What ties it all together is an eye for timeless design with a contemporary edge. The idea behind the name is that of an honest neighbour who’s always ready to greet you and help out.
This space used to be home to Working Title, another fashion boutique unaffiliated with Neighbour except through friendship. Like the items represented here, the layout of the bright, angular space is never the same.
Don’t stop at the brightly sunlit upstairs space either. There’s a whole other low-ceilinged, dimmer world downstairs, where there’s a secretive, quiet, homey feel and more changing rooms and a further selection of apparel.
The focus here is on independent designers, not corporate brands, the majority of whom owner Saager Dilawri and his small team know face to face.
For example, designer Marni produced this luxury 100% Italian wool orange houndstooth coat ($2840) with hidden zip cuffs and vintage pocket flaps and large pointed lapels.
Marni also makes these leather sneakers ($740) with rubberized toe caps and waxed laces for modern styling with utility.
There’s also this jean jacket ($1180) by Marni with houndstooth pockets that recall the showstopper coat, made of 100% heavy cotton denim with oversized buttons.
A dark brown corduroy single pocket jacket ($545) is by Margaret Howell, but carries through the ideas of minimal stitching and straight cuts for enduring pieces that are intended to last a lifetime.
Other outerwear includes items like this vest ($375) from Engineered Garments with a plush faux fur lining for warmth and a nyco ripstop exterior.
The Neighbour house label specializes in a lot of knitwear sweaters ($190 - $220) and caps designed in Vancouver and produced in a Shetland wool knits factory that’s been around since the 20s.
Gosha Rubchinskiy items could be seen as the more affordable, more casual end of the boutique, but that depends what you think of hundred-dollar tees and fifty-dollar hats and scarves.
They carry several products from fashion publisher Idea, including organic cotton totes that read “His,” “Hers,” or alternately, “Winona.”
Other accessories include leather Isaac Reina glasses cases ($135) and simple key cases ($225) displayed with leather balms to care for the long-lasting products.
The prices might be high but they’re nothing out of the ordinary in Yorkville, and it’s the cost of staying on top of international trends without ever going out of style or wearing out.