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Hot Shopping: Oliver Spencer Arrives from England

Anglophiles rejoice! Oliver Spencer has brought his eponymous brand to Toronto. The hip British designer is admired on both sides of the Atlantic for adding playful but not too flashy touches to standard menswear, such as a rich brown toggle jacket with bold red plaid lining. His Queen West outpost—his third retail location and first in Canada—reflects this modern aesthetic: amidst exposed brick and blue-grey walls, beakers and test tubes are displayed along with wooly cardigans, while butterfly specimens under glass serve as artwork above a mannequin attired in a lumberjack-esque shirt. Established in 2002, Spencer’s collection of signature shirts, outerwear, and handmade shoes and boots is carried here, along with a discerning selection of accessories and footwear from other designers, including Quoddy shoes and leather goods from Il Bussetto.

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