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A Fashion Authority’s Address Book

The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) has been nurturing fashion ­­entrepreneurs since 1987. Long-time executive director Susan Langdon mixes and matches her favourite spots around town.

Susan Langdon

01 Shopgirls

I wear Canadian almost every day, and Shopgirls’ buyer, Michelle Germain, only carries Canadian labels. A lot of them are local, like John & Jenn, a division of Line Knitwear, which came through TFI years ago. There are so few of these shops left in the city – maybe even in the country.

1342 Queen St. W., shopgirls.ca


02 Jackie O.

I order all of my flowers for events and personal celebrations at this floral boutique, which makes beautiful arrangements. The owner, Todd Kjargaard, always goes above and beyond, and the flowers are so fresh and glamorous.

2 Liberty St., jackieo.ca


03 Bar Buca

I love this industrial-chic eatery. It’s a great brunch spot, but it’s tiny and popular, so you have to get there early; it opens at 7 a.m. The best thing on the menu is the Gran Fritto Misto two-tiered tasting platter. It’s really yummy.

75 Portland St., buca.ca


04 Patria

This restaurant serves delicious, classic Spanish ­tapas to share with friends. The leek-and-Manchego ­croquettes are to die for – they melt in your mouth – as is the seafood ­paella, though you should only order it if there’s four or more of you.

478 King St. W., patriatoronto.com


05 Salon Daniel

Salon owner Daniel Fiorio really knows how to cut straight Asian hair, which is more difficult than you’d think. He and his staff are so warm and inviting; there’s nothing snooty about them.

83 Yorkville Ave., salondaniel.ca


06 One King West

We hold our annual New Labels fundraiser (it takes place on May 4) at this lovely boutique hotel. It’s a historic building from the mid-1800s that used to house the Dominion Bank of Canada. You can have cocktails in the old vault. Sipping your drink while sitting behind bars, you’ll feel like Bonnie and Clyde.

1 King St. W., onekingwest.com

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