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Posted by Kevin Naulls / Posted on August 31, 2010

Sydneys TorontoSydney's may have been burned recently, but the modern menswear retailer has not let a little smoke and soot taint the image of its emerging brand.

Sydneys TorontoEntering the former Heel Boy digs, the message could not be stronger. Sydney's is bigger and fuller than ever, housing Kin, an in-store label that focuses on simplicity and minimalism to reflect "new restraint," a trend that exceeds the colour camel (despite what most Phoebe Philo fetishists might say).

Sydneys TorontoWhere many have come to know Sydney's for their high price points, there are definitely options to suit your budget. Them Atelier, a denim manufacturer from LA is now being carried in 4 washes and 3 styles at a 98 dollar price point across the board - not too shabs for quality-fit and quality-make denim. Those venturing for a denim statement with a bit more substance can take a look at top selling brand Naked and Famous, a line that boasts a soft to the touch flannel option ($200).

What I valued most about my Sydney's experience was the well curated atmosphere. Although colour is mostly absent, each piece can be paired with any other on the racks that run the walls, making it a veritable "one stop shop."

Sydneys TorontoIn-house label Kin offers a 5 pocket charcoal trouser that can be worn casually as a jean or formally as a tailored pant - made from selvedged Japanese material with red hem-stitch detailing, it is the kind of versatile pant that I can see shelling out $250 for.

Sydneys TorontoConservative options range from a Kin collared jacket with hidden closure ($795), to more updated staples like their charcoal gray suiting. Not looking to sample the unfamiliar? Sydney's also carries popular brand Jil Sander for those complacent shoppers who might not be willing to expand their wardrobes with something fairly new and less international. Those still sweating the pockets of Toronto humidity will look great and feel cool in a lightweight check short sleeve option for $460. A little pricey, but for an international brand that makes quality menswear, you would be investing in a piece that will see heavy rotation.

Sydneys TorontoIf you are put off by the lack of colour or even if you aren't sure you are the monochromatic sort, there are options for most men in Toronto. Not for the bro in you, maybe, but certainly anyone looking to "class up" an occasion will find refuge in one of Sydney's well crafted button-ups, or slimmer cut suiting.

Sydneys TorontoWindow decals indicated that their liquidation post-fire sale continues with pieces discounted up to 80%. The selection is limited, so get there soon before it is too late.

Sydneys TorontoHours: Mon-Wed: 12-7PM, Thurs-Fri: 12-8PM, Sat: 12-7PM, Sun: 12-6PM

Photos by Dennis Marciniak



bob / August 6, 2010 at 09:47 pm
expesive as fuuuickk
nick / September 1, 2010 at 09:37 am
"...made from salvaged Japanese material..."

Or do you mean selvedge material?
Brandon / September 1, 2010 at 09:42 am
This place is the best for quality (take note, quality) denim. Sydney knows his denim and is trying his best to bring compete with North American vendors such as Blue in Green and Selfedge. Extremely friendly guy unlike most independent denim shops in Toronto.

Syndey's, A+.
Skibby / September 1, 2010 at 10:47 am
That place looks f'in amazing.
scott / September 1, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Best store in the city for men's clothing. Not cheap, but the stuff is very high quality and will last for a long time. Rice is delicious and costs next to nothing. Add some peas and it provides all the protein you need. You need to lose weight to fit into the denim jeans anyway. And you'll look great.
Johnny Cash 2.0 / September 1, 2010 at 01:06 pm
Looking at racks of fine denim like that give me a stiffy. Too bad I've decided to not buy any clothing for the rest of the year... see you next year Sydney.
Greg / September 1, 2010 at 02:29 pm
Uhhhhh. Denimgasm. Toronto doesn't really have a legit denim spot. Rainbow, TNT, Nomad, etc? Nope. This looks better. No Self Edge or Blue in Green, Context, but w/e.

Two things are required:
1) Legit (LEGIT) jeans: Japanese repros and such.
2) In-house chainstitching for said repros that have 36-38 inch inseams for those of us who are under 6" or don't want a crazy triple 2' cuff.

Step in the right direction. Now someone needs to take it one step further.
Greg / September 1, 2010 at 02:39 pm
Any good denim (raw/small waist) on sale to those who have been there?
Greg / September 1, 2010 at 02:42 pm
I see you 24 oz N&F peeking out.
Sunny / September 1, 2010 at 04:17 pm
Love Sydney's.
gr1 / September 2, 2010 at 01:43 am
get a site so we can see your products online. i hate not knowing when new shit arrives and will not "get there soon before it is too late." the internet wants to be your friend. best practices in toronto:,,, catch up.
gr1 / September 2, 2010 at 01:55 am
a simple google search proved my idiocy.;id=10

oh and your site is lovely. heh.
Greg / September 2, 2010 at 10:44 am
Retailers need to realise that a well made, easy to navigate, detailed picture, up to date inventory website is so key to making money. A nice webshop is just like a nice store. If a store is dingy and smelly its the same as a poor website. I'm looking at you - most Candian retailers (SSense is nice).
K-Borg / September 3, 2010 at 09:46 am
I'm a huge fan of Sydney's. It's relatively expensive, but for a skinny guy like me with a keen interest in classic/minimalist menswear, the selections here can't be beat. I've bought 2-3 lightweight cotton dress shirts tailored by Sydney and made in Toronto over the past year. I love them and haven't found anything else that fits me quite the same. Totally worth the price. I hope the store finds success in its new location!
NK / September 3, 2010 at 09:25 pm
Nobody and I mean nobody in Toronto can do a bespoke suit like Sydney. Keep doing what you do my are a true Artisan!
Sambots / September 9, 2010 at 02:39 pm
I bought a pair of Them Atelier jeans here earlier this week for $110 with tax and they're easily my new favorites - I'll definitely be back soon
Luke / September 6, 2012 at 10:16 am
One of the guys who worked there actually called me fat. Not cool, snob-beroo.
Roberta / March 9, 2013 at 06:32 pm
How do men feel about anti aging products for men? If it were to be subtle changes in the way you look where you look better but people can’t put their finger on how, would you consider it? Is looking good important to you? Is 500-1000 k too much every 6 months on over all maintenance? Is anonymity important to you? Would you prefer someone to come to you?
Ben / April 27, 2013 at 04:50 pm
I don't understand how a store with such poor customer service survives in this day of age. After browsing the store for 20 minutes, waiting for someone to help me pick out some clothes, I finally decided to go up to the salesperson and ask for assistance. Reluctantly, he put his burger down and asked what I needed. After picking out 4 pieces, he says we don't have any in your size. He refused to even go and check to see if they had the stuff in my size. By this point, I had given up and went up to the owner and told her how poor his service was and walked out. Too bad for you Sydney's, I will spend my money elsewhere down the street. Went to to a bunch of stores down the street and spent a cool $6k elsewhere.
Colin / November 16, 2013 at 11:39 pm
There is a reason this place is a Toronto fixture. They aren't afraid to carry stuff you won't find anywhere else in the city. Folks there always seem to know their stuff, always keen to chat, and none of the pretension of its Yorkville based competitors.

To those with sticker shock: fear not! The place regularly has incredible sales.

If they carried Wings + Horns this season I wouldn't shop anywhere else.
sharky / April 11, 2014 at 04:30 pm

Pictures of the Conscious Consumption series presented by Sydney:
TJ / June 30, 2014 at 09:24 am
Hipster suits with horrible material that you can't wear to formal occasions (job interviews, etc.).

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