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When I first became obsessed with shopping days during my high school days, Bootlegger was definitely a go-to shop all the girls hit up. And that was when it was located on the other side of Metropolis near the Zellers. The store at Metropolis has come a long way since, after moving to the former Off The Wall space in 2006. The store has updated its interiors with “exposed” brick wall and denim walls for a hip downtown vibe.
When compared to Bootlegger’s 103 other stores, shoppers at Metropolis tend to be faster when adopting new trends. For example, the management team had to bring in more gold jewelry this season. Why not bling it up a notch for the holidays? Here are a few of Metropolis Bootlegger’s best sellers, neatly packaged into a holiday gift guide.
Gifts for Him
Known for is laid-back nature, Bootlegger is the perfect place to get casual and great looking shirts for guys. The grey Myles long-sleeve shirt retails for $49.50, while the Earl full-zip hoodie is at $59.50 and the Distillery Earl popover at $54.50. These are 3 great shirt styles all around the $50 mark!
The acting manager told me that this was one of the best-selling jackets at Metropolis, and I can see why! This men’s utility jacket can be dressed up or down, according to the occasion. And besides, a utility jacket should be a staple in any guy’s wardrobe. If your boyfriend/husband/brother/uncle doesn’t have one already, this is one great piece to invest in.
Denim All The Way
According to insiders at Bootlegger, the Metropolis location sells a lot of jeans! Shoppers love Mavi, Silver, and Buffalo jeans in a vast assortment of fits. One of the store’s best sellers is the slim straight fit jean by Buffalo, and the new Grayson jean by Silver (perfect for guys who like the slim look but not have their jeans feel that tight). For the special guy on your list, don’t forget there’s also the in-house Brody brand too!
Gifts for Her
Where the Party Dress At
This ostrich-feather party dress is one of many fabulous styles carried at Bootlegger this winter. Part of the Temperance collection, the Satine is a great pick because anyone will look great in an LBD, and the feathers really kick it up a notch. The art-deco style sequin dress, the Bacall (perhaps named after the sultry Lauren Bacall?), also makes a great gift.
Comfy & Stylish Sweatshirts
Who wants to be worrying about 4″ heels all the time? This paisley lace print on a sweatshirt makes it easy to be stylishly comfy. Thank the fashion powers that be that the fashion sweatshirt is IN!
Denim, No Doubt
Of course, the last item for the ladies’ gift guide is denim as well. You can’t go wrong with Silver jeans, which has been a staple for Bootlegger shoppers for well over a decade. And don’t fear the fit for whoever you’re shopping for because Bootlegger’s in-house Jeaneologists will offer you their advice. Plus, if your denim gift doesn’t fit her, keep in mind that Bootlegger’s proud return policy: “No sale is ever final.”
Who doesn’t love receiving (or giving) a brand new scarf? Bootlegger has a myriad of styles to bring holiday cheer to any outfit. The hints of gold and glitz are just enough to signal ‘festive’ without overdoing it. You really can’t go wrong with this one-size-fits-all gift.
Tanks for all Occasions
I found this gem of a rack in the middle of the store. Why search high and low around the mall when you can find so many tank top styles at Bootlegger? For the girls on your list who love racerback style, this is the place to get them for a stocking stuffer. Or two!
Belt It Up
My top pick for men’s stocking stuffers would be belts. A few styles come in your standard black, and in addition a few in cognac. Challenge his wardrobe with a lighter coloured belt – perhaps to go with those grey dress pants?
Bootlegger is a great place to get gifts for the entire family, as I’m told there is a family of three generations who shop together at the Metropolis location. Whether it’s something fun like a party dress, something chill like a sweatshirt or something colourful like a scar, I hope you’ve gotten some great gift-giving ideas from this list!
Words + Photos by Miranda Sam