If you do a quick Google search on what defines streetwear, you’ll be hard to find an answer. Looks are continually evolving to match the culture that stems from the street. Regardless of how you define it, here are the best stores in Toronto doing streetwear. We picked these stores based on brands they carry, the overall store aesthetic, and the consumer experience.
819 Queen Street West, Toronto
Nomad offers a wide range of carefully selected goods for the well-dressed man. We love this store, because it has a beautiful mix of heritage brands, new designers and established fashion brands. Quality is paramount at nomad, rarely will you see an item that looks like it’s not supposed to be exactly where it is. Meticulous merchandising, the most coveted brands, and a cool as hell atmosphere makes Nomad a must shop if you’re looking for high-end streetwear in Toronto.
Note: As far as we know as of now, Nomad is the only place in Toronto that gets consistent Supreme drops!
26 Bellair Street, Toronto
One of the more established boutiques on this list, Uncle Otis has remained a go-to spot for streetwear heads for almost 20 years and is one of StyleDemocracy’s personal favourite spots to shop. Located in the heart of Yorkville, Uncle Otis caters to the casually sophisticated. Similarly to Nomad the brand pays special attention to heritage brands, while cultivating local and emerging brands as well. Everything in Uncle Otis is highly curated- the team focuses heavily on fit, fabric and construction. There is nowhere better to shop for clothes that give off an air of understated luxury.
116 Spadina Avenue, Unit G1, Toronto
Slowly but surely Livestock has become one of the best shoe stores in North America, that’s right you heard us North America. Southern sneaker aficionados head up north to check out Livestock’s goods on a regular basis. The store has an NYC/ LA vibe, clean interior with beautifully curated and arranged sneakers. Regularly stocked with brands like BBC and The Hundreds– hardcore streetwear enthusiasts can get their fix.
498 Queen Street West, Toronto
One of the better Streetwear stores in the city, proper reserve is home to exclusive collaborations, eclectic art and a barbershop! More of a collective than other stores, Proper Reserve is home to: Get Fresh Co., Proper Barbers, Artist Jimmy Chiale and Esency Designs. Here is where you can find brands like 10Deep, Acapulco and Married to the Mob. Look out for their pop up shops, as they run regularly.
69 Yorkville Street, Toronto
With a newly opened second store around the corner from their original location, C-apsule has positioned itself as a go to destination for kicks and streetwear in Toronto. One of three Toronto stores to carry the infamous Air Yeezy’s, C-apsule is known around Toronto as having one of the best sneaker retail stores. We believe C-apsule is unrivalled in the Yorkville area for limited edition sneakers and brands like 10 Deep, HUF and Stussy. If you’re looking for exclusive sneakers C-apsule should be on your radar.
145 Berkley Street, Toronto
Similarly to Nomad and Uncle Otis, Haven caters to the more upscale minded streetwear enthusiast. A beautifully curated store, Haven houses some of the most coveted brands from around the world. If you’re your looking for the newest collection from Reigning Champ, or craving that hard to find piece from Japan Haven is your spot.
1275 Queen Street West, Toronto
Sorry for the pun, but Community 54 really is the most community focused store out of the bunch. With deep ties to the Parkdale community and a focus on exposing local talent, Community 54 has made it’s mark in the Toronto Streetwear scene. Community 54 carries vintage clothing, but it’s not your typical vintage store. The selection of vintage clothing has all been curated. That means that unlike other stores where you have to dig to find that killer vintage Levi’s piece, Community 54 has all of it’s shelves stocked with covetable hard to find items.
1000 Queen Street West, Toronto
Stussy, has arguably been the most consistent and prolific streetwear brands over the last 20 years. With a strong connection to Toronto, it was about time for the brand to open Toronto-based outpost now located on Queen and Ossington. The store not only carries Stussy, but also hold a mini Undefeated store within the Stussy Store. Stussy has major collaborations with the worlds biggest brands every year, so head in regularly to get updates.
154 Contraband, Toronto
Although still in it’s infancy, Contraband needs to be on this list. The store has already manage to establish itself as a destination for men in Toronto. We are always baffled by the quality of brands this small tucked away boutique carries. Contraband aims to give their customers a local and international taste of luxury, while exposing them to brands that you can’t find anywhere else.
126 Davenport Street, Toronto
The new kid on the block Our friend Jonathan Elias and Justin Viega owners of Dundas West staple Lost & Found have teamed up with two of L&F’s die hard customers Michael Fong and Paul Shkordoff to create a unique retail concept dubbed Working Title.
Located just east of Yorkville on Davenport (126 A Davenport), uptown is a good move for a boutique of this nature. It’s just a little off the beaten path of Yorkville, but it’s close enough to draw in customers who might be used to shopping at spots like Uncle Otis and Contraband.