Seven ridiculously talented Toronto designers (and where you can buy their stuff)
The city is crawling with great designers, but their stuff isn’t always easy to find at the mall. Here, a practical guide to Toronto’s top fashion talents
The designer: Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the spouse of Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran.
Fictional fans: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Charlotte from Sex and the City.
Price of a plain tee: $95, but there’s a grosgrain ribbon that runs down the back.
Fall’s freshest look: A heavy wool skirt in a checkered print ($395).
What to look forward to this spring: Flouncy midi skirts and crop tops.
Where to find it: Holt Renfrew; the Bay; the Pink Tartan flagship store in Yorkville.
The designers: Toronto-born sisters Chloe and Parris Gordon, who founded the label fresh out of art school.
Fictional fans: Tilda Swinton, the band Haim, Bianca Jagger.
Price of a plain tee: Gray and black turtlenecks go for $365.
Fall’s freshest look: An oversized, hand-knit sweater with thumbholes ($695).
What to look forward to this spring: 70s-inspired suede.
Where to find it: Holt Renfrew; Jonathan and Olivia; Clementine’s; Gilding the Lily; Augustina.
The designer: Edmonton-bred Sid Neigum, who won the 2015 Canadian Arts and Fashion Award for emerging talent in fashion.
Fictional fans: Wednesday Adams, Yoko Ono, origami experts.
Price of a plain tee: $150 (reduced from $529). But there are faux-leather shoulder details.
Fall’s freshest look: An asymmetrical sleeveless coat ($590).
What to look forward to this spring: Lightweight layers and architectural details.
Where to find it: The Room at the Bay; Jonathan and Olivia.
The designer: Laura Siegel, who recently starred in the ethical fashion documentary Traceable.
Fictional fans: Angelina Jolie, Florence Welsh, Ghandi.
Price of a plain tee: $313 for a white sleeveless blouse.
Fall’s freshest look: A silk caftan made using an ancient form of tie-dye called bandhani ($435).
What to look forward to this spring: Laid-back separates.
Where to find it: Holt Renfrew; the Drake General Store; online.
The designer: Aussie-educated Hayley Elsaesser, who recently opened her first flagship.
Fictional fans: Baby Spice, Katy Perry, Princess Lolly from Candyland.
Price of a plain tee: She makes no such thing—but this short-sleeved camo-print sweater is $220.
Fall’s freshest look: Heavenly sweatshirts ($220).
What to look forward to this spring: Mixing and matching pastel prints.
Where to find it: The Hayley Elsaesser flagship in Bayview Village; Convey on Queen West.
The designer: Slovakia-born David Kollar, who started his first clothing line in Toronto at the age of 16.
Fictional fans: Shia LaBouf, Kanye West, Pete Doherty.
Price of a plain tee: $60. This season’s t-shirts have a quilted quality.
Fall’s freshest look: A leather-sleeved varsity jacket ($160).
What to look forward to this spring: Two-tone t-shirts (best paired with heavily tattooed biceps).
Where to find it: Gotstyle; online.
The designer: Julia Grieve, who has been designing her upcycled collection for 20 years.
Fictional fans: Phoebe from Friends, any cat owner.
Price of a plain tee: A long-sleeved white top with vintage patches goes for $75.
Fall’s freshest look: Shorts made with cotton and reclaimed sweaters are great for layering ($59).
What to look forward to this spring: Denim on denim (on floral).
Where to find it: Online, or at one of the brand’s annual pop-ups.