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The Best New Fashion Stores in Toronto, 2010

Posted by Briony / January 10, 2011

Best New Fashion Stores TorontoThe best new fashion stores in Toronto offer one of the more diverse collections we've seen in a while. There are three menswear stores (!!!), a designer consignment shop, and even a couple of concept stores. That's the best thing about Toronto - there's always an unexpected trick or two up its sartorial sleeve.

Here are the best new fashion stores that opened in Toronto during 2010.

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The best new fashion stores in Toronto 2009

Nomad (Queen St.)

Nomad (Queen St.)

The brand-new West Queen West outpost of this popular Richmond Street men’s store is filled with neo-trad offerings like sturdy Filson totes ($135—$455), emerald-green Canada Goose wool bombers ($1250), A.P.C. jeans in steel-grey ($210), and tons of items from awesome Vancouver line Wings + Horns. More »

The Narwhal

The Narwhal

Despite a messy kerfuffle over their name, this Rosedale boutique seems to be doing well so far. Their taste is impeccable, anyway, stocking Mara Hoffman bikinis, Poe handbags, A Peace Treaty camelbone necklaces, Finn jewelry, and Myne minidresses. Pick up pieces from local favourite Chlow Comme Paris here, too! More »

Rac Boutique

Rac Boutique

Yorkville gets an infusion of cool courtesy of Rac. Go simple with a super-soft Kain tank ($100), or get dressity-dressed up with one of the store’s many awesome Australian lines - I especially like the Sass & Bide coral minidress with hammered copper appliques ($1000), Ksubi sweater with braided ropes swinging down the front ($325), or a houndstooth swing coat from Lover ($650). More »

Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer

This British import has already done well across the pond - the jovial Spencer hopes to make his natty country clothes as successful here as they are in his native land. Shouldn’t be hard with ribbed gray trousers ($290), navy cardigans with brown suede elbow patches ($500), or plaid wool vests ($380), right? More »

Future of Frances Watson

Future of Frances Watson

After shuttering her Parkdale vintage store, Franny, Kerry Butt moved a few doors down and opened another store named in honour of her grandmother. This time, though, she went with her in-house label of silky reversible tencel seperates, The Future of Frances, and an intriguing hodgepodge of menswear (Naked & Famous dress-shirts), denim (Levis, Cheap Mondays), and lovely home stuff (Tokyo Milk candles, handmade pillows). More »

Seventy Seven

Seventy Seven

“Wow, this is a lot bigger than I expected” is commonly heard from shoppers entering the warren-like serene white sanctum that is the new Pink Tartan flagship store in Yorkville. The clothes here are often less conservative than the ones bought by chain stores, so you get more fun pieces like a skin-tight navy pencil-skirt in heavy-duty Lycra ($175), a rough-hewn fuschia rosette minidress ($395), and a khaki trench with black piping ($595). Check out the other brands, too, like furry Izma, Elizabeth & James shoes, Seaton sweaters, Skin lingerie, and Paul Sinclaire stuff. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Jill / January 10, 2011 at 11:45 am
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Love Love Love Rac Boutique!
Adam / January 10, 2011 at 12:06 pm
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Love how the The Narwhal link takes you to the original Narwhal.
Tim replying to a comment from Adam / January 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm
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Oops! This has been fixed.
Greg / January 10, 2011 at 01:11 pm
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I'm not 100% sure on this, but I think that Nomad is the only place in TO that sells rawr APC's in 26 (28-30).
meh / January 10, 2011 at 02:50 pm
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great post briony!
so stoked on the menswear stores!
krista / January 10, 2011 at 09:17 pm
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great pics! TFOFW is my fave new store! i might reblog this at www.allidoistalkandwant.tumblr.com....
Red Beard / January 11, 2011 at 11:07 am
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FRANCES WATSON!

TFOFW is the best store in Parkdale, and maybe toronto. I'm so glad they are going to be carrying the full Dunderdon line in the spring.

Also, not going to lie...The hottest girl in parkdale is one of the owners...and I'm writing this to purposely get busted...Ha Ha
AC / January 11, 2011 at 01:02 pm
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Yes, I did notice after being away from Toronto for a year, that there was an infusion of more stores with stylish high quality clothing...problem is they're all so damn crazy expensive. $100 for a tank, I think not.
josh / January 13, 2011 at 05:10 pm
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How did #9 become one of BlogTO's best new fashion stores in 2010 (as voted by readers in a poll of all new stores reviewed in 2010) if their review is only coming out now? Or did I miss something?
Tim replying to a comment from josh / January 13, 2011 at 08:14 pm
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To qualify for this list the store needed to open in 2010. It did not need to be reviewed by blogTO.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm
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Love how the The Narwhal link takes you to the original Narwhal.
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