Little Portugal, the block of Dundas West from Bathurst Street to Dufferin Street, is pairing its ethnic heritage with goods from artisans and vintage purveyors to create a shopping destination unlike any other in the city.
Bringing Portuguese artisans to Toronto
Saudade showcases the rich design and artisanal traditions of Portugal in its modern esthetic. It stocks long-established Portuguese brands that have been around since the 18th and 19th centuries, such as the Confianca soaps and fragrances ($12 to $55), as well as a new generation of Portuguese entrepreneurs who have reclaimed Portugal’s manufacturing heritage, such as Burel’s wool blankets and accessories ($100 to $150), which are created using hand looms.
Saudade, 1191 Dundas St. W.
Hand-picked and redesigned vintage finds
Bridge+Bardot strives to provide affordable and fashionable vintage finds. Each hand-picked piece fits in with what’s “on-trend,” and pieces are occasionally altered by adding buttons or changing the cut to achieve a better silhouette. Vintage is often characterized as “your grandmother’s closet,” but Bridge+Bardot is a microcosm of fashion sustainability, showcasing wares — both imported and re-designed — in a range that includes full-length tie-dyed jumpers, denim shorts and sequined cardigans.
Bridge+Bardot, 1138 Dundas St. W.
Japanese quality and craftsmanship
Blue Button Shop was established as a shopping destination for a mature clientele. Owners Tamae Miyazaki and Brian Cheuk felt the artisan quality of Japanese brands was hard to come by in Toronto and sought wares that exemplified the excellent standard of Japanese craftsmanship. Products range from Nanamica bags to the stunningly simple shorts from Engineered Garments to handcrafted accessories such as Kadoya Jinjiro Eyewear. No matter the country of origin, high quality is never a niche market.
Blue Button Shop, 1499 Dundas St. W.