On top of that, many of the names on this list have elected to skip the storefront altogether (the rent's always cheaper on the Internet), meaning you can shop for awesome products not available anywhere else while still supporting a local business.
Here are my picks for the top online stores for home decor and furniture in Toronto.
As with any new event, it wasn't without its speedbumps - occasionally less-than-smooth logistics (including an awards-show delay they called on Stacey McKenzie to liven up) and one honest-to-goodness media snafu in the form of L'Uomo Strano's off-again, on-again collection. But the lineup of dozens of designers - many of whom were totally new to the fashion scene - was still a breath of fresh air, bringing collections that ranged from the beautiful to the shocking to the unusual. (And they definitely didn't shy away from the unusual - but then again, that's why we're looking at it on the runway, and not buying it at the Gap.)
Here, in no particular order, are 10 of my favourite looks - and five of the wackiest ones - from the first-ever TOM.