The Best Clothing Stores for Local Design in Toronto
The best clothing stores for local design in Toronto are filled with goods created and curated by local fashionistas and fashionistos. You'll find racks and racks of Toronto and Canadian-designed goods, with everything from accessories to outerwear lining the racks, but what's most notable is the high quality on display. Sometimes local is better.
Here are the best clothing stores for local design in Toronto.
Coal Miner's Daughter has three small but mighty shops located in Mirvish Village, Roncesvalles Village, and on West Queen West. The womenswear boutique specializes in locally sourced jewellery, accessories and clothing, with a commitment to keeping 80% of its stock Canadian-designed. You'll find hangers touting creations by Dagg and Stacey, Fitzy, Pink Martini and more.
Fresh Collective is heavily stocked with Canadian product. While you may stumble upon a few items from abroad, most pieces are locally sourced. You’ll find the racks here filled with tees, totes, and trousers from brands like Taska, Liberty & Love and Candi Factory. Bonus, there are three locations in the city, so it's never too far out of the way.
With a name like Northern Standard it should come as no surprise that this boutique sells predominantly Canadian gear. It boasts goods from Toronto brands like Doublenaut and Smells Like Canada, plus a bevy of Canuck-designed and made clothing. You'll also find camping socks, beanies, baby onesies and mugs by the boutique's own brand.
There’s no shortage of stylish boutiques in Parkdale, but Shopgirls really stands out. Why? It only stocks Canadian-designed goods that have (mostly) been manufactured in the country. Expect to find brands like Mackage, Matt & Nat, and Fidelity. To top it off, the shop sells clothes for ladies of all body types and encourages women to stop stressing over sizes with its Shop Your Shape program.
If you’re in the market for fashion-forward, menswear Gerhard Supply does it right. The Junction shop mainly sells goods that are designed and manufactured in the city, with labels like Muttonhead Collective, 18 Waits, and Bay Cooper lining its shelves. Although it predominantly stocks Canadian product, you’ll find a few labels from abroad here as well.
Just east of the Allen Expressway you'll find ELle & Co., a hot spot for locally designed creations. While it may not be in the most happening part of town, the styles carried here are on-trend and well made. Expect to encounter Toronto brands like Vespertine and Aborigen Handcrafts here.
If you're a fan of all things vintage, check out Black Daffodil. You'll find everything from patterned fit and flare dresses to retro handbags from Canadian companies like Annie 50 and Simon Chang. If you prefer to keep your look more modern, there are also a few contemporary pieces by brands like Rudsack.
Cat's Cradle is a Toronto landmark. It began as a menswear shop by the name of Dominion Clothing but has since evolved into a womenswear boutique, touting goods from Canadian designers and artisans. You'll find a healthy dose of vintage pieces plus contemporary designs by Toronto brands like Pink Martini.
Distill specializes in Canadian designed goods, with lots of clothing options for Toronto lovers. It sells graphic tees that boast images of city landmarks, Toronto themed underwear, and a few more city-centric styles. If you want to show love to local designers but not rep the city so boldly, the shop also sells basics by local designers.
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