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Fashionably Yours

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on January 29, 2011

Fashionably Yours TorontoFashionably Yours is consignment shopping at its most couture. All the brands and designers you never thought you could ever afford are suddenly in your price range--and in abundance. But it's not only designer labels, explains store manager Hoda Perez. "We also look for pieces that are unique; something fabulous that you won't find anywhere else.

Fashionably Yours TorontoFashionably Yours was opened over a year and a half ago by celebrity stylist and fashion blogger Janet Han. After working with countless names, including Keshia Chante, Rihanna, and Kanaan, as well as on television shows, networks and for special events, Han found that she had more clothes than she knew what to do with. She would consign the clothes to other stores, but found that they all seemed to cater to an older demographic. Finally, she decided to open Fashionably Yours to appeal to that untapped market.

Fashionably Yours TorontoHan says that the store by Queen Street just west of Bathurst is "a representation of my own closet." And as Perez walks me through the chic little shop, it's clear Han has a very trendy wardrobe. "I have to show you this dress we just got in," Perez says as she leads me to the back of the store. Practically beaming, she holds up a gorgeous black and white sequined cocktail dress with a beaded collar.

Fashionably Yours Toronto"It's by the same designer who's making Kate Middleton's wedding gown. We didn't even realize when we got it in." Fashionably Yours was selling the Bruce Oldfield dress for $150. Michelle Cross, an employee at the store and go-to person for information about just about any designer label, tells me it would usually retail for something like $600. "Probably more since the news broke about him making Kate's dress."

Fashionably Yours Toronto"You should try it on," Perez says to me. And of course, I comply. As I change into the dress, Perez and Cross tell me about some of the pieces that have come into the shop. "There's a whole range," Perez says. "Designer stuff like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, but also streetwear and funky pieces, both for women and men."

Fashionably Yours TorontoAs I emerge from the change room, she thrusts a pair of black Manolo Blahnik lace-up patent leather pumps in my hand. "These would look great with that dress." They did, and remarkably, they were just $300.

Fashionably Yours TorontoWe played dress-up for another 20 minutes, and I tried on a pair of Les Chiffoniers stretch leather leggings ($250) with a simple black tank. Cross showed off her wealth of knowledge while Perez proved she really knows how to put together an outfit.

Fashionably Yours TorontoWhile Fashionably Yours is the only one of its kind right now, Han says she hopes to open up more shops in the future and maybe expand to the U.S. In the meantime, though, all the deals can be found at this Queen West store--and posted on Twitter beforehand for all of those who are paying attention.

Photos by Dennis Marciniak

Discussion

40 Comments

handfed / February 1, 2011 at 10:03 am
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Its amazing that a garment made for pennies by little hands in China can be sold and re-sold and still make a profit for middlemen like this.
Chris Pi / February 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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This store looks amazing. I hope they have mens, I think I might stop by to see...
Matt replying to a comment from Chris Pi / February 1, 2011 at 01:04 pm
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Yes they do have mens, I shop there all the time! They have an great selection of everything...shoes, jackets, shirts, and ties.
Bianca / February 1, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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Hands down, my favorite store in Toronto! I make a point of visiting this shop at least once a week and there's always something new and fabulous, old and new. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. You won't be disappointed
I'm Just Saying... / February 1, 2011 at 02:35 pm
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Couture? Really? Robyn Urback clearly knows nothing about fashion.
mrspotato / February 1, 2011 at 02:35 pm
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I've gone in a few times, and found everything really junky looking.
Ugly, outdated 'designer' crap.
Gloria / February 1, 2011 at 02:56 pm
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Just $300! Sweeeeeet.
bob replying to a comment from handfed / February 1, 2011 at 03:01 pm
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Obviously you've been fed and continue to only feed that stereotype.

If you notice, many labels are labeled "Made in Italy" or "Made in France".
dolce replying to a comment from handfed / February 1, 2011 at 03:04 pm
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Um, most (if not all) high-end designer accessories and clothing are made in Italy or France by workers with benefits and full salaries. You're a moron.

It's cheap designer crap (ie: Guess) that is still being made in sweat shops.
Monica / February 1, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE this store! The best staff and the best stuff! I got my first pair of Louboutins there! A girls dream came true in the aisles of this store <33
Wren / February 1, 2011 at 03:44 pm
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I tried really hard to like this store but I always leave empty-handed...
sardinian / February 1, 2011 at 07:29 pm
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One thing I cannot stand is people saying how they are so poor they have to buy used clothes but they go out and pay more for this designer wear than normal people who do not feel the need to walk around in labels.
Amanda Nova / February 2, 2011 at 12:05 am
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I need that Chanel backpack!!!
L replying to a comment from handfed / February 2, 2011 at 10:06 am
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Your comment made me look into this. I would consider myself a pretty eco-smart consumer. I don't really buy a lot of new clothes, and when I do they are almost 100% from local designers using eco materials. I've never bought "designer clothing"- nothing against it- it just seems really expensive and a bit upscale for my lifestyle.

Anyway... curious as to whether or not designer clothing is in fact made in sweat shops... I came across a few interesting articles by doing a quick Google search.

Here's an article that talks about Chinese immigrants living in Italy working at sweatshops making designer goods:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sunday-mirror/2007/12/02/designer-labels-sweatshop-scandal-98487-20191613/

PS. Nothing against this store! In fact, this store is doing some good, by giving high-end fashion a new life, like a high-end vintage store. I don't mean to use these comments to bring this store down because I am all for local businesses being successful! I just wanted to share my findings because I found them very interesting.
handfed / February 2, 2011 at 05:49 pm
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@bob and dolce: "made in Italy"-- give me a break! Do you really think your garments are lovingly made by nice little Italian grandmas with a needle and thread?

I challenge any of you to tell me where all the dirty work is done: Who butchers the animals and skins them? Where is the leather tanned and processed? Who extrudes the plastic/viscose to make the synthetic fabrics? Where are the metallic parts forged and coated? Everyone knows all this is done overseas, and the products are assembled only at the final stage, and tagged as made in Italy.
JR replying to a comment from dolce / February 4, 2011 at 12:24 am
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I went in here once, and I found most of the brands were Guess-caliber. For example, there's a whole big rack of Levi's right when you walk in, maybe at 15% off the price of a new pair. Couture? Hardly.
Larissa / February 4, 2011 at 01:08 pm
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I frequent this store and have gotten lucky with
a brand new pair of Louboutin shoes and my Louis Vuitton luggage. I even got a pair of Givenchy runway booties. The selection changes from week to week so you never know what to expect. Besides, it is a consignment store after all so you can't judge the entire store by one undesirable item. At the end of the day, the store provides a great service that the city needs.
1boat50koreans / February 12, 2011 at 08:56 pm
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the most funniest $h!t i read in this discussion is about asian immigrants workin at a sweatshop tryin to survive. i hope u r an asian. cause if u ain't an asian, why do u give a F? u r so worry about asian immigrants huh? maybe u should write a letter or petition to white folks at the desk to hire asian immigrants & pay them top $ for their work. maybe u should build a company to hire asian immigrants to pay them top $.
1boat50koreans / February 12, 2011 at 09:08 pm
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The most funniest $h!t I read in this discussion was about Asian immigrants workin at a sweatshop tryin to survive. I hope u r an Asian. Cause if u ain't, why do u give a damn? U r so worried about Asian immigrants huh? So worried about us? Then u should write a letter or a petition to white folks at the desk to hire Asian immigrants to pay them top $ for their work. Maybe u should build a company, hire Asian immigrants and pay them top $.
Rosa / October 8, 2011 at 12:50 am
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This store is garbage! I found everthing to be on the really worn side. I'd rather pay full price for the realdeal then put my money toward this garbage!!!
Rosa / October 30, 2011 at 06:03 am
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I visited this store over a year ago and then again recently upon the recommendation of my good friend and found that it has completely transformed. They use to carry more used clothing but now it is filled with luxury designer labels, especially bags! They have tons of authentic LV, Chanel, Gucci, brand new Herve Leger dresses, Christian Louboutin, etc. I'm now a huge fan!
Rocko / November 24, 2011 at 09:04 pm
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they sell fake designer pieces and never pay out there consigners
jack / March 27, 2012 at 05:38 pm
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I bought a prada purse and by the time I took it home the handles broke off it-big mistake
Mark replying to a comment from Rocko / April 14, 2012 at 04:41 pm
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That's not been our experience. All cheques have arrived on the agreed date.
Mrs. A replying to a comment from handfed / August 7, 2012 at 12:58 am
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You don't know if it was made in China don't be so negative
Sally A / September 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm
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I have been a consignor and a customer at Fashionably Yours for over 3 years and must say that my personal experience has always been nothing but positive and pleasant. As a consignor, I have always gotten paid upon request and almost all my 50+ items have sold for reasonable prices. I have seen this store evolve over the past few years into, in my opinion, the best consignment store in Toronto (I have tried several). Their product & selection has definitely changed for the better, lots more high end bags with a very wide selection of clothing brands. As a customer, I have scored some of my most cherished bags here, including a couple classic Chanel flap bags, Hermes Kelly bag, Louis Vuitton luggage, a Balenciaga bag and several pairs of brand new Louboutin shoes. I would suggest giving it a fair chance before believing the few negative people that perhaps might be comments from disgruntled competition, so it seems. Regardless, I felt very inclined to defend them and share my personal experience.
Quinton / December 7, 2012 at 07:26 pm
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hey, how does selling my clothes work at your store work? mens clothing
Barbara / December 16, 2012 at 01:44 pm
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Quinton - this store does in fact sells men's clothing! They have a pretty good selection of it as well, my boyfriend always leaves with something :)
Meh / April 8, 2013 at 10:12 am
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They kept my brand new designer black dress for 4 months, didn't sell it, and returned it to me smelling like BO with the zipper ripped. The store looks quite messy. Won't go there again.
Hermes Borse / April 30, 2013 at 04:11 pm
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Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Ie.
I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I'd post to let you know.

The design look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon.
Kudos
RR / July 30, 2013 at 08:43 am
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I put my tiffany ring on consignment, thought they would have it on the website an nothing.

This really hurt the sale of the ring. Should have put in on ebay or kijji myself. I will know

better next time. Will not continue business with this company again!
Tigercatsun / October 19, 2013 at 08:56 am
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I am a customer for 3-4 years. I have witness the store grow. Now not only the collections are all world-class designer pieces, I personally feel the usability of the pieces are much better than HR Last Call with 40-60% lower price! They have very high standards in choosing the pieces from consignors now a days.
But also you can be 100% sure they are all authentic or lifetime money back guarantee, the only consignment store offers this in Toronto.
The sales people are helpful and works very committed to find the pieces that you want to find. They give honest opinion, unlike most sales people you will find in other stores whom just want sell. I also find their professional suggestions work magic in finding the missing pieces to fill my wardrobe gaps from time to time.
Also the service at this store is unparalleled! My time spent there are always filled with happy laughter. Very enjoyable shopping experience!
NN / January 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm
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I have a lot of designer items I'm thinking of selling. Does anyone know what the costs are to consign them here or any other recommended consignment shops? Your guidance is much appreciated.
jeremy / January 25, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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fakes, fakes, and even more fakes!
Dinana / February 16, 2014 at 06:51 pm
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Amazing store ! Had like 1600$ price Gucci bag for only 600$!barely used ! Amazing shoes in a very good condition! Definitely going there again and again!
T V. / February 19, 2014 at 06:36 pm
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I also had trouble getting paid for my consignments. After many months of being led down the garden path I finally gave up. Just not worth it.
gigi / July 3, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Fake, fake, fake. Buyer beware! Though they sometimes do have real pieces, they have just as many fakes and you'll never see your money again if you try to get a refund for the knock offs. Plus the service sucks.
Danielle / August 8, 2014 at 05:40 pm
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So many fakes. Owner adds hidden fees consignors don't know about and don't receive a cut from it. Service is horrible. Over priced items. Staff has no clue about brands and what to price things at.
Tanya / August 9, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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Over priced items, poor quality control, staff are unaware of brands and look like they're pricing items for themselves to buy. Spotted a few knock offs and after asking their authenticity process they tell you they send it out to various places for authenticity but ive seen them put items on the floor right after the appointment even louis vuitton bags!!
Meera / November 8, 2014 at 11:37 am
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I purchased a $1800 bag from the online store at Fashionably Yours and they shipped it to me in a used, banged up, ULINE box. SERIOUSLY?!?! When I pay 1800 for a USED bag I expect the store to at least ship it in a nice (unused) box. Clearly they have their priorities in the wrong place.

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