We love fashion at UKDESIGNERSALE so much that we bring the latest and most fun British creations right here to Toronto. These are all unique and one off fashion pieces that we source from small design studios in London, England.
Most of these items are hand made by sample sewers – others are pre production or small size runs – which means that they are all very limited edition, and mostly there is only one ever made! You’ll see that every piece is unique – the fabrics are mostly European – and the cut and finish of the garments is incredibly sophisticated.
At shopukdesignersale we have just a small selection of our favourite one off pieces which we’ll be adding to constantly – but you can also visit us at our our Flagship store in The Beaches, Toronto for a larger variety of styles – and look out for our pop up locations across Toronto!
It all started in 2002 with us introducing our family and friends in Canada to the amazing fashions being produced in the UK. We were running our own fashion company in London, designing and sampling new prototype styles each week – of which only a few would go into production. With an idea to create an outlet for all these creative and singular excess fashions we started hosting POP UP sales in hotels, then adding POP UP boutiques – building up a dedicated following of British Fashion fans!
We have worked with these fashion studios for many years. They are our friends, employing professional and talented fashion designers, sample sewers, cutters, pattern cutters, fabric buyers and garment technicians and it’s a joy to see what creativity and originality looks like – we love opening our new shipments!
1)Sizes: Because everything is from the UK and from various high street brands, the sizing is wildly different from North American brands. A size 6 Canadian is a size 10 UK ( so add 4), but sizing difference between brands can be radically different too – firstly “eyeball” it – does it look about the right size ? Then try it on. Most of the samples are sizes small and medium (which can mean anything!). That’s why, unlike other sales, we encourage customers to take as much as they want into the changing rooms – just within reason though please it can get very messy and out of control!
2)Styles: Check out unfamiliar or unlikely choices. Everything is direct from the UK and has a completely different look to what is available here in Canada. UK fashions are very ahead of the trends so they won’t seem familiar to you (but they will very shortly as you start to see them featured in the latest fashion magazines). I advise going for unusual and eye-catching pieces, our regular customers say they get the best comments whenever they wear our clothes because they’re so beautiful and unique. The prices are extremely cheap too so you can afford to take a risk and go for something more individual! Experiment! Of course we also have beautiful classic-cut pants, skirts, dresses and coats too!
3)Fabrics: These will probably be unfamiliar too since they mostly come from Europe. UK fabric testing standards are the highest in the world ( Marks and Spencer’s set the bar!), so most dresses, tops, skirts and pants are mostly machine washable and will withstand repeated washings too ( dry cleaning is exorbitantly expensive in the UK therefore avoided except for tailored and lined styles). The coats just in are made from European, mainly wool blends and they’re all tailored in Europe so the cut and the finish is amazing. These must be dry cleaned!
4)Payment: – we accept Debit, Visa & Mastercard, also cash.
Teresa & Clem