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10 New Boutiques

FROM ACROSS THE POND Distinguished British label Simon Carter has found its way to Toronto. For men who want to stand out, the North American flagship location of this Anglophile brand stocks classic apparel with a funky edge, such as playful button-up shirts with bold prints and an array of colours. Open daily. 754 Queen St. W., 647-428-7545.

LIGHT UP YOUR HOME Ambiente is a one-of-a-kind addition to Queen West’s plethora of boutiques. Specializing in luxurious candles ($2-$170), as well as bath products that indulge the senses and enhance the home, the shop’s popular—and exclusive—scents include Lavender Patchouli and Exotic Vanilla. Open daily. 416 Queen St. W., 416-504-8086.

IN VOGUE Toronto welcomes a worthy addition to the local shopping scene in the form of Vero Moda, the exclusive retailer of the Danish line of the same name. This popular European label is known for producing high-quality fashion at affordable prices for women. This modern boutique provides the perfect outfit for any occasion—from classic suits to stylish dresses. Open daily. 632 Queen St. W., 416-871-4431.

FASHION BLAZE Boasting some of the hottest lines to come out of New York, Los Angeles, and Europe—such as Nicole Farhi and Denim of Virtue—Jacflash injects a fashionable edge into even the toniest wardrobes. This glamorous men’s and women’s apparel shop is also the exclusive Toronto carrier of Endovanera and The Cast. The rock and roll lifestyle is literal at Jacflash, which includes a listening lounge that plays music by local and international indie artists. Open daily. 1036 Queen St. W., 416-516-8766.

ART AND FASHION Located in the Parkdale neighbourhood, Shopgirls Gallery Boutique is a one-stop shop for the woman who insists on an individual style. The store sells art, accessories, fashion and furniture, all designed by undiscovered local talent. Watch designers at work as they create their pieces right before you in the shop-and-studio space. Tuesday to Sunday. 1342 Queen St. W., 416-534-7467.

SOLE MATES Madison Shoes and Accessories is a perfect match for swank midtown Toronto. The first Madison concept store in the world, it stocks some of the most respected and fashion-forward footwear lines such as Bandolino, Boutique 9, and Circa Joan and David. Open daily. 333 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-932-9978.

SCANDINAVIAN STYLE The distinctive Danish line Jack and Jones has set up shop at Jones with its hip and ultra-urban line of shirts, jackets and accessories. Denim remains the brand’s signature, from skinny to straight leg jeans for men and women. Open daily. 557 Queen St. W., 647-430-5338.

PILLOW TALK If you want to change your decor without emptying your bank account, head to k’USH. A vast assortment of pillows, textiles and home accents from Ann Gish, Annie Thompson and Agraria help to update spaces of all kinds. Tuesday to Sunday. 104 Queen St. E., 416-366-5874.

CLASSIC CARRY-ALL Yet another reason to shop in Bloor-Yorkville: the opening of a new Coach store. Gals will swoon over the brand’s sophisticated and classic handbags, totes, footwear and other accessories, while guys will appreciate leather goods such as belts and wallets just for them. Open daily. 131 Bloor St. W., 416-944-8773.

EXTREME STYLE Boarders of all kinds—skate, snow and surf—rejoice with the opening of Quicksilver, a leading clothing label catering to this laid-back crowd—and those who just want to look the part. Guys can get ready for beach weather with the classic Quicksilver board shorts while girls can check out the Roxy line. Open daily. 339 Queen St. W., 416-205-0000.

—Tessie Sanci

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