These top shopping spots are filled with enough high fashion and up-and-coming designer labels to make shopaholics and style mavens swoon.
—By Marie-Ève Venne
The Feral — 890 Queen St
This all-black everything paradise redefines the darker side of fashion with avant-garde pieces by the same designer behind Sons of Odin: the popular menswear brand co-signed by rappers like 2 Chainz and Waka Flocka. The online-turned-store operation now carries women’s stuff too; the entire right side of the store now sells the female equivalents to what’s offered on the men’s hangers to the left along with more feminine pieces.
ONE OF A FEW —353 Water St
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Gastown, One of a Few is a lovely boutique where you’ll always find something to treat yourself. The clothing selection blends a nice mix of well-known designers with emerging ones. Along with the great selection of clothes, they also have shoes, bags and jewelry. As the name suggests, they don’t carry a huge inventory of each piece. So, if you’re the type of person who likes to keep a curated wardrobe of pieces you won’t see on everyone else, this is a great spot for you.
Antonio Ortega —1460 Sherbrooke W
Through his luxury creations, Antonio Ortega makes us dream of the world of haute couture. The Canadian-Mexican couturier has decided to move to the metropolis and now offers, in the heart of the city, bold and unique pieces for women, which can meet the needs of each client. In addition, the shop offers men’s clothing: jackets and short pants, a puck and jacket with original details as well as accessories. Ready-to-wear and accessories are also available.
Velour Clothing Exchange – 1022 17 Ave SW Suite 200
This family-run boutique specializes in wearable 60s–90s vintage and on-trend men’s and women’s clothing. Velour is a hot spot for the fashion-forward. Their space is totally welcoming and fun, too, so even if you’re a vintage newbie you’ll feel at home. It’s Calgary’s first dedicated buy/sell/trade clothing store, so Velour definitely earned a rep for itself. From Levi’s to Hermes to Nike, there’s something for every taste at this spot. Define your personal style with some of their new summer arrivals; fresh picks are coming in daily.
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