Everyone knows about the usual suspects such as Nomad & Haven, but over the past year or so a wave of new stores have opened around Toronto, establishing the city as the menswear capital of Canada. As the concept of personal style has become increasingly important in the past year or so, we’re seeing this trend reflected in the Canadian retail landscape as men now have a a variety of choices from a made to measure suit to luxury streetwear to contemporary and everything in between. Without farther ado, here are the 5 new menswear stores you need to know:
A Dutch based company, that just recently opened a boutique in Yorkville, SuitSupply offers a range of classic menswear pieces for the man that wants to look modern and redefined. Praised by GQ & The Wall Street Journal for their quality and fresh approach, SuitSupply is filling the void between the fast fashion & designer categories. With Suits ranging from about $500-$1000, check out this brand if you’re a young professional looking to build a stylish yet affordable wardrobe.
The newest addition to the landscape is Park & Province, which launched earlier this week exclusively online. Focusing on a timeless & contemporary aesthetic, the store holds a unique roster of exclusive labels sourced from around the world. With favourites such as New Balance & 3Sixteen to lesser known labels such as Il Bussetto & Stutterheim, Park & Province does an excellent job of stocking affordable, quality labels. If you’re looking for quality basics with a twist, be sure to check this retailer out!
Did you see Amir Johnson’s custom made jersey blazer? Yeah, that was by Made. Offering custom made menswear from shirts to tuxedos, Made does a great job of offering quality menswear to the customer that wants a more personalized look from his wardrobe. While the traditional process and variety that’s offered in Toronto can be abit underwhelming, Made fills the void offering suits starting out $895 crafted from luxurious Italian fabrics. Check out made if you’re tired of department store offering and want to invest in a suit that truly exemplifies you.
Patrik Ervell, Enginereed Garments & Golden Bear all under one roof? Somehow falling under the radar, Working Title has quietly built one of the most impressive stock lists in Canada. Filling a void for well constructed, cult like contemporary labels, Working TItle has quietly cemented itself as one of the best menswear stores in the city. Not limited to just clothes, they also offer an in-house publishing company dedicated to photography. Becoming more than just a traditional retailer, look for Working Title to become a creative hub in the near future.
Though Contraband is almost 2 years old, we thought they deserved mention. Capitalizing on the sportswear boom in the last year or so, Contraband has made a name stocking some of the rarest/most sought after labels in the world. With an aesthetic that can best be described as luxury streetwear, the retailer’s roster of labels include Juun.J, Hood By Air & Pigalle. If you’re looking to splurge on a designer piece that no one will have, look no further.
Quality, personal style & the community are not only the three things that Gerhard Supply is committed too, but what separates Gerhard from the plethora of boutiques eager to take your money. Committed to local designers, the majority of the stocklist is cut and sewn in the GTA with a few exceptions from Vancouver. With labels such as Outclass, 18 Waits’ & Arc’teryx Veilance, this store has plenty of options if you’re looking for timeless, quality, Canadian brands.