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Yours to Discover: Day Six

Winter’s on its way out; it’s time to get a head start on exploring. Guide yourself with our specialized itineraries, or contact one of Toronto’s many tour operators to delve deeper into this multifaceted metropolis. And don’t forget to check out previous Yours to Discover posts, here: Day One, Day Two, Day Three, Day Four.

Harry Rosen

SARTORIAL STROLLS
Get kitted out and catwalk-ready in Toronto’s most fashion-forward locales.

CANUCK COUTURE The touring fashionista’s must-visit strip, Bloor Street West, between Yonge Street and Avenue Road, is home to a bevy of Canadian-owned retailers with global cachet, including Holt Renfrew—Toronto’s answer to Saks Fifth Avenue—fine menswear mecca Harry Rosen, and distinguished beaver-emblazoned brand Roots.

INTERNATIONAL ICONS Bloor Street also showcases standalone shops representing world-famous fashion houses, including French favourites Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton, Italian labels like Gucci and Prada, as well as German stalwart Hugo Boss. Be sure to accessorize your new ensemble with baubles from Birks, Cartier or Tiffany & Co.

Eleven

SINGULAR STYLE Moving north from Bloor into tony Yorkville ensures encounters with boutiques offering personalized service and unique, on-trend attire. Ladies are encouraged to try 119 Corbo, Eleven, Hugo Nicholson and the Pink Tartan store Seventy-Seven. Finery for fellows is found at Nicolas Men and Anti-Hero, among others.

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT On Queen Street, west of Bathurst, you’re sure to make a contemporary fashion “find.” For women, Robber is one of many inspired indie shops that curate new looks by emerging and established designers from Canada and abroad, while Preloved offers more relaxed garments made from reclaimed fabrics. Modish men stride into Green Shag for bespoke shirts and suits, and attention-grabbing stores like Ruins, which stock exclusive labels in gallery-like settings.

The professional image consultants of The Refinery offer a variety of weekly shopping tours that take you to chic boutiques throughout the city.

Shop the World in Toronto

The globe’s most coveted brands—and our own national favourites—are readily available right here in YYZ. Click any of the slideshow images below to view Where Toronto‘s favourite international items for the holiday season.

Styled images with colour backgrounds photographed by Luis Albuquerque. Off-figure styling by Daniel Onori/Plutino Group.

September Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Brooks Brothers brings its timeless fashion sense north of the border.

Brooks Brothers brings timeless fashions north of the border.

1. The men of Bay Street can suit up in style at Brooks Brothers, newly opened in the Financial District’s Royal Bank Plaza. Over its 191 years, the American clothier has been credited with introducing the ready-to-wear suit to the masses, selling the first seersucker suits in the U.S., and inventing the button-collared dress shirt. It’s no surprise that this gentleman’s brand is a favourite both of presidents—Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama donned Brooks Brothers attire at their inauguration ceremonies—and celebrities like Ben Affleck and Stephen Colbert. Sartorially inclined ladies can also sport the classic Brooks Brothers look: an extensive women’s collection as well as attire for boys is available here, too.

The Yorkville location of Anthropologie.

The Yorkville location of Anthropologie.

2. Tony Yorkville is home to some of the top names in fashion, but the north-of-the-border debut of Anthropologie still has tongues wagging and credit cards at the ready. This spring, the beloved American company set up its first Canadian location at the Shops at Don Mills, a scenic outdoor retail centre northeast of downtown. Devoted fans, however, clamored for a more centrally located venue, and with the opening of a stylish, two-storey space along Yorkville Avenue, the city’s fashionistas can access more easily this decidedly feminine boutique’s floral frocks, vintage-print bohemian tunics and ruffled jackets. An offshoot of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie is also noted for its eclectic selection of home accessories ranging from graphic bedding and linen to folksy tableware that adds a touch of country to urban living.

Contemporary menswear form William Rast can be found at Harry Rosen.

Modern menswear from William Rast.

3. The days of celebrities merely endorsing a product are a thing of the past. Today’s A-listers are also the visionary designers of items that bear their names, making it easier for fans everywhere to cultivate true star style. Filmmaker Sofia Coppola, for one, has teamed with French company Louis Vuitton to create a line of totes, clutches and sandals, while singer Justin Timberlake and his BFF Trace Ayala’s clothing company, William Rast, is named after their grandfathers and carries contemporary apparel for both men and women including signature denim pieces, leather jackets and button-up shirts, available from Harry Rosen.

August Editor’s Picks: Shopping

Eleven Boutique1. A chic new boutique has found a home in Yorkville—and in the hearts and closets of fashion-world elites. Located in a Victorian-style row house, the veritable empress’s emporium known as Eleven features irresistible finds by top Canadian designers, including effortlessly elegant pantsuits by Linda Lundström, classic garments with a modern spin by Joeffer Caoc and bold, artistic gowns by Thien Le. Divided over two storeys for easy browsing, the shop displays prêt-a-porter pieces—many within the affordable $200 to $400 range—plus jewellery and accessories on the ground level, while couture queens will want to run up the stairs two by two for more pricey yet priceless gowns showcased above.  —Lindsay Hope

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Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

Today, our art director Paul Kittmer and I are at a photo shoot for our upcoming issue of Essential Toronto, a perfect-bound glossy annual publication that is in select hotel rooms and which accompanies our monthly Where Toronto publication.

We’re working with Toronto-based photographer Luis Albuquerque and stylist Daniel Onori of the Plutino Group, both of whom we’ve worked with before on several occasions. (You can see some of their handiwork from our last photo shoot, a spring/summer shopping guide for our April and May issues here: First Class, Business Class and Coach.)

Whenever I tell people that I’m going to be at a photo shoot, the first reaction is always one of awe. People think it must be very glamorous to be on set at a photo shoot. But the truth is, it’s not as exciting as it seems—sorry to burst any bubbles. The day can actually be long and even a bit boring as there is a lot of waiting around—for Paul and I at least. The really hard work is being done by Daniel whose very big task it is to pull the assorted items together into a coherent vignette. Often, what Daniel starts out with isn’t the final image. There is a lot of “tweaking” going on: a sweater comes out and a button-up shirt replaces it, a belt that was previously rolled up is now uncurled, or a shoe is moved from one corner of the page to another.

Periodically Luis takes test shots so that all of us can see what it might look like on the page. We each offer our two cents, fancying ourselves stylists, too. “Can we move that watch? It’s lost there” or “Can we take those sunglasses out? It’s too busy in that corner.” When we look at these test shots, we also talk about where text might be placed and we think about little details like should the suitcases both open on the same side or should they open on opposite sides? Which image do we want to start the story with?

My favourite part of the day? Playing with the various goodies that have been loaned out to us. (It’s probably as close as I’ll ever get to some of these very expensive items.) And since I’m not above dropping names: Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Paul Smith, Tori Burch, Christian Louboutin, Hugo Boss, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel are just among some of the designer items we have in our posssession.

I can’t show you what the final photos look like—for that you’ll have to return in September to find out! But our photo gallery has a peek at the photo shoot in progress.

Photos by Linda Luong, except where indicated.