T.O.’s top shops for folks on the move

This month, four of the city’s best ac­tivewear sources for your spring train­ing (and yoga) needs

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LOLË ATE­LIER (01 & 02)

It may be dif­fi­cult to imag­ine an ac­tivewear store fit­ting into the chic and up­scale Bayview Vil­lage. But Cana­dian com­pany Lolë Ate­lier’s rep­u­ta­tion, high-qual­ity goods and in­ter­ac­tive com­mu­nity make it a no­brainer for the higher-end clien­tele that en­joy an ac­tive life­style.

The shop’s stock is a com­bi­na­tion of life­style cloth­ing and ac­tivewear, with its life­style pieces gain­ing their pop­u­lar­ity for be­ing well de­signed and look­ing, well, not like ac­tivewear.

“Dur­ing the sum­mer months, more than a few life­style pieces come out for us,” says man­ager Lau­rel Palmer. “Be­yond ac­tivewear, we also of­fer up shirts and tops that can go from of­fice straight to the gym or even just com­fort­able pieces you can wear when you’re out with friends.”

One of the more pop­u­lar pieces for the sum­mer is the Pa­tri­cia top ($60), a great sum­mer tu­nic with a con­ser­va­tive front but low scoop back for a fem­i­nine touch.

In line with the phi­los­o­phy of all Lolë Ate­liers, the clothes are man­u­fac­tured with eco-friendly ma­te­ri­als such as or­ganic cot­ton and eu­ca­lyp­tus blends. Lolë Ate­lier, 2901 Bayview Ave., 647-341-2205

TITIKA (SHOPS AT DON MILLS)

Open since 2011, Titika’s lo­ca­tion at the Shops at Don Mills is both in­ti­mate and vis­ually strik­ing. Founded in 2007, Titika has quickly cap­i­tal­ized on its suc­cess and pop­u­lar­ity in the ac­tivewear com­mu­nity and now to­tals eight shops in On­tario, with two in Toronto. Since 2011, Titika’s lo­ca­tion at the Shops at Don Mills has been a hot­bed of ac­tiv­ity, due in part to its vis­ually strik­ing wares and en­gage­ment with the out­door mall to hold free classes in pub­licly shared out­door space. Owner and de­signer Eileen Zhang has in­vested a large amount of time re­search­ing the right ma­te­ri­als that not only fit the aes­thetic of the brand, but also sur­pass its func­tion­al­ity. As an ex­am­ple, one of the ma­te­ri­als used called supplex is a quick dry­ing ma­te­rial that feels like cot­ton, but has 14 per cent stretch from span­dex.

Titika, 7 Karl Fraser Rd., 416-510-8898

ONE TOOTH YOGA

(04) One Tooth Yoga is with­out a doubt one of our coun­try’s best ac­tivewear suc­cess sto­ries. The la­bel’s Van­cou­ver roots were orig­i­nally in man­u­fac­tur­ing clothes for other sports­wear la­bels over 12 years ago. But over time, the pop­u­lar­ity of its own line led to the launch of an in­de­pen­dent ac­tivewear la­bel, fran­chis­ing One Tooth to over 21 stores across Canada (in­clud­ing one south of the bor­der). “Our main draw card is that we’re Cana­dian made,” says man­ager Melinda Thomas. “We own our own man­u­fac­tur­ing process, so we con­trol the qual­ity, de­sign and how our stores are em­ployed. Be­yond the qual­ity, you’re di­rectly sup­port­ing Cana­dian goods.”

One Tooth, 2237 Bloor St. W., 647-352-2237

IVIVVA ATH­LET­ICA (05)

Al­though lu­l­ule­mon is al­ready the most pop­u­lar ac­tivewear la­bel in Canada, the brand wasn’t con­tent in rest­ing on its lau­rels. Re­spond­ing to re­quests from younger clients for prod­uct that sup­ported their ath­letic pur­suits, lu­l­ule­mon cre­ated Ivivva in 2009. There are cur­rently nine stores and two bou­tiques in Canada, and the York­dale lo­ca­tion has been serv­ing Torontonia­ns since July 2013. The York­dale space is more colourful and bright than other lu­l­ule­mon lo­ca­tions, ap­peal­ing to the sen­si­bil­i­ties, en­ergy and ex­cite­ment of its younger au­di­ence.

Ivivva Ath­let­ica, 3401 Duf­ferin St., 416-783-1371

SHOP TALK

(03)

Canada’s first free-stand­ing Jimmy Choo store is set to open at York­dale mall next to Tif­fany’s & Co. And in sim­i­lar re­tail news, lux­ury footwear and leather brand

Vince Ca­muto is also plan­ning to open their first free­stand­ing Cana­dian store in York­dale this sum­mer.

Lolë Ate­lier Bayview Vil­lage’s man­ager Lau­rel Palmer

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