Over the Rainbow is a family-owned, independent retail and online boutique specializing in premium denim. For 40+ years, our store has transformed how loyal customers shop for denim by offering the most honest, knowledgeable and attentive service in the country. Over the Rainbow’s infamous “denim wall” carries the best selection of brands and styles for any fit, shade and style. Over the Rainbow also boasts a wide selection of tops, outerwear, and accessories to compliment our casual, denim wearing lifestyle.
Our retail store, located in the Bloor-Yorkville shopping district of Toronto, is a welcoming place where consumers can get one-on-one personal service while shopping for the newest denim trends & looks. We offer on-site alteration & tailoring service to complete any denim shopping experience with easy, efficient turnaround times. The bright neon sign and colourful jujubes brings out the vibrancy of Over the Rainbow to loyal shoppers and visiting tourists across the city.
Opens its first store location, a 450-square foot space on the second floor of the Lothian Mews retail complex. Store staples include the denim wall, jujube jar and custom alterations area.
Joel & Jinni Carman assume sole ownership of Over the Rainbow.
Moves its store location into a new 1,450 square foot space at 120 Cumberland Street. Additional change rooms and 7 employees boost customer service.
Moves to a new 2,800 square foot space at 101 Yorkville Avenue with an even bigger denim wall & expansion into sportswear & accessories.
Wayne Gretzky becomes the brand`s first ever celebrity endorsement, wearing an Over the Rainbow branded t-shirt in a Toronto Sun newspaper story.
Starts importing Japanese denim, which introduces Edwin Jeans and Big John to Canada for the first time.
Expands Yorkville space to 3,700 square feet, adding a women’s contemporary section.
Launches the first Tommy Hilfiger collection in Canada as an alternative to existing namesake contemporaries like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
Expands Yorkville space once again to 6,000 square feet, adding a men`s contemporary and kids section
Due to a major recession, the 101 Yorkville Avenue shrinks back down to 3,600 square feet
Launches Chip & Pepper, one of the first Canadian owned denim brands, with an ode to vintage styling & trends.
Launches the “Frisco Flare” by Silver Jeans, the first of many flared jeans as a resurgence of wide bottom denim.
Organizes the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Charity Poker Run providing toys, photos & fundraising to the patients at Hugh MacMillan Rehabilitation Centre
Becomes the biggest stockist of Juicy Couture; birth of the velour (fall) and terry cloth (spring) tracksuit craze.
First big success in footwear with the introduction of UGG; customer request & waiting list goes through the roof.
Expands Yorkville space one final time to 4,500 square feet, adding a new womenswear section and larger cash checkout counter.
RainbowJeans.com is launched as a catalogue-based website with store information & hours
Becomes the first Canadian retailer, and the 6th international stockist, to launch Citizens of Humanity, founded by a Montrealer.
Introduces J Brand to the Canadian market, including the 811 stretch denim model; starts a new wave of clean pocket, skinny jeans for women.
A young Dani Reiss fulfills his quest to sell his family`s parkas outside of Arctic climates; selects Over the Rainbow in a group of retailers to launch Canada Goose`s first city collection.
Becomes the first international retailer to launch Naked & Famous Denim, a Japanese fabric made in Canada brand; the raw denim trend emerges.
Celebrates 35 years in business with an outdoor barbeque and shopping event in support of Autism Speaks Canada
NOW Magazine readers vote Over the Rainbow as the “Best Jeans Store” in Toronto.
Joel Carman raises $41,000 for Movember & Prostate Cancer Canada by shaving off his signature mustache. His son & Team RainBROws raise $34,000 the following year.
Launches an annual Denim Drive encouraging customer to trade-in their old jeans in support of local homeless shelters & organizations.
Becomes the largest stockist of Zanerobe’s popular “Sureshot” pant; the birth of the men`s jogger trend.
Launches first ever collaboration with Naked & Famous; the ``5&5 Capsule Series`` included five short sleeve shirts with five denim shorts, two items never before produced by the brand
High Snobiety lists Over the Rainbow in their “Top 15 of the Best Denim Stores on Earth”
Produces “The PrideCode” exclusive capsule collection for World Pride Toronto; all proceeds donated to Fife House.
Paige introduces their new Transcend fabric; starts new wave of supreme comfort denim to combat the athleisure pant trend.
Celebrates 40 years in business with a series of in-store events, collaborations and charity initiatives throughout the year.
RainbowJeans.com re-launches as a full online store for consumers across Canada to shop all our best brands & products.
Launches first ever "Kimono Pocket Tee" collaboration with Naked & Famous; sells out quickly and spawns a capsule collection sold every Spring Summer season featuring new pocket prints exclusive to Over the Rainbow.
Becomes one of the first stores in Canada to carry Frame Denim; men`s denim collection is launched one year later.
Secures a lease for a new 6,500 square foot retail location at the Manulife Centre, where the current location will move to in 2018.
Announces partnership with Nudie Jeans to open the first ``Nudie Jeans Repair Shop`` in Canada.