Daniel Torjman, founder/creative director of 18 Waits.
18 Waits 990 Queen West, 416-303-0018
Owner Daniel Torjman, founder/creative director
The store Cult Toronto menswear brand 18 Waits has opened its first flagship just in time for the holiday season. The store carries its signature line of hip yet never trendy, rugged yet always polished clothing, as well as items from brands like Lunettes Kollektion, Misc. Goods Co. and Lafco candles. We perused the racks with owner/founder Torjman for its most amazing giftable wares.
The design "All of our store furniture has been custom-designed and made for us by two very talented local furniture makers, William Bache Bespoke Design and Adam Fullerton."
The collection "We stock our entire 18 Waits fall/winter 2016 collection, which is important because we design each collection thoughtfully and purposefully, and there's a reason for every fabric and style choice."
The 'hood "My staff and I all live within walking distance from our store/studio. We're not simply moving into the trendy part of town - we've been living in it for the past nine years. If the store was located elsewhere, this neighbourhood would still be home."
18 Waits must-gift holiday picks
Photos by Tanja-Tiziana
Bowie Baumer jacket in charcoal waxed cotton, $475.
Slim Suit trouser in charcoal wool, $285. Woodsman shirt in charcoal check flannel, $230.
Neuwirth shirt in Living Dead print, $230. Hopper shirt in Living Dead print (Hopper Hunter brand), $60.
Ramblin' Weekender in navy waxed cotton, $395.
In the neighbourhood, we caught up with: Nadia
Nadia Gohar in Kensington/Chinatown
The local Nadia Gohar, artist, 27
Holiday plans “Visiting my dad in Guatemala.”
Favourite neighbourhood store “The Chinatown Dollar Mart at Dundas and Spadina. They’ve been having a closing 40 per cent off everything sale for about two years.”
More great gift ideas:
Take a pictorial trip to some of the world's best beaches with Canadian photographer Joshua Jensen Nagle's retrospective book ($50, Bau-Xi Photo, 324 Dundas West, 416-977-0400).
Celebrate Queen West's unofficial mascot with Oxford Pennant's white squirrel banner for Tuck Shop Trading Co.'s "City of Neighbourhoods" series ($85, Tuck Shop Trading Co., 1226 Yonge, 416-859-3566).
Gap's (RED) collection celebrates 10 years in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria with this limited-edition collaboration with six renowned female street artists, each of whom has redesigned the brand's utility jacket ($198 each, Gap, 60 Bloor West, and others, 416-921-2225).
Add a tropical accent to their at-home bar set-up with copper pineapple shot glasses ($48/two, BYOB Cocktail Emporium, 972 Queen West, and other, 647-727-3600).
The Art Of The Cheese Plate, a book by Tia Keenan, is probably the most conveniently selfish gift you can give this season ($45, Frank + Oak, 735 Queen West, 647-930-8711, and others).
The Christmas Eve tradition of reading ghost stories has been brought back to life by indie publisher Biblioasis and Canadian cartoonist Seth, who's designed and illustrated classics like Edith Wharton's Afterward ($8.95, Type Books, 883 Queen West, 416-366-8973, and other).
Special-edition Toy Story Vans, for forever kids and wannabe cowboys alike ($90, Vans, 245 Yonge, 416-866-2121).
Sonos PLAY: 1 is the ideal aural accoutrement for condo living ($219, Bay Bloor Radio, Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor West., 416-967-1122).
Ensure a permanent spot at their dinner table with this statement ceiling lamp ($429, Shelter Furniture, 885 Caledonia, 416-783-3333).
For a gift that makes serious impact, give something from Oxfam's Unwrapped series, which includes gifts ranging from seeds to clean water to hygiene kits in parts of the world that need it most ($12-1,300).
Jardins d'Écrivains has recreated a beatnik favourite, white California burning sage, for all your artisanal cleansing needs ($75, suitehazen.com).
The urbanite's answer to a mall credit, West Queen West's e-gift cards are accepted at a variety of retailers, restaurants, spas and salons on the hot shopping street between Bathurst and Gladstone (various prices).
These stunning pipes are handcrafted in Manitoba from precious stones found in northern Ontario. Need we say more ($125 each, Tokyo Smoke, 850B Adelaide West, 647-348-6596)?
A French-designed memory game hones those visual skills ($35, Ella + Elliot, 188 Strachan, 416-850-7890).
What could be more essential than this banana bather flowerpot by Group Partner ($85, Easy Tiger Goods, 1447 Dundas West, 647-748-6161)?
A classic that just won't quit, Fred Perry's M12 shirt is a sure bet for just about any guy on your list ($120, Fred Perry, 964 Queen West, 416-538-3733).
For the film buff who dreams of staying at the movies' most iconic hotels, consider these movie hotel notepads, from Dirty Dancing's romantic Kellerman's Resort to The Shining's terrifying Overlook ($30 for a set of eight, Type Books, 883 Queen West, 416-366-8973, and other).
Go beyond the LCBO's selection with Wine Online, which sells an exclusive selection of wines otherwise unavailable in Ontario, like this Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja from Spain ($14.95).
A dainty ring with witchy vibes from Seattle-based jewellery brand Fresh Tangerine ($45, Zane, 753 Queen West, 647-352-9263).
For the commitment-phobe on your list, Inkbox offers over 350 temporary tattoo designs that vanish after two weeks ($25-$35).
Get more holiday and gift ideas here. Still to come: more neighbourhood-centric shopping guides.