Although Gotstyle’s new two-storey store in the Distillery District is still a work-in-progress, the stunning space—originally a stable building—already has the elements of a retail destination. Currently in soft launch mode, Gotstyle Distillery breaks from the menswear-only catalogue of the Bathurst and Wellington location with a range of fashion-forward women’s brands like Cuchara, Sashin and Babi and Rebecca Minkoff. The prices reflect the diversity of the wares, with some button-ups just clearing $100 and outerwear breaking the $1,000 mark.
Founder Melissa Austria wanted to create a “dynamic shopping experience,” which means having girls and guys shop for casual wear next to one another rather than in separate sections. Breezy dresses, feminine blazers and an ornate display case filled with jewellery (this Jenny Bird necklace is our favourite) sit next to well-curated racks for men, with brands like Ted Baker, Strellson, and John Varvatos. When the store is finished in early spring, the in-house salon will also cater to both ladies and gents. However, the second level in-house tailor shop and “Groom Room” for wedding party prep will be solely for the fellas.
Gotstyle Distillery, 21 Trinity St., 416-260-9696, gotstyle.ca