Since 1983, local ladies have gone gaga over Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish 's Comrags line. This silk Revival dress ($225, 654 Queen West, 416-360-7249, www.comrags.com) gets reinvented each season in new fabrics for loyal clients who love their staple silhouettes.
Yugoslavia-born Zoran Dobric wears his avant-garde aesthetic on his sleeve - and in the case of his fall collection, screens his face onto his skirts. ($236 on sale, Boutique Le Trou , 940 Queen West, 416-516-7122).
Anne Hung is Toronto's reigning mistress of the cheeky party frock. Moody fashion queens can show their legs in her red mini Oscar tunic ($195, 829 Queen West, 416-364-7251) or slip it over a pair of jeans for more demure style moments.
Fashion-artiste Lydia K developed her folk-inspired look while studying textiles at Halifax's Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Pieces like this patchwork bolero ($280 on sale, Boutique Le Trou and Model Citizen , 913 Dundas West, 416-553-6632) are coveted collectables among the city's creative set.
Los Angeles transplant Dean Horn found his Toronto fashion home in a micro-shop ( Horn Dean , 61A Bellevue, 416-596-0595) on the edge of Kensington Market. His fans know to call ahead before they stop in to pick up reconstructed wares like this seafoam fluorescent-seamed blazer ($175).