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Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka launched their effortlessly elegant, Toronto-made womenswear label Horses Atelier in 2012, making fans of everybody from Feist to Vogue. Here the stylish duo share their chicest spots around town.

Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka

Photo: Evaan Kheraj


01 Burdock
Head to this music hall-cum-brewery-cum-restaurant, and try the Alchemy Kombucha. You’ll leave with feathered hair from rocking out; every time Communism plays, we end up throwing out our necks from headbanging.
1184 Bloor St. W., 416-546-4033, burdockto.com


02 Clint Roenisch Gallery
Curated by Clint Roenisch, a far-seeing gallerist on a motorcycle, this industrial space is the home of painter Harold Klunder’s work. We’ve seen memorable exhibitions here, including The Cleaving, a stunning installation by Heather and Ivan Morison.
190 St. Helens Ave., 416-516-8593, clintroenisch.com


03 Souvenir Studios
About the size of a trailer and painted stark white from top to bottom, this studio and shop sells everything from ceramics to undergarments – most of it made in Canada. We’re crazy about the pastel ceramics from Akai Ceramic Studio.
1232 College St. W., souvenir-studios.com


04 The Common
We drop in for coffee, and to be served by Ed, who has become our morning husband. The Common’s ­laid-back atmosphere and bare-bones beauty – plus the best pain au chocolat in town – have made it our ­favourite café.
1071 College St., 416-546-7789


05 Penny Arcade
This vintage store is the love child of Stevie Nicks and Ralph Lauren. We have found all sorts of treasures while shopping at Penny Arcade – everything from the perfect pair of faded grey jeans to a tiny, hand-sewn Austrian dirndl.
1177 Dundas St. W., 647-346-1386, pennyarcadevintage.com


06 Coal Mine Theatre
Check out this tiny, dark performance space in the east end of the city for theatre that will move you. Coal Mine’s recent production of The Winter’s Tale, with many of the Shaw and Stratford festivals’ finest – the ­indescribable Brent Carver among them – was ­sublime.
1454 Danforth Ave, coalminetheatre.com

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