Toronto online shopping sites for the fashion obsessed
Shopping online in Toronto keeps getting better. Sure, Toronto is known for its colourful roster of independent fashion businesses clustered in Parkdale. Dundas West and beyond. But there are a whole slew of local boutiques that can't be window-shopped on a leisurely weekend stroll or waltzed into during a break from work. These are the e-boutiques, the online shopping destinations that exist only online, functioning out of an office, studio space or somebody's basement.
Here are five Toronto-based online shopping sites for the fashion obsessed.
Launched this past September, Knifepoint carries far-from-low-key clothing and accessories (a.k.a. "cool shit" on their Facebook page) by local and international designers. Most notable are Toronto's experimental menswear label Sons of Odin and eccentric-minimalist accessories brand Thirteen. Basically, if you're not into standing out or making a statement, it's probably best to avoid this e-boutique and the ironic fur print t-shirts ($150) and clear lunch bags ($64) that come with it.
eLuxe is easily the Torontonian version of Net-A-Porter, hoarding an impressive line-up of mid to high end labels from all over the world. Though international designers make up part of the stock, a bigger chunk of it's designed right in our backyard by brands like Headmistress and Line Knitwear. Does supporting Canadian design talent fend off the feeling of buyer's remorse post purchase of a $950 oxblood leather jacket? The answer is yes.
If you're in need of unique accessories like fur neckpieces ($400) and giant octopus rings ($170) - but you can't be bothered to stand up - grab your laptop and say no more. The Code is a hub for all things cute and quirky, designed by underground queens like Luv Aj and Ela Handbags. Plus, shipping is free all year round!
For a bit over a year, Fitzroy Boutique lived inside BYOB Cocktail Emporium before packing up and headin' out. Now, their selection of boho-glam womenswear by hard-to-find labels - like One Teaspoon and Bardot of Australia - is available online only or at the occasional pop-up shop elsewhere in the city. So if you're looking to snatch up a sexy sweater ($159) or a pair of sequin YOLO shorts ($89), you've got to click through to their website or lurk their blog for the next temporary location.
BRIKA, founded by Torontonians Kena Paranjape and Jen Lee Koss, is filled to the brim with unique finds crafted meticulously by a community of authentic makers, artisans, and designers from all over the world. Dubbed the Toronto-based version of Etsy, you'll find a whole whack of stuff "destined to become heirlooms," like a bicycle print pouch ($24) by Pi'lo and a striped mug ($40) by Dahlhaus. From now through the holidays, you can also peruse Canadian BRIKA pieces in real life at their exclusive pop-up shop at the Hudson's Bay (176 Yonge St). See our previous coverage on BRIKA here.
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