Kotn is on a mission to elevate ordinary things. Egyptian cotton tees are their core product, intended as a step towards revitalizing Egypt’s cotton industry.
They partner with family-owned farms and charities in Egypt and all their production takes places near Alexandria.
Their store on West Queen West feels like a sleek extension of owners Mackenzie Yeates and Ben Sehl’s living room, their little dog traipsing around the boutique.
A front area is the most shop-like, white and minimal.
An elevated section further back is more personal, with comfy couches and a coffee table, and some personal touches like photos of Yeates’ and Sehl’s grandparents.
Kotn sells innovative no-brainer unisex “kits”: the weekday kit contains three tees, two polos, five pairs of undies ($18 alone, also Egyptian cotton) and a tote ($249).
The only things in these kits not made by Kotn are the bags. Tees are $30 on their own or three for $75, and come in a variety of styles, with scoop, crew and V necks.
The weekend kit has a hoodie, sweatpants, two tees, two pairs of boxers and a backpack, so you could essentially waltz in and out of the store and be ready for a short getaway instantly. Sweaters are $75, and ultra-comfy pyjama sets are $98.
Other home items and quirky knick-knacks and gifts fit right in with Kotn’s simple yet elegant style, like timeless bowl sets ($108). They retail products from small independent companies as much as possible.
Cards decorated with spare text are $8, smaller but equally quirky ones going for $4.50.
Public Supply notebooks ($16) replace something typical with a North American product that’s a pleasure to use.
Sydney Hale is also a North American company, making candles ($40) in scents like bergamot and black tea.
Brooklyn company Fredericks and Mae is everywhere in here, adding whimsy to all sorts of usual things, like putting rainbow tips on these matches ($34).
San Francisco company Crow Canyon makes a range of enamelware products with a classic nostalgic look, from kettles to camping style mugs.
Leather goods from local Toronto company Varsity Brown can be found here, like wallets ($60) and larger clutches ($90).
Kotn accomplishes its mission of elevating the ordinary, but somehow does it while still managing to remain accessible and everyday.
We’re thrilled to welcome Marcella DiLonardo from Modest Marce to the store to host a workshop on how to create 3 festive cocktails this holiday season.
We will be making a Salted Caramel Bourbon Cider, A Cold Brew White Russian featuring Station Cold Brew and a Pomegranate Thyme Spritzer.
Toronto’s Cookie Queen Lindsey Gazel joins us for an afternoon of cookie decorating. Lindsey’s cookies are far from average, with designs inspired by Runway looks, Yeezys and even Drake. You’ll be the coolest guest at your family Christmas when you bring these cookies that you’ve made yourself.
All supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity and holiday cheer!
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