to escape Canadian winters. So after opening Gee Beauty here in Toronto in 2005, the women decided a second studio in Bal Harbour was the natural next step.

6 by gee beauty torontoGee Beauty (and 6 by Gee Beauty) is a family business, operated by makeup artist Miriam Gee and her daughters Natalie, Celene, and Stephanie. Along with its own line of cosmetics and accessories, the makeup studio offers products from labels including Tata Harper, SkinCeuticals, St. Tropez, and others.

But 6 by Gee Beauty is not about skincare. It's the lifestyle extension — the sunglasses that go with the perfectly threaded brows, if you will — that rounds out the polished Gee Beauty image.

6 by gee beauty torontoA central feature of the boutique is its Le Labo fragrance bar, which offers customers personalized, handmade scents. As the exclusive Canadian Le Labo retailer, 6 offers custom, made-to-order candles and perfumes, and also helpfully lists some component ingredients for those such as myself who can't tell bergamot essence from orange flower oil.

6 by gee beauty torontoThe small selection of clothing in store echoes that leisure/travel vibe, with light cashmere sweaters by White + Warren ($385), casual Paige denim ($325) , and Illesteva Frieda round-frame sunglasses ($215).

6 by gee beauty torontoBut my favourite pieces come from a Parisian jewellery line called Ela Stone, which include a gold-finished tassel necklace on an extra-long chain ($235), and a pair of dangling earrings outfitted with nickel-sized thin coins with impressions of Alexander the Great ($125). Pair those with a little cashmere and a fresh glow from next door, and you'll have that whole "luxe" thing down in no time.

6 by gee beauty torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

11 Comments

Zing / August 23, 2012 at 03:16 pm
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Do they allow fat people in the door? (a.k.a anyone who wears a medium or up) Or is there a security/bouncer team to weed out the 'undesirables'?
Kaytee replying to a comment from Zing / August 23, 2012 at 04:59 pm
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Gosh, just how extra are you? But seriously, I think the size that is most important here is your bank account.
Tim / August 23, 2012 at 05:37 pm
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But do they have...Tommy Fresh!
Creative director / August 23, 2012 at 08:36 pm
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Seriously - journalism is lost these days.

i shop at 6 and I'm certainly not a size 25.
As far as stores go - this is one of Toronto's most stylish .
I love the curation - the mix - I can get a custom perfume - jeans in my size and finish my day off with Cecil Beaton.
Cry me a river / August 23, 2012 at 09:18 pm
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Hahahah awesome! Based on the last post....nothing else needs to be said about this store or it's clientele. Just saying'
MrsPotato replying to a comment from Cry me a river / August 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm
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AGREE'D, creative director.
hobgobblin replying to a comment from Zing / August 24, 2012 at 01:49 am
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insecure much?
Fly by / August 24, 2012 at 09:43 am
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Who says gunt. Seriously.
And daisy's are hardly an aromatic scent .
Maureen replying to a comment from Fly by / August 24, 2012 at 10:09 am
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Aw, chill. Someone just wants to stink nice.
cre8tiveone / August 24, 2012 at 11:46 am
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This store is the perfect 'curated' mix of fashion, style and fragrance. It's not just for the super slim or the elite... it's for anyone that wants a bit of cool, as these girls definitely know their style.
Highly recommended!
Paris / August 24, 2012 at 08:16 pm
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When I am in Toronto, it is the first place I visit . An essential .
I recommend it, to anyone who has style and taste .

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