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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 that can just be thrown into a bag for the parent on-the-go. For older kiddos choose from puzzles, books, and art-supplies for entertainment as well as a full clothing selection.
Cahier d’Exercices
369 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, 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.
Horses Atelier
198 Walnut Ave., West Queen West
Founded in 2012 by two best friends, Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka wanted to make clothes that were beautiful, utilitarian, and durable—the kind trusted pieces that serve the backbone of your wardrobe, again and again. Sustainability was important to both founders, and all of the clothing is made with natural fabrics sourced from family-owned mills in Italy and Japan, and sewn a mere mile from their Toronto studio. The pieces themselves are impossible not to love—soft turtlenecks, cool utilitarian jumpsuits in block colors, pretty silk dresses in loose shapes, and cocoon-shaped outerwear in the softest wool.
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