The Best Clothing Stores for Local Design in Toronto
The best clothing stores for local design in Toronto give valuable exposure to Toronto-based designers in a hugely cluttered retail market. No matter their aesthetic or clientele, all of these stores put handmade, independent clothing and accessories first; some are aggressively locally-focused, while others handpick Toronto talent to add interest to a pool of designers from across Canada and around the world.
Worth noting is this list does not include stores that focus on only one or two lines. The boutiques that do appear on the list below carry a range of lines from eco-friendly to sleek and high-end to artsy and eclectic, proving that there's no singular Toronto style. Wearing local can look however you want it to.
Here are the best clothing stores for local design in Toronto.
Gerhard Supply stands out among its Junction neighbours as a destination for menswear with nearly everything in the store both designed and manufactured in Toronto. Check out the immaculately-edited store, and you'll find shirting, ties, accessories and grooming products. Everything a sharp-dressed man needs. More »
At this long-running Parkdale boutique, it's all handmade and all Canadian, with many of the 80 featured lines (including Opelle and Ferhn) based right here in Toronto. Bonus! Ffor those who have a rough time finding great-fitting threads, they recently launched an in-house "shop your shape" system. More »
This Queen St. mainstay recently marked a decade of existence and has spawned sister stores on Roncesvalles and in Kensington Market. All three are a reliable source for eclectic handmade wares, from Nude's sophisticated, tailored womenswear to Oddbird's domino pendant necklaces. More »
This bright, girly boutique feels like raiding your cool older sister's closet. The boutique's owners, Krysten Caddy and Janine Cockburn-Haller, sell their respective jewelry and clothing lines out of the store. Local faves like clothing designers Rachel Sin and Dagg & Stacey and a station full of makeup by local line Pretty round things out. More »
There's made-in-Canada, and then there's Canadiana. North Standard Trading Post does both at once, offering rugged, outdoorsy wear in a boutique festooned with antlers and point blankets. Among the local picks are outerwear from OSC Cross and jewelry from Happy Camper. More »
This airy West Queen West boutique is bursting with stellar picks from across Canada and around the world, with one-third of the lines based right here in Toronto. Local accessory designers make a particularly strong showing. Check out cold-weather accessories by Westlake Designs, Mary Made and Julie Sinden, and colourful geometric jewelry from Curious Oddities and Moonlight For Violet. More »
A decades-old Yonge and Wellesley institution, Cat's Cradle showcases Canadian and international designers. True to its origins as a menswear destination in the '30s, the now womenswear-focused shop focuses on serious wardrobe-building pieces, including wrap dresses by Bionic and tailored coats and suits from Paul Ho. More »