Although Toronto is without a doubt one of the most fashionable cities in Canada, it seems for guys who want to put themselves together better than the “average Joe” it’s a never ending hunt for a retailer who has it all – or anything worthwhile that is!
Having scoured the city for menswear at its best, we’ve come up with 25 retailers you can trust for great style and service. The list includes places to buy everything from suits to sneakers, all with wearable designs that will have heads turning while you’re out on the town.
Although skate shops may not be at the top of your list of fashion destinations in Toronto, if you are at all into the culture, Adrift is a place that shouldn’t be missed. Hidden away in a basement near Spadina and Richmond, this apparel and footwear focused shop hosts a collection of the hottest hard to find designs on the market, from brands including Quiet Life, Diamond, and Insight.
Adding to the culture and vibe, Adrift hosts events and contests in tune with the staff’s laid back and “ever-young” attitude that are always sure to be a good time.
With prime real estate in the heart of Yorkville, Anti-hero who opened their doors in 2004 has since garnered a loyal client base with their memorable customer service. To help out those guys who know what type of look they are going for and want to see their options, merchandise has been categorized based around wardrobe themes.
Friendly staff make browsing through the racks to find “Razor Sharp” for formal occasions, “Executive Attitude” for work, or “Sport Luxe” and “Street Couture” for chilling out on the weekends an easy task. Regardless of what look you’re after, the guys at Anti-hero will be sure you walk out in style and wanting to come back for more.
Boomer may be small (the retail space measuring less than 500 sq. feet!), but this easy to miss storefront hasn’t survived since the 1980’s for nothing. Best known for their suiting and serving A-listers including Tom Cruise and Bruce Springsteen, Boomer’s old fashioned focus on service and wide selection of brands have led to decades of success on Queen Street.
Though many of their labels such as Hugo Boss and Tiger of Sweden are easily found throughout Toronto, owners Dan, Diane, and Joseph are dedicated to curating the best of the best pieces for a fashion forward look with “quiet sophistication”.
Catering to those who want to stand out from the crowd, Capsule located on the lower level of 69 Yorkville Ave. carries over 250 different styles of footwear to choose from at any given time.
Accenting their unique sneaker collection with exclusive apparel, this retailer always stays on top of limited edition styles and offers new releases on a weekly basis. Their many brands include 10 Deep, Oliberté, and Undefeated just to name a few.
The atmosphere of Community 54’s small Parkdale shop and merchandise is very 80’s and 90’s, complete with a variety of refurbished arcade games from the era (available for sale or just a quarter to play).
Modeled after the original Community 54 in New York’s Lower East Side, this neighborhood lifestyle boutique mixes new indie brands, vintage pieces, and contemporary art to attract those searching out unique apparel and collectables.
Due West & Due West Next Door
Due West along with it’s more recent extension, Due West Next Door (a.k.a DWND), is part of the Moumouris family business which evolved from selling leather designs to apparel retailer it is now when son George took over in 1990.
Located in the heart of the Queen West shopping district, this store offers an eclectic mix of international brands and wide range of merchandise in addition to a selection of footwear and accessories. Highlights include shirts from Moncler and G-star, quality Nudie denim, as well as a huge selection from the sought after Fall 2012 Canada Goose collection which you can be updated on by clicking here.
Born out in the West Coast, Ephin Apparel considers themself a movement, not just a streetwear clothing brand. Since 2002 they have been working with everyone from graffiti artists to up and coming rappers to bring their designs to life, just one of the many ways Ephin strives to give back to the community and cultural scenes it caters towards.
Although opening a storefront in Toronto wasn’t the original plan, the label has nonetheless seen success in their smaller Bloor West space which features the Ephin line including SDK, a small selection of other brands, as well as original graffiti art canvases for sale starting at about $200.
GotStyle is one stop shopping at its best and catered to men through and through. This fashion focused retailer notably recognizes most guys don’t shop by brand, they shop by need – and that is exactly how the store is merchandised. Their new location at Bathurst and Wellington, which opened in 2011, features different sections for casual, business, and social attire, as well as in house barber and tailor shop.
With a range of brands and price points, the style conscious staff will really take the time to learn about your personal needs and develop a put together look whether you’re the best man at a wedding or just heading out for a night with the boys.
Don’t let the name or the somewhat cheesy website slogan “Find your Swagger” throw you off, Greenshag on Queen is full of class and old-school craftsmanship. Specializing in tailored suits, shirts, and accessories (especially known for their one of a kind mix and match cufflinks), this retailer is dedicated to the perfect fit and above and beyond detail.
Go custom by booking an appointment with the Greenshag Bespoke Gentlemen’s Club or check out the ready to wear items showcased at the front of the store. Whichever you choose this retailer will quickly prove to you what you may already know – everyone needs a shag! …a Greenshag that is.
Of course this list couldn’t possibly be complete without the Canadian born menswear master, Harry Rosen. Since 1954 Harry has been offering the classiest of guys a place to shop luxury brands that is all their own.
Known first and foremost for their suiting and highly focused personal shopping service, the Bloor Street flagship location will quickly and confidently fit you with all your fashion needs from day to night.
Haven Toronto is exactly as its name describes, a Haven for guys who are looking for that over the top piece or off the wall accessory to take their outfit to the next level.
With a great selection (albeit pricey) of casual jackets, apparel, and sneakers year round, this two floor loft inspired storefront boasts high end street wear labels including Comme Des Garcons and OrginalFake.
Another style staple on the list for guys is unquestionably Holt Renfrew. Over the years this female dominated store has improved their men’s fashion selection to include a denim bar and mini designer shops for all their best-selling labels such as Hugo Boss and Ralph Lauren.
With valet parking, personal shopping, a café, spa, and made to measure services, this extravagant retailer stops at nothing to make sure their customers are treated like royalty.
If you thought some of the other retailers mentioned were off the beaten path, that’s nothing compared to Klaxon Howl which is tucked away in an alley near Manning and Queen. It’s worth your time to browse through their unique merchandise selection, made up of the Klaxon Howl in-house label, lines such as One ‘O’ One and Uncle Sam, as well as a good mix of vintage and one of a kind items.
This behind the scenes store isn’t for everyone, but may just have exactly what you want if you’re looking for work-wear inspired fashion or a pair of boots that scream “rugged manly man”.
Lost & Found
If there are 3 things you are guaranteed to find at Dundas West’s Lost & Found they would no doubt be coffee, clothes, and comfort.
Owners Jonathan, Justin and Zai opened the combo café and fashion retailer to focus on the things they love; quality, sustainable products, and fair trade coffee. Complete with Wi-Fi and comfy couches, Lost & Found is the type of store you can truly get lost in.
Mixing heritage brands along side well-known labels and up and coming designer pieces, Nomad carries everything a guy needs for a casual lifestyle. Located in the heart of Queen West, Nomad is known for stocking labels hard to find in Toronto including Supreme, APC, and Wings + Horns.
Although this retailer may be a bit pricey, guys are sure to receive great service and a polished look that’s not played out by the average dude you pass by on the street.
Opening his first Canadian shop in 2010 (with two others under his belt in London and New York), the British self-taught tailor turned designer Oliver Spencer has a full range of high quality products directed at the modern man.
Drawing his inspiration from hunting and the military, this small Queen West store has an inviting and homey feel complete with a selection of shoes at the back to compliment your wardrobe. His casual apparel is made of premium materials mainly in the UK and easily mixes into everyday outfits or can dressed up for a nighttime occasion.
Proper Reserve prides itself on being an artist collective in addition to being a clothing store. Founder Bruce Wayne Yip and his company ensure they give back by supporting many grassroots initiatives and community projects throughout the city. This street culture based retailer gathers its inventory from talented buyers who seek the most coveted styles from LA and New York.
Along with great style you can look forward to their back-room barbershop, Proper Barbers, and awesome brands like Esency and Get Fresh Company.
Mikey Apples and Josh Reichmann, the owners of Ruins on Queen West, are hands on when it comes to their shop – even to the point of actively completing their own storefront renovations! Leveraging previous careers in the music industry, they have created what is more than your average clothing store.
These guys stock everything from picture books to CD’s to form a laid-back yet elegant lifestyle shop full of beautifully crafted items often straight from the big apple. Coveted New York inspired labels include Loden Dager, Assembly New York, and the famous Manhattan collaborative line, Opening Ceremony.
Technically serving both sexes, Serpentine, who is relatively new to the luxury stretch of Hazelton Avenue, stands out with their primary focus on menswear. With a dark and industrial interior, the retailers merchandise reflects motorcycle culture, rock-and-roll, and an equally dark side of fashion.
Brands include Wolverine, Rick Owens, and Robert Geller, as well as a selection of exclusive hand-made jewelry and accessories. Owners Paul, Stephen, and Jeff’s risky move of opening a high end store during the recession has definitely paid off as they are proud to say Serpentine is the black sheep of the Yorkville neighborhood.
Isn’t it funny how we all find it completely reasonable to have multiple pairs of shoes or a selection of watches to match our outfits but we don’t consider multiple options for eyewear the same way? Spectacle, with 3 locations throughout Toronto, is set to change that illogical notion – one happy customer at a time.
By offering a wide range of brands and styles which cover both fashion forward to more timeless pieces, this high-end retailer will custom fit your perfect glasses to match your face and character in their comfortable and stylish lounge-like setting.
Although this streetwear retailer stocks a few things for the ladies, it’s mainly the guys they are after with their freshly renovated and modern second floor space near Richmond and Spadina. One of only two stores in the country (the other being in Vancouver), this retailer is home to the exclusive Canadian Stussy line.
Contrary to popular belief however, Stussy is more than just t-shirts. Along with limited edition pieces from design collaborations, Stussy hosts exclusive events and exhibitions set to inspire and engage with Toronto’s creative community.
Gaining solid reputation based on their high-end in-house line Kin, Sydney’s is yet another Queen West spot dedicated to guys who want to add some class to their wardrobe.
Carrying everything from suits to denim – of which they have a great selection and range of price points I must add – Sydney’s is the type of place where you can practically close your eyes and put together an outfit.
Having undergone some changes in ownership over the past couple years, Theodore 1922 located in the Annex has managed come out on top with a great selection of luxury men’s suiting and accessories. The retailers personalized service almost always includes a trip down to their lower level which features a fully functional tailor shop with an attitude that anything is possible.
A suit will cost you upwards of $1000, but custom detailing and easy-care fabrics sourced from Nordic counties and able to brave Canadian weather makes the cost well worth it for those guys ready to make a long-term investment.
For 3 generations Tom’s Place has offered Toronto’s businessmen suits and formal attire at great prices. Carrying on his father’s traditional business philosophy of always giving the customer a good deal, you can expect personalized service from the owner Tom himself along with a hefty discount.
Having grown to over 15,000 sq. ft of retail selling space with 10,000 suits on display there is sure to be what you are looking for at the old-fashioned Baldwin Street location.
Recently having celebrated their 20th anniversary, this trendy Yorkville store is focused on casual sophistication and understated luxury.
Carrying everything from clothing to shoes and even luggage and eye-wear, Uncle Otis ensures a unique selection with a range of top of the line brands including Rag & Bone, Kin, and Nixon. In addition to their very own designer collaborations, this modern man’s retailer ensures they always stock a host of Canadian labels as yet another way to set themselves apart.
You will be sure to look great (and hopefully won’t be too broke!) after checking out this list of top-notch men’s fashion stores. Nonetheless, if the shoppaholic in you isn’t satisfied yet make sure to keep an eye out for my next blog about Toronto’s Unisex Fashion Retailers You Should Know About, coming soon.
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