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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.
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.
I Miss You
63 Ossington Ave., Ossington
A purely word-of-mouth haunt for years, owner Julie Yoo has managed to assemble one of those incredible vintage shops which is packed to the rafters with legitimate finds—everything from Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. Each piece is in perfect condition, already dry-cleaned, touched up, and ready to wear. This treasure trove isn’t really the spot for a casual browse, but if you’re on a mission and ready to spend I Miss You is hands-down the best vintage store in Toronto, and perhaps one of the best in North America.
Mjölk
2959 W. Dundas St., Junction Triangle
Mjölk translates to Milk, an unusual name for a store but one the owners felt summed up the inventory, which, like milk is pure, honest, and essential. This design store is run by husband and wife duo John and Juli Baker, who traverse the globe seeking out furniture, homewares, lighting, and interesting objects that embody their slow living aesthetic. Expect a restrained, soothing interior and careful edit of lifestyle pieces with a focus on craftsmanship and function—like beautifully made Japanese oak stirring spoons or charcoal pine incense—items that enhance your experience of daily life in your own home. The store also acts as a gallery space that regularly exhibits works by Scandinavian and Japanese artists, alongside Mjölk's own product collaborations with local and international designers that explore the art of the daily ritual.
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