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As Canada’s largest and renowned city, Toronto is one of the country’s most burgeoning hubs for style. The Canadian fashion industry in Toronto dates back over a century ago when the Toronto Fashion District (sometimes referred to as the Toronto Garment District) was established due to its proximity to shipping and rail routes from Europe and the USA. Although the Toronto Fashion District had its beginnings in textiles and factories, today it’s a prestigious and trendy fashion neighbourhood where many independent and local designers sell their custom clothing.
The Toronto Fashion District isn’t the only place for style in the city – there’s something for everyone is this sprawling metropolis. Vintage lovers can search for bohemian inspiration in the Kensington Market area, while neighbourhoods like Queen West and The Junction are perfect for the uber-cool hipster crowd looking to drink cocktails and shop for eclectic art. If you’re more into yoga and spin classes, then you’d want to visit the Beaches for a plethora of workout clothes and green smoothies. If upscale luxury is your style, then Yorkville is where you can easily spend $2000 on a purse with designer stores like Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.
Toronto has birthed many large fashion and beauty brands over the years. The list of popular brands includes the likes of MAC Cosmetics, OVO (founded by Drake), Roots, Canada Goose, and Club Monaco. As for local indie fashion brands, options abound with boutiques for sustainable clothing brands, streetwear brands, clean beauty brands, and more. Toronto’s diversity has also made it a prime locale for a number of successful Indigenous and Black-owned fashion and beauty businesses.
Diversity and inclusivity in fashion and beauty is starting to get its due recognition not only with emerging brands but also within the event industry. The Black Fashion and Beauty Gala (BFBG) was the first of its kind to recognize and reward the contributions of Blacks in fashion and beauty, giving emerging makeup artists, fashion stylists, designers, and influencers a platform to inspire the community and beyond. For those looking to stay on top of emerging artists while also supporting diverse body types and the LGBTQ2+ community, then the Fashion Art Toronto showcase should be at the top of your list; it’s a multi-sensory experience featuring fashion presentations, performances, and art featuring innovative Canadian fashion and beauty artists and designers.