Toronto fashion lovers, get thee to the Jack Lux Toronto Pop-Up shop! They are down to their last week, so everything is $20 or less! I stopped by on Wednesday during Vintage Crawl Toronto and picked up a 1950s wool coat for $20. Yup, $20, no joke. It’s my first legitimate piece of vintage clothing and is perfect for fall/winter. You have till October 23 to find your perfect vintage score!
While you’re browsing the racks at Jack Lux, you might want to keep this contest in mind. Continue reading →
It is now fully fall in our fair city. I bought a cozy, slightly oversized, grey cable knit sweater and am ready to wrap myself up in tall leather boots, thick tights, and fleece-lined mittens. Essential for when you’re trekking the city in search of great style and fun fashion events! There are a few worth checking out this week, including two on Thursday: GapDay with FLARE Magazine and the Fall 2014 edition of Vintage Crawl Toronto. I’m also invited to a clothing swap that same evening, so I’m going for the triple threat! Who’s up for the challenge? 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!
I spy with my little eye …
pink polka-dotted prettiness
even the stairs have charming details
you definitely want to visit
front end of the shop
mannequins in sequins
Bennett’s London beaver top hat with original box
maker’s mark on Bennett’s hat
Sex Pistols arm patch
pink and red houndstooth mini skirt
Betsy Johnson bulldog key ring
1910s long coat
brooch on 1910s coat
lace collar on a 1980s dress
textures and prints
black and white polka dot dress
1960s Stacy Ames coat
1990’s polka dot prom dress
gathering on 90s dress
gorgeous green leather skirt
1970s maxi skirt
a sea of jewelry
a sea of belts
Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs side by side
my shoe crush: Vince Camuto heels
sexy Gucci ad
lovely setting for a shop
1950s outfit styled by Christine
50s hat and fox fur
bow belt on 50s dress
1961 Judy torso
south view of store (hello bag and hat lovers!)
hats, bags and a book reader
Louis Vuitton bags
LV bag aka rich lady beach bag
lovely little hat snuggle
fun vintage art and photographs
this 1960s gown weighed at least 10 pounds!
fur or feather trim, darling?
gorgeous dressing room
nicest. dressing. room. EVER
there are great little vignettes to be found
sequins stand out!
details and sequins
fun fur and feather vest
lady needs something to wear
of course you want to shop here
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.
Sunday was my first ever visit to the Leslieville Flea. The Flea runs twice a month throughout the summer and early fall, alternating between two sites. This one was at Harbourfront Centre, right in front of Power Plant. It’s a fun place to browse vintage, salvaged, up-cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and, of course, fashion!
There were many treasures to discover! Here are a few of my picks, in no particular order.
Paracita: Paracita is a collaboration between two artists who make gorgeous clothing using a Japanese tie-dying technique called shibori. I especially loved the shape of the trapeze tops with the rounded open backs. I would wear their stuff in a snap. They are officially on my radar and wish list!
Casa Lovina: Angelique of Casa Lovina had the globe-trotting bohemian look down with her selection of clothing and accessories. I was eyeing a teal hamsa print top and a white slit back trapeze top. Also, check out the Aztec Bib necklace!
snkrbox: I’m no sneakerhead (although I love my Converse!) but the colourful kicks of snkrbox caught my eye. Jason Burke is the Trend Director of snkrbox which is an online shop and blog. His blog is worth a browse. The man’s got style!
Revolucion Jewelry: If you like your jewelry big, bright, and bold, Revolucion Jewelry is right up your alley! Abby Eugenio has got a great eye for picking pieces and displayed her wares beautifully, with an inspiration board display and mexican skulls. One of her biggest inspirations is Frida Kahlo.
PRINTVINTAGE: A popular vintage clothing shop on College and Ossington, PRINTVINTAGE brought two racks of gorgeous clothes to the Flea and shared a space with snrkbox. They also have a great Etsy shop. I’m digging their LOVE ring based on Robert Indiana’s famous image and sculpture.
Muizee: And finally, Muizee offers some adorable and affordable jewelry from different designers. Being a fan of bold jewelry, I zeroed in on the colourful geometric triangle necklace. For those who prefer more delicate pieces, there was no lack of dainty charms in the shape of wishbones, origami cranes, and storm clouds.
The next Leslieville Flea is on Sunday, August 17 at the Ashbridge Estate. Check out more photos below from this Flea one and get inspired for your next fashion treasure hunt!
entrance to the Leslieville Flea, Harbourfront Centre, August 3, 2014
vintage and up-cycled jewelry
display of vintage goods at Lulu & Lolie
vintage clothes at Lulu & Lolie
Paracita shibori tops
one of the Paracita designers models their yellow trapeze top
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