THEODORE 1922, 497 Bloor West, 416-850-0175 Rating: NNNNN
Toronto is having a menswear moment. If you need proof, look how quickly local style media and suiting shoppers have gobbled up the goods at new Annex shirt 'n' tie boutique Theodore 1922.
In the midst of the Annex's shawarma counters and used book buyers, the store's handsome purple facade stands out like a peacock in a pile of pigeons. And the stock inside is just as dandy.
A Theodore 1922 sports jacket comes cut with a high armhole, a softer two-button shape and bold lining picked out of books of fine fabrics from England and Italy. Shirts have a wide collar stance, a slim silhouette and get accented with narrow ties in pinprick prints and paisleys.
Owners David Petrash and Miranda Black are out to carve a luxury niche in the granola neighbourhood, but sets of nudie lady cufflinks (don't worry, beefcake models are on their way) prevent guys from taking their dapper style too seriously.
Theodore 1922 picks: A bespoke blazer cut from turquoise glen check looks preppy with a pair of jeans, $1,275; those racy handmade buttons by Kuphlinkz go for $75; we won't be paying $695 for custom Le Chameau rubber boots, but we'll probably envy you if you do.
Look for: A new downstairs space to accommodate ready-to-wear collections by unknown-in-these-parts lines like vintage-inspired Carl Gross and Baron briefcases.
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday noon to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.