When I was inToronto, I went to see the local Wolford boutique at Yorkville. They already had their fall collection out and I asked for permission to take some photos for my blog.
At some point later I had a pleasant discussion with the manager, Olga, and she told me that she loved Wolford even before she started to work for the brand. It means a lot to me when people love what they sell even in their off time.
I showed Olga my blog and she saw that I had a section for boys. I told her that some men tell me that they like to wear pantyhose, but they are afraid to actually show up to a store and buy it. It turns out that they have a lot of men coming to buy pantyhose and Wolford staff have no problem with men who have such preferences.
However, another young staff wasn’t wearing pantyhose. I kind of wondered why and the manager told me that this girl just got hired and doesn’t know yet what’s required for the job. I’d add it into my work policy book!
It was a good experience to go there and see what they have. Their boutique is much larger than in Vancouver.
On Wednesday I got a chance to visit Toronto Fogal store with my pantyhose friend, David from Toronto. He is that Canadian gentleman who sent me some Wolford pantyhose to try out. Up to this point we only exchanged messages online, so I it was the first time that we got to see each other in person. Both of us were excited to meet and check out Fogal.
As we walked in, we were greeted by a young lady named Melanie who was wearing fun tiger-print pantyhose. She asked what we were interested in and pointed out that some of the summer collection items were on sale. With her help I picked out to try 2 pairs – seamless low rise UNA pantyhose and backseam pantyhose with a Cuban heel called Belle Epoque. I also tried a shiny sheer pair, but it wasn’t quite enough shine for my concept of “shiny”.
In total I tried on 3 pairs and I got Melanie’s and David’s opinions on how it looks and on what colour is best. I think that for probably half of my visit I was spinning in front of the mirror and checking out the perfect fit.
The service was great! Melanie answered all my questions with enthusiasm. I learned a lot about the brand and I was especially amazed to see that they still have one style there that is 100% nylon. Turns out that some ladies wanted to have the same pantyhose that they bought decades ago and fell in love with. Melanie also gave me their fall catalog and a booklet with some history of the brand. Turns out they’ve been around for 90 years!
I must admit that the service at Toronto location was much better than in Vancouver. Even though they had only one person working there, she handled everything very well. Melanie told me that she has a lot of Fogal hosiery at home and she buys multiple pairs of her favorite limited edition designs. To me it is important to see that staff are in love with the product themselves.
It was a very nice visit and I walked out of there thrilled! It was very nice of David to get me the perfect “Welcome Back to Toronto” gift – 3 pairs of Fogal pantyhose. (Maybe some of you know that I used to live in Toronto for many years before I moved to Vancouver.) I now have 2 pairs of Una and one pair with the Cuban heel. Since then my hands were all over the package, but I didn’t open it just yet because I want it to be special.