I shop T.O.
There are so many artists and designers who use Toronto as their muse. Whether it’s a streetcar or a streetscape or the iconic CN Tower, I love wrapping up little bit of the 6ix for friends and family near and far. Here are some of my favourite finds for you to give the gift of Toronto to that special someone.
For parents in TOw: Toronto designer Yasmine Louis matches the city’s neighbourhoods and streetscapes with the perfect phrase (in English or French!) that captures the perfect Toronto moment. You can find her t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, pillows, scarves and these awesome 401 socks here. We always gear up at the One of a Kind Show.
For kids in TOw: There is something SO RAD about kids’ clothes in black. Toronto artist and designer Nadia Lloyd adds the iconic city skyline on T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and pants. (Hey moms, be sure to check out the leggings, skirts, scarves and flipflops – to name a few – with the same vibe.)
For babes in TOw: 416 for the littlest. Seriously, need we say more about this streetwear for kids? Black and white, with a little bling is what makes Toronto’s Bébé Fête so darn cool. The clothes are also made locally and screen printed using eco-friendly methods. (We’ve spotted their wares at Baby on the Hip and Little White Sneakers.)
For the Toronto expat – Remember your favourite Toronto destinations with an illustrated map by Montreal’s Sandra Dumais of Moon and Sparrow (she is originally from T.O.) She also does custom illustrations to capture all you love about this city. (Shop online or you can find some of her work at Kids at Home in Leslieville.)
Map of #toronto off to one of my favourite retailers today – @minimioche in both the Distillery District and on Queen West in the Tee Dot! Look closely at Cherry Beach, there's my dear old friends Nick and Karen, and I in highschool. (Nick lit some firecrackers atop the little house on the beach and burnt his hand). Here's to old friends and home towns. ❤️ . . . #map #toronto #torontolife #illustratedmap #thesix #hometown #cherrybeach #wallart #moonandsparrow #illustration #pastels #oldfriends #mapmaker #canada #torontoart #torontostyle
For the grandparents in TOw: Send a special wish from Toronto on grams’ and gramps’ coffee mug or teacup. Your kids can even write it. Alice in Montreal’s cups of the Toronto skyline are hand-painted in chalkboard paint.