Trinity Bellwoods, arguably the city’s most popular park, is anchored by two of Toronto’s trendiest streets, Queen Street West and Dundas Street West. So it’s no surprise that a walk through the park also leads to some of the hippest boutiques and hidden treasures that the city’s retail scene has to offer.
Jennifer Halchuk and Richard Lyle, who call North Toronto home, walked a winding path together to open Gaspard, a journey that began with Halchuk’s clothing line Mercy, now Gaspard’s in-house brand. Gaspard also houses brands that are popular in France, but a mystery here. Labels include Paris-based Indress ($250 to $900), known for its colour theory and focus on eco-friendly, custom-dyed silks, and Les Prairies de Paris ($250 to $900), which showcases the new, modern look of Paris street style with young, spirited prints.
Gaspard, 913 Queen St. W.
Desiree Girlato is rightfully proud of her jewellery designs, which all emanate attitude and confidence. “Our pieces are statements toward living on your own terms,” says Girlato. The mix of brass and stainless steel necklaces, rings and body chains are at home on both casual and eclectic styles. Girlato’s gold mesh tank ($175) and Brooklyn bra top ($150) are simply stunning.
Armed, 1024 Dundas St. W.
Although 69 Vintage’s new Trinity Bellwoods location may be a bit smaller than their previous spot, it has forced owner Kealan Sullivan to curate a more focused collection. Her clientele has matured, moving from cheaper grabs like $10 shirts to a more career-oriented, chic and effortless look. Currently its hottest items are vintage Levi’s jeans ($38 to $198), including pre-’70s bell-bottoms that all the fashion bloggers are seeking, and ultra-feminine silk blouses, skirts and robes ranging from $48 for one-off pieces to $300 for full gowns.
69 Vintage, 921 Queen St. W.