A women’s sneaker boutique, a suit store with a whiskey bar, and five more places to shop this week
The week’s best new stores and coolest pop-ups
Hayley Elsaesser opens shop on Queen West
After launching her first flagship a few months ago in Bayview Village, the undisputed princess of prints has opened a second store at Queen and Bathurst. Shoppers should expect the same devotion to candy colours, star-spangled patterns and glittery accents that has earned the Aussie-bred designer a loyal following from celebs like Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. If sporting Day-Glo camo isn’t your thing, we suggest snapping up this giant poodle pin for $15 instead. 695 Queen St. W., hayleyelsaesser.com.
Community 54 opens a female-friendly sneaker store on Ossington
The edgy NYC-based footwear boutique’s new outpost caters mostly to women and kids, with a small selection of new releases for guys. The tiny basement shop, which was designed in collaboration with west-end agency Well and Good, stocks a wall of retro sneakers from brands like Adidas and Nike—all beautifully backlit against a colourful neon screen. 216 Ossington Ave., community54.com.
Three great winter brands are popping up in Rosedale
Local fashion distributor Standard Apparel (the corporate force behind Queen West boutiques Fred Perry and Oliver Spencer) has launched a temporary shop filled with cozy, winter-appropriate clothing from three exceptional brands: Aviator Nation, purveyor of deliciously comfy sweats; CMFR, a Toronto company that makes super-warm down parkas; and Freed and Freed, a Winnipeg heritage label that produces tweedy toggle coats with luxurious fur-lined hoods. Until February. 1066 Yonge St., standardapparel.ca.
Shoes.com opens its first physical shop
Obviously, no space would be large enough to stock the hundreds of brands available through the Vancouver-based online shop—instead, the long-term pop-up will showcase 10–15 labels at a time. Right now, the shop is all about boots for every occasion. There are plans to turn the pop-up into a permanent flagship in the spring. 356 Queen St. W., shoeme.ca.
Parkdale’s fancy new suit shop comes with a private whiskey bar
Love and Greed sells pricey Japanese, Italian and American labels from the ground floor of a condo building at Queen and Dufferin. The store specializes in bespoke suits and tuxes from New York brand Alexander Nash, but shelves are also stocked with luxe basics (knit sweaters from La Paz, for instance) and quirky accessories, like handcrafted fedoras from California designer Satya Twena. Completing the masculine vibe is a basement whiskey bar sponsored by Auchentoshan single-malt scotch, where guys can congregate for exclusive events. 1205 Queen St. W., Unit 1, lovegreed.com.
Gorgeous Spanish jewellery arrives at two Toronto malls
Madrid-based jewellery brand UNOde50 has expanded into Canada with two new flagships in the Eaton Centre and Sherway Gardens. The label is known for handcrafting architectural pieces with a bohemian twist—most are inspired by natural elements like air, water or sand. We particularly love this uniquely shaped gold-plated ring and this elaborate Swarovski crystal choker. The best part? It looks pricey, but most items fall under $300. Multiple locations, unode50.com.
Streetwear brand The Legends League opens its first store
The Toronto clothing company and creative agency, which has been hawking graphic T-shirts and snapbacks online for over five years, has opened its first flagship on Camden Street. The slick new space offers the brand’s signature basics—sweats, shirts and caps—embroidered with the distinctive double “L” logo or quirky phrases like “Nowhere Torunto.” 9 Camden St., thelegendsleague.com.