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MODEL CITIZEN 279 Augusta, 416-533-6632, modelcitizentoronto.com
Hip indie boutique Model Citizen has undergone some changes in recent years. First, owner Julian Finkel moved the store from Dundas West to Kensington Market in 2008. Now he plans to make the formerly unisex store almost entirely menswear-focused.
Finkel found that the new Kensington location of Model Citizen, known for carrying cool local labels, wasn't attracting as many female customers. "I have a good reputation with the guys, but most women in Kensington tend to be looking for cute vintage finds. That's not my stock," he says.
Not only are a lot of Model Citizen's fashions designed by Canadians, but many of them are also made in Canada. "Even some of the fabrics are milled in Toronto, and the quality is excellent," boasts Finkel.
Model Citizen picks In-house Model Citizen jewellery with brass and silver anchor pendants ($85 and $125 respectively), tie bars ($75 and $95) and money clips ($95 and $125). Finkel also recommends saddle-weight made-in-Toronto leather goods by Terence & Vincent, including "the most beautiful backpack" he's ever seen ($600).
Look For Denim made in Canada from United Stock Dry Goods ($140 to $180).
Hours Daily 11 am to 6 pm. 3