Next to chic Montreal, Toronto long seemed drab"New York run by the Swiss," as actor Peter Ustinov once described it. But with a growing film community and boutique-friendly rents, the city is now a great place to shop, especially because the exchange rate makes everything 20 percent cheaper for Americans. We asked three Toronto tastemakers to pick their favorite design stores.
The flagship of this home store (which is owned by Ralph Lauren) juts out like the prow of a cruise liner over the street. Here you can stock up, inexpensively, on stylish basicshand-woven wool rugs, Japanese-influenced green glazed-ceramic outdoor furniture, lush bed linens. Pieces from Caban's own line, which includes simple, platinum-banded white dinnerware ($23 for a five-piece place setting) and linen tablecloths ($44), sit on the shelf alongside brands like Waterford and Royal Doulton. One fan of the place is Bruce Mau, the design guru who collaborates often with the architect Frank Gehry. "Caban's tableware is classic and clean," Mau says. "It sets the stage but doesn't dominate the conversation" (262 Queen St. W.; 888-580-5084 or www.caban.com).