119 Yorkville Ave., Yorkville
A quick stroll down the street from the Four Seasons you’ll find 119 Corbo, spread over two floors in a prettily outfitted navy townhouse. The edit leans heavily on European labels like Stella McCartney, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga across dresses, accessories, and more casual sweaters and shirts.
Advice from a Caterpillar
8 Price St., Rosedale
Advice from a Caterpiller is an enchanting store brimming with clothes, toys, accessories, and furniture for babies and littles up to eight years old. For the newborns in your life, shop for the most adorable onesies and rompers from Petit Bateau and Mini Rodini, bunny-eared woolen bonnets, and teeny-tiny sweaters and dresses. You’ll also find really beautiful—and practical—gifts for the mama, our favorite being the chic Moutmout portable changing mats. For older kiddos, choose from puzzles, books, and art supplies for entertainment, as well as a full clothing selection.
1100 Robson St., West End
We’ve long been fans of Vancouver-based Aritzia’s suped-up basics—a well-tailored trench, a crisp poplin ruffled blouse, lacy bralettes, and high-waist trousers, are among our favorites. Robson Street is the brand's flagship, meaning that it's also their largest space (they recently wrapped a 4,800-square-foot expansion). Spanning 13,000-square-feet, the warm interior feels like a well-appointed residence with lots of natural light, an interesting assortment of artwork—much of it by local artists—plus an indoor garden.
Bay Street Video
1172 Bay St., Yonge & Bloor
All aboard the nostalgia train straight back to the ’90s, when we all spent Friday nights cruising the aisles at the video store. For the film obsessive, this super specialty store stocks literally every film on DVD and Blu-ray, organized by director. You can also bring your old VHS tapes and get them transferred to DVD (hello, childhood home videos).
369 Rue Saint-Paul W., Old Montreal
Located in the heart of Old Montreal, this immaculate boutique has a decidedly minimalist bent. All-white shelving holds accessories by Mansur Graviel and Commes des Garçons, while sleek racks are home to crisp, architectural pieces by Roland Mouret and Dried van Noten. The inventory is limited, showcasing only select pieces from each designer's current collection, which speaks to the fact that this is place to find investment pieces.
Charlie & Lee
223 Union St., Strathcona
One of our favorite Vancouver finds, Charlie & Lee is one of those rare independent stores that doesn't adhere to a strict fashion-season calendar—everything is meant to stand the test of time. The owners are major champions of locally made, ethically sourced goods, like woven shoppers, wooden utensils, and a solid round-up of clean beauty products. You’ll find a selection of Scandinavian-style clothing—jumpsuits, dresses, and tops in natural fibers like linen and silk—as well as pieces for the home, including painted cushions and super-soft throws.
Clark Street Mercantile
5200 Rue Clark, Mile End
This achingly cool, impeccably styled store is the kind of men’s shop that makes girlfriends, wives, and sisters jealous. That said, his-for-her enthusiasts will find a treasure trove of La Paz stripes, Bleu de Paname pullovers, and limited edition kicks. The buyers put an emphasis on craftsmanship and storytelling over trends, meaning that every purchase is for keeps.
2 Roxborough St. W., Rosedale
Sunny, airy, and meticulously edited, this space is actually a full-service beauty destination. Come here for brow shaping, facials, and a lengthy menu of waxing options—then take some of the magic home with you from the on-site boutique. The team behind Gee—mom Miriam and daughters Natalie, Stephanie, and Celene—keep the shelves brimming with tried-and-true beauty favorites, including Rodin, Sunday Riley, plus goop by Juice Beauty.
50 Bloor St. W., Yorkville
With 180 years of fashion history under its belt, Holt Renfrew is to Canada what Bloomingdale's or Saks Fifth Avenue is to America—a storied luxury department store with a designer roster that hovers in the hundreds (from Mother denim to Margiela and everything in between). Special-touch services like on-site tailoring and monogramming are a lovely throwback to the store’s royal past (Queen Victoria was a fan).
1300 Rue Sherbrooke W., Downtown
With 180 years of fashion history under its belt, Holt Renfrew is to Canada what Bloomingdales or Saks Fifth Avenue is to Americans—a storied luxury department store with a designer roster that hovers in the hundreds (from Mother denim to Margiela and everything in between). Special-touch services like on-site tailoring and monogramming are a lovely throwback to the store’s royal past (Queen Victoria was a fan).
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