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Haven Toronto

Posted by Sabrina Maddeaux / Posted on March 29, 2012

Haven TorontoHaven is the latest addition to Corktown. This is Haven's third location, with two other successful stores in Edmonton and Vancouver. The open-concept store is bright and organized by brand, with clothes hanging on racks around the store's perimeter and a lot of unused space in the middle (room to grow, I suppose). Haven's two floors have big paneled windows, exposed air ducts and pipes, and whitewashed walls for a loft-like feel...the type of lofts that sell for millions, that is.

Haven TorontoPerhaps the best part of the store is the artwork and sculptures by New York-based designer KAWS. His colourful contemporary pieces rework traditional depictions of Mickey Mouse, turning the beloved character into a creepy-but-cool half-dead, half-spliced-open version of its former self.

Haven TorontoHaven carries high-end streetwear labels like OriginalFake, Junya Watanabe Man, Neighborhood, Reigning Champ, Comme des Garcons, Wings + Horns, and White Mountaineering. Although there are definitely some good finds here, I worry that the average man won't know what to do with shirts that boast polka dots layered upon fair isle, or pants with rainbow-pattern crotch curves. This place is a breeding ground for sartorial screw-ups.

Haven TorontoI also found Haven to be overpriced; think of what you'd pay for a cotton zip hoodie or fingerless gloves, then multiply that by four. A pair of Nonnative wanderer gloves with "ethnic" jacquard aren't only one of the single ugliest garments I've ever seen (think racial insensitivity meets squeegee boy), but retails for $135. A single pair of White Mountaineering socks goes for $50 and a Uniform Experiment "Trim Tee" - literally a white t-shirt with the brand's logo screened on the front - rings in at $143. Talk about the art of paying more to look poor.

Haven TorontoHaven's strength is really in their accessories, mostly sneakers and backpacks. They have unique finds like Comme des Garcons' Play x Converse Chuck Taylors, Junya Watanabe Man duck boots, and Master-piece rucksacks.

Haven TorontoBest of all, there's no need to actually visit the store because all their stock is available online. Shipping rates are reasonable, even internationally, and the less time spent on streetcars the better.

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Discussion

38 Comments

jameson / March 29, 2012 at 03:30 pm
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Whatta strange way to end the review, "the less time spent on streetcars the better"

You're an idiot.
getoutthere replying to a comment from jameson / March 29, 2012 at 04:07 pm
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Seriously - Blogto is forever encouraging residents to get out and see their city, and here you're recommending they just check out the store's website? Corktown is a fascinating neighbourhood that hardly anyone visits - you should be pushing people down there! Get it together, guys.
Joe / March 29, 2012 at 04:12 pm
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I've been in. Everything has a label front and centre! Labels that are displayed in such a grotesque way are for people who have a brain to money ratio that is completely off balance!
Jordan / March 29, 2012 at 04:16 pm
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Pretty harsh review - lighten up! Also - how is a woman reviewing a man's clothing shop? That just seems silly, if not pointless.
JT / March 29, 2012 at 04:16 pm
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Another shitty store for overindulgent self-obsessed young men with (evidently) too much money on their hands?
eco|stems / March 29, 2012 at 04:18 pm
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There are lots of neat shops along this part of Queen. Hopefully this clothing store and others that take the risk like we have will start to draw more walkers, cyclists and transit users East of Yonge.
canmark / March 29, 2012 at 04:26 pm
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"I also found Haven to be overpriced; think of what you'd pay for a cotton zip hoodie or fingerless gloves, then multiply that by four."

True, Haven sells highly priced 'streetwear,' with assorted international labels. But if Edmonton and Vancouver men (their other store locations) can afford those overpriced casual looks, surely Toronto men can, too. Although I've never ordered anything from Haven, I've checked out their website for the past year or so and am glad they've landed in TO (it's tough thinking Edmonton knows more about Japanese street styles, say, than us). The store looks cool and they do have end of season sales... so, save up for those fingerless gloves!
Janey replying to a comment from canmark / March 29, 2012 at 05:25 pm
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...clearly works for the company
carl / March 29, 2012 at 06:32 pm
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Haven isn't for people looking for a "deal" on fashion or people that don't know jack all like Sabrina!
Heaven / March 29, 2012 at 07:02 pm
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i'll go, only if they have street fighter 2
Jim / March 29, 2012 at 08:14 pm
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Sabrina I'm pretty sure the walls aren't whitewashed, it's not a barn.
lowrez / March 29, 2012 at 08:32 pm
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Have to say, Sabrina, this is a pretty bad review. Condescending, too.

"I worry that the average man won't know what to do with shirts that boast polka dots layered upon fair isle, or pants with rainbow-pattern crotch curves"

Fuck off!
evan / March 29, 2012 at 08:43 pm
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Great photos! I didn't read the review, but the visual coverage is great.
lowrez / March 29, 2012 at 09:10 pm
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Agreed, good job on the photos.
lol / March 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm
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this is the sad byproduct of the tumblr generation....... dudes trying to impress each other by how much their clothes cost
Guy / March 30, 2012 at 03:45 am
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Good thing people who don't spend all their time on the internet aren't like these comments. Not only that but this review just spews bile all over this store by someone who clearly doesn't "get it", written by a woman who headlined a previous article with a photo of converse chucks with faux fur tongues. Those gloves are the ugliest piece of clothing you've ever seen? Come on.

What an amazing way to welcome Haven to Toronto.
peanut_gallery / March 30, 2012 at 05:24 am
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Queen & Berkeley is 1100 meters from the Eaton Centre at Yonge & Queen. That's a 15 minute walk. And, you pass lovley shops like Upside Dive and Ecostems on the way.

Queen East is the new Queen West!
Lxpatterson / March 30, 2012 at 07:33 am
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That is a fob store that got away from pac mall!
Josh / March 30, 2012 at 08:42 am
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A most silly review, those who know will see past these ill-informed words and visit.
Rochelle / March 30, 2012 at 09:00 am
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I don't get as excited as other people to waste $143 of my hard earned money on a t shirt. Anyone else feel this way?
sean / March 30, 2012 at 10:20 am
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Ok, so she's trying to make some comments sound sassy, but instead they come across as insipid. We need Robyn to re-review this place.
Guy replying to a comment from Rochelle / March 30, 2012 at 10:25 am
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If it were a store whose only product was a $143 t-shirt, then you'd have a valid point. But that's just one thing. Certain street wear brands are expensive. Fashion, in general, IS EXPENSIVE. Do you care so hard about the prices at Holt Renfrew? About shops in Yorkville? If you do, obviously you're not the market.
Kim / March 30, 2012 at 10:42 am
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I have to agree with Sabrina here. This places prices are pretty scary. I just checked out the website and saw a $70 keychain.
Rob / March 30, 2012 at 11:44 am
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Do you complain about prices when you go buy a Porche? NO, obviously this place is not for cheap people who want to catch a sweet deal and bargain shop. For those "in the know"
Average Person / March 30, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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Are you people for real? Did someone really just compare fingerless gloves and a Porsche as an example of how the author is an idiot? Did that really just happen?

Some nice kicks, bags (as written)... but wow, overpriced. And I worry about a store when its cronies (clearly involved w/ the owner or some other related body) comment-bomb some woman's article with this kind of nonsense.

Get a life you freaks.
Hunter / March 31, 2012 at 03:33 am
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I just went thru most of the catalogue on their website. I love these clothes. I wish all guys in Toronto wore them. They're sometimes hilarious. The two tone hunting jacket for $1065 is an example. The fit is so tight it looks like you have zero mobility. My dad was a hunter and imagining him in this thing makes me wet myself with laughter. Looks like something you'd wear to hunt sparkly fluorescent foxes with big eyes. You shoot them with a smart drink and they explode with a cascade of japanese yen and schoolgirls. I'd love to have this jacket. People would look at me, in the wrong way, everywhere I'd go. Love it. It looks so uncomfortable too. Only a grand.
Asia / April 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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Haven is a stunning store. It is not inexpensive but it is not over priced. The garments are not fast fashion and the prices reflect this. It is on par with pricing from competitor shops like Jonathan + Olivia, Nomad, Lileo, etc. They should not be scrutinized for following the suggested retail prices of the vendors they carry. Not everyone is in the market to buy a shirt that is upwards of $200 and therefore this store is not for everyone, but those who do appreciate well crafted garments should pay them a visit.

Also, the review was just terrible. How can you write a fashion review if you clearly have no understanding of it?
CKimura / April 22, 2012 at 11:02 pm
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A little out of the way but well worth it. Best men's store in Toronto.
Sarah / May 1, 2012 at 01:17 pm
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WOW-
maybe one should work in the business of fashion to understand what HAVEN's doing in order to write an educated review. Not one they understand through fashion blogs...
props to anyone who decides to open any type of business in this economy.
Go back to Quebec Sabrina
Jake / May 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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Whats the address of the store?
Miguel / May 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm
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I really think there's a difference between being a critic as you claim yourself to be and being ignorant. This right here is clear evidence of being ignorant. I don't know if you know but the reason for the pricing for these Japanese brands is because back in Japan, the title of being an artisan of some sort holds the highest value. The Japanese is known for their art and intricate skill set for fashion; on top of that, shipping and duties to bring the products here of course. Lastly but most definitely not the least,about your last remarks, "Best of all, there's no need to actually visit the store because all their stock is available online. Shipping rates are reasonable, even internationally, and the less time spent on streetcars the better.". I understand online shopping is CONVINIENT but you're losing that personal connection between the consumer and the clerks and that to me, is key, to shopping. In terms, of the demographic, I think one of the reasons why Haven chose that location away from tourist central, Queen St West, is that they target a different audience same goes for Nomad Uncle Otis etc, obviously not for close minded people like yourself.
Migdrew replying to a comment from Miguel / May 10, 2012 at 03:23 pm
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Mahal Kita
PMoney replying to a comment from Miguel / May 11, 2012 at 07:33 pm
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YO MIGUEL your right guy
Person replying to a comment from Guy / June 5, 2012 at 12:25 am
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I hardly consider a tshirt to be FASHION, it has less than five seams and thus is clothes

With that being said, I love good quality clothing, but I hate street wear labels. A $1000 jacket suggest the quality or design is 10x better than a $100 jacket and this is rarely the case
Lame / July 14, 2012 at 03:25 pm
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Haven is a ripoff store. Go online on US sites and buy American designer products at 1/3 the price of Haven's and are Made in America. The stuff Haven sells are out dated designs. Totally a FOB store.
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Denimgeek / October 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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Haven has no customer service at all. I have shopped there but find their staff to have no customer focus at all. I would recommend shopping at any other online store.
Rick / November 2, 2013 at 01:26 am
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I work too hard for my money to spend on clothes that look like I can get for 1/4 of the price and I've spent money on expensive clothes. I went on their site and they do have some nice looking stuff. But the price is a huge turn-off for me. I do know a guy who'd probably spend his money here - he also gets facials and manicures regularly. Lol.

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