Canadian Fashion Connection – Ira Berg

Ira Berg was one of Toronto’s high end boutiques, founded in 1930 by the namesake of the company. Located on Delisle, near the North Toronto crossroads of Yonge and St. Clair, the store went into bankruptcy on October 31, 1996.

The mid-90s were a difficult time for Canadian retailers and many companies didn’t survive including; Creeds, Marci Lipman, and the Eaton’s department store chain. The founder’s grandson, Michael Berg blamed the closing of Ira Berg on the low Canadian dollar, clothing tariffs, cross-border shopping, U.S. mega-retailers flooding into Canada, limited bank credit and fewer women paying big money for gowns.