8 Canadian-based e-boutiques that will satisfy your shopping fix (and actually ship to your doorstep!)
By Allyssia Alleyne and Lauren Chan
Last Wednesday marked the launch of The Peacock Parade, the Canadian response to American flash-sale websites like Gilt Group. Though we’re itching to scour the site for deals, it’s by no means the only place to get your fashion fix online. Check out some of the best Canadian online shopping destinations. You may never schlep out to the mall again.
Customers: Members of the flash-sale website; shoppers who love designer labels and home-grown Canadian brands.
Brands: High-end celeb favourites like Black Halo, Cynthia Rowley, Prada, and Yves Saint Laurent.
Bonus: Members can sample designer pieces created exclusively for the Peacock Parade, by renowned Canadian designer brands such as Jenny Bird, Biko Jewellery, C’est Jol!, and Claudia Accessories.
Customers: City girls with fat wallets.
Brands: Model-off-duty staples—think Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, and Opening Ceremony, and less expensive finds from Cheap Monday.
Bonus: The prices may be sky-high, but at least there’s free shipping within Canada when you spend more than $100.
Customers: This portal site is perfect for shoppers who want to discover indie labels.
Brands: Cross-country labels like Valérie Dumaine (Montreal), Dagg and Stacey (Toronto), and Lav & Kush (Vancouver).
Bonus: This is probably the most stylish way to show your true patriot love of the local design scene, as all the brands featured are proudly Canadian.
Customers: Contemporary fashionistas with an eye for super hip brands.
Brands: Young, fresh, luxe labels like Dolce Vita, J Brand, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rich and Skinny.
Bonus: They offer insider deals, exclusive products, new products on Mondays, and a weekly Luxe Deal on Thursdays.
Customers: Bargain hunters of all stripes will enjoy this flash-sale site.
Brands: The names may change, but the quality and cool remain. Past offerings have included Ray-Ban, Mackage, Tara Jarmon, and Robert Rodriguez.
Bonus: Sales typically start at noon, just in time for your lunch break.
Customers: Girls who love vintage finds from old-school dresses to loungewear.
Brands: All items are vintage.
Bonus: They carry adorable home décor items and boast an archive of editorial images featuring some of their one-of-a-kind outfits.
Customers: Smart shoppers looking for online deals, girls who get a rush out of limited-time sale events.
Brands: The Designer Vault includes top-of-the-line labels like Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Givenchy, and Marc Jacobs.
Bonus: They run limited-time events featuring designer labels and run a blog full of fashion news, style tips, and contests.
Customers: Girls with a weakness for thrift stores and nostalgia will get carpal tunnel browsing through their selection of one-off vintage pieces.
Brands: Hard to tell, since so many of the one-off garments sold don’t have labels. (And when you’re shopping through authentic ’60s slips and ’20s flapper dresses, do you really care?)
Bonus: Their “Favourites” section is a treasure trove of vintage stores, sites, and events.