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The Best New Fashion Stores in Toronto, 2009

Posted by Briony / January 13, 2010

Toronto Fashion StoresWhen it comes to the Toronto fashion scene, 2009 was the year of the homegrown designer - almost half the stores on this list are mainly stocked with Canadian lines.

The demand is there for local talent, and designers are obliging--the stores on this list have everything from vintage fabric earrings (Coal Miner's Daughter) and recycled leather purses (Imelda and Black Daffodil) to handmade tees (Shared) and Lundstrom LaParkas (eleven).

Many boutiques are also carrying beautiful contemporary lines that can hold their own among American and European brands - look for Label at Chasse Gardee, Dace at Vocado, Sui Generis at Coal Miner's Daughter, and Joeffer Caoc at eleven.

Canadian designers can compete with the best of 'em, and it's wonderful to see that Toronto's shopowners trust that our city's fashion fiends are finally buying local and loving it.

Here are the 15 best new fashion stores to open in Toronto during 2009, as voted by readers of this site.

Previously:

The Best New Clothing Stores in Toronto, 2008
The Best Eyeglasses in Toronto
The Best Shoe Stores in Toronto

Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

Mirvish Village is a somewhat unlikely spot for a new clothing store, but Coal Miner’s Daughter has doubly bucked the odds by opening a shop that offers handmade pieces that are both stylish and very affordable. Favorite brands include reworked cheesy nature shirts from Clementine & Tweed ($35), Sui Generis rompers and cocktail dresses ($100), and Biko jewelry ($25-$70). More »

Leigh & Harlow

Leigh & Harlow

Streetwear labels like Something Else, Full Circle, and Free People crowd the racks at Queen's Leigh & Harlow, which also stocks plenty of high-end denim from the likes of William Rast, Joe, J Brand, True Religion, and Paige Premium Denim ($98-$279). The shop also carries a lot of Mink Pink, one of the best budget-friendly lines out there. More »

Poor Little Rich Girl

Poor Little Rich Girl

Yonge and Eglinton might have your next party frock. Poor Little Rich Girl is dress-obsessed. Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller, and BCBG by Max Azria numbers sit prettily alongside more edgy offerings by Voom and Dolce Vita. I also dig 442 McAdam’s bags and clutches ($260-$440). More »

Imelda

Imelda

Frock owner Cathryn Dajka opened a shoe store on Roncesvalles, bringing together fashion and function in the sensible footwear from brands like Miz Mooz, Fly London, Bos & Co., and El Naturalista. You’ll look cute strolling down Roncy in Irregular Choice wedges or Hunter wellies. More »

Black Daffodil

Black Daffodil

Up-and-coming Canuck brands are the ones to watch at this new Junction store that specializes in simple streetwear and retro-inspired dresses. If you want to buy local, seek out NaMoDa’s handpainted scarves ($35), recycled leather purses from Baggage ($240), everyday tops by Hypercube ($69-$98). More »

Vocado

Vocado

Tucked away in the labyrinthine Liberty Village is Vocado, one of the better-edited stores in the city. Showing a real dedication to this country’s talent, the clothes here are dead chic but easy to wear - this is where you’ll find lne, Dace, Lily & Jae, and Mackage. More »

Serpentine

Serpentine

For those who want some kick-ass clothes, Yorkville seems an unlikely destination, but the boys at Serpentine are determined to bring a little rock-and-roll to this fair city, courtesy of jewelry lines like Lazaro and Luke Satoru, and clothing from Damir Doma, Diet Butcher Slim Skin, Tuesday Night Band Practice, Wolverine and Passarella Death Squad. More »

Silver Falls

Silver Falls

Silver Falls on Ossington is one of those refreshingly unpretentious vintage stores that make me grin with their laidback service and surprise gems. Many keepers have been found here, from leather drawstring ankle booties ($60) and a Kelly-green Valentino crossover sweater with gold buttons ($124) to a hunting pattern Ralph Lauren skirt ($32) and a massive hammered-copper belt ($60). Pssst - don’t forget to check out the $5 and $10 bins! More »

Discussion

24 Comments

rapi / January 14, 2010 at 07:12 am
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and again, there is NOTHING east of yonge...i'm pretty sure there are great finds in leslieville and the beaches...
Tim replying to a comment from rapi / January 14, 2010 at 10:38 am
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Enough with the east of Yonge complaints. We definitely feature stores, restaurants, cafes etc. east of Yonge when warranted. If you're so convinced that some great new fashion stores opened in 2009 east of Yonge please name them here in the comments. Thanks.
rek replying to a comment from rapi / January 14, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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"i'm pretty sure there are great finds in leslieville and the beaches..."

Name them, then.
Toronto Girl Chronicles / January 17, 2010 at 12:59 am
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Wow great list! There has to be great finds east of Yonge, just nothing that opened 2009....hmmm..this sounds like a challenge...
sara / February 11, 2010 at 03:34 pm
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE IDO. Great list!
VA / March 11, 2010 at 03:57 pm
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I drive up to Toronto every month can't wait to check out this list!
Né Né / March 23, 2010 at 05:31 pm
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Surprised Shop Girls is not in this list. They should be number #1.
www.shopgirls.ca
Tim replying to a comment from Né Né / March 23, 2010 at 05:35 pm
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It opened in 2008 and is on last year's list:

http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_new_clothing_stores_in_toronto_2008/
drypeconchita / December 29, 2011 at 04:37 pm
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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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and again, there is NOTHING east of yonge...i'm pretty sure there are great finds in leslieville and the beaches...
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