Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from March 2013
After two years and more than a little controversy, the trendy mass-market giant finally arrived in Canada. Now open: locations in East York Town Centre, Centrepoint Mall, Shoppers World Danforth, Cloverdale Mall and Square One Shopping Centre.
For store addresses and hours, see target.ca
Tiger of Sweden
The popular European maker of slim-cut suits and minimalist separates opened a spacious flagship on Ossington Avenue catering to young professionals of both sexes. Learn more »
56 Ossington Ave., 416-588-4437, tigerofsweden.com
This Junction men’s store has a made-in-Toronto mandate. Expect rugged-chic clothes by the likes of Philip Sparks, Outclass and Muttonhead, plus a range of shaving and skincare products. Learn more »
2949 Dundas St. W., 416-797-1290, gerhardsupply.tumblr.com
Craft and Guile
A womenswear boutique tempting Yorkville’s trendy twenty-somethings with up-and-coming U.S. and French clothing labels and vintage designer shoes and handbags. Learn more »
70 Yorkville Ave., 416-924-4369, craftandguile.com
Inspired by Milan’s shopping district, the 14,000-square-foot store contains over 40 in-shop boutiques, as well as an Italian café. Italian labels for both men and women include Laura Biagiotti, Fugato, Gaetano Navarra and Jeckerson, all of which are available in Canada for the first time.
3590 Rutherford Road, Unit 12, Vaughan, 905-238-3047, thatsitaly.ca
Everlane’s high-quality fabrics and simple designs—as well as its policy of cutting out middlemen and passing savings to consumers—has made its clothing enormously popular in the U.S. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the merch is now available to Canadians as well.
The retail powerhouse launched its Canadian online shop and mobile app, both of which offer free delivery for purchases over $50. Learn more »
Kimberley Newport-Mimran’s upmarket brand for women opened its online shop days before showcasing next season’s offerings at Toronto Fashion Week. Learn more »
Ann Taylor and Loft
Both womenswear brands, which are owned by the same parent company, launched international shipping to over 100 countries, including Canada.
• Yorkdale Shopping Centre announced a spate of openings for 2013, including the first Toronto locations for seven global brands: AllSaints, David Yurman, John Varvatos, Mulberry, White House Black Market, Zara Home and Ferragamo. Learn more »
• International labels haven’t forgotten about Yorkville, though. Dolce and Gabbana, Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade are all coming to the tony area in the months ahead. Learn more »
• Kleinfeld, the bridal store made famous by TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress, is slated to open a 20,000-square-foot flagship in The Bay on Queen Street in 2014. Learn more »
• Suitsupply, an Amsterdam-based menswear label with a reputation as “the Ikea of designer suits,” is launching its first Canadian outpost in Yorkville this fall. Learn more »
• British retailer Topshop is reportedly opening a men’s and women’s store in The Bay at Mississauga’s Square One Shopping Centre in October. Learn more »
• Designer institution TNT (short for The New Trend) is adding a fourth Toronto location this fall, a 5,500-square-foot store at Bayview Village Shopping Centre.
• The Distillery District is the home to Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog’s second Toronto store, set to open by the end of May.
• Damzels in this Dress designers Kelly Freeman and Rory Lindo, who own Leslieville shop Doll Factory by Damzels, are launching a second location at 394 Roncesvalles Avenue in April. Learn more »
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