By Aaron Boehlert
It seems to me that the lack of style present in some UCC students results not from not knowing how to dress, but rather from not knowing where to shop. In light of that, I’ve compiled a list of five excellent locations, ranging from small boutiques to department stores, and all located in the yuppie Yorkville bubble. Even unflattering sweatpants and dreaded fitted caps are elevated when paired with a few choice selections from these locations.
- TNT Man: TNT Man (or The New Trend) opened this summer in the stylish Hazelton Lanes shopping centre, just off Hazelton Avenue. With everything from Ted Baker to Free City to Seven Jeans, the store presents a fashionable mélange in a stylish and bright space. At Hazelton Lanes: 87 Avenue Road.
- anti hero: anti hero houses selected pieces from several celebrated brands, including ties from Allea, clothing from Alexander McQueen, and shoes from Y3 by Yohji Yamamoto. This small boutique space has helpful and dedicated staff, who will be happy to suggest pieces and even what to wear and where. 113 Yorkville Avenue.
- Uncle Otis: Sort of in-between the two previously mentioned, Uncle Otis has a larger feel with a more concentrated selection, with pieces from Canada Goose, Filippa K, and Wings & Horns. Staff is helpful and knows the fashion genealogy of every piece in the store. 26 Bellair Street.
- Harry Rosen: The five-floor menswear mecca houses more formally established brands, from Brunello Cucinelli to Z Zegna. The bespoke department does excellent, classic work and the basement level, which houses some more contemporary brands, includes a wall of jeans and a larger Hugo Boss section. The first floor offers shoes, outerwear, and a cologne bar among other attractions, with helpful staff that can access a customer’s history with their handy mobile system. 82 Bloor Street West.
- Holt Renfrew: Despite its snobbish reputation, the upscale department store offers a surprisingly diverse selection. The main floor menswear section includes Ralph Lauren and a bespoke department, while the basement houses a stunning shoe department, Thomas Pink, and Burberry, among others. Also notable is the cosmetics section, where products from Kiehl’s to Viktor & Rolf beckon. 50 Bloor Street West.