Collab Co. is a new women's clothing boutique that is a product of the combined forces of two Toronto independent fashion businesses: Kasha Milewski's Deluxe (formerly at 793 Queen St. W.) and Song Gao's Sewnmates (an e-boutique) - hence, the name of the shop.
This new store aims to mix Deluxe's punkish edge with Sewnmates's more girly styles so that the resulting overall feel of the items here is classic with a little bit of funk.
The space itself appears to be in a bit of a makeshift, barebones state decor-wise. Gao tells me they are aiming for an official fall opening, so it seems the shop is still in its development phase. Despite this, there is a fair amount of merchandise to browse and covet, and a great deal of it at relatively reasonable price points.
Gao points out some of her favourite pieces for the season, like a block stripe, black & white tank by Bardot ($85) and Collab Co.'s most high-end piece of clothing at the moment: a Designers Remix white, tight and textured dress with a mesh back ($295) that is the perfect thing to wear to a summer luncheon. It fits the store's style philosophy to a T.
Navy floral shorts with pockets by Sis Sis ($82.80) are fun, simple and stylish, as is a cheeky white tote by Thursday Friday ($92), with a print of the highly covetable PS1 satchel in black, from five angles, which, if still pricey, is definitely a lot more affordable than the actual bag.
Carefully curated vintage pieces can be found towards the back of the store, and a pair of cutout Oxfords in a neutral tone with white tips (size 7, $90) catch my eye - if only they were half a size larger.
A decent stock of vintage designer bags (LV, Gucci, Chanel, oh my!) are also worth a browse. I'm tempted by a black leather Chanel tote - it's beautiful yet practical, and quite a bargain at $650 (in the world of vintage designer handbags, that is).
As Gao notes, since it's a boutique clothing shop, everything comes in limited quantities. If you see something you want, don't hesitate or it'll very likely be gone the next time you return.
Writing by Christina Cheung. Photos by Morris Lum