Where to Buy Ethical Fashion in Toronto

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.

Ethical Fashion Shops

Victoire, 129 A Ossington Ave— A cute boutique that stocks Canadian designers. Also an online store.

H Project at Holt Renfrew, various locations—A section of this Canadian luxury department store devoted to promoting sustainable fashion and social good.

Coal Miner’s Daughter, three locations—Stocks mostly Canadian fashion, accessories and jewelry.

Shopgirl, 1342 Queen Street West—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 Street—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.

Frock, 94 Roncesvalle Ave—Small boutique for contemporary fashion and accessories. Not everything is ethical, but ask for local or ethically made brands. I bought my Iris Denim jeans and Baggu bag from there.

Meg, 849 Queen Street West—Locally made contemporary fashion label with store locations in NYC. Stocks ethically made accessories.

Frank and Oak, various locations—Canadian-designed minimalist fashion. No detailed info about their factories, which seem to be in Canada and abroad, but they are using sustainable fabrics. Also an online store.

 

Ethical Accessories + Gifts

Uppdoo, 916 Bloor Street West—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, 1130 College Street—Leather handbags made in their storefront studio.

Hoi Boi, 15 Trinity Street—Bags made in Canada with a focus on sustainable materials. Also sells clothes and jewelry.

Made You Look, 1338 Queen Street West—Jewelry by over 100 Toronto designers. Some are made in the store’s studio.

Bluboho, various locations—Toronto retailer of dainty, ethically-sourced jewelry. Also an online store.

Lilliput Hats, 462 College Street—Custom hats hand made in their store atelier.

Logan and Finley, 670 Queen Street West—General store for eco-conscious needs, including clothes.

Ecotique, 191 Roncesvalles Ave—An eco boutique for all your zero waste needs, eco-conscious gifts, homeware, and beauty products.

Arts Market, three locations—Unique handmade gifts from Toronto artists, from jewelry to photography.

 

Vintage

Stella Luna, 1627 Queen St West—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 Ave—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 West—Amazingly curated vintage. Think glitter, ’60s psychedelic, and the kind of pieces that would dress a throwback film set.

Exile Vintage, 60 Kensington Ave—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 West—Always fun to browse through this affordable vintage shop in Queen West.

Value Village, various locations—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.

 

Consignment Stores

The Cat’s Meow, 180 Avenue Rd—Vintage designer fashion with a focus on the ’50s to  the ’70s and contemporary luxury labels on consignment, lovingly curated by owner Louise Cooper.

VSP Consignment, 1410 Dundas Street West—A consignment boutique of trendy contemporary labels. Also an online shop.

L’Elegante Boutique, 132 Cumberland Street—A shop in Yorkville consigning classic luxury fashion and accessories.

Haute Classics, 1961 Avenue Road—Consigns luxury handbags, shoes and accessories. By appointment only.

 

Dress Rentals

Boro It, 16 Soho Street—Rent contemporary designer clothes and accessories owned by stylish locals. I’m actually a lender here, and if I ever want to wear/use my items, I can pop into their showroom to get it.

Fresh Rents, 215 Spadina Ave—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 Street—Rent designer dresses for special occasions. Each pieces is available in different sizes.

Rent Frock Repeat, Commerce Court West (PATH) 199 Bay Street—The original dress rental place in Toronto.

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Do you have a favourite shop in Toronto that’s not the list? Let me know in the comments below.
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