A guide to shopping on Toronto’s Ossington strip

From locally made fashion to custom jewellery, you’ll find what you’re looking for with a stroll down Ossington Avenue – and enough fab stores for a second trip. The strip is city-renowned for being one of the hottest streets for one-off fashion finds and accessories, international designers, and home décor bliss. [Image credit: iStock.com/ozgurcankaya]

Stylegarage

1
78 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

At this Ossington spot, you get the best of customized corner shop and factory outlet with a huge choice of furniture and fittings that can be tailored to your needs and tastes. You pick the size, materials and colours of everything from sofas to dining sets. Home accessories like mirrors and lighting are largely Canadian-made and woods are as eco-friendly as possible.

Jonathan+Olivia

2
49 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y9

Stocking brands for the bigger budget (but without the intimidating vibe), men and women can pick up hot designs and accessories by both young and established designers at Jonathan+Olivia. It’s not just a store, either; all year-round they host trunk shows, exhibitions and even catwalk shows.

Eye Wonder Optical

3
1075 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1H3

Just off Ossington Avenue is Pink Eye Optical, family-owned and operated by two sisters in a former, decades-old convenience store that was owner by their parents. It’s a one-stop shop for eye tests, contact lenses, repairs and great eyewear designs. Got an old pair of specs? Drop them off here for the Third World Eye Care Society where they’ll be upgraded for people in developing countries.

Victoire

4
129 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z6

Before even stepping into this women’s boutique, it gets the thumbs-up, because all but a handful of designs are Canadian. Chic skirts rub shoulders with hipster tops and leather pants with tulle skirts. Whether you’ve developed your own style or like to experiment, Victoire is the spot to go when you’re looking for a truly unique piece.

Telegramme Prints & Custom Framing

5
194 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7

Stocking a range of limited edition prints you won’t find anywhere else in Canada (let alone Toronto), you can also pick and choose from a huge selection of frames. And they won’t bat an eye if you want to frame something offbeat (they once framed a 2010 Winter Olympics torch and ketchup packets), as well as any size print, photo or artwork.

LoversLand

6
215 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8

A one-stop shop for all things bridal, you’ll find 30 unique designers at Lovers Land, hosting a variety of styles and shapes for whatever wedding silhouette you’re envisioning. If you’re not a bride-to-be, the shop is still worth a pop-in and peruse because there’s plenty of cute accessories, jewellery and lingerie for everyday on offer as well. Lovers Land also hold special events where they showcase their latest arrivals – make sure you quick to book an appointment to see new looks.

Annie Aime

7
42 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

This clothing boutique for men and women brings a dose of French elegance to bustling Ossington Avenue. Parisian owner Annie travels to Europe routinely and brings back her favourite latest designs. Choose from a range of looks by chic European designers or book a style consultation – or both!

Tiger Of Sweden

8
56 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7

If European chic is your style, this is the shop for you. Tiger of Sweden stocks a huge range of men’s and women’s clothing for work and play and manages to create an aura of natural elegance with everything from jeans to waistcoats. Traditional designs hang alongside quirky looks that can be finished off with a selection of both statement-making and subtle accessories.

Anice Jewellery

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102 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z4

Inspired by her grandma’s jewellery collection, owner Brittany admits she was seduced by glitter from a young age. Nobody’s complaining; she’s put her love of all things shiny to fantastic creative use. Her studio produces classic jewellery pieces like wedding bands and engagement rings, but you can also design your own gloriously unique piece, because Brittany also undertakes commissioned pieces.

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