Frank and Oak Women’s Studio
Frank And Oak Women’s Studio is the second of its kind in Canada. The Canadian-designed brand opened another Women’s Studio shortly before in Montreal, the two boutiques meant to better serve their womenswear clientele.
Their online store ships pretty much everywhere, and Frank And Oak has become desirable for their ability to mix polish with comfort, fun with practicality, all with a strong set of morals and sense of style.
The energetic, hip space features work by local Toronto artist Meaghan Way.
Furnishings and other design elements were also carefully sourced from Montreal creators. Mobilier de Gaspé custom-built counters, tables, sideboards, stools, chairs and display elements. Élément de base provided luxe lounge furnishings, and D’Armes Luminaires finished it all off with modernistic branching light fixtures.
Utilitarian fabrics in neutral colours reign, denim jeans and dresses mixed in with merino wool sweaters for convenient pairing. Fabrics and design elements repeat themselves throughout the store, giving the appearance of ease of mixing and matching for different occasions.
Flirty colours and ideas are peppered in amongst the more conservative overall palette. Velvet appears in black on a wide-leg velvet jumpsuit ($89.50).
It crops up again on a fun young anorak ($69.50) and mocknecks ($49.50) in shades of plum and graphite.
There are a whole bunch of jean styles to try here, and once again the aim is to guide the shopper with three helpful categories: skinny (“Debbie”), tapered (“Stevie,” that ideal 90s look) or straight (“Pattie”).
Oversized featherless Thinsulate parkas ($249) in neutral black give me hope for this world where many women still dare to brave the cold in bare legs, confidently puffy and dorky with plenty of snaps, zippers, drawstrings and a big ol’ hood for actual Toronto winters.
Of course, you could be less defensive in milder weather with a wool-blended belted coat in navy ($219).
The Palace Chelsea boot ($165) is just one of several versatile Frank And Oak women’s footwear options. Made in Portugal’s oldest footwear factory, an oxblood, tan, or black Italian leather upper goes great with a ton of outfits.
The low-top leather sneaker ($149) was also made in Portugal and has a calfskin lining. Other major sneaker brands like Puma and New Balance are retailed by Frank And Oak as well.
On the other end of the spectrum there’s the Gallery block heel pump ($130) in leather and suede.
A 100% wool toque ($34.50) ensures not only your toes are covered, but your head too.
Frank And Oak did start off as a men’s company, and the men’s boutique is still just down the street from this studio, but its Toronto womenswear space sees a ton of traffic.