MODROBES 620 Queen West, 647-726-0164, modrobes.com
Modrobes, maker of those oversized, colourful pants favoured by dorm-living university students and millennial candy ravers, is back - kind of. Founder Steven Sal Debus relaunched the line in 2009 and opened this new shop at Queen and Bathurst in March. But while the store still carries those signature slacks, Modrobes' focus has switched to a more sustainable and eco-friendly sort of style.
The first clue to the collection's reinvention is the lineup of Abici and Batavus bikes for sale next to the cash desk. Modrobes is now making functional and fashion-curious clothing for the city's growing cycling population, including moisture-wicking T-shirts, windbreakers and cargo shorts with angled pockets that are easier to access while you ride.
Everything Modrobes is also made in Toronto using eco-friendly fibres like eucalyptus and a nylon-like fabric created from recycled plastic bottles.
Modrobes picks: Men's and women's eucalyptus T-shirts come in statement colours like pink and purple or basic white and black, $35; a men's riding jacket has a slightly longer cut, $139; the original lounge pants, soon to be made in organic cotton, are $29.99.
Look for: Mari Cla Ro's messenger bags constructed from car upholstery, inner tubes and other found materials.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.
Photos by Kathryn Gaitens