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The Best New Fashion Stores in Toronto, 2011

Posted by Robyn Urback / January 9, 2012

Best Fashion Stores TorontoThe best new fashion stores in Toronto from 2011 pull from a variety of styles, trends, regions, and even decades. Some of the best of the new boutiques of 2011 source from as far as Korea, Italy, and France, while others stick to merchandise that can be shipped via TTC. Curation and selection is obviously key, as these shop owners strive to keep stock low so that you, beloved customers, can maintain that air of originality.

The concept of the typical fashion store also shifted in 2011, with one shop actually serving more as a concept space, and another opting to merge the cafe and shopping experience into one. Guess you can leave that aging travel mug at home.

Here is the list of the best new fashion stores in Toronto.

See also:

The best new fashion stores in Toronto 2010
The best new fashion stores in Toronto 2009

Bicyclette Boutique

Bicyclette Boutique

A little bit Midsummer Night’s Dream, a little bit romantic novel, and lots of patterns and lace. Paige Boersma opened Bicyclette Boutique in West Queen West after a couple of successful pop-ups and a still-thriving online shop. Boersma buys items in painfully limited quantities, so if you spot your fairytale dress at Bicyclette, it’s best to snatch it up before someone else does. More »

Woodlawn

Woodlawn

Woodlawn garnered attention quickly with its fabulous WeWood watches made from Italian wood, but kept customers coming in for its structured, functional clothing for both men and women. Ainaz Maleko and Jen Kim opened Woodlawn in 2011 with the intention of bringing some practical style to Dundas West, so don’t expect frills or ribbons. More »

Gaspard

Gaspard

Mercy designers Richard Lyle and Jennifer Halchuk opened their own retail shop October 2011 in West Queen West, calling it Gaspard for a 1974 French film. The team scours Europe for unique, beautiful garments from brands such as Jamin Puech, Roberto Collina, and Ascher London, adding pieces from their own Mercy line. The shop also offers Lili Sac handbags, created by Laurie Anderson who works in the back studio. More »

Durumi & Chocolate Shoes

Durumi & Chocolate Shoes

Two stores in one with an incredible selection of printed leggings and bow-adorned flats. Most of the merchandise is imported from Korea, available either in androgynous tomboy or pretty and petite. There is no in between. Durumi has a great collection of unique brassy rings and accessories. More »

Magwood

Magwood

Sarah Magwood opened her vintage boutique on Dundas West in spring 2011. Unlike some stores that stick with pieces from one eras or the next, Sarah’s choice selections span centuries, nevermind decades. In any case, you can usually find the best pieces in Magwood on Sarah herself. More »

A2Zane

A2Zane

After seeing success with a series of pop-ups, Zane Aburaneh found a permanent home for his handbag boutique in 2011. As always, structure and style are key for Zane, who sources bags and accessories by brands including Rebecca Minkoff, Juma, Matt & Nat, Cambridge Satchel Company, and Amanda Lee Kew. Look for new pop-ups at the back of his store. More »

Riant Boutique

Riant Boutique

Lower Bathurst has clearly been on the up and up the past few years, with shops such as Gotstyle and Thor Espresso opening in 2010, and, of course, the Thompson Hotel. Riant Boutique joined the south-of-King club in 2011, offering Maxine Waters’ carefully curated collection of women’s clothes and accessories. Rebecca Taylor is big at Riant, as well as pretty much anything clean, cool, and contemporary. More »

Discussion

13 Comments

Marbles / January 9, 2012 at 11:42 am
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Those are cool, but I'll stick with my Playdead Cult!
David L / January 9, 2012 at 01:11 pm
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I wonder if this list is more reflective of where BlogTO's readership lives (since it's BlogTO readers who voted) as opposed to whether they really are the best new stores in the city. No judgement on the method that was used to come up with the results are coming from this end - just an observation based on where the stores are located.
Nadia / January 9, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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AEROPLANE www.aeroplanevintage.com is BY FAR the best for eyewear
They are new, 2011
by appointment tho so maybe you missed out
Derek replying to a comment from David L / January 9, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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As was the case with the best bars of 2011 list, independent fashion stores tend to be located in far greater supply on the west side. That's not a readerly bias so much as a result of the retail makeup of the city. There are exceptions, of course, but they're few and far between.
Elle Em replying to a comment from Marbles / January 9, 2012 at 03:16 pm
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I have to agree, after 1 year in Kensington, Play Dead is still fantastic!
JoeCarter / January 9, 2012 at 04:46 pm
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YO MAGWOOD IZ DA BEST
JoeCarter / January 9, 2012 at 04:48 pm
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Seriously though, am I the only one who thinks it's super weird how few items these stores have? I understand the rarity of the selected items or the exclusivity of certain lines but looking at these pictures makes me questions the effectiveness of such low stock. A lot of these stores carry brand that I'm into I just have no idea how they keep afloat with so few things for sale.
BobsPros / January 9, 2012 at 06:04 pm
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They all look the same, carry the same clothes and brands, and they're all in the same end of town. Sure, it's easy to chop that up to the "make-up of the city" , but I would have loved to have read an article that catered to the whole city and not just the usual West Queen West crowd.
reality / January 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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So does the average blogto reader have 1000$ + to drop a wardrobe casually because it seems like they like to highlight price points for the EXTREMELY affluent
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm
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Those are cool, but I'll stick with my Playdead Cult!
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