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North Standard Trading Post

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / Posted on May 7, 2013

North Standard Trading PostNorth Standard Trading Post, the newest clothing retailer to set up shop in Parkdale, is the epitome of Canadian-style coziness - a notion I should've realized when I first saw their grizzly bear logo. On the walls hang maps of different parts of the country, the shelves are littered with deer antlers as d├ęcor, and the floors and furnishings are all made with unfinished wood - but what struck a chord with me the most was all of these background elements in unison with the boutique's merchandise for men, women, and children.

North Standard Trading PostOwners Francesco Fiore and Pamela Hopson aim to fill their store with things that make you feel at home; although not necessarily all Canadian-made, there's a piece of heritage behind each pant, jacket, necklace, and (of course) grooming product.

North Standard Trading PostFor instance, Murray's pomade - a brand from that thrived in the 30's - is available in its original tin can alongside other pompadour-controlling substances by Dax and Royal Crown ($8 - $12). Ben Davis workwear is also stocked at North Standard, making them the first (and only) Canadian stockists today. My favourite is their men's raw denim jacket ($98) - the ruggedness a telltale sign it's made for the great outdoors.

North Standard Trading PostFor the ladies, they've got utility jackets by Lifetime ($249), a selection of moccasins by Minnetonka ($70 - $120), and enough tank tops and flip flops to coordinate your entire closet. Nature-themed jewellery by Canadian designers Happy Camper, Birds of a Feather, and Sasha Eillenna dangle by the cash desk and are dainty enough to wear every day. A small section of North Standard branded kid's clothing ($20 - 45) is found at the back of the store, neatly placed next to Hunter boots for little feet ($60) and the celebrated Hudson's Bay blanket.

North Standard Trading PostAlthough the boutique is already filled to the brim with homey Canadian goods, Francesco and Pamela are bringing in more local brands like OSC Cross for the fall. In the future, they hope to increase their online presence and expand their house brand to offer leatherwork. I for one can't wait to see what they've got planned for the coming seasons - hopefully they'll help us brace ourselves for another too-long winter.

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Discussion

6 Comments

mayor dodge / May 7, 2013 at 11:20 am
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Now this is one swell place. They don't happen to sell mustache wax to go with the Royal Crown pomade, do they? It's getting time to don my straw fedora in style, you see.
North Standard Trading Post / May 7, 2013 at 11:30 am
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Well, Mayor Dodge, you're in luck!

We do sell moustache wax. Clubman and it comes with a little brush.

Hope to see you soon!
Dylan / May 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm
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Looks like a great store! Love this type of "Canadiana" that is part of all of us.

Congratulations and best wishes for the future!
Skye / May 7, 2013 at 02:01 pm
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"Clubman moustache wax! The moustache wax Hitler DOESN'T use!"

Simpsons references aside, this place looks awesome. I'm going to have to mosey over to Parkdale and take a look.
jameson / May 7, 2013 at 06:57 pm
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This place is really great, I had to walk in after seeing them put up the finishing touches last week. I can't wait to come in when they get new stock! Great addition to the area!
SHMOOSE / December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am
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Great friendly owners. Always have great products on display.

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