Year in Review: 45 fascinating Toronto shopping destinations that launched in 2013

Year in Review: 45 fascinating Toronto shopping destinations that launched in 2013

2013 was a boom year for Toronto’s retail scene. Malls and shopping strips welcomed a raft of new international retailers, from chic brands like Mulberry and Miu Miu to American superstore TargetMeanwhile, dozens of homegrown boutiques popped up along the city’s trendiest streets, and online options proliferated, including new Canadian sites from Joe Fresh and ZaraHell, the Hell’s Angels even opened a store. Here, the 45 shopping destinations we thought were interesting enough to cover in 2013.


John Varvatos brings his high-end, rock-and-roll menswear to Yorkdale Shopping CentreSurmesur, a new custom men’s clothing shop for guys intimidated by the tailorThe owners of Lost and Found open a menswear store and bookshop near Ave and DavBlack Flower, a guy-centric vintage store at Dundas and OssingtonGerhard Supply, a new Junction boutique selling Toronto-made menswear


Montreal knitwear label Ça Va De Soi opens a Yorkville shop full of beautifully made sweatersTNT opens a location in Bayview VillageWhite House Black Market brings its office-appropriate basics to Yorkdale MallAni and Wren, a new Rosedale boutique for fashionable moms and moms-to-beLoft opens an Eaton Centre store, with plans for three more Ontario locations this yearKate Spade New York opens a two-level store in YorkvilleCraft and Guile, a trendy new women’s boutique in Yorkville


Da Zoo, a King West boutique with an impressive lineup of avant-garde designV S P Consignment, a high-end thrift store stocked with hip, designer clothing on Dundas WestFloorplay, a new Queen West store devoted entirely to socksBlue Button Shop brings sophisticated Japanese clothing and accessories to Dundas Westhr2, Holt Renfrew’s new designer discount store at Vaughan MillsAnnie Aime, a new Eurocentric boutique on Ossington from the owner of French AccentsAllSaints, a new home for rock-and-roll style at Yorkdale MallTiger of Sweden’s new Ossington outpost for hip professionalsUsed House of Vintage on Queen West merges with t-shirt store Bang-OnThe Hells Angels—yes, those Hells Angels—are selling yoga pants in their new Leslieville shop


Tumi arrives at Yorkdale with indestructible luggage and sleek, functional leather opens a brick-and-mortar store on Queen WestAmerican jeweller David Yurman is now open at YorkdaleFerragamo brings tasteful opulence to Yorkdale MallMulberry opens two Toronto boutiques for its British-made luxury leather goodsMenEssentials, a new guys-only grooming shop on the DanforthQuirky-cute Toronto brand Crywolf opens a boutique on OssingtonMiu Miu launches its first Canadian boutique in Holt Renfrew on Bloor

Home and Lifestyle

Easy Tiger Goods, a new lifestyle shop and coffee joint on Dundas WestThe Drake General Store opens a location at Yonge and EglintonNorth Standard Trading Post, a new Canadiana-themed boutique in ParkdaleThree Target stores are now open in TorontoQuebec mini-chain Artemano brings its ethically-sourced wood furniture to TorontoZara Home, the Spanish fast-fashion giant’s new decor store in Yorkdale MallLikely General, a new Roncesvalles shop selling handmade gifts, accessories and home goods


Joe Fresh launches online shopping (finally!)LAB Consignment is now selling its designer wares onlineA new Toronto-based website lets shoppers create customized shoesPreppy Toronto label Pink Tartan launches its online storeZara launches online shopping in Canada


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