Shop Crawl: Head to Leslieville for past and present looks

The Queen East ’hood is emerging as a go-to for vintage goods and style setters

Eurasian invasion
Studio We sports both menswear and womenswear from mostly European and Asian labels. Owner Wilson Li looks for top-quality, beautiful fabrics. “Studio We has been in the neighbourhood for almost 10 years, so I have regular customers who’ve come to trust my opinions,” says Li. The most popular womenswear line is Numph from Denmark ($45 to $220). Men will be drawn to Vito, also Danish, whose clean lines are a steal at $350 for a suit.
Studio We, 1184 Queen St. E. 

Value vintage
Thrill of the Find’s owner, Mireille Watson, understands that good-quality clothing transcends seasonal trends, which is why her store stocks new and vintage designer goods. “As a longtime collector, my goal is to provide my clients with the ability to buy good clothing and accessories, from new to vintage, at an affordable cost,” says Watson. The Leslieville shop is full of elegant prints, lush materials and well-known brands. Pucci, Alexander McQueen, DVF, Chanel and Gucci are $120 to $875 for a dress.
Thrill of the Find, 1172 Queen St. E.

Fifties-style frocks
Kelly Freeman and Rory Lindo have been creating their own Damzels in this Dress line in Toronto for over 21 years, and their boutique, Doll Factory, is a must-see destination in Leslieville. From printed tunic dresses ($60+) to high-stretch cocktail dresses ($140+) and an assortment of cropped cardigans ($38), Doll Factory aims to make you comfortable in your own skin.
Doll Factory by Damzels in this Dress, 1122 Queen St. E.

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