Toronto’s best vintage clothing stores: part two

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. 

Underneath a Queen West vintage boutique, Kingpin’s Hideaway sells menswear “with balls”

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.

F as In Frank brings urban vintage wear to Queen West

After landing the lease to its Queen Street location in September, then opening shortly after for Nuit Blanche, F As In Frank’s entrance to Toronto’s vintage fashion scene was anything but tame. But considering the excitement that has surrounded the vintage clothing company since its 2007 retail debut in Whistler, B.C., this should come as no surprise. Opening its doors on the evening of Oct. 1, not even the rain could stop the celebration (although, for the B.C. based company, it must have felt a little like home).  

Canada’s largest indie and vintage clothing show is going down in T.O. this Friday and Saturday

For Toronto clotheshorses that prefer distancing themselves from mass-market reproductions and big label brands, The Clothing Show is your next destination. Indie clothing designers and vintage pickers are converging at Exhibition Place from May 27-29 to represent local flair. For the 34th year of the event, more than 300 booths filled with loads of stylish merch will be under one roof, creating a fashionista’s paradise.

The top five fashion stories of 2019

Fashion lovers in 2019 were focused on getting back to the basics. Resident fashion columnist Jeanne Beker gave us everything from embracing your inner Sophia Loren to giving Dad a millennial makeover, but the stories that resonated the most were those focused on building a wardrobe that will stand the test of time. Here are

Undiscovered Eats: Move over Parkdale, Gerrard East is the new cool foodie ’hood

Much like Parkdale, Gerrard and Jones has a bit of an unsavoury history. Pre-reno, the Maple Leaf Tavern was the mother of all dive bars. Not exactly what one wants as the keystone to a neighbourhood. But its recent reno (which took a cool three years) has helped energize the area, transforming it from rough-around-the-edges to foodie magnet and helping to act as bait for those looking for a place to set up roots.

Neighbourhood Shopping Guide: Parkdale edition (part 1)

Once home to Toronto’s waterfront community, Parkdale changed gears after the Gardiner Expressway was built, drawing a far more working-class crowd. While in recent years the strip of Queen Street between Dufferin and Roncey has often been characterised as a no-man’s land, this west-end hood is now on the up. You can get your hands on everything from contemporary jewellery to 19th century antiques.

What I Wore: Value Village, Shoppalu and Aldo Rise

There is nothing that irks me more than style shots that are praised for their “unholy style” when the person is decked out head-to-toe in the season’s most coveted items. I mean, if you are somehow lucky enough to get shoved into a closet full of designer goodies, how hard could it be to emerge without looking awesome? Would that same person succeed when digging through Value Village?

Neighbourhood Shopping Guide: Roncesvalles edition

After a tirade of construction deterred many from heading to Toronto’s Polish village for, oh, almost forever, this west end ‘hood is now enjoying quite the revival. With many plenty of new businesses rearing their heads (with the exception of one landmark bakery shuttering after 39 years), Roncy is becoming a destination, featuring a great medley of boutiques and eateries. Below, some of the strip’s best shops.

Neighbourhood Shopping Guide: Riverside edition

For our neighbourhood feature this month we headed east to Riverside. Oft lumped together with Leslieville, this stretch of Queen Street East has some flair of its own, featuring a smattering of shops that speak mostly to our palates and our design sensibilities. Below, some of our favourite shops in the area.