IN-HOUSE ARTISTRY Canadian home-design company Umbra unveiled its first retail space this past summer, welcoming long-time fans of its kitschy furniture and home accessories to a concept store that includes a workspace for designers to mingle with customers, and 7,000 square feet of contemporary clocks, swinging waste baskets, impressive picture frames and spotlight-hogging couches. Open daily. 165 John St., 416-599-0088.
THE FINNISH LINE An intimate, wish-list-ready collection of fashion and home furnishings pop against the Nordic-inspired whitewashed interior of Amalie Bruun’s Yorkville boutique Finn. Chic accents by Missoni Home, Tocca pieces, and Australian line Camilla and Marc are among the mix of upcoming and established labels. Open daily. 140 Yorkville Ave., 416-913-3045.
DANISH DELIGHT Popular European design line Change prides itself on producing lingerie and swimwear to satisfy every taste—from sexy and sultry to the more subdued, full-bottomed variety. In its first store in Toronto, salespeople can help find the right bra fit, from cups A to J, in a range of prices. Open daily. 316 Queen St. W., 416-977-7667.
BELOVED BASICS Coveted by A-listers from Gwen Stefani to Oprah Winfrey, Tevrow + Chase is a favourite among fashion editors, downtown dwellers and ladies who lunch alike. In this bright, open space, designer Paul Sinclaire’s fresh and modern take on women’s sportswear shines. Pieces range from blazers and sweaters to trousers and trenchcoats, all boasting a playful approach to proportion and surprising fabric choices—like leopard print for a denim raincoat. They’re all perfect for cocktails, dinner out, or a tasteful splash in the boardroom. Mon.-Fri., Sat. by appointment. 325 Adelaide St. W., 416-977-3125.
EASTERN INTAKE A two-storey boutique that celebrates the Far East through chic fashions and furnishings, Yorkville’s Indiva relishes in a rich tapestry of vibrant colour, fabrics and detail. Design talents like Krsna Mehta fill the upstairs with elaborate home accessories such as plush pillows, blankets and throws you’ll want to wrap yourself up in, while style-savvy women can peruse unique and exotic tunics and dresses on the main floor. Mon.-Sat. 83 Bloor St. W., 416-962-3482.
A MOD MAN’S WORLD Annex-dwellers get a taste of the English propensity for shirt-and-tie shops with Theodore 1922, a high-end men’s boutique stacked full of creative takes on classic menswear—everything from blazers with bold lining to eccentric yet assertive cufflinks. Tue.-Sun. 497 Bloor St. W., 416-850-0175.
MADE FOR WALKING Although it’s been open only since spring, Plum Shoes’ exclusive footwear collection is already a necessary pit-stop for the well-heeled woman. Shoes—from Ruth Davis’s Davis line to vegan-friendly Mink—shine bright on the all-white reflective floor, all the better to showcase them, of course. Open daily. 29 Bellair St., 416-964-1410.
GREEK CHIC Like droplets of candy falling from the sky, bags, shoes, and jewellery hang from the ceiling in the purple-walled Danforth boutique, Lustre. Vie for creative yet luxurious bags—like the ones from New York-based line Tano—and mid-range labels like Kenzie for shoes that turn heads but won’t break the bank. Mon.-Sat. 439 Danforth Ave., 647-435-8195.
FOREVER FAVOURITE Forever 21, the popular L.A.-based retailer’s prime Yonge and Dundas address means maximum exposure to the trendy under-20s who made the chain a phenomenon south of the border. Affordable apparel for men, women and children stocks the 13,000-square-foot space, creating plenty of inspiration and room for armfuls of in-the-moment attire. Open daily. 302 Yonge St., 416-260-9019.
COOL MINE Twin brothers Peter and Paul Scida introduced their COAL clothing line to Torontonians just before Labour Day this year. At their brand new Queen West boutique of the same name, wood floors and chocolate-coloured walls encourage discerning browsers to check out the brothers’ line of men’s and women’s clothing, as well as other such popular urban brands as DIESEL and Miss Sixty. Open Daily. 803 Queen St. W., 416-881-8946.
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