updated June 2020
After being bugged by friends for quite some time, I now have an ethical fashion shopping guide for Toronto. This is my hometown after all, and it’s handy to have this post to send to people when they ask for store recommendations. I’m sure there are more boutiques to find locally or ethically-made fashion, and definitely more vintage shops in the city, but those listed are the ones I frequent and recommend. New shops are also popping up all the time, and I’ve wandered into a few that stock locally made goods here and there. You might too. Recently, dress rental services have increased in Toronto, which is fantastic, and I’ve included all those places as well. If you have a fave ethical/sustainable shop in the city that’s not listed, please share in the comments below.
If you’re a visitor to Toronto, the city is comprised of countless neighbourhoods and can be overwhelming, so I made a handy Google map at this bottom of this post that you can use on your phone to see what’s around you.
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Ethical Fashion Shops
KOTN, 754 Queen Street Westâ€”Ethically-made quality essentials.
Frank and Oak, various locationsâ€”Canadian-designed minimalist fashion. No detailed info about their factories, which seem to be in Canada and abroad, but they are usingÂ sustainable fabrics. Also an online store.
Shopgirl,Â 1342Â Queen Street Westâ€”Stocks Canadian designers for fashion, accessories, houseware and paper goods. Kate Black, author of Magnifeco, recommended this store to me. They stock a good selection of Yoga Jeans.
Inland, 134 Peter Streetâ€”Pop-up shop every spring and fall where you can buy directly from Canadian designers. Items showcased are either ethically made or manufactured in Canada.
Birds of North America, 1114 Queen Street Westâ€”Made in Canada clothing with bold and colourful prints.
Frock, 94 Roncesvalle Aveâ€”Small boutique for contemporary fashion and accessories. Not everything is ethical, but ask for locally or ethically made brands. I bought my Iris Denim jeans and Baggu bag from there.
Meg,Â 849 Queen Street Westâ€”Locally made contemporary fashion label with store locations in NYC. Stocks ethically made accessories.
OkayOK, 40 Sousa Mendes Streetâ€”Contemporary playwear made in Toronto.
Reformation, 3401 Dufferin Stâ€”Trendy sustainable LA label opened a store in Yorkdale Mall.
The Wanderly, 1613 Dundas Westâ€”Local boutique stocking vintage and cool ethical labels such as Selgra Negra and La Causa.
The Brides’ Project, 431 Broadview Ave â€”Getting married? The Brides’ Project accepts and sells donated wedding apparel to support cancer charities. Dresses are priced at approximately 1/2 the retail value, capped at $2000.
Ethical Accessories + Gifts
Uppdoo, 916 Bloor Street Westâ€”Handbags designed and hand made in the Uppdoo studio by owner Ricky Shi and his team. I met these guys when they were making bags in a tiny space in the back of a vintage shop, and now they have their own store.
Eleven Thirty,Â 1130 College Streetâ€”Leather handbags made in their storefront studio.
Hoi Boi, 15 Trinity Streetâ€”Bags made in Canada with a focus on sustainable materials. Also sells clothes and jewelry.
Mejuri, 906 Dundas St. Wâ€” Popular minimalist fine jewelry and accessories brand. This is a showroom to try their pieces in person.
Made You Look,Â 1338 Queen Street Westâ€”Jewelry by over 100 Toronto designers. Some are made in the store’s studio.
Lilliput Hats, 462 College Streetâ€”Custom hats hand made in their store atelier.
Logan and Finley, 670 Queen Street Westâ€”General store for eco-conscious needs, including clothes.
Ecotique, 191 Roncesvalles Aveâ€”An eco boutique for all your zero waste needs, eco-conscious gifts, homeware, and beauty products.
Maguire Boutique, 1514 Dundas Westâ€”Well-made footwear designed in Canada and ethically made abroad.
Stella Luna, 1627 Queen St Westâ€”Fabulous curated vintage from owner Crispian Underwood, who knows so much about fashion from the different eras. Items are usually only $30-$50. Cash only. My fave vintage shop in Toronto.
Courage My Love, 14 Kensington Aveâ€”Vintage and upcycled clothes and accessories. I’ve been coming to this eclectic Kensington Market shop since I was a kid.
Frou Frou Vintage, 1616 Queen Street Westâ€”Amazingly curated vintage. Think glitter, ’60s psychedelic, and the kind of pieces that would dress a throwback film set.
Exile Vintage, 60 Kensington Aveâ€”It may seem a little cheesy at the front of the store, but head to the very back for unique vintage dresses. If stylist Tina is there, she’ll help you find the perfect piece.
Mama Loves You Vintage, 541 Queen Street Westâ€”Always fun to browse through this affordable vintage shop in Queen West.
Value Village, various locationsâ€”Don’t you know that all the broke hipsters shop at Value Village? If you’re willing to dig, you can find some stellar pieces.
The Cat’s Meow,Â 180 Avenue Rdâ€”Vintage designer fashion with a focus on the ’50s to Â the ’70s and contemporary luxury labels on consignment, lovingly curated by owner Louise Cooper.
VSP Consignment,Â 1410 Dundas Street Westâ€”AÂ consignment boutique of trendy contemporary labels. Also an online shop.
L’Elegante Boutique, 132 Cumberland Streetâ€”A shop in Yorkville consigning classic luxury fashion and accessories.
Haute Classics, 1961 Avenue Roadâ€”Consigns luxury handbags, shoes and accessories. By appointment only.
Rent Frock Repeat,Â Commerce Court West (PATH) 199 Bay Streetâ€”The original dress rental place in Toronto.
Dresst, ships within Ontarioâ€”Monthly clothing rental service. Rent 3 designer pieces for $99/month with free shipping both ways, dry cleaning and insurance.
Fresh Rents, 215 Spadina Aveâ€”You can rent from their “library” of ethical fashion, vintage, and pieces contributed by locals. A fun collection that’s more casual than the other places.
Fitzroy Rentals, 1227 Dundas Streetâ€”Rent designer dresses for special occasions. Each pieces is available in different sizes.
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