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Unique Boutiques

NOT SO FAUX-PAS Its cheeky name may suggest otherwise, but Pho Pa is right on point when it comes to Canadian fashion. Packed with tailored pants and blazers from the city’s top designers, flirty blouses, and sassy but sophisticated sweaters—items that are sure to induce some serious office envy—this girlie boutique brings eye-batting pizzazz to everyday attire.

BAG LADY A carnival of chic carryalls, clutches and masculine man-purses fill Fleurtje, a funky accessories boutique. Local designer and owner Nicole van der Oord shows off her own urban-trend-driven line of unique vinyl bags as well as hand-printed T-shirts and one-of-a-kind jewellery by notable local talent.

TRENDY TRICKERY For whimsical twists on classic men’s and women’s wear, check out Hoax Couture, the brainchild of Canadian design team Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell. Gala-goers can opt for racks of red-carpet-ready gowns and dresses, or choose customized star-style—subtle or flamboyant—with shirts and suits.

TRULY ORIGINAL Billed as the city’s favourite Canadian-stocked shop, Boutique Le Trou (940 Queen St. W., 416-516-7122) regularly attracts a mix of stylists, designers and artists who come to peruse owner Marlene Shiff’s hand-picked pieces. Covetable collectibles among the charmingly quirky, vintage fashions at this edgy boutique include designs by Yuki Accessories, Obakki and Jason Matlo.

HIS AND HERS The truism on the front window of Model Citizen promises to cure the city of poorly dressed boyfriends. Treat your style-challenged man to retro-chic and reworked vintage T-shirts, ties and hoodies, or check out the house line by Julian Finkel. Pick up a little something for yourself from the small selection of women’s clothing by Toronto designers like b-love and Ilja Lukac.

See what the best buys from Canadian designers are in Fall for Fashion.

Get everything you need to outfit yourself from head to toe at Toronto’s Top Shopping Centres.

Three picks to perk up your wardrobe this season in Trend Alert.

For more of the city’s best shops for fall fashion, check out 10 New Boutiques.

—Kathleen Newman-Bremang

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