Canadiana-inspired clothing and decor in Toronto

Americana has become a ubiquitous aesthetic across the globe, but Canadian trend-makers have made way for a look that's all our own. You know the one: it involves flannels, plaid, toques and really fine leather boots. Throw in some heavy wool blankets, outdoor-inspired decor, and a set of antlers and there you have it: Canadiana in all its glory. Get in on the look at these Canadiana-inspired apparel and decor shops.

North Standard Trading Post

1
1662 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1B2

With outdoor-themed artwork and heavy antique wood displays, this Parkdale clothing and lifestyle store inspires sentiments of Canadiana the moment you walk through the door. Find home décor goods like the camping-friendly North Standard enamel mugs, or “Smells Like Canada” camp candle, as well as a selection of HBC blankets and throws. It’s also the spot to find your seasonal batch of plaid button-downs, flannels, denim, canvas goods, and a host of eclectic accessories. Also check out the oh-so-cute baby onesies branded with the North Standard cartoon bear. Bonus, pick up a copy of National Geographic's guide to Canadian parks.

Muttonhead

2
337 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M8

This Roncesvalles clothing and decor boutique stands proudly on a business model of sustainable design and local manufacturing practices — in their words, “keepin’ it local since 2009.” Apart from their ethical approach that keeps design and production jobs in Canada, Muttonhead’s stock is also steeped in that outdoorsman-meets-urbanite Canadian aesthetic. Whether it be a down-filled quilted vest, wild horses themed Pinto throw, or vintage-style Japanese denim jacket by Montreal-based brand Naked and Famous, Muttonhead is your go-to for pieces that you can wear beside the campfire, or on the Ossington Strip.

Hudson's Bay

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176 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5C 2L7

Some of the basic tenets of Canadiana have been derived from HBC, North America’s oldest company. The legendary red, yellow, green, dark blue and white striped pattern pioneered by the centuries-old department store continues to be an emblem of Canadian life, whether it's found on a toque, pair of mittens, or the infamous wool throw. With multiple locations across the GTA (several in Toronto proper), anyone can get modern versions of the iconic Canadian print on a slough of items that range from to-go water bottles to peacoat button-up jackets.

Gerhard Supply

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2949 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z2

This upscale Junction boutique has built its brand by specializing in locally made and designed menswear and lifestyle products, hosting a talented mix of Toronto apparel and accessory designers. Footwear designer Broken Homme provides the selection of rugged lace-up leather boots, while 18 Waits’ selection of denim blazers, bandanas and short-sleeve button-ups channel a vintage Canadian look. Facial hair aficionados will beeline to beard-care products by Crown Shaving Co., while those in the scents-for-men market will gravitate to specialty colognes by Province Apothecary or musk-jasmine candles by Brennan Michael.

Roots

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181 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

Back in the 1970s, Michael Budman and Don Green decided to develop a brand that celebrated the natural beauty and powerful wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, and thus, Roots was born. Specializing in comfort-themed apparel, fine leather backpacks, overnight bags, and boots, as well as probably the most famous cut and style of sweatpants in Canadian history, Roots hosts more than 15 locations across the GTA.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)

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400 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K2

Since 1971, this outdoor emporium has stocked all the gear you’ll need for climbing, camping, and general outdoor existence in any Canadian landscape, west to east and north to south. Toronto’s King Street location is the favoured spot to find everyday apparel basics alongside sporting goods divided by athletic activity, be it running and fitness, snowsports, climbing, or yoga. Plus, get expert-prepped for your next outdoor adventure with life-saving gadgets and accessories like solar-powered outdoor watches, light-weight camping stoves, water purifying kits, or bear-resistant food containers.

The Future of Frances Watson

7
1390 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L7

Parkdale's mystically titled boutique creates a distinct take on the Canadiana aesthetic by hosting locally made and designer classics for men alongside avante-garde women's fashions you won't find anywhere else in the city. Knit toques by Brixton (a Toronto staple) complement urban outerwear by Toronto-based Outclass and guaranteed-for-life waxed and coated canvas bags by Filson. The women's section in the back gets pretty haute, but owners Kerry and Meaghan keep it quintessentially Canadian with Hudson's Bay scarves and throws in the original colourful striped pattern as well as some more modern, neutral versions in gray and blue hues.

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Looking for a bleach alternative that isn’t terrifying? Maybe an all-purpose cleaner that won’t make you bat an eye when you find your toddler licking the countertop? There’s no doubt that the demand for all-natural, biodegradable, and chemical-free cleaning products is on the rise in TO. Lucky for us, the city is home to countless markets and shops with a ton of sustainable goods on offer.
We know, we know. Trying to find something excellent for your best pal while staying within the agreed-upon budget is just a big ol’ holiday can of worms. Lucky for us, Toronto is stocked with affordable and locally made treasures that cater to just about any hobby or taste. For this year’s gift exchange, check out these general stores, vintage spots, and specialty boutiques. [Photo courtesy of Northwood General]
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