We shot this look in a little alley right off Queen Street West, which is one of my favorite areas for shopping in Toronto. We spent a day wandering a couple neighborhoods to get a feel of some of the boutiques - and while there are definitely a lot left to explore, here are four of my top favorites from this trip:
Zane: On Queen Street West. The best curation of accessories I have come across in a single boutique in a while. They have a great selection of top quality brands that range in price - they carry everything from Karen Walker to Sophie Hulme. I ended up buying a Brixton hat that I don't plan to remove from my noggin at all this Fall/Winter. They also have an online shop so you can skip the airfare if you don't feel like changing out of your sweatpants to experience their awesome selection.
Easy Tiger Goods: On Dundas West. A 'lifestyle concept store' that is filled with amazing products - lots of them local. They also carry a few of my favorite beauty lines like Egyptian Magic and Herbivore Botanicals. Their online store is limited, but everything available is pretty amazing.
VSP Consignment: On Dundas West. Consigned designer pieces that are in excellent shape - and some that are very hard to find! I found a Céline leather jacket I had been eyeing a while back, and almost caved - but ended up hodling strong (and am now having non-buyer's remorse. yes, that's a thing). And guess what. They also have an online shop with international shipping. Lucky me.
Jonathan + Olivia: On Ossington. Designer and bridge wear pieces that I may or may not have drooled on a little bit. Sorry about that, guys. This was my second time here and the lust was equally real as the first time. Very directional. I'd compare it to Rand + Statler in San Francisco.
I also got a chance to swing by a pretty killer sample sale put on in the studio of The Leather Atelier. If you've ever seen one of my mirror #selfies, you might have noticed my evil eye phone case, which is a hand painted leather creation from The Leather Atelier. It was so great to finally meet the team behind the amazing leather goods that I have loved for so long - and we went a little crazy with photos in their studio! But I'll be sharing more of that later, plus a choker that makes me feel like a 90's Goddess a la Empire Records. Happy Rex Manning Day. (And if you get that reference, we are soul mates)
Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli