In Toronto, we’re lucky enough to have access to all sorts of shops, restaurants, and bars. The best part is that new and amazing places always seem to be popping up, giving us more variety than ever. When it comes to fashion, there definitely is no shortage of cool brands and stores in this city. In 2016 alone, we saw the opening of several new stores, the launch of some awesome brands, as well as online boutiques. We’ve rounded up some of the best in Toronto fashion of the year, below.
This online women’s boutique was founded in Spring 2016 by an ex-Deloitte consultant who wanted to bring Canadian attention to smaller designers. The shop offers top quality fashion goods, predominantly basics and wardrobe staples, with a modern and minimalist aesthetic. Best yet? They offer same-day shipping in the city of Toronto.
After gaining tons of popularity and Instagram-fame, Peace Collective opened their first flagship this past September. The 2,000 square foot space houses their assortment of clothing and accessories for customers to shop and try on in person, as well as Peace Treats, a tasty year-round dessert bar.
This lingerie boutique opened in Little Portugal at 1504 Dundas St. West this November. The shop features some of the best lingerie in the city, from a variety of brands including Mary Young and Knix, as well as some exclusive brands, not to mention an assortment of bath, beauty, and home products. According to their website, their own line is coming soon, so stay tuned!
Though founded in 2015, this luxury shoe brand really took off in 2016. In addition to launching pop-up stores in major Toronto shopping centers, the brand gained international fame when Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau (who is a major fan of the brand) was spotted wearing a pair of Zvelle shoes alongside the Obamas in June.
“Premium hats for the minimalist in all of us” is this company’s claim to fame. The brand launched in 2016, grabbing the attention of top fashion influencers in the city who fell in love with the sleek, sophisticated design of these ball caps, not to mention the awesome custom boxes that they come in.
Leeloodles started in Spring 2016 when aspiring 8-year-old artist, Leeloominai Monleon, from Toronto started making doodled t-shirts with cool designs like Raptors and Blue Jays doodles. From there, her parents created an Instagram account for the brand and it took off! You’ll see the designs spotted on the streets of TO and your feeds alike.
Founded back in 2011 by childhood friends, 2016 was the year Fitzroy really hit their stride. They opened a permanent location at 1227 Dundas St. West and have transitioned from trendy pop-up boutique to dress rentals. The new location gives shoppers the opportunity to try on their rental dresses (which are available for any occasion you could as for) in person and shop for accessories like candles, jewelry, and more.
Pastel and sparkle obsessed blogger, Random Acts of Pastel, launched a very exciting (and very on brand!) web store in November. The shop includes fashion, homeware, beauty products, and food, all in the colour pink, adorned with glitter or with a kitschy design.
This Toronto-based womenswear brand officially launched in 2016 by two childhood friends. On offer are beautifully crafted modern and sophisticated pieces, like Italian boiled wool duster coats and midi dresses in various fabrics, prints, and cuts.
Vitaly was founded back in 2011 but it wasn’t until this year that the brand opened their flagship location in the heart of Toronto at 505 Queen St. West. The company specializes in jewelry with a cool, streetwear aesthetic and have also expanded into clothing, watches and accessories.