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.
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).
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.
With Father’s Day just around the corner, why not dedicate this weekend to shopping? Grab a gift for your dad at one of this weekend’s menswear sales and browse some boutiques for yourself.
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
Celebrity interior designers and TV personalities Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan of shows such as W Network’s Game of Homes and Cottage Life’s Cabin Pressure give us their top tips on how to spruce up your home as the seasons change. They cover everything from painting tips to where to shop and how to be the best holiday host.
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.
The Binksie leather sequin heart clutch ($99) is made locally from the best possible materials: a pair of reclaimed leather pants and a sequined party dress (you know that sucker had some good times).
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Boutiques lining the park are full of vintage finds and handmade jewellery
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Twin sisters Jen and Sarah Wetmore have banded together to open up a curiosity-filled treasure chest of sorts. Jinks Art Factory, located on Parkdale’s westernmost strip, is a little bit of everything. Up front, it’s a café complete with a vintage arcade game and seats overlooking Queen Street.
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.
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?
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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.
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.
Ushering in our new neighbourhood shopping feature is a spotlight on shops in The Junction, an up-and-coming ‘hood that is quickly filling up with tons of great boutiques, catering to design-enthusiasts, bargain-loving ladies and stylish tots alike. Below, 12 of our favourite stores in the area.
The Toronto International Film Festival blows in and out of my life each year like a hyper-active cyclops with a giant propeller pack on its back, knocking its way through 10 days without regard for basic needs such as sleep or diet. Its giant monster eye has only one point of focus: a long red carpet.
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