11 luxury boutiques to visit this season
With two brand new boutiques and historic classics to revisit, Yorkville is the place to go for the finer things in life
Toronto has a lot to offer when it comes to high-end fashion and luxury shopping experiences. But one part of town is synonymous with the decay of the finer things in life: Bloor-Yorkville. Home to opulent classics like Prada and Cartier, as well as newer offerings like Alo Yoga and Balenciaga, there’s something for everyone at the epicenter of this trendy Toronto neighborhood.
Shop at these new neighborhood boutiques while indulging in Bloor-Yorkville’s historic must-haves, while enjoying what summer in the city has to offer – warm weather and sunshine, balls of Nani’s Gelato and the perfect patio, like Bar Reyna’s hidden oasis, while enjoying the luxurious outdoor shopping experience.
Hello Yoga (60 Bloor Street West)
The perfect blend of streetwear and activewear, Alo Yoga has quickly become the store where fashion meets function and personality. The opening of the Bloor Street location in early September marks the first Canadian brick-and-mortar location for the Los Angeles-born company. Their sprawling spot on the corner of Bloor and Bay features a bright two-story layout filled with the latest yogi-approved favorites, from mesh-paneled leggings to trendy athletic skorts and loungewear that can be taken from brunch at the races and at home. Stop by their neighbor Planta for a vegan bite after shopping.
Balenciaga (92 Yorkville Ave)
Toronto is officially home to Balenciaga’s largest North American storefront, known for its exquisite craftsmanship, innovative design and revolutionizing women’s fashion with incredible shapes and silhouettes. Spanning 7,000 square feet over two levels with huge floor-to-ceiling windows, luxury shoppers can take refuge from the summer heat without missing out on the sun. Browse the latest deals from Yeezy Gap Engineered, pick up the latest of their Y2K-inspired bags (hello, The Cagole) or browse their latest denim offerings, like these skater jeans.
cartier (131 Bloor Street West)
Jewelry, watches, perfumes and accessories – Cartier remains one of the most esteemed and respected luxury fashion houses in the world, with one of the most recognizable monograms to date. Walking down Bloor Street West, one cannot miss the onyx marble walls with classic gold signage. The shopping experience begins at the gold-lined entrance to the Yorkville store, which immediately gives way to full luxury inside. Enjoy a freshly brewed drink while browsing their latest offerings, from classic LOVE bands to sleek leather apparel beautifully displayed in gold and glass display cases.
free people (79 Yorkville Ave)
Tucked away in a cozy location on Yorkville Avenue, Free People is known for bohemian-style clothing, accessories and outerwear, as well as home and beauty items that inspire a laid-back lifestyle. Their Yorkville storefront could almost be mistaken for a small local boutique from the outside, which lends itself to the calming shopping environment inside. This three-level store features a carefully curated selection from Free People’s core collection, curated for the creative spirit.
The Canadian (138 Cumberland Street)
A good pair of shoes is comfortable and stylish. But a great pair anchors an outfit, adding dimension, charm and personality, all while working with your feet, not against them. La Canadienne is the everyday woman’s one-stop-shop for all things footwear. Their designs take into account the needs of city life while empowering women throughout every season, both in climate and in life. Their stunning Yorkville storefront is bright with a modern interior that leaves room for inspiration and imagination where your new shoes might take you.
Lafayette 148 (130 Bloor Street West)
Lafayette 148 brings the expert craftsmanship of European design, with the spirit of New York, to Toronto with their storefront nestled right up against Gucci on Bloor Street West. Named after the SoHo address where they were founded, Lafayette 148 is a global lifestyle brand for the confident and sophisticated woman. Exceptional fit and quality is the name of their game, offering tailored blazers and trousers, sweaters and luxurious outerwear in their uncompromising quality with New York sensibility as their inspiration.
Mask (Village of Yorkville55 Avenue Road)
Shop in Yorkville Village, home to some of Toronto’s most coveted boutiques, shops and wellness outlets. Maska, a family fashion business, is a carefully curated selection of ready-to-wear clothing imported directly from Italy and other parts of Europe. Let their beautifully styled window displays draw you into their bright and airy space where you can explore the latest in European luxury clothing that is timeless and, therefore, always in style.
Moscow (153 Cumberland Street)
It’s impossible to miss Moscot’s signature bright yellow signage as you stroll down Cumberland Street in the heart of Yorkville. Home to all eyewear and eye care needs, Moscot’s beautiful lighted storefront is the place to go for the most bespoke eyewear shopping experience. Unlike commercial eyewear stores, it’s impossible to leave Moscot empty-handed, not with their custom tint service, during which eyewear can be dip-tinted to perfection, or their low-bridge fit options, which allow those with all bridge preferences and shapes to participate in eyewear trends without skimping on comfort.
above the rainbow (Manulife Center55 Bloor Street West)
Voted Best Denim Store in Toronto by Toronto Life in 2019, Over the Rainbow carries only the best jeans from the world’s top fashion denim brands like Agolde, Citizens of Humanity, Rag & Bone and many more. Their expansive storefront, now located near the Manulife Center, also houses lifestyle items like candles and stationery, as well as outdoor gear ranging from puffer jackets to ombre cashmere hoodies, and the latest in big brands like Canada Goose. They even have a tailor shop, equipped with a 24k gold sewing machine, to make sure your clothes fit perfectly.
Prada (131 Bloor Street West)
Home to one-of-a-kind pieces from the Milan runways, this impressive Prada store in Bloor-Yorkville is one of the most enticing shopping destinations on the Bloor West Strip. Floor-to-ceiling doors framed in black marble give way to a modern black-and-white tiled floor that perfectly complements the walls on the walls of the Italian fashion house’s luxury offerings – everything from ready-to-wear collectibles to the hottest accessories and fragrances.
V Hazelton (5 Hazelton Avenue)
Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s fashion district, V Hazelton is the only boutique that houses the finest exclusive, handmade Italian designer brands under one roof. Their store, with warm wood accents mixed with granite floors and leather seating, is as plush as the clothes they offer. Shop gorgeous blazers, crisp button-ups, jeans, handbags and more, or stop by to check out Canada’s only Kiton boutique, also under one roof.
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