Magpie Shopping Party


I attended the Magpie Shopping Party in June that was organized by The Style Box. Magpie was one of my favourite shows from Day 3 of |FAT|. However, up to this point I had never been in the store on Queen Street. The store is a combination of showroom and studio. There is also a really cute backyard patio.


Magpie was created 4 years ago by Cathy McDayter and Angela Mann. In addition to their ready to wear line they do custom work that fits with the Magpie aesthetic. Prices start at $300. They also will alter their garments to fit the customer on site.


Taking its inspiration from the exciting and vibrantly multicultural community of Toronto’s Queen Street West, Magpie Designs is all about exploring new ways to think about textile and design in women’s fashion. A partnership that began four years ago – Magpie Designs duo, Cathy McDayter and Angela Mann’s creations are not for those looking to be the wallflower of the party.
A diverse range of hand-made garments and accessories are singular and innovative in their employment of linens, hand-painted silks and leathers, antique textiles, and exotic beads. Their line of accessories put to use varied and exotic media in memorable combinations. Each garment is custom-fitted to the customer, allowing every client to experience the luxury of a one-of-a-kind Magpie Designs piece, including jackets, dresses, blouses, skirts, pants, coats, jewellery, belts, and scarves.
Magpie Designs’ unconventional collections are celebrated among many Canadian celebrities, including Ivana Santilli, Nadina Mackie Jackson, Guy Few, Sarrain Boylan, and is a favourite of internationally-renowned Soprano Measha Brueggergosman.

The slideshow below is of Magpie designs including images from the Day 3 of |FAT|.

Magpie is located at 884 Queen Street West.

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.