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The Best Menswear Stores in Toronto

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / May 7, 2014

menswear torontoThe best menswear stores in Toronto are scattered all over the city - whether you're in Yorkville or the Junction, you'll find a supplier of tip-top men's fashion near you. However, the hunt for a specific look requires a little more effort as every shop is curated (to perfection, no less) for a distinctive lifestyle. There may not be a spot on this list for the bargain hunters, but there's one for the dapper chap in Jil Sander suits and, another for someone a little rougher around the edges - whatever your style, you'll leave these stores better-dressed.

Here are the best menswear stores in Toronto.

See also:

The top 10 new menswear stores in Toronto
The best place to buy a suit in Toronto
The best bespoke tailors in Toronto
The best shoe stores in Toronto

Uncle Otis

Uncle Otis

A Yorkville staple, Uncle Otis calls itself the "purveyor of fine style" - and, after 23 years of business, we couldn't agree more. They offer everything from a trusty Filson briefcase to a trend-centric pair of printed chinos. Plus, they're known for a whole whack of exclusive designer collaborations; Canada Goose and Oliver Spencer are some of the names on their roster. More »

Nomad

Nomad

Nomad supplies their many loyal customers with a generous helping of sleek downtown cool. You can find the latest and greatest from the likes of Comme Des Garcons, Common Projects within their exposed brick walls, as well as lifestyle goods like fancy cologne and soy candles. More »

Sydney's

Sydney's

Sydney's is one of those spacious boutiques with a smattering of product folded meticulously on minimal furnishings and hung on evenly spaced hangers. It almost seems too big for its ever-sophisticated stock, but each piece is carefully selected with the highest standards of quality - not quantity. United Stock Dry Goods and Marni can be found here along with several more coveted brands. More »

Lost & Found

Lost & Found

Although Lost + Found is half coffee, half clothing shop, the menswear is far from second string. Dedicated to a rugged Americana aesthetic, the stock boasts a whole whack of classics like '70s Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars and Levi's 511s as well as print-clad shirts by Gitman Brothers Vintage and ties by The Hill-side. The best part? They can all be perused with a fresh latté in hand. More »

Gotstyle

Gotstyle

With two locations and a very sophisticated web presence under their belt, Gotstyle is easily the most accessible boutique for dapper chaps and average Joes alike. They've got a good selection of quality basics like Pima cotton tees and sweat-wicking underwear, but the main attraction's the funky shirts, brightly hued blazers and patterned pants by labels like Gsus Industries and Bustle. More »

Gerhard Supply

Gerhard Supply

Gerhard Supply in the Junction may be quite a ways away from the other names on the list, but it's definitely a destination store. The boutique is a mecca for Toronto-based menswear brands like Outclass and Philip Sparks, making it a destination for those who like to support local and a pleasant surprise for those who don't (yet). More »

North Standard Trading Post

North Standard Trading Post

North Standard Trading Post pays homage to Canadian spirit - not only is its interior brimming with deer antlers and maps of the country, the stock is made for the quintessential outdoorsy guy. Muttonhead five panel hats, K-Way windbreakers and Workers New York tote bags are just some of the rugged gear you can find here. Plus, they've got a house brand of basics like socks and hoodies perfect for a Canadian winter. More »

Jonathan + Olivia

Jonathan + Olivia

Jonathan + Olivia is an Ossington favourite for all the gear you'd otherwise only see on Kanye West. Nothing's too off the wall for this boutique - they've got an abundance of Hood By Air's obnoxiously printed shirts and Rick Owens DRKSHDW's drop crotch shorts. Oh, you want shiny, leather-look sweatpants? They've got those too. More »

Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Woodlawn focuses on function over fashion, and that's a concept they see through in all aspects of the business. The space is both a store and a studio, decorated only with chipboard clothing racks and shelving units. The shop teems with cozy, practical clothing like sweats by Reigning Champ and deerskin gloves by Pratt & Hart while the on-site studio takes care of all your sewing and alteration needs. More »

TNT

TNT

TNT is a big, shiny hub for fashion aficionados of all kinds. 4,000 square feet of the massive space is dedicated to menswear alone. Whether you're looking for a new pair of sneakers or a perfectly tailored blazer, this boutique's got Junya Watanabe, Alexander Wang, and Tiger of Sweden galore, and lots of space to prance around in their clothes. More »

Community 54

Community 54

Meant to give off the same vibe as their New York location, Community 54 in Parkdale is a go-to for streetwear. The shop harbours enough house brand snapbacks and parody T-shirts to clothe a small army. A hoodie emblazed with "Local Hooligans" epitomizes their customer base. More »

Contraband

Contraband

Contraband in Yorkville is a little edgier and more urban than the rest. An impressive wall of Kris Van Assche and Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers is proof. The clothes are just as cool and quirky, boasting names like Juun.J and Pigalle. More »

Discussion

24 Comments

Notsaying / May 7, 2014 at 03:13 pm
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With the exception of TNT and Gotstyle, I think you get the exact same outfit at all the rest. Cliche hipster look. I think this shows bias in the selection. I can think of a few good spots offering high quality items. To not be a troll, I will not mention them.
KevinN replying to a comment from Notsaying / May 7, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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I doubt that. Contraband carries some high end street and designer wear which isn't carried by some other mentioned.

The list however does separate differences between each stores or varying types of style for men at various prices. Not just hipsters which you describe and by default what the majority people will describe because they can't think of anything better to say than well, hipster.
jameson / May 7, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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Gerhards, Northern Standard and Wood Lawn are great, mainly for being affordable. I would add Philistine and Future of Frances.
Rick / May 7, 2014 at 05:03 pm
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I work for an textile company that manufacutres clothing of all different types. I would never set foot into one of these stores, not because I don't have the money, because I know the retailer net cost of these clothes. For one the mark up in some instances in 100% +++ !!! I'm sorry I cannot pay exsorborant prices for clothes after knowing where its made, and what the cost to produce is. I will not be part of the sheep making someone else rich.

I buy my clothes on sale and heavily discounted - name the store.
Naive replying to a comment from Rick / May 7, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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You mean companies mark up prices. I'm outraged!!!! Does this mean the $14 Pasta with Tomato sauce doesn't actually cost $14?????
Peanut Gallery / May 7, 2014 at 05:24 pm
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This is one of the worst BlogTO comment sections I've ever seen. Well done, friends.
Much Obliged replying to a comment from Peanut Gallery / May 7, 2014 at 06:41 pm
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No thank you for your commentary.
Rick replying to a comment from Rick / May 7, 2014 at 08:22 pm
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Hahahahhahahahahahah. Yes, we know. Thanks for adding nothing.
s.... / May 7, 2014 at 09:39 pm
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no mention of haven, working title or serpentine? whoever wrote this is a rank amateur.
Justin / May 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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What about everyone's favourite store in the heart of Greektown, 569 Danforth Avenue? Better call Saul! If he's not in St. Maarten right now!
Eric / May 8, 2014 at 12:27 am
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why would you let a chick write about menswear stores? TNT and J+O are clearly more of women's stores. Their menswear business is not even 1/3 of what they make on women's. Ms Bianca Venerayan please do your proper research before posting your BS. Surprisingly, she didn't include Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew on the list lol
Eric replying to a comment from Rick / May 8, 2014 at 12:45 am
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If you are cheap does not mean everyone else has to be. The stuff that some of these stores carry are made in Japan, France, Italy etc. But you obviously have no clue about something called IMPORT DUTY, oh and something called QUALITY.
Peter / May 8, 2014 at 09:01 am
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As a poster above noted, most of these stores cater to the same aesthetic. Nothing wrong with that, but it sadly omits stores like V Hazelton, Loding.
Nic / May 8, 2014 at 10:14 am
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Dear Eric…

A brand list of Alexander Wang, Drkshdw Rick Owens, AMI, Our Legacy, Saturdays NY, Wood Wood, Acne Studios, Norse Projects, Wings & Horns, YMC Surface to Air, Hood by Air + Rag & Bone mights suggest we have nice mens line-up…
Nic / May 8, 2014 at 10:32 am
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And you missed… Haven.
Sylvia / May 8, 2014 at 10:35 am
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Bogart on Yonge, just north of St. Clair is fabulous. The owner is lovely and has STYLE beyond. Highly recommend it!

Huuk / May 8, 2014 at 10:44 am
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I was at Uncle Otis for the first time in a decade this past boxing day. I have never had service like this in Toronto, very impressed. The guy didn't bug me, made a couple constructive comments about sizing up or down based on how I wash them when i tried on some pants, and then gave me an extra 10% off at the cash. Thats how you make a customer happy and willing to come back. Deserved #1.
Ummm replying to a comment from Eric / May 8, 2014 at 10:50 am
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Well, considering the list was voted on by the readers of the site, I can't really see why you would blame the write for the stores chosen.

Also, just because J+O has a huge womens section, doesn't mean that their slightly smaller mens section isn't one of the best in Toronto. Their selection is amazing, and they have huge sales quite often.
Rick replying to a comment from Eric / May 8, 2014 at 11:09 am
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It's not that i'm cheap or don't know quality, its that I actually know of the quality of these items and know that these are being sold for tens times what they are worth - are you going to wear this piece for more than 2 years? Most likly not... wear it for a season then toss.... Why on earth would you grossly overpay for a shirt lest say, that's costs $10-$20 to make and sells for $250?

Again, the idiots of Toronto come out on this one.
DC replying to a comment from Ummm / May 8, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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Don't see anywhere in this article where it says these stores were voted on by readers. If so, then I wouldn't have any issues with the clear "bias" of this list alluded to by "NOTSAYING". Whenever these lists come out, there is never a criteria for the reader to follow. Are these "men's only" stores? Are they defined by price point? Or by age? Or by style? If a writer like Bianca is going to lump every single store in the city that carries menswear into one category, then she has missed the mark. Some of these stores definitely deserve to be on this list, others don't. But since she has generalized this subject, here is a list of long standing retailers with established menswear sections that were somehow left out:

Harry Rosen
Due West/Next Door
Holt Renfrew
The Coop
Over the Rainbow
The Showroom
Jerome's
Sporting Life
Body Blue

I love reading BlogTO but I am disappointed in how they give this kind of aimless journalism a pass.
tommy replying to a comment from Rick / May 8, 2014 at 04:42 pm
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You make good points about the longevity and quality of clothing, but completely miss the point. Construction quality and textile strength have absolutely nothing to do with fashion, style, or the cost one is willing to pay for a garment. The people who shop at these stores aren't looking for blue collar work clothes - they're looking to build a specific aesthetic and treat clothing as a hobby.

Personally I find it a bit silly, but whining about textiles and mark-up is even sillier. You are silly.
s.... replying to a comment from DC / May 9, 2014 at 06:14 pm
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this is a list of the BEST menswear stores...over the rainbow, the showroom, body blue etc. sells clothes aimed at teenagers or ginos.
Brian replying to a comment from Naive / May 21, 2014 at 10:28 am
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Would you buy that pasta at $114?
ZEGLIO Toronto / July 17, 2014 at 06:34 am
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In terms of best mens wear, ZEGLIO Toronto store provides Custom tailored suits from $490 onwards. You can also try us for custom shirts and shoes.

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