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Woodlawn Boutique

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on May 31, 2011

Woodlawn TorontoWoodlawn Boutique is a rustic-looking new boutique near Dundas and Dufferin. the intersection isn't a shopping destination quite yet, but Ainaz Maleko definitely recognizes the potential, especially with stores such as Magwood and Red Canoe just down the street. That's why she and business partner Jen Kim decided to open their boutique of practical clothing for men and women in this small space just west of Dufferin.

Woodlawn Toronto"We look for brands that are not easily accessible, stuff you won't find everywhere," Ainaz tells me as she leads me around the shop. "Definitely functional over trendy."

Woodlawn TorontoThe space itself certainly has that "functional" vibe, with clean white walls, chipboard clothing racks, and hardwood floors. Hanging on the racks and shelves are varying takes on simple--from YMC perforated sweaters in a deep navy ($149), to Industry of All Nations patent leather loafers ($160).

Woodlawn Toronto"I love this," Ainaz says, reaching for a hanger from a rack by the front entrance. She retrieves a powder blue Family Affairs dress, sort of vintage-inspired with a tailored bodice and flowy skirt. "These are antique glass buttons," she says, running a finger down the front of the dress ($218). "They just add a really beautiful touch."

Woodlawn TorontoAinaz and Jen met through a friend a couple of years ago, and soon became good friends themselves. While Jen spends part of her time working as a stylist at Grateful Head, and Ainaz works as a bartender, they decided to get into business together.

Woodlawn Toronto"Jen is crazy into fashion," Ainaz says. "And I always wanted to open a vintage shop from my own collection. But we decided this was a better fit. "

Woodlawn TorontoWoodlawn offers accessories with the same sort of "basic and functional" attitude as its men and women's clothing. While a jewellery line is currently in the works, Woodlawn sells leather belts by local designer Joseph Tanner, as well as Wm. J. Mills & Co. canvas bags made form the same material the century-old family company used to create actual sales. But the winner at Woodlawn is its awesome, awesome WeWood watches ($120), made from Italian wood and free from toxic materials. The sale of each watch translates to the planting of a new tree through the Global ReLeaf Fund.

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rizie / June 1, 2011 at 10:00 am
Store looks great! Can't wait to visit. I'm glad to see that the Dufferin Smoke Shop sign is still being used!
duey / June 1, 2011 at 01:03 pm
Great watches but
What about the shades
strantz / June 1, 2011 at 06:54 pm
Happened upon this store and was very impressed with the mens collection... staff was amazing and extremely proud of their products... highly recommend
jammie / June 3, 2011 at 01:44 pm
Love those watches. What are the price points?
woodlawn replying to a comment from jammie / June 3, 2011 at 05:42 pm
Hey Jammie! The watches go for $120.
mouse / June 5, 2011 at 01:54 am
Just a warning about the watches: my Mum bought one for my sis at another store. It had little stones by each number. One of the stones fell out the first time she put it on. The store replaced it and the same thing happened so they gave her a refund. My Mum has one without little stones that has worked fine for about a year now. Perhaps avoid thhe little stones?
Mrs. Rose Abel / July 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Dear Sales,

I am Mrs Rose Abel the owner of (Rose Abel Boutique) I am

interested in your products, kindly pls get back to me so that I can

be able to make selections if you are interested in selling to me,My

method of payment is Visa Or Master Credit card Payment method, and

kindly pls don’t hesitate to reply back if you accept my method of


Bellow is my shipping

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Ivory-Coast, West Africa,
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Best Regards

Mrs Rose Abel
Hawful / May 12, 2014 at 04:49 pm
Not really a honest shop. Also very limited collection, looks like they are doomed to close the store very soon. You can't actually find anything interesting from their store. Dont understand why this one was chosen as one of the best shops again in 2014 (other stores are fine. just this one I dont agree). The most disappointing shop considering how promising it looked when they started..

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