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Fashion & Style

40 awesome finds from Vintage Crawl Toronto 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 19, 2014

vintage crawl 2014 torontoVintage Crawl Toronto returned to Toronto's west-end vintage shops this week, letting vintage hoarders of all era allegiances have a blast shopping, drinking, and snacking (instead of doing it at home on Etsy, like on a typical Thursday night). Forty or so retailers scattered from Kensington Market to Parkdale signed on to take part in the spring 2014 edition of the event. Stores stayed open from 7pm until midnight, offering discounts, drinks, and more than one plate of homemade cookies.

A fellow shopper likened the evening to a sort of fashion Halloween - you traipse from door to door (hopefully wearing the outlandish clothes you only yank out of your closet once a year), picking up killer vintage scores and couple of free beers instead of those SweetTarts and Fizz candies nobody ever wants to eat. (I say it's even closer to fashion's Nuit Blanche, only the streets aren't totally clogged, and everybody's in bed by 1am. Magic.)

I stuck to Dundas West, Ossington and Parkdale this time (five hours goes surprisingly quickly when you're up to your elbows in awesome clothes), trawling through a dozen stores for the craziest statement pieces and best time-honoured basics the past has to offer. The nature of vintage, of course, means I can't guarantee any of these are still in stock. In fact, I might have bought a couple of them already (sorry) (no I'm not).

Here are 40 of my favourite finds from the spring 2014 Vintage Crawl Toronto.

Lead photo: Leopard pony hair pumps, Chosen Vintage, $62.

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s Pucci dress, VSP Consignment, $398

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s Calvin Klein boots, Chosen Vintage, $82

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBeaded minidress, Bright Brown pop-up at the Henhouse, $35

vintage crawl 2014 torontoEye bracelet and rings, Chief Salvage Co., $18/$12

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'40s sequined bolero (made in France), Emporium by I Miss You, $40

vintage crawl 2014 torontoEvan Picone slingbacks, Penny Arcade Vintage, $32

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'70s Lanvin dress, Life of Manek, $199

vintage crawl 2014 torontoPink leather skirt, Silver Falls Vintage, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCutout boots, 69 Vintage, $90

vintage crawl 2014 torontoHeart-patch acid-wash-and-lace jeans, Chosen Vintage, $52

vintage crawl 2014 torontoWool military cropped jacket, 69 Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoTooled leather bag, Emporium by I Miss You, $39

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBoots, House of Vintage, $80

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFloral bomber jacket, Soop Soop, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoLace-up leather boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $125

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'50s day dress, House of Vintage, $145

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCrochet crop top, Silver Falls Vintage, $32

vintage crawl 2014 torontoRed leather shorts, House of Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoCutout boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $40

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'70s Saint Laurent jumpsuit, VSP Consignment, $398

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s heels, Silver Falls Vintage, $52

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'80s Levi's acid-wash jacket, Life of Manek, $29

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'90s beaded linen minidress, Penny Arcade Vintage, $80

vintage crawl 2014 torontoToronto-made leather jacket, Penny Arcade Vintage, $90

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBrocade boots, Emporium by I Miss You, $65

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s beaded cocktail dress, Life of Manek. $179

vintage crawl 2014 torontoThigh-high boots, 69 Vintage, $120

vintage crawl 2014 torontoStriped cropped tank, House of Vintage, $30

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBlue canvas trench, Life of Manek, $79

vintage crawl 2014 torontoBrocade skirt, Bridge and Bardot, $45

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSuede rhinestone-studded heels, Chosen Vintage, $65

vintage crawl 2014 torontoZebra-patterned sequin top, 69 Vintage, $60

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSequined dress, Bridge and Bardot, $100

vintage crawl 2014 torontoHandmade beaded dress, 69 Vintage, $170

vintage crawl 2014 torontoMoto-zip denim dress, Public Butter, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFringed jacket, 69 Vintage, $375

vintage crawl 2014 toronto'60s change purses, Life of Manek, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoFlower brooch, Public Butter, $20

vintage crawl 2014 torontoSilver Ziggy Stardust boots, House of Vintage, "display only" (sigh)

Coin purse photo courtesy Life of Manek.
City

Templar Hotel rumoured to be up for sale

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 17, 2014

templar hotelThe most secretive boutique hotel in Toronto looks to have fallen on hard times. Rumours are swirling that the Templar Hotel, located at 348 Adelaide St. W., has fallen into a power of sale after the hotel's mortgage fell into arrears, with an initial list price of $13 million.

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Fashion & Style

The top 10 deals at Toronto Spa Week 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 16, 2014

spa week torontoToronto Spa Week is back again - get ready to relax harder than you've ever relaxed in your life. The event's spring 2014 edition will soon be upon us, bringing discounts deeper than a Swedish tissue massage.

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Announcements

Queen St. vintage landmark going strong 34 years later

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 13, 2014

black market torontoThis massive vintage store has been floating around the intersection of Queen and John in one form or another since 1980, but its latest incarnation - a huge basement stuffed to the low ceiling with inexpensive vintage and new cheap thrills - has become a landmark of sorts, anchoring the corner in a way that only the CHUM building can rival.

Just as it did in the early '80s, the store is a magnet for young Torontonians with a penchant for artsy, alternative fashion - but anyone with $10 to spare and an afternoon to kill can find a piece worth bragging about.

Read my profile of Black Market Vintage in the fashion section.
Announcements

Underground barber shop famed for its fades

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 12, 2014

mad one barber torontoHidden in a corner of Black Market Vintage's basement space on Queen West, a crew of barbers has pulled in a devoted clientele of Toronto guys (and gals, and even some kids). Their secret: Prize-winning fades and an underground version of an old-school barbershop's relaxed, open atmosphere.

Read my profile of Mad One Barber Shop in the Fashion section.
Eat & Drink

New brew pub coming to College and Lansdowne

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / April 10, 2014

lansdowne brewery torontoThese are boom times for new Toronto breweries. Hot on the heels of Muddy York's opening announcement and Liberty Village Brewing's first large-scale product rollout to Toronto bars comes Lansdowne Brewery, a new brew pub set to appear at College and Lansdowne.

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