The photo above is hot off the press as I just got back from Bradley Quinn’s talk at OCAD on the Future of Fashion. LED lights woven into fabric and the Apple watch are just the tip of the iceberg. Continue reading
Basic rule of life: when you see a vintage shop painted pink with white polka-dots, you go in, even if you, like me, are not a girly girl. Especially if said shop is located above a store selling bongs and payday loans, because then you know its got character!
TC Vintage Addiction is new to the Toronto second-hand scene and sells “vintage with a modern flare.” Located on Yonge street just north of Charles, this brand new shop is fully stocked with vintage and contemporary finds. Store owners Terry and Christine have amassed an impressive collection of clothing and accessories from every possible decade. There’s everything from a 19th century beaver top hat to a 1950s wiggle dress to a ’90s pouffy prom dress. It’s clearly a labour of love for Terry and Christine, as they pull out favourites and speak fondly of where they found it and who owned it before. The formerly white rope handles on a Louis Vuitton bag had turned a pale sand colour because the previous owner had used it as her beach bag! Terry kept the brooch on an early 20th century coat that had been added by a wearer as he liked the look of it, even though it wasn’t originally part of the garment.
Terry and Christine have put a ton of work into this new location (their first is around the Danforth and specializes in furniture) and it shows! Chandeliers glint from the ceiling and old-school art, vintage lamps, and throwback photographs can be found throughout the store. The dressing rooms were my favourite feature, with plush Chanel logo carpets and purple brocade curtains. The aforementioned polka-dot exterior paint job was their doing; apparently the landlord wasn’t too fond of it but had given them carte blanche. It’s definitely eye-catching and injects that stretch of Yonge (which includes an odd mix of Spring Rolls, the Brass Rail and Kitchen Stuff Plus) with some much needed fashionable flair.
Their selection is amazing and the best thing is what you don’t notice; the shop is refreshingly free of the musky smells usually associated with second-hand shops. Every piece is cleaned before it comes out on the floor. They take pride in keeping a beautiful and tidy store.
My TC Vintage Addiction picks? The long 1910s wool coat would be perfect with dresses for fall (or even now, with this cold weather!), the Vince Camuto graphic print heels are fun, and the green leather skirt would be a great addition to any closet. And I may have to return for the Betsey Johnson bulldog key chain, an uncharacteristic girlie touch for me.
Put TC Vintage Addiction on your must-shop list. I know I’ll be back for a few lovely treasures. One visit and I’m sure you’ll be hooked too!
TC Vintage Addiction is located at 685 Yonge Street on the 2nd floor, north of Charles street. Please note that at the time this post was published, their site was not updated with their new location.
Hello long weekend! If you’re doing a Toronto staycation for the extended weekend, there are plenty of fun fashion-related going-ons. I have my eye on the Leslieville Flea, happening this Sunday at Harbourfront Centre (yes, that’s nowhere near Leslieville, but just go with it). Ah, nothing like brunching and browsing on a Sunday morning on the waterfront.
Also worth checking out is the Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up shop. Jack Lux is a Montreal-based vintage clothing shop that recently acquired one of Canada’s largest vintage collections, most of which is from the now-defunct Centre Nationale du Costume. There are over 200,000 items from the 1920s to the 1990s, many of which were used for television and film shoots, and nothing is more than $80. If you can’t go right away, fear not! Stock will be replenished as it sells, so there will be new treasures popping up over the next three months. If you go, send me pics of your awesome finds!
If you prefer your clothing brand-new, Trove is having a Summer Clearance Sale at all three locations. Score 15%-40% off summer goods including clothing, shoes, and accessories. Oh and if you’re a Treasure Trove or Facebook fan of theirs, you get an additional 10% off sale items. Hit that “Like” button now! If you’re a shoe person, I’d recommend the Annex location. For clothes, check out Bloor West. I got a great bridesmaid dress there, inspired by Emma Stone’s Lanvin dress at the 2011 BAFTA Awards, but for less than $100. I may or may not occasionally strut in it around my apartment when I’m home alone. Don’t tell my hubby! I’m hoping for a miracle invite to some fancy red carpet event so I can wear it (in public) again.
How are you spending your styling long weekend? Let me know in the comments below.
- pop-up shop: Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up, 536 Queen Street West (near Portland), July 23rd-October tba, Mon-Sun 10am-9pm
- sale: Trove Summer Clearance Sale, all Trove locations (Annex, Danforth, Bloor West), July 25-July 31 (closed July 28)
- event: Timeless Style, Fresh Collective boutique, Queen Street location, July 31, 7-9pm
- event: Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queen’s Quay West), August 3, 10am-5pm
- exhibition: Fashioning the Intangible: the conceptual clothing of Ying Gao, Textile Museum, May 7, 2014 – September 1, 2014
- exhibition: To See & Be Seen: T-Shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Textile Museum, June 20, 2014 – September 1, 2014
- exhibition: Fashion Victims: The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century, Bata Shoe Museum, June 18, 2014 – June 30, 2016
- class: Basic Sewing, George Brown College, August 5 – 21, 9am-3:30pm
- event: Etsy Road Trip Canada, August 8 at King and Brant 11am-7pm, August 9 at the Distillery District 10am-6pm
- event: TOM*Toronto Men’s Fashion Week, Evergreen Brickworks, August 12-14
- event: Leslieville Flea, Ashbridge Estate (1444 Queen Street East), August 17, 10am-5pm
- event: Inland: A Fashion Marketplace for Men + Women, 99 Sudbury Road, September 6 11am-6pm and September 7 11am-5pm
- class: Introduction to the Fashion Industry, George Brown College, September 15 – November 24, 6:30-9:30pm
- exhibition: Politics of Fashion/Fashion of Politics (guest curated by Jeanne Beker), Design Exchange, September 18, 2014 – January 25, 2015
- class: Evolution of Fashion, George Brown College, September 18 – November 20, 6:30-8:30pm
- lecture: 55 Years of Volunteering at the ROM (featuring Patricia Harris, founding member of the Friends of Textiles & Costume), Royal Ontario Museum, September 19, 5-6pm
- lecture: Metamorphosis – Transformations of Fashion, Royal Ontario Museum, September 23, 7-8:30pm
- workshop: Mastering Your Style, George Brown College, October 18 – October 25, 10am-4:30pm
- event: World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto, David Pecaut Square, October 20-24
- sale: Catwalk 2 Closet, Direct Energy Centre CNE, October 23-25, 10am-9pm, October 26, 10am-5pm
- lecture: Currelly’s Cloth and Other Strange Stories, Royal Ontario Museum, October 24, 5-6pm
- event: reDesign 2014 Collection Launch & Party, KnollTextiles showroom, 100 Atlantic Avenue suite 200, November 4, 6:30-9pm