Store Guide: Oak and Fort brings breezy, well-priced basics to the Shops at Don Mills
Name: Oak and Fort
Sells: Women’s clothing, shoes, bags and jewellery, plus some menswear
Contact info: 1090 Don Mills Rd., 647-341-9199, oakandfort.com
Hours: M-F 10-9, Sa 9:30-7, Su 11-6
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Since launching its first boutique in 2010, Vancouver-based retailer Oak and Fort has netted a fan base of fashion bloggers and style icons (including actress Blake Lively), all attracted to its breezy, minimalist designs. Last month, the brand opened its first permanent Toronto outlet: an airy, white-walled boutique at the Shops at Don Mills. The new shop is filled with neat racks of neutral-hued tunics, floaty shift dresses and other wear-anywhere basics, most of which are priced well under $200.
Our favourite looks are plain but edgy, like a pale-pink tank dress with an asymmetrical hemline ($108), or a faux-leather moto vest with silver zipper detailing ($188). The menswear section is currently limited to a single rack, but that should change come summer. For downtowners feeling daunted by the uptown address, take heart: there’s also a pop-up shop on Queen West, which will remain open until the brand is able to secure a permanent downtown location.