The month of May may soon be over, but that’s not stopping us from highlighting our favorite Asian-owned local businesses here in Toronto. This Asian Heritage Month, Edit Seven acknowledges and celebrates the rich history of Asian-Canadians. So, here are seven of our favorite Asian-owned local businesses in every industry!
Keep reading to find out about these amazing Asian-owned local businesses in Toronto you should keep an eye out for!
ai Toronto Seoul
Female-owned, ai (pronounced as ah-ee, which means “child” in Korean) is founded and ran by a mother and her three daughters. This fashion brand carefully curates PETA-approved sustainable luxury bags and accessories produced by artisans in Seoul, South Korea.
I Miss You Vintage
photo by Markian Lozowchuk for The Globe and Mail
I Miss You Vintage has been a fixture in Toronto’s Queen West shopping district since 2005. Over the years, countless editorials featured this luxury consignment store as a must-visit in Toronto. This, then, became the place for a favorite shopping stop by well-known designers and celebrities (Lady Gaga and Alexander Wang, hello!). Despite the global pandemic, owner Julie Yoo says her business is doing well—if not better than before—even though she closed her physical store due to lockdown. You can find and buy your favorite designers, like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Celine, and many others on their Instagram or website!
Owned by local Chef James Wong, his Chinese, Jamaican, and Canadian roots highly inspired the ambiance and taste of Patois Restaurant. With his great energy and enthusiasm put into his work, this Chinese-Jamaican chef cooks the best curries, doubles, and Chinese noodles in Toronto. Try out Chef James’s signature Jerk Chicken Chow Mein dish.
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Merchant of York
Located in Moss Park in downtown Toronto, Merchant of York is an independent lifestyle boutique that sells curated products for home and living. Each selection is carefully handpicked, unique, and made sure to have good design and sourced responsibly. Visit their online shop, and you might find a great investment piece for your home!
Vai Yu Law Photography
Specializing in fashion, portrait, lifestyle, and weddings, Vai Yu is a professional and creative photographer with almost 10 years of experience. The then pharmaceutical-technician-turned-photographer has experienced shooting everything, from fashion shows to weddings to editorials to my content here on Edit Seven and on Instagram.
Check out Vai Yu’s portfolio here.
Ethically made, vegan, and locally sourced, Apothegeri (APG) candles are not your typical mass-produced, commercial scented candles. Rather, each candle is inspired by and a tribute to the owner’s Filipino heritage, memories, and her father. APG candles enhance the ambiance without overpowering the space with strong scents. What’s more, the brand is active in advocacies, such as the BLM Movement and environmental causes.
With the modern and mindful woman in mind, Cadette Jewelry features contemporary designs that are largely influenced by founder Allison Asis‘s love for modern art and design, nature, and the journey of womanhood. Allison designed and handmade each piece in her Toronto-based studio. With the pieces made of sterling silver or gold, it’s perfect for both everyday wear or special occasions.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)