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 Year in Review: Stores

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.


Young and Tae, a new store on Queen West that sells stylish leather boots for under $200
John Fluevog Shoes opens a new store in the Distillery District
LeatherFoot, a high-end men’s custom shoe store in Yorkville


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


Montreal knitwear label Ça Va De Soi opens a Yorkville shop full of beautifully made sweaters
TNT opens a location in Bayview Village
White House Black Market brings its office-appropriate basics to Yorkdale Mall
Ani and Wren, a new Rosedale boutique for fashionable moms and moms-to-be
Loft opens an Eaton Centre store, with plans for three more Ontario locations this year
Kate Spade New York opens a two-level store in Yorkville
Craft and Guile, a trendy new women’s boutique in Yorkville


Da Zoo, a King West boutique with an impressive lineup of avant-garde design
V S P Consignment, a high-end thrift store stocked with hip, designer clothing on Dundas West
Floorplay, a new Queen West store devoted entirely to socks
Blue Button Shop brings sophisticated Japanese clothing and accessories to Dundas West
hr2, Holt Renfrew’s new designer discount store at Vaughan Mills
Annie Aime, a new Eurocentric boutique on Ossington from the owner of French Accents
AllSaints, a new home for rock-and-roll style at Yorkdale Mall
Tiger of Sweden’s new Ossington outpost for hip professionals
Used House of Vintage on Queen West merges with t-shirt store Bang-On
The 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 accessories opens a brick-and-mortar store on Queen West
American jeweller David Yurman is now open at Yorkdale
Ferragamo brings tasteful opulence to Yorkdale Mall
Mulberry opens two Toronto boutiques for its British-made luxury leather goods
MenEssentials, a new guys-only grooming shop on the Danforth
Quirky-cute Toronto brand Crywolf opens a boutique on Ossington
Miu 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 West
The Drake General Store opens a location at Yonge and Eglinton
North Standard Trading Post, a new Canadiana-themed boutique in Parkdale
Three Target stores are now open in Toronto
Quebec mini-chain Artemano brings its ethically-sourced wood furniture to Toronto
Zara Home, the Spanish fast-fashion giant’s new decor store in Yorkdale Mall
Likely 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 online
A new Toronto-based website lets shoppers create customized shoes
Preppy Toronto label Pink Tartan launches its online store
Zara launches online shopping in Canada