The Best Vintage and Designer Handbags in Toronto
The best vintage and designer handbags in Toronto can be found at giant retailers and indie shops all around the city. If your Zara bags just aren't cutting it anymore, head to one of these boutiques to find purses from world class designers like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Chanel. They may cost a pretty penny, but they'll never go out of style.
Here are the best stores to find vintage and designer handbags in Toronto.
It should come as no surprise that Holt Renfrew reigns supreme in the world of handbags. The first floor of the Yorkville luxury shopping destination is dominated by handbags, with shelves touting the newest styles from the world's top designers. You'll find a few bags in the hundred dollar range (think Longchamp) and several that will put you back thousands.
Everything old is new again at this Queen West consignment store. Amidst the Manolo Blahnik heels and Vivienne Westwood jackets, you'll find some of the fashion world's most coveted handbags. Celine Luggage totes, Louis Vuitton monogrammed satchels, and quilted Chanel bags have all been spotted here, but the stock is in constant flux.
If you're not prepared to pay for a brand new Balenciaga, take a trip to VSP Consignment. The Dundas West boutique is a favourite of designer-savvy Torontonians who aren't exactly fond of the prices at Holt's. The product list here is ever-changing, but its shelves have seen bags from Gucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang (all with hefty price cuts).
Zane has two locations in the city, one in Yorkville and the other on Queen West. The boutique specializes in hard to find pieces from luxury brands, and most of the handbags ring in under the thousands dollar mark (which is pretty good considering the competition). Expect to see goods from Sophie Hulme, Rebecca Minkoff and Mackage lining the racks here.
This Ossington shop will have your falling for preloved pieces. While you may have to rifle through the shop to find what you're looking for, it's considered a goldmine for fiscally responsible fashionistas. Some items get sold before they even make it to the shelves - like a 1997 Hermes Kelly - so keep your eye on their social media feeds.
Haute Classics is your best bet in the Yonge and St. Clair area if you're on the hunt for a high-end handbag. The consignment shop sells discounted pieces from Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Fendi and pretty much every other name you've ever seen grace the pages of Vogue. The price cuts here are nothing short of amazing - you'll find some leather Prada bags ringing in under $500.
WANT Apothecary is a contemporary fashion haven tucked away in Rosedale. While the shop carries a few different clothing lines (Acne Studios, Maison Kitsuné, etc.) the purses here come from the boutique's own brand, WANT Les Essentiels. The collection features everything from crossbody bags to men's satchels in a variety of materials and colours.
Heel Boy has two Toronto locations, one in the Distillery District and another on West Queen West. Though the shops - as the name implies - are very shoe oriented, they always have a few bags worth checking out. While you won't find Chanels lining their shelves, offerings from Matt & Nat and Rebecca Minkoff abound.
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