Best Place to Buy a Suit in Toronto
While I can't recall the first place I ever bought a suit; the first suit-shopping memory I do remember is shopping at Tom's Place in Kensington Market. My father used to take my brother and I there whenever it was time for him to stock up on shirts, ties, suits or whatever owner Tom Mihalik was promoting that week. Along the way we'd manage to pick up something for ourselves. There was always a wad of cash exchanged and lots of talk about cutting us a deal. Inevitably, a free tie, shirt or belt would find its way into our bag.
For many, the experience of shopping for menswear in Toronto wouldn't be complete without a stop at Tom's Place; but as the store celebrates its 50th year in business; it's now operating in a retail landscape that presents a lot more suit buying options (at all price points) than there were in years past.
Beyond the national, global and discount chains like Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Moore's, Zara, Club Monoco, Banana Republic and The Bay are a host of boutique shops offering cutting edge styles, custom tailoring and a modern shopping experience. At the top of our list - and winner of our Best of Toronto survey - is relative newcomer Gotstyle. Located on the second floor of a building on King West that also houses MySpace Canada, Gotsyle distinguishes itself not only by the selection they carry but also by the space and service itself. From helpful (but not pushy) salespeople to a lounge area, magazines, chilled music and even a men's spa area (head shave = $39), they understand more than most what men want in a retail shopping experience.
On the racks are a host of stylish yet affordable Canadian and international brands. It's rare to find any suit here that crosses into four figures; and most are within the $400-$750 price range including offerings from designers like Tiger of Sweden, Ted Baker and Zegna as well as jacket and pant combos from the likes of Ben Sherman and Toronto's Haight & Ashbury. They're also currently showing one of the city's best selections of skinny ties and offer an assortment of made-to-measure shirts.
The top five:
Got Style offers a huge selection of casual and formal men's clothing and accessories. Beyond suits, they have a great selection of affordable sport jackets, pants, dress shirts and ties. More »
While Tom's Place may not carry the latest styles (most inventory is from last season) it's tough to beat the prices here - especially if you're willing to negotiate a bit. Bonus! Pick up some freshly killed chickens for dinner down the street. More »
This small boutique on Queen West has a nice selection of off the rack suits, shirts and ties; but specializes in creating the custom something that will fit you just right. More »
Boomer must be doing something right to pay for that pricey real estate at Queen and John. Selection here tends to favour Boss, Cinque, Tiger of Sweden and J. Lindeberg. More »