Rescue Vintage, if not for the chalkboard sign sitting loudly on the sidewalk, is easy to miss for the everyday Ossington passer-by. Though hidden by well-kept hedges, the storefront is only a few steps away. A set of stairs and a picturesque mini patio later, I find myself right inside owner Renee Kaylor's cozy womenswear boutique.
"I wanted a smaller space," Renee tells me, "I wanted it to be intimate."
The white walls open up to exposed brick supporting shelves and hang bars. Decorative elements like the old-school Singer sewing machine and the heart-shaped velvet chair are also used as display units.
No doubt intimate, only the most pristine of luxury vintage pieces make their way onto Rescue's sparsely filled racks. A framed sign visible from all areas of the store warns customers to "Please handle with care."
But, in addition to her yellow-tagged vintage collection, Renee also carries notable contemporary lines marked with white tags. Super soft basics by Three Dots and tasteful dresses by Pinkyotto offered in a full size range make up a part of the stock.
This mixture of vintage and contemporary is translated throughout the shop, being a direct reflection of Renee's personal style. Jewellery brand Eliza - featured in Elle Canada August 2012 - is displayed in a glass case and is made from reworked antiques. One Fated Knight's handbags draw inspiration from the craftsmanship of the medieval era.
Renee says that she's got a lot more planned for the fall. She'll be bringing in a bigger collection of vintage clothing, and many more contemporary lines. I'll definitely be dropping by Rescue Vintage again soon, now that no amount of view-obstructing hedges can get in my way.
Photos by Jesse Milns