Local Clothing Stores in Toronto You Need to Check Out
Here's where you can get some of summers best finds around the city.
While summer 2020 is looking pretty different than past years, there’s one thing that’s for sure: summer isn’t cancelled.
With events postponed and moved online, there may not be much motivation to get out and about. But there’s a lot that Torontonians can still get up to, including shopping. It’s no secret that local businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, so there’s no better time to shop local than there is right now.
Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of clothing stores in Toronto that not only sell summer’s trendiest looks, but also feature Canadian-made goods!
If you love whimsical pieces from decades past, then Mama Loves You is the perfect fit. Conveniently located along Toronto’s Queen West, you’ll find vintage brand name fashions without breaking the bank.
Owned by a mother-daughter duo, Mama Loves You has been in business since 2012. They offer a wide selection of pieces, including breezy dresses, graphic tees and ruffled tops. If you’re not comfortable venturing out to the stores just yet, shop their collection by messaging the shop directly via Instagram. PayPal is accepted.
It isn’t hard to find cool, casual summer fashion for men at Leslieville’s Good Neighbour. Here you’ll find many local goods, including those made by Canadian luxury brand Mackage.
The store’s owner has been on a mission to offer easy, wearable pieces at mid-range price points. Most clothing here is high-quality and will cost you between $100-200. Because Leslieville is full of young families, you’ll also find a good selection of children’s clothing too.
No outfit is ever complete without a solid pair of shoes. So if you’re in the market for new kicks, Groovy is your best bet. Located along trendy Queen West, this is considered one of Toronto’s best sneaker shops. You’ll find big-name brands like Nike and Converse. But also expect unique sneakers you won’t find anywhere else in the city.
Groovy was one of the first retail shops to reopen about a month ago. Only 5-10 people are allowed inside at a time, and customers must sanitize their hands before entering. You can also head to their website to shop one of the best clothing stores online.
Even if you don’t live anywhere near The Junction, Gerhard Supply makes the drive certainly worth it. One of Toronto’s top menswear destinations, this spacious shop proudly features Canadian-made goods. Here you’ll find crisp summer shirts, sharp blazers and colourful bow ties.
Gerhard Supply strongly recommends shoppers book an appointment in advance. It’s still open to walk-in customers, but only one ‘household’ is allowed in at a time.
This vibrant little store is nestled in Toronto’s famous Kensington Market, and offers trends inspired by New York and L.A. Although Kensington is full of vintage shops, Pink Canary is one of the few in the area that sells brand new clothes.
Owned by two best friends from Toronto, the store offers a good mix of women’s essentials, including jumpsuits, dresses and graphic tees. Most of the things in this colourful shop will cost you under $100. You’ll also find a few last-minute items at the check-out counter, such as lip gloss and fun jewelry.
As Toronto’s economy continues to open up, curating your wardrobe will become much easier. Although big weddings and fancy dinner parties may seem a long way off, there are still plenty of reasons to look your best!