TIFF: Exchange Rate Makes Toronto an American Luxury Shoppers' Paradise
As the exchange rates tilt in the U.S.' favor, the festival becomes bargain central for those shopping for more than movies as a Hollywood stylist offers the best retail recommendations.
This story first appeared in the Sept. 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Red-carpet stylist Hayley Atkin, 37, whose clients include Mindy Kaling and Beth Behrs, hails from Toronto ("I lived the first 20 years of my life there") and remains rooted in the city's fashion scene. After all, her mother, Barbara, was fashion director at Canada's luxury department store Holt Renfrew. Here, the stylist, who resides in Studio City, tells THR where she shops when she's back north.
Where do you shop for women's clothing and accessories?
The vintage store Mama Loves You (541 Queen St. West). They have the best boho dresses in town. This store makes me feel like a lady of the canyon.
Louis Vuitton Kingdom Leather Ankle Boot $1,776.99 USD, Savings $218.01 USD
What about favorite spots for men's clothing and accessories?
I always take my husband to Sydney's (682 Queen St. West). It has the best men's selection in the city. They have everything from cool denim brands to bespoke suits.
Les Essentials de La Vie O'Hare II Tote $821.12 USD, Want Apothecary, Toronto, Savings $173.88 USD
Where can you always go to find something new and hip?
Want Apothecary (1070 Yonge St.) for a curated selection of edgy brands. When you don't want to sift through racks and racks of clothes, this is the place to shop. You can trust everything in the store is cool. They carry brands such as Acne Studios, Maison Kitsune, Filippa K, Michel Vivien, Tomorrowland and Nudie Jeans. They also have amazing skin product brands like Jacob & Sebastian.
Jimmy Choo Hyson Boot $949.02 USD, at Jimmy Choo Yorkdale Shopping Centre boutique, Toronto. Savings $200.98 USD
Any Toronto-based designers whom you recommend?
Sons of Odin — it's a menswear label. They have such a great aesthetic and smart designs. I think they capture what's going on in Toronto right now.
Cartier Pink Gold and Onyx Cabochons Cuff Links $4,197.65 USD, Cartier Bloor Street West boutique, Toronto. Savings $652.35 USD
Are there any items that you buy in Toronto versus Beverly Hills because they're cheaper there?
Everything is cheaper in Toronto now that the Canadian dollar is so cheap. That means stocking up on my Canadian favorites from Roots. Nothing beats a Roots sweatshirt and sweatpants. It reminds me of what I love most about Toronto — being inside during a great snowstorm. Also, I can't get enough of the Roots authentic wool socks.