Chris Koyionis and Colette Todoroff were just two friends working in the fashion industry before they started their own shop, 96 Tears Vintage. Chris was sewing for a designer after attending fashion school, while Colette had been doing vintage shop pop-ups across the city. “She wanted something more permanent, and I wanted to do my
True to its namesake, Mama Loves You Vintage is owned by a passionate mother-daughter duo with a shared love for rare vintage pieces. Melo and Mahro Anfield first launched the shop in 2012 with a somewhat minimalist, conservative approach, but have since evolved to display the bright and fanciful esthetic they both gravitate towards naturally.
With a background in fine art history and museology, the owner of I Miss You Vintage Julie Yoo always had an eye for fabulous vintage pieces. She opened her brick-and-mortar store on Ossington Avenue in 2005 after building an impressive collection of eye-catching pieces her friends couldn’t help but notice. “I’ve always had an eye
Plus a new hipster barbershop and Japanese souffle pancakes on Yonge
These stunning pieces have been put on hold at local consignment shops in Toronto
In a sea of big box chains, we take a look at the best local shops that are keeping main street alive and adding some character to the streets of midtown. Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit, equipment for your next adventure, or that something special to make your house a home — these
Arax Jewellery is a family owned business with over 45 years of experience in custom-made diamond jewellery. We can make you bespoke, personalised jewellery and we can also work with your fine vintage jewellery to either repair it or redesign it into a modern classic. ARAX JEWELLERY, (York Mills & Leslie) 416 391 2541
From florists to shoes, these are our favourite midtown places to shop for everything that makes life excellent.
Antiques that show evidence of human experience is now the hottest trend in luxury home decor
Founded in 2012 as a pop-up shop within Silver Falls Vintage, Tusk has thrived in the Queen and Ossington area over the last 4 years, and recently reopened next to the Trinity Bellwoods Park.
The obvious choice for the weekend is to head out to Nuit Blanche. Taking place as night falls on Saturday, there will be art and photography exhibits set up across the city. Take a stroll through the city equipped with a coat and gloves and try to hit up as many as you can.
Little Portugal, the block of Dundas West from Bathurst Street to Dufferin Street, is pairing its ethnic heritage with goods from artisans and vintage purveyors to create a shopping destination unlike any other in the city.
Springtime is upon us (as is the weekend), so celebrate both with our round-up of events, including a late-night garden party, an avant-garde film and media festival, a showcase of independent music, and a selection of arts markets to ensure that you’re fully stocked with gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day and beyond.
Every week, we round up the best events from the city’s fashion scene. In this edition: a shopping extravaganza in and around Yorkville, a pop-up shop for a popular online retailer, a charity event at Canada’s first Ann Taylor store and more.
It’s a refreshing feeling to look down at an outfit — one that makes you feel at your most stylish — and realize that every item was bought at home, in Toronto. So often, when I’m asked about items I’m wearing, or when I ask other people, the answer is always: “Oh, I got this in New York!” Or Paris, or London, or Hong Kong… you get the idea.
Cameron Wilson’s proper exposure to the fashion world began at age 17, when he moved to Milan. Working as a full-time model, Wilson became increasingly transfixed with being on the other side of the camera, taking to fashion photography like a moth to a flame. Fast-forward a few years, and Untitled & Co., Wilson’s month-old boutique, aims to recreate some of that photo-worthy flare for the downtown crowd.
This edition of What I Wore is dedicated, in loving memory, to my sunglasses. We had a good two-year run before they were tragically lost at sea. Well, really, they were lost at lake while I tried to prove to my brother that I am still the underwater gymnast star I was as a child. Note to self: in the future, remove sunglasses before attempting backwards somersaults and handstands beneath the blue surface. Also, you are not as skilled as you once were, sorry.
For people who love shopping on a budget, there are two important areas to master: vintage and online. The savviest shoppers know exactly which vintage stores will carry the best of which era and which designer, and also know which websites carry hard-to-find collaborations and indie collections. Now, Soop Soop, a new Toronto-based online store, does the work for the rest of us by bringing the best vintage finds to the Internet.
Rescue Vintage, the newest boutique to hit the fashion-friendly Ossington strip, combines high-end vintage clothing and jewellery with items from contemporary designers — all of it hand-picked by owner Renee Kaylor.
Every week, we round up the best events from the city’s fashion scene. In this edition: two sweet summer sales, a barbecue with Uncle Otis and Jonathan + Olivia and the grand opening of Dundas West’s Bridge + Bardot.
While my style has always been a bit ghetto-fab and sporty, this look makes me laugh because I can’t help but be reminded of Lana Del Rey (minus those puffy lips and that oh-so-wide-eyed look). Even though I might disagree with her claims of “natural beauty,” there’s no doubt the girl and I share a mutual love for Veronica Lake, bling and anything with a varsity vibe. Not to mention a good pair of shades!
With at least 50 vintage boutiques in downtown Toronto alone, staying power is key. Ushering in the second half of our top vintage shops is Cabaret. A favoured Queen West haunt for years, its timeless appeal has managed to withstand neighbourhood changes aplenty, and is beloved by both locals and visitors alike.
The Internet has been all abuzz with Toronto’s vintage scene as of late. Fashion folks from abroad have been stopping by and gushing over our boutiques, allowing the world at large to finally sit up and take note (though fashion insiders were already in the know). With new vintage shops popping up regularly, we decided to round up the city’s most notable vintage emporiums.
Situated on Queen West’s main drag, Used House of Vintage is a breath of fresh air for those looking to escape the clutches of far more ubiquitous stores. Dubbing this his side project, main man Craig Doyle — who is also the owner of the T-shirt chain Bang-On — has been collecting vintage since the ‘80s.
Kingpin’s Hideaway is tucked away in the basement of Queen Street’s longstanding vintage boutique Cabaret. This pop-up shop for (mostly) men is the doing of Jonathan Hagey, a vintage collector offering up “Gentlemenswear. With Balls,” or so the tagline goes. Housing everything needed for a dapper silhouette, Hagey is prepared to dress men from head to toe, helping them look and feel their best while scrapping the ubiquitous jeans ‘n’ plaid combo.