FO­CUS

From lace to loungewear, we’ve got you (lit­er­ally) cov­ered with our cross-Canada guide to the best lin­gerie bou­tiques.

Fashion (Canada) - - Contents - Re­ported by Joy Pec­knold (Na­tional and Van­cou­ver); Pa­tri­cia Gajo (Mon­treal); Lind­say Tap­scott (Toronto); and Caro­line Gault (Calgary and Ed­mon­ton).

Where to shop across Canada for the best in lin­gerie.

NA­TIONAL

HOLT REN­FREW Nine lo­ca­tions across Canada, holtren­frew.com. There’s no cry­ing over spilled Mer­lot when sport­ing Agent Provo­ca­teur’s An­noushka lace set—it’s al­ready tinted a lovely shade of bordeaux. Along with the saucy Brit la­bel’s play suits, the re­tailer car­ries Wol­ford, Spanx and Hanky Panky un­der­things.

HUD­SON’S BAY 90 lo­ca­tions across Canada, the­bay.com. In­vite Heidi Klum into the bed­room, and by that we mean the new Heidi by Heidi Klum lin­gerie col­lec­tion. Also con­sider some Cheek­frills: knick­ers be­decked with dots, heart or emo­jis and beloved by both Cara and Poppy Delev­ingne.

NORD­STROM Three lo­ca­tions across Canada, nord­strom.com. Mimi Hol­l­i­day joins the lin­gerie depart­ment, along­side Chantel Thomass, Skivvies, La Perla and Dita Von Teese. Bring home some­thing sporty from the Calvin Klein Mod­ern Cot­ton col­lec­tion, or try on the sexy Feath­ers plung­ing con­tour bra by Na­tori.

SI­MONS 11 lo­ca­tions across Canada, si­mons.ca. The colour du jour for this Que­bec-born re­tailer is de­light­fully un­ex­pected: khaki. In­house line Mi­iyu is très mod­ern this sea­son and cut from printed and shiny mi­crofi­bres.

VIC­TO­RIA’S SE­CRET 46 lo­ca­tions across Canada, vic­to­ri­asse­cret.com. The Very Sexy push-up gets an up­date: low-cut cups in a demi shape with ex­tra-soft pad­ding and the smoothest edges. A long­line bustier style also joins the col­lec­tion just in time for Valen­tine’s Day. Fin­ish with a Cheekini panty and a spritz of the new fra­grance, XO, Vic­to­ria.

MON­TREAL

AINSI SOIT-ELLE 1 West­mount Sq., Mon­treal, 514-931-0983; Prom­e­nades Cathé­drale, 625 Ste-Cather­ine St. W., Mon­treal, 514-284-9351, si­mone-perele.com. Si­mone Pérèle fans will not be dis­ap­pointed. En­tire walls are ded­i­cated here to the French mas­ters of lin­gerie. Get your fill of em­broi­dery and guipure lace. Equally fem­i­nine but more ac­ces­si­ble is its lit­tle sis­ter la­bel, Im­plicite. If loungewear is more your »

style, Cana­dian la­bel Ari­anne de­buts a ro­man­tic cherry blos­som print this sea­son splashed on night­ies, mini-robes and PJ pants.

COLLANGE 1379 Greene Ave., West­mount, 514-285-8525, face­book.com/Bou­tiqueCol­lange. The big­gest news from this high-end bou­tique is the ad­dress—it has moved from in­side Ogilvy to West­mount’s charm­ing Greene Av­enue. Shelves are stocked with the clas­sics: La Perla, Aubade and Lise Charmel, in­clud­ing the lat­ter’s in-house la­bels Epure (wire­less bras) and Antigel (fun prints). Also thrown into the mix are choice finds from all over the world, in­clud­ing cozy robes and plush pon­chos by Bare­foot Dreams from Cal­i­for­nia and cash­mere loungewear by New York’s Mai­son de Papil­lon.

DEUXIÈME PEAU 4457 St-De­nis St., Mon­treal, 514-842-0811, deux­ieme­peau.com. All the Euro­pean la­bels you love are un­der one roof: Chantelle, Aubade, MarieJo, Mai­son Le­jaby and more. This sea­son it’s all about tone-on-tone lace, del­i­cate em­broi­dery and play­ful de­signs. Don’t be shy to ask for help; the store of­fers a per­son­al­ized bra-fit­ting ser­vice. There’s some­thing here for ev­ery­one, from pretty, soft tri­an­gle bras for smaller busts to sup­port­ive styles up to an H cup. For Valen­tine’s Day, slip into the sexy Jardin des Délices line by Aubade.

ERES 396 Lau­rier Ave. W., Mon­treal, 514-271-0768, eres­paris.com. La crème de la crème of lux­ury de­sign, Eres is ded­i­cated to the sul­try French lady that lies within us. In­spired by the je ne sais quoi of the quin­tes­sen­tial Parisian woman, the col­lec­tions, such as Inat­ten­due, En­chan­tée and Chari­vari, fea­ture a mix of old-fash­ioned flo­ral prints and del­i­cate lace. The brand’s Jer­sey Lu­mière col­lec­tion also comes in two new shades: mur­mure and trèfle.

LYLA COL­LEC­TION 400 Lau­rier Ave. W., Mon­treal, 514-271-0763, lyla.ca. Here you’ll find an ex­panded offering from French brand Em­preinte, which has

added some ma­jor oomph-fac­tor into its line, with high-fash­ion looks in sizes up to a G cup. Stella McCart­ney is also back by pop­u­lar de­mand; ex­pect more of her sweet and sexy looks in both lin­gerie and nightwear. Bring out your in­ner femme fa­tale in show­pieces by La Perla and Chantal Thomass. For ev­ery­day sta­ples, there’s Hanro, known for its com­fort­able fab­rics and min­i­mal­ist de­signs.

TORONTO

AVEC PLAISIR 136 Cum­ber­land St., Toronto, 416-922-7702, avec­plaisir.ca. This Yorkville-based cor­ner­stone of lux­ury lin­gerie has all the top brands in bras and more. From boudoir (Christies, An­dres Sarda, La Perla) to ba­sics (Si­mone Pérèle, Prima Donna, Marie Jo), you’ll find loads of lovely la­bels. One to watch: Pal­a­dini Lin­gerie, an Ital­ian line fea­tur­ing fem­i­nine sleep­wear that boasts nat­u­ral ev­ery­day luxe fab­rics like silk, cot­ton and mi­cro-modal.

ERES 126 Cum­ber­land St., Toronto, 416921-3737, eres.fr/en. The lat­est looks to love are done in pretty an­tique-in­spired lace and sweet, satiny nudes, but those who like their lin­gerie bold and bright will find pieces in rich colours like dark green, fuch­sia and a moody blue-grey. Known for its vi­brant hues as well as its range of shapes and cov­er­age lev­els, this lux­ury French la­bel has ex­panded its col­lec­tion for 2016 by offering an even wider va­ri­ety of colours.

LEGS PLUS & BRA BOU­TIQUE 5867 Les­lie St., Toronto, 416-497-2350, brabou­tique.com. If sul­try is your scene, look to pieces by de­signer Mar­lies Dekkers, which is new to Legs Plus and known for bold cuts and bondage-in­spired strap de­tails. This North York lin­gerie sta­ple (cel­e­brat­ing its 34th birth­day this year) also car­ries a col­lec­tion of Dekkers’ hottest red pieces for Valen­tine’s Day. Other la­bels in­clude Chantelle, Wa­coal, Prima Donna, Hanky Panky and Toronto-based high-tech un­der­wear brand Knix Wear.

LINEA INTIMA 1925 Av­enue Rd., Toronto, 416-780-1726, and five other lo­ca­tions »

across the GTA, lin­eain­tima.com. Fort­night, Hanky Panky, Si­mone Pérèle, Aubade, Em­preinte, Mar­lies Dekkers, Marie Jo: Th­ese are the big-draw brands at this boudoir-like bou­tique. You’ll also find sleep and loungewear from DKNY, P.J. Sal­vage, Ca­role Hochman and, soon—only at Linea—Kate Spade. Light sleep­ers should pick up a sleep mask from Linda Hart­man: The 100 per cent silk fab­ric is sooth­ingly soft and eco-friendly.

MELMIRA 3319 Yonge St., Toronto,

416-485-0576, melmira.com. Melmira just launched its Melmira Foun­da­tion, which do­nates $1 to a lo­cal char­ity with ev­ery bra sold. You have plenty of choice among them, too, with brands like Prima Donna and Fort­night. Marie Jo’s Avero col­lec­tion, fea­tur­ing a soft check pat­tern and em­broi­dered daisies, now comes in on-trend pink, while Prima Donna’s First Lady col­lec­tion, a line of sheer-pan­elled bras and un­der­wear with all-over em­broi­dery, has been up­dated for win­ter in pure white.

SE­CRETS FROM YOUR SIS­TER 560 Bloor St. W., Toronto, 416-538-1234, sfys.com. Here you’ll find true in­die la­bels like Lonely, Else, Tamzin Lil­ly­white and more. Un­der­pro­tec­tion, a Dan­ish line, is a new ad­di­tion that mixes ethics and aes­thet­ics by us­ing sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als in its gar­ments, like Ten­cel, bam­boo and or­ganic cot­ton. The It item this sea­son is the long­line bra: This ever-pop­u­lar piece is sup­port­ive, se­duc­tive and can even tran­si­tion to street wear.

CALGARY

BRATOPIA 1409 Ed­mon­ton Trail NE, Calgary, 403-457-11303; 210-8560 8A Ave. SW, Calgary, bratopia.ca. There’s ex­pan­sion out west, with BraTopia West, the lin­gerie shop’s sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Calgary. Mean­while, the flag­ship is adding an­other 1,000 square feet of bras, panties, sleep­wear and sexy in­ti­mate ap­parel. You’ll also find sup­port­ive band sizes 28 to 46, cup sizes A to N, and dress sizes XS to 4X. On ro­ta­tion, there are brands like Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Freya, Fan­tasie, Huit, Cleo by Panache, as well as Mai­son Le­jaby.

KNICK­ERS ’N LACE Wil­low Park Vil­lage, #208-10816 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, 403-225-1413, knick­er­snlace.net. Run­ning the style gamut from comfy to ev­ery­day es­sen­tials to sexy spe­cial oc­ca­sion un­der­gar­ments, this long-time Calgary shop spe­cial­izes in pro­fes­sional bra fit­tings and stocks sizes 28 to 56, A to NN, and XS to 4X. New names hang­ing on the racks in­clude Jane Wool­rich (made with silk and tra­di­tional French Leavers lace), Ophe­lia King and Char­lie Choe, as well as Lu­somé, a Calgary com­pany that de­signs and man­u­fac­tures func­tional-yet-stylish sleep­wear with tem­per­a­ture con­trol.

SHE LIN­GERIE Bankers Hall, 315 8th Ave. SW, #153, and two other Calgary lo­ca­tions, shelin­gerie.com. This Fe­bru­ary, it’s all about that lace: “The non-padded bras are most pop­u­lar,” says owner Lailina Smith. “It’s work­ing with a woman’s nat­u­ral as­sets.” How­ever, she’s most ex­cited about car­ry­ing the new health-con­scious Corin bra, de­signed to min­i­mize pres­sure and max­i­mize com­fort with its breath­able 3D spacer, mois­ture-wick­ing ma­te­rial and tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion. Coined “the per­fect bra,” it helps pre­vent disorders in the lym­phatic sys­tem, in­flam­ma­tion and swelling.

ED­MON­TON

MY FILOSOPHY 9674 142nd St., Ed­mon­ton, 780-488-2334, my­fi­los­o­phy.com. Here, you’ll find a cu­rated se­lec­tion of bras (sizes A to H, and cups 30 to 40), un­der­wear, chemises and py­ja­mas. Try Knix Wear, which in­cludes boy shorts, biki­nis and thongs for ev­ery day or for sport. This sea­son, the shop will be­come Hanky Pankys’ Cana­dian on­line re­tailer and is offering a yearly sub­scrip­tion ser­vice.

NIGHTOWL DE­SIGNER LIN­GERIE Man­ulife Place, 10180 101 St., 2nd floor, Ed­mon­ton, 780-423-7757, nightowllingerie.com. In­de­pen­dently owned and op­er­ated for over 30 years, this down­town Ed­mon­ton bou­tique car­ries in­ti­mate ap­parel, chemises, py­ja­mas and loungewear, as well as bridal lin­gerie and ac­ces­sories. Ex­quis­ite corsetry and gowns with lace-up backs by Jane Wool­rich are made-to-or­der and new this year. You’ll also find Lise Charmel, Si­mone Pérèle, Marie Jo, Prima Donna and Cos­abella.

VAN­COU­VER

DIANES LIN­GERIE 2950 Granville St., Van­cou­ver, 604-738-5121, di­anes­lin­gerie.com. Cana­dian lines Fort­night, Knix Wear and Dear Bowie are three of the new­est ad­di­tions. Prima Donna and Em­preinte are peren­nial favourites from across the pond, and the shop now car­ries its swimwear col­lec­tions, too. For sport sup­port, Anita keeps bounc­ing to a bare min­i­mum.

HONEY GIFTS 3448 Cam­bie St., Van­cou­ver, 604-708-8065; 350 Wa­ter St., Van­cou­ver, 604-684-8065; hon­ey­gifts.com. Dainty lace or black-strapped bondage— con­trast­ing moods are cov­ered at this saucy gift shop. There’s Mai­son Close, L’Agent by Agent Provo­ca­teur, Mar­lies Dekkers and Stella McCart­ney. Over a T-shirt, leather har­nesses by Jaki­mac are haute enough to wear out.

LA JOLIE MADAME Pa­cific Cen­tre (up­per level), 792 W. Ge­or­gia St., Van­cou­ver, 604-699-1831. If you like nat­u­ral fi­bres, there is plenty of silk to be had be­tween two Van­cou­ver la­bels the bou­tique car­ries: Christine and Pa­tri­cia Field­walker. You’ll find cot­ton, too, from the U.K.’s Cot­ton Real. The bra bri­gade in­cludes Lise Charmel, Chantelle, Aubade and Marie Jo.

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