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5 more upstart fashion brands in Toronto

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / June 25, 2013

Kollar ClothingThere are countless fashion start-up brands in Toronto - so many that three previous posts couldn't even begin to cover them all. And, being in such an unpredictable industry, it's a marvel to see so many newbies giving it a shot. From swim trunks to funky socks, we've got five local names to look out for. Kudos to them! Though they're small, they'll soon be all the rage.

Bather Trunk Co.
Bather Trunk Co. - and their tagline "Men's swim trunks; for men, who swim," - may sound a little redundant, but their products are far from monotonous. With a penchant for quick dry nylon and snazzy prints (and the graciousness to offer solid colours for the less adventurous), this swimwear label is certainly making waves in Toronto since launching just last year. So, whether you're frolicking at the beach or getting your tan on at the cottage, Bather Trunk's got something for you at $75 - $85 a pop.

Socking Behaviour
Socking Behaviour aims to help customers find their distinct style and thrive in it, by offering an extensive collection of fashion's most constant accessory: socks. It may sound like an elaborate ruse to get you to trade in your worn out Walmart staples for a pair of HS polka dot numbers, but it'll all make sense once you give them a chance to jazz up your feet. Pretty soon, you'll find yourself itching for that pop of colour - the perfect reason to take advantage of the free Canadian shipping at their online store. Socking Behaviour also carries complimentary belts, sunglasses, laces, and cuff links by outsourced brands, making it a one-stop shop for all your personal style needs.

Joker's Closet
Joker's Closet launched earlier this year as a way for founder and CEO Ashley Ebner to give women the power and creative freedom to customize a pair of shoes. Each season, a new collection is introduced online, along with a curated palette of colours and textures for customers to play around with. The styles themselves are ultra-fashion forward, featuring fancy cut-outs and various heel heights ranging from $295 - $420. Plus, they can be made and delivered in less than four weeks - an impressive turnaround time for customized shoes!

Two Birds Apparel
After noticing a serious need for societally and environmentally friendly brands in the Canadian fashion industry, Tiffany and Daniel Andrew launched Two Birds Apparel - a well-rounded online shop dedicated to sustainable practices across the board. By offering premium basics made in Canada with biodegradable materials, donating a percentage of sales to the David Suzuki Foundation, and sourcing a bike courier company that employs at-risk youth to deliver local orders, Two Birds is paving the way for Toronto's socially/ecologically conscious future.

Kollar Clothing
Kollar Clothing calls itself "the black sheep of garments and innovative tailoring" - even a quick a gander at their men's apparel tells you it's true. Their garments are based on classic silhouettes, but the details are boundary-less. More often than not, they mishmash two or more materials in unconventional ways; a simple crewneck t-shirt from their spring collection is transformed with floral inserts ($40) and a pair of denim pants is upgraded with a corduroy waistband ($100). Though Kollar is just shy of two years old, they're already available in New York as well as Toronto boutiques Model Citizen, Blk Out, and Proper Reserve.

Photo from Kollar Cothing's Facebook page



Stephen / June 25, 2013 at 03:09 pm
Wahoo! Socking Behaviour is doing great things. I love their Why - to help people discover and show their style so that the can thrive with confidence. Giddy up!
Liz / June 25, 2013 at 03:51 pm
Congratulations Ashley of Joker's Closet --- Vogue India last week and Vogue Spain this week! AMAZING shoe designs and colours!!
annonymous / June 25, 2013 at 04:28 pm
complimentary vs. complementary
lulu / June 25, 2013 at 04:46 pm
I would add Attila Agency
Steven / June 25, 2013 at 04:49 pm
Bought a pair of Bathers at Uncle O's in TO.
Love them so much I wear them in the shower.
Jared / June 25, 2013 at 05:12 pm
As the founder of Socking Behaviour, I'd like to say thanks for including us on this list. Just checked out Bather Trunk Co's website and I'm excited to test those out myself this summer!
donnie / June 25, 2013 at 06:38 pm
I would add ... great underwear and swimsuit line from the talented alicia martin
Ryan / June 25, 2013 at 08:21 pm
Great list. Nice to see upstart brands in Toronto
Corinne / June 25, 2013 at 09:47 pm
Great list up and coming local companies! I'll keep an eye out for them.
Shirley / June 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm
We love our sock of the month from Socking Behavior!
Laura / June 25, 2013 at 11:12 pm
I'll definitely be checking out these Canadian companies - great list!
Steven P / June 26, 2013 at 09:04 am
I'm glad I discovered, as it beats going across the border to get fashionable and trendy socks at a reasonable price.
Not to mention, getting socks delivered monthly to your home is great, especially in that unique packaging.
Rob S / June 26, 2013 at 09:37 am
Great piece. It's hard to find these kinds of unique local businesses on your own.
John / June 26, 2013 at 09:54 am
great list ! , I am really liking Kollar Clothing, such beautiful pieces I have to go buy a piece from them now ,thanks for the list
Louie / June 26, 2013 at 10:06 am
Sam / June 26, 2013 at 11:04 am
Signed up for Socking Behaviour's sock of the month club. Great value and couldn't be happier with my first two months' worth of stylish socks!
Whatever and whoever / June 26, 2013 at 03:46 pm
CDn companies? Where does your product come from? Somewhere in Asia I bet ... How clever is it to resell Asian goods at an inflated cost?!
Wtf sock guy - get your friends to post positive comments!?. Looks terrible. And says nothing positive about your 'brand'
Wendy / June 26, 2013 at 08:27 pm
I love the idea of doing sock of the month, perfect and unique gift idea from socking behaviour!
Connor / June 27, 2013 at 02:49 pm
Socks online? Perfect, now I don't have to leave my house to do anything.
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Eric Ing / June 28, 2013 at 03:54 am
Go Kollar Clothing Co! That's my homie.
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