Since 2015, Kotn has simplified men’s dressing by elevating everyday essentials, offering modern men high-quality, comfortable and stylish basics at an affordable price point. What started with a quest for the perfect white t-shirt has expanded into a full line of men’s standards – hoodies, henleys, sweatshirts, sweatpants, polos, oxfords, pajamas and underwear.
Kotn launched with a direct-to-consumer online model, which has garnered a cult-following for the successful Toronto-based start-up. This month, the company is excited to bring their vision to life through a brick-and-mortar shop on Toronto’s Queen Street West.
Designed by Kotn co-founder Mackenzie Yeates, the 1,200-square-foot store is located at 754 Queen Street West, a quick walk from Trinity Bellwoods Park. Like the surrounding area, the store is laidback and cozy which allows shoppers to immediately feel relaxed and at home. Taking reference from Kotn’s Canadian and Egyptian roots, the store features clean white and moss-colored walls, light wood fixtures, and a comfortable and inviting seating area. Kotn campaign images from photographers Hannah Sider & Justin Aranha adorn the walls as well as paintings and sculptures from local artists Stephen Yeates and Jeffery Harrison and images from past team trips to Egypt. “We also included personal touches like photos and objects from our grandparents, that make the store feel more like home to us and speak to the ordinary moments and objects that we value the most,” says Mackenzie.
“It was important to us to open the Kotn flagship in our home city,” says co-founder Benjamin Sehl.
“Toronto is so artistic, diverse and metropolitan which inspires our work at Kotn every day. The city has been immensely supportive of us as we have built our brand and we are excited to open our flagship and give back to this great community.” Kotn plans to host monthly events in their space including a speaker series, supper club and Saturday morning cartoons. Events will inspire creativity and community and aim to connect like-minded Torontonians in a warm and inviting space.
Exclusive to the flagship, Kotn will offer customization of their ethically produced, authentic Egyptian cotton pieces. In addition to offering custom embroidery, customers will be able to tailor the wildly popular Kotn Kits. Through Kotn.com, Kits have revolutionized shopping for the modern man by offering a one-click purchase of a Weekend Kit of seven pieces or a Weekday Kit of eleven pieces. In store, Kits will be customizable by color and style options — an easy way for guys to mix up their wardrobe in a seamless and affordable way.
Along with the Kotn range of products, the flagship will offer an array of items that appeal to the Kotn customer. Books, home décor, grooming products, small leather goods and curated office supplies round out the flagship offerings, which feature pieces from artisans and designers including Sir/Madam, Set Editions, Midori, Public Supply, Fredericks & Mae, Speck + Stone, Varsity Brown and Izola.
Kotn will open on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Hours will be 11-7 Tuesday-Saturday and 12-6 on Sundays. You can reach the store by phone at 416-363-5656.