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It wasn’t long ago that Torontonians were bemoaning the city’s lack of shopping options. In the last decade, Canada’s cultural capital has blossomed into a destination for fashion-forward travellers. With over 28,000 designers in the city, Toronto has the largest design workforce in Canada and the third largest in North America. Stylish locals about town are often decked out in apparel from homegrown talent and, more often than not, a few thrifted pieces from the city’s carefully curated vintage clothing stores. While the downtown core is a hub for high-street shopping enthusiasts, heading further west down Queen and Dundas will lead to one-of-a-kind finds.

Muttonhead

Toques, wool trousers and quilted jackets are exactly what you would expect Canadians to wear but Muttonhead has elevated the quintessential northern uniform to a new level of cool. The unisex clothing line is manufactured sustainably in Toronto and counters the fast-fashion movement with timeless pieces in high-quality, durable fabrics. While most locals aren’t found frolicking in the woods every weekend, Muttonhead’s collections bring that earthy, Canadian goodness to the heart of the urban jungle.

Victoire

After earning a cult following in the nation’s capital, Victoire finally opened up an outpost in Toronto on Lower Ossington – a perfect addition to the strip’s existing lineup of venerated boutiques. The shop caters to the ultimate girly girl with cute sundresses and quirky accessories. Carrying predominantly Canadian labels including Birds of North America, Valerie Dumaine, Eve Gravel and Eleven Thirty, Victoire is celebrated among localvores with an appetite for modern yet ladylike ensembles.

Oak + Fort

For devoted minimalists, there’s no better place to shop for streamlined tunics, oversized cardigans and other layer-friendly basics in neutral shades. Since launching in Vancouver, the brand has quickly expanded across Canada and recently opened a store in New York. Oak + Fort works with freelance designers in Canada and Korea which explains its simple yet sophisticated aesthetic. What the Queen West store lacks in size, it makes up for in its range of chic separates at affordable prices.

Jonathan + Olivia

No shopping spree would be complete without a visit to Jonathan+Olivia on Ossington. The bright and spacious boutique is like a candy store for fashion-forward men and women with a penchant for cutting-edge design. After a successful debut in Vancouver, the store opened its doors in Toronto in 2008 and has since been the go-to spot for high-end international labels like Alexander Wang, Rick Owens and Isabel Marant as well as Canadian designers like Sid Neigum and Beaufille.

Crywolf Clothing

Step into Crywolf Clothing and you’ll likely fall in love with a few quirky screenprinted t-shirts, as well as the store’s adorable canine mascots. Co-owners Rose Chang and Stephanie Drabik have been collaborating since university but really hit their stride after opening Crywolf in 2008. From custom-stamped dog tags to their signature fox and wolf graphic tees, the store serves up a taste of Toronto’s playful side.

Lavish & Squalor

With an espresso bar on the second level and an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories and apparel throughout, Lavish & Squalor has evolved to become one of Queen West’s hippest lifestyle boutiques. The store is known for carrying cosy essentials from brands like Woolrich, United by Blue and Pendleton Woolen Mills. Hosting special events and serving complementary cocktails on Friday nights, the shop has quickly become a community hotspot.

Muttonhead

Victoire

Oak + Fort

Jonathan+Olivia

Bridge + Bardot

Crywolf Clothing

Lavish & Squalor

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