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Posted by Briony / Posted on February 13, 2010

SHOPNYLASHOPNYLA has been a Rosedale staple for almost five years, but it recently moved to a larger storefront to house its New York (NY) and Los Angeles (LA) wares in a minimal, Miami-inspired space.

SHOPNYLACo-owner Andria Boyd makes a trip once a month each to NYC and LA to pick up lines like Catherine Malandrino, Helmut Lang, Missoni, Current/Elliott, Tucker, Parker, and plenty of J Brand jeans. "Our clothes are feminine, playful, and airy--like a vacation!" says Boyd.

SHOPNYLAThe clothes definitely have a more casual vibe, but the lines are clean and the fabrics luxurious. There are soft cottons for sleepy days, like black Splendid harem capris ($98), thin James Perse basics ($60--$125), heather-gray open-back JET tanks ($95), and the lovely line Kain ($98--$125), which has a variety of tops, from an utra-long electric-orange number to a one-pocket cobalt tee.

SHOPNYLAOuterwear is covered, too, like the massive peplum Line sweater ($165) and the black wool Vince boyfriend blazer ($570), and some nice leathers--my favourites include Line's ruffle-necked jacket ($600), Blank's skinnies ($250), and Veda's to-die-for asymmetrical motorcycle jacket with knit panels ($895).

SHOPNYLATwelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent is a stand-out brand carried by the shop--her fancy-wear is always amazing, whether it's a one-shouldered feather-patterned black and celadon silk frock ($490) or a strapless black silk jumpsuit ($525).

SHOPNYLAAnother brand I'd never heard of but was delighted to discover here is Amanda Uprichard--her silk dresses are extremely simple, but breathtaking in their dazzling colours and timeless cuts. Pick out a broad t-shirt dress in emerald, ice, or navy ($275), or a chic little ruffle-front fuschia cocktail dress ($235). Sling a Foley + Corinna tote ($495--$595) over your shoulder and you're ready to go.

I can't make it out to Los Angeles or New York that often, but SHOPNYLA will definitely tide me over until then.


Photos by Jason Tavares



mondayjane / February 13, 2010 at 02:41 pm
I've shopped here several times ... the merch is nice, but the service could definitely be friendlier.
Roseskinny / February 15, 2010 at 08:25 am
yes . its a good store. If they the staff took up the professionalism a notch they could make it great.
michelle / February 16, 2010 at 09:34 am
$250 for Blank skinnies? Those are $75US/$99CAD everywhere else...
V replying to a comment from michelle / March 4, 2010 at 12:24 am
They must be made by God himself in heaven....that's why Briony likes the store so much! Seems like she loves things that are overpriced. May make her feel better about herself?! Note the difference in the tone for this review and the next review where clothing is actually reasonably priced.
angie / March 4, 2010 at 02:28 pm
Actually they made a mistake and all the Blank skinnies are $98.00. I work there and our prices are the same as any store in Canada. I hope this clears things up! Thanks!
Briony / March 13, 2010 at 12:05 am
The original commenter was mistaken: I was referring to the leather skinnies, not the jeans.

"...nice leathers--my favourites include Line's ruffle-necked jacket ($600), Blank's skinnies ($250), and Veda's to-die-for asymmetrical motorcycle jacket with knit panels ($895)."
angie / March 15, 2010 at 08:46 am
Thank you Briony for clearing that up.
Monika / March 21, 2010 at 03:43 pm
Love the store! And the gals!
Over priced? pretty sure they sell the same/similar merchandise and have the same prices as Holt renfrew and TNT...if not better.
The only difference in my opinion between those stores is that at holts and tnt they only pay attention to you if they know you're going to spend lots of money!
Actually, at Nyla the girls are super friendly and always make an effort to show me new pieces.They never pressure me to shop, they even give suggestions on how i can put togther outfits that are at home. To those who say the service is bad...its hard to believe we're talking about the same store.
Jane / February 1, 2012 at 09:25 pm
This is the worst store ever! It has a disgusting vibe to it. While some of the clothes are nice, I really wouldn't waste any of my time trying to shop in a place where the people that work there actually think they are better then the people spending the $$$. This store owner/manager needs a wake up call. You work in retail! Try some customer service!
Katie / December 24, 2012 at 12:07 am
Mark my words-I have never written comments but this store warrants some:

They have the worst customer service I have ever encountered. Trust me I'm an avid shopper - you know one that will eat less for the sake of beautiful clothes. The staff and owner have serious attitude and never seem to appreciate my business. The return policies are oppressive and they have no flexibility especially given that I have been a long standing customer,

There are stories I could tell- like not letting me exchange a dress (albeit one week after the "exchange policy") and the exact same dress was still on their shelves!! AND I wanted to exchange it for a more expensive dress. She was beyond rude and I was so shocked,

While some of the clothes are nice But EXTREMELY OVERPRICED . Other stores offer better clothes and are often on sale with better service. I suggest after reading this blog you should not goto shop Nyla and go to a place that actually want your business and has a good vibe:
- canopy blue
- narwhal
- body blue
- Jonathan + Olivia

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