MENAGERIE Kumari’s is a rainbow collection of ethnic accessories that have attracted the keen eyes of Toronto’s fashionable elite in upscale Yorkville. The boutique is a mélange of indulgence, from exotic print garments to luxurious pashminas and jewellery in earth tones.
BAG LADY Jeanne Lottie proves that happiness can be bought and held in the palm of your hand. This Yorkville trove for women specializes in handbags that boldly declare their owners’ sophistication and personalities. Treasures include corn husk and lace braided handbags reminiscent of languorous summer picnics, and darling silk clutches with rhinestone or pearl beading.
RETRO CHIC For everything from limited-edition belt buckles to avant-garde brooches, Canadian line Barbie’s Basement Jewellery immortalizes the ’70s with Swarovski crystals and vintage accents. Rediscover the staid chic of years past such as a black Trans Am, a TV dinner, the Breakfast Club gang, Captain Kirk or Canadian motifs such as beavers and mounties. Pick up a blast from the past at the following stores: Propaganda or Fleurtje.
FASHION PROPRIETY Blending Vietnamese with French and teasing the ironies out of its label, Pho Pa retails designs by homegrown talent for trendsetters on a budget. From funky accessories to chic suits and separates, lines at this edgy boutique on Queen Street West include Wonderlust, House of Spy, Chulo Pony and Dagg & Stacey.
URBAN BEAUTY Taking a dig at the world of haute couture, the award-winning Hoax Couture customizes its line of urban glamour for discerning clients including Will Smith, Diana Krall—and grade 12 prom queens. Find delicate fairytale gowns, lace-frilled boleros, slashed suede jackets and bold leather pants at this Yorkville showroom. Registries ensure that no one wears the same Hoax design to an event.
MY HERO Giving dapper elegance a rock star coat, rebel boutique Anti-Hero caters to men who demand effortless luxury in exclusive casual and formal wear. Find high-end designer labels like John Richmond, Tiger of Sweden, Buddhist Punk and SD&R.
UNCOMMON SIMPLICITY Sisters Melanie Talbot and Kristina Bozzo draw inspiration from dance to create lithe designs at their store Common Cloth. Ladies find romantic whimsy in silk shirts and gents get spring’s crispness in linen trousers. Fashion-conscious pooches can also strut their stuff in the label’s exclusive “Fetch” line.
FOR THE FELLAS From jeans to pinstripes, GotStyle: The Menswear Store offers everything from casualwear to tailor-made suits. Find military-inspired coats by Jean Paul Gaultier and urbane, rugged shirts by Seal Kay on racks arranged by colour for easy wardrobe matching. The menswear emporium also has an in-house spa, as well as accessories, gadgets and grooming products.
TOEING THE LINE Hot step it into Browns, a designer shoe haven featuring house brands and pedigree labels like DKNY, Marc Jacobs, Mimosa, Stuart Weitzman and Barbara Bui. Handbags by Isabella Fiore and Jeanne Lottie are also available.
HOT ON YOUR HEELS From glittered slippers to conservative pumps, Heel Boy caters to every personality of well-heeled fashionistas. Find footwear fashion by Nine West, Kenneth Cole, Miss Sixty and Hush Puppies.
See Jay Manuel’s—the host of TV’s Canada’s Next Top Model—fashion picks in Canada’s Next Top Mogul.—Gaya Arasaratnam