UPC BOUTIQUE, 128¼ Cumberland, 416-929-9209, www.upcboutique.com Rating: NNNNN
Get your forward fashion sense over to Yorkville's new UPC Boutique before a crush of style-smart TIFF celebrities empties its racks. Maha Zeibak and Anat Lowe's slick shop stocks insider labels like Cacharel, Three as Four and Jovovich Hawk (that first surname belongs to Fifth Element Mila), which any savvy concierge knows are at the top of the indie-label heap.
The modern basement space is built on a bubbly black epoxy floor and lit with stick-thin fluorescent bulbs.
Hand-knit LP&P sweaters and scholastic Roberto Collina pleated apron dresses add earthy and classic elements into the mix. Men pick from Oliver Spencer waistcoats with vertical breast pockets and edgy options from NYC's Yigal Azrouel and The Cast.
Accessorize with Linda Farrow vintage-inspired sunglasses or tooth- and eagle-shaped mirrored-glass pendants by Alex and Chloe. A wall of The Laundress's Denim Wash and Wool and Cashmere Shampoo helps you keep your classy new duds clean.
UPC Boutique picks: A shawl collar accents Jovovich Hawk's pinstripe vest, $285; Oliver Spencer's messenger bag packs it away in an arsenal of cargo pockets, $450; gild yourself in LP&P's washed metallic-grey leather trench, $1,295.
Look for: Berlin's Miroïke shoes in distressed leather to ground your look in a vintage Victorian vibe.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.