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March 16, 2006
From journal Traipse in Toronto
August 6, 2005
Before I left for Toronto, I viewed www.torontolife.com. This site gave many wonderful suggestions for fashion, vintage, shoes, etc.
Aritzia (280 Queen St. W): Filled with 7 jeans, Juicy Couture, and the house label, TNA, this store is for the trendy and fashionable. Although not the cheapest store on the block, there are designers that fill the racks of the store that are not found in the U.S.
Brava (483 Queen): This vintage store is filled mostly of vintage T-shirts for gals and guys. There is a handful selection of jackets, skirts, dresses, purses, etc.
Preloved (613 Queen): This was my favorite vintage store. Many of their clothing have been taken for vintage pieces and reassembled with new pieces consisting of deconstructed T-shirts, blouses, purses, etc.
C-squared (365 Queen): This shoe mecca has some of the best shoes around town. It mostly consists of trendy shoes for both gals and guys.
La Chateau (336 Queen): This is probably not the most conventional store for a casual look, but mimics a "French" style of trendiness. Its prices are probably ranked alongside H&M and Zara.
Zara: This Spanish H&M-type store has some of the cutest clothes for gals and dapper looks for guys. Although more expensive than H&M, the clothing is very cute and trendy for the young at heart.
Bedo: It contains trendy items for women and men similar in style to the other stores.
Caban (262 Queen): It contains both clothes and furniture. Although I only looked through the window, the style was somewhat contemporary and stylish
For music entertainment, there are many record/music stores to peruse and add to your collection. HMV carries the newer selection of DVDs and CDs, whereas others consist of the vinyl.
Canada's version of MTV, called Muchmusic, is also located on Queen Street West. While I was there, Seann William Scott (Stifler), Johnny Knoxville, and Jessica Simpson were promoting their Dukes of Hazzard movie. This is the equal rank of MTV in terms of status and wonderful music.
You should definitely check out this street for new goodies filled with clothes, shoes, etc.
From journal Toronto's Fab, Ay