The best new fashion stores in Toronto for 2014 are notable for bringing some of Canada's best fashion right to our doorsteps, with Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver contributing some of the city's most exciting new retail outposts. But there's plenty of homegrown goodness to enjoy, too, with fledgling local companies bringing their take on Toronto fashion to the city's streets.
Here are the best new fashion stores in Toronto for 2014.
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Dapper dudes rejoiced when this Montreal men's clothier finally set up shop for good on Queen West this fall, bringing loads of well-priced wardrobe staples like tailored sweats and peacoats with them (along with a cafe and barbershop).
Another trans-Canadian import (this time, from Vancouver), Oak + Fort made a major impact on Toronto this year, opening stores on Queen West and at the Shops at Don Mills. If you love clean lines and neutral hues, your closet probably saw a few changes, too.
$50 is the magic number at this Parkdale boutique, which offers a vibrant mix of California-influenced vintage and pieces from independent lines (think plenty of denim cutoffs and kimono-like jackets) for down-to-earth prices.
Technically, yes, this Ossington shop is a bridal store, with a yurt full of gowns in the back and a laid-back approach to dressing brides - but it's also a great place to pick up gifts. (Who can resist cufflinks, scented candles or Larry David beach towels?)
Odd Finds General Store
Bloordale's Odd Finds looks like a straight-up vintage store from the outside, but in addition to collections of vintage clothing from multiple consignors, you'll find plenty of knick-knacks, handmade bath and body products, and even a little tea shop.
Leslieville finally got a Drake General Store-style "lifestyle shop" this year in the form of Good Neighbour, which stocks a carefully-edited selection of everything from designer denim and leather jackets to toiletries, home goods and kids' items.
With their profile as luxury travel bag designers soaring, it's a miracle the design duo behind WANT Les Essentiels De La Vie didn't have a full-size shop in Toronto until this year. Their new boutique in Rosedale folds in other high-end brands, including Acne and Maison Kitsune.
This homegrown Toronto brand made good this year, opening their first real storefront on Roncesvalles. It's chock-full of their sporty, unisex basics, as well as pieces by like-minded, hard-to-find small brands.