Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from August 2013

Shop Talk: new stores and shopping websites from August 2013

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In this edition of our monthly shopping roundup: the first Zara Home store in Canada, a grooming boutique for guys and new locations from Spectacle and Tiffany & Co. Below, the full list, organized by region.


Toronto Premium Outlets
The gleaming new outlet mall in Halton Hills has global brands, miles of parking and some worthwhile deals—as well as a few disappointments. Learn more »
13850 Steeles Ave. W., Halton Hills,

Zara Home
The fast-fashion giant finally brought its ten-year-old decor store to Canada, opening a bright shop in the east side of Yorkdale Mall. The store is heavy on textiles and tableware, but also sells decor accents, loungewear and a children’s line. Learn more »
Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-646-2984,

Massimo Dutti
Zara’s more upscale sister brand opened its second GTA location in Yorkdale mall, as well as a Canadian shopping website.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin St., 416-646-2977,

Black Flower Vintage
Dundas West has a new vintage shop focused primarily on menswear. Stock includes basics like fall sweaters, blazers and designer dress shirts, but it’s more fun to hunt for offbeat pieces like a Vivienne Westwood polka-dot dress shirt ($140), an intricate Nepalese wrist cuff ($160) or Montreal brand Cease and Desist’s Lego rings ($20-25). Learn more »
2 Lakeview Ave. (at Dundas W.), 647-426-7610, Facebook

Logan and Finley
This urban general popped up this spring in the Burroughes Building and recently moved to a permanent location on Queen at Tecumseth. The vibe is modern-rustic and with a focus on local products and natural materials, Look for women’s clothing by Canadian brands Miilk and Fig, plus skin care, kitchen products and gifts.
670 Queen St. W., 416-769-9732, Facebook


Draw Me A Sheep
Interior designers Lina Marin and Paula Velez are behind this Annex boutique focused on premium baby clothes, toys and nursery decor. The pair also offer in-store design consultations for parents who need help prettying up their baby’s room.
414 Dupont Street, 416-519-7887,

Brisk sales of Mulberry’s iconic handbags at Holts spurred the English brand to launch two Toronto locations simultaneously: one along the traditional luxury shopping stretch on Bloor West and another in the newly high-end Yorkdale Mall. Both stores carry a full range of leather bags, along with luggage, accessories for men and women and a small selection of women’s ready-to-wear clothing. Learn more »
131 Bloor St. W., 416-944-8251 and Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St.,

Tiffany and Co.
The jewellery emporium and its robin’s-egg blue boxes have moved to a 5,800-square-foot flagship store just across the street from its old Bloor Street location. The new space is appropriately grand, with a sweeping staircase, white marble, glittering chandeliers and a second-level engagement ring salon.
150 Bloor St. W., 416 921 3900,

Dolce & Gabbana
The Italian fashion house opened its first free-standing store in Canada in the 9,000-square-foot space on Bloor that formerly housed Louis Vuitton. The two-storey location carries men’s and women’s accessories and apparel, formerly only available at Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew.
111 Bloor St. W., 416-921-1939,

Presto Paper and Home
Tory Wright, a paper distributor with more than 25 years in the business, opened her first physical store in Summerhill Village. Along with an in-house line, Wright sources pretty stationery and writing implements from the world. The shop also carries a small range of gifts and home goods, including coasters, mugs and shopping bags.
1011 Yonge St., 416-513-1011,


This 1,000-square-foot man cave is lined with a bewildering array of creams, fragrances, serums and shaving accessories. Products range from bar soap and replacement razor blades for under $5, all the way up to a Dovo straight razor with fossilized mammoth ivory handles for $800. Each of the shop’s 1,200-plus items is also available on the comprehensive website. Learn more »
412 Danforth Ave., 1-800-833-1055,

Spectacle Distillery
The eyewear retailer, which closed its Mill Street store after the lease ran out, has now reopened in the Distillery District at 18 Rackhouse Mews. The location has a focus on luxury brands, including frames by Moscot, Leisure Society and Rolf. In keeping with the area’s historic vibe, the space is kitted out with old optical equipment.
18 Rack House Mews, 416-363-5300,

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.