Introducing: Intermix, another place to get upscale womenswear on Bloor Street

Introducing: Intermix, another place to get upscale womenswear on Bloor Street

Intermix on Bloor (Image: Fraser Abe) 

The place: Yet another in a series of Canadian firsts, Intermix, the upscale American womenswear retailer, has opened a Bloor Street boutique amongst the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” shops of the Mink Mile. With merchandise coming in almost every day, the look of the store changes frequently, and the store boasts friendlier staff than the dagger-staring clerks at many Bloor shops. Check out our tour of the store after the jump.

The stuff: Rag and Bone items have been customer favourites, from the perfect-for-winter Newbury booties ($495) with a chunky heel (no slipping on ice in these kicks) to the almost-sold-out leather jeans ($1,195). Helmut Lang has created pieces exclusively for Intermix (like a sumptuous grey wool vest), and A.L.C. pieces by L.A.-based stylist and designer Andrea Lieberman (who has worked with the likes of Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez)—like a paisley-inspired lemon-yellow blouse ($355) and silky dresses—have been hard to keep on the shelves.

The shoppers: The plastic and preened of Bloor Street, high school girls who fancy themselves socialites in the making, stylists looking to pick up items for a shoot and curious passersby drawn in by the ever-changing window displays.

Our favourite things: We loved a royal blue Rag and Bone coat ($615) that hits the body mid-waist, and a pair of ultra-skinny Rag and Bone skinny jeans ($218) in deep purple. Winter-ready raccoon vests ($925) from French furrier Yves Salomon are another Intermix exclusive (French raccoons are simply much more elegant than the Canadian variety; we presume they dine on a diet of baguettes and foie gras), and for the shoe enthusiast, cocktail party–ready shoes by Sergio Rossi, like leopard-print pony hair booties ($1,295) and red platform pumps ($745).

Intermix, 130 Bloor Street W., 416-925-0111, intermixonline.com.