Shop for style-savvy travel gear from these Toronto outposts

Looking for some super lightweight luggage so you can pack to your heart’s content? Perhaps you’re in the market for a modern passport carrier locally made from high quality leather. And of course, you know well the ubiquitous necessity of a boss backpack. Well, good news: Toronto’s got it all. Here is our list of where to find travel accessories made for the style-savvy jetsetter. [Photo courtesy of Te Koop]


101 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 2Z7

Rimowa would have to be, hands down, our favourite luggage brand to travel with. The luggage is lightweight, dent-resistant, and wheels around for added usability. We fell in love with the Rimowa Topas Stealth, a collection of luggage made of high-strength black aluminum that incorporates the latest in travel technologies and materials. As an added bonus, Rimowa is also manufactured in Canada.

MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)

400 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K2

Mountain Equipment Co-Op, or MEC for short, is suited for the adventure traveler. The massive, multi-level store features gear and equipment for any type of adrenaline-inducing vacation. Whether you’re looking to walk the streets of a city you’ve never seen or hit some hardcore trails in the Canadian wilderness, MEC specializes in lightweight and high-capacity bags and backpacks for any traveler.

Te Koop

421 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2A5

We absolutely love the selection of bags and travel accessories from Te Koop. Their sleek and contemporary shop, located on Queen Street West, brings an incredible selection of modern bags from brands like Herschel, Poler Stuff, Barbour, and Swedish brand Fjällräven. Our favourite is the Fjällräven Kanken bag, an ideal carry-on that you can take with you throughout your vacation.

Brush Dental Dundas

161 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 1E4

Operating out of their small shop on one Canada’s busiest and longest streets, The Accessory Bar is one of our favourite spots to find unique and super-chic items like travel pouches, hats and sunglasses. Be sure to check out the selection of wooden, hand-carved watches – maybe the most stylish way of ensuring you never miss a flight ever again.

Drake General Store

61 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2Z8

For travellers heading to the airport by train, the Drake General Store has opened a location in the Union Pearson Express terminal. Carrying items like postcards, travel games, clothing and UPExpress limited-edition merchandise, it’s easy to grab something awesome, even if you’re on the go.

WANT Apothecary

1070 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2L4

While the brand’s travel shop located at Billy Bishop Airport undergoes some renovations, travellers can pick up the WANT Les Essentiels products at their Toronto flagship WANT Apothecary. The Les Essentiels collection carries premium leather goods for travelers that include passport holders, totes and bags, plus more specialty items like laptop carriers and winter-ready accessories.

The Monocle Shop

776 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C6

Praise where it’s due: Heralded travel, global affairs and design magazine Monocle globally pioneered the concept of The Monocle Shop, opening locations in major cities around the world and selling an incredibly curated selection of products that cater to their readers’ tastes. Their Toronto store on College Street offers a slew of chic travel items you simply won’t find anywhere else in the city (including savvy culture- and lifestyle-geared travel guides).

Finding a jacket that looks good, is well tailored, and offers enough function to suit your needs is essential to living the daily urban grind of Toronto. From hopping on and off the subway, or in and out of office buildings and coffee shops, a good jacket is made to work with your busy schedule. But finding your winter companion in coat form doesn’t have to be a daunting task – just check out these sweet menswear spots.
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