Localist: What's Happening on Toronto's Style Scene

Nancy Won gives us the inside scoop on the latest in local style


1. Vancouver-based label Oak + Fort has finally opened up in Toronto at The Shops at Don Mills (plus a downtown pop-up on Queen West) and I literally want to buy everything in the store. The aesthetic is simple, minimal and modern with lots of breezy, easy-wearing pieces that are perfect for summer layering. It’s all about perfect basics with a cool downtown vibe.

2. Leaves of Trees is a brand new apothecary skincare line featuring all natural products, handmade in small batches right here in Toronto. The star products are the argan oils (also known in skincare circles as “liquid gold”) but the line also includes beautiful lotions, scrubs, soaps and lipbalms as well as the holy grail of summer: a natural deodorant that actually works!

3. I can’t resist a bit of black magic and Toronto-based jewellery line Blackbird‘s new Occult collection is soooo up my alley. The pieces are very cool and edgy but totally modern and wearable, with layers of gunmetal chain, geometric shapes and wickedly witchy vibes.

4. Opelle Creative is a beautiful line of luxurious handbags that are handcrafted in Toronto. New this season are the super cute Pochette bags, which can be carried as a clutch or, if you attach the strap, you can wear it on your shoulder. I particularly love the python and the mirror finish lambskin.

Screen shot 2014-06-04 at 5.29.27 PMHeel Boy, one of Queen West’s go-to shoe stores, has opened up shop on the east side in the Distillery District. Located in a historic building, the space is bright and airy, super charming, and of course filled with amazing shoes that hit all the top trends from suped up sneakers to ’90s jelly shoes.