The 416. T Dot. The 6ix. Toronto goes by a variety of names, and this reflects a Canadian city of many different faces. Take Leslieville, for example, an east-end district that shares much in common with New York’s Brooklyn; meaning it’s a trendy family friendly village that offers rich pickings for foodies looking for the latest dining trend, as well as being home to a range of hip bars, independent stores, galleries and yoga studios. The style of Leslieville’s locals is unpretentious and creative – from wide-legged trousers with sneakers to billowy, monochromatic ensembles – which is entirely fitting for a neighbourhood with such a high proportion of kids’ boutiques and a warm and welcoming community vibe.
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The sunglasses to wear
Artisanal brands and organic textures give Leslieville a creative edge. Canadian brand Bôhten’s maple-wood sunglasses are sold at RawSpace, a pop-up shop and jewellery workshop where visitors can craft their own accessories.
RawSpace, 270 Carlaw Avenue
Toronto’s design and publishing impresario, Kevin Allwood, runs the hippest fashion boutique in town as well as producing the style tome, KA Magazine.
KA Space, 185 Carlaw Avenue
The family sneakers
Located next to Leslieville Pumps (the local gas station and barbecue joint combined), Good Neighbour is the east side’s version of a hipster general store. The fact that they also sell a smorgasbord of actual pumps from the likes of Adidas to cult Canadian brand Native in teeny tiny to adult sizes is just incidental.
Good Neighbour, 935 Queen Street East
Jillians Bare Madness phone covers feature striking graphic interpretations of neighbourhoods, including one of Leslieville. For Torontonians who love their city, these are a badge of honour.
Arts Market, 1114 Queen Street East
The crafted toy
Wooden toys that kids actually want to play with? Blockitecture, from children’s lifestyle boutique, Kids At Home, allows little ones to design their own mini-city.
Kids At Home, 181B Carlaw Avenue
The vintage fix
A classic Chanel handbag is the only accessory a low-key look requires. Vintage treasure trove Thrill of The Find specialises in designer gems from the likes of Christian Dior, Prada and Hermès.
Thrill of The Find, 1172 Queen Street East