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.
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.
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.