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Rescue Vintage

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 a cozy womenswear boutique.

rescue vintage toronto

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.

rescue vintage toronto

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."

rescue vintage toronto

Like-new designer garments gathered on trips to New York and L.A. - such as a mint-coloured Chanel blazer with patent trim ($2950) and a gold Dior raincoat ($295) - are currently 20% off.

rescue vintage toronto

But, in addition to the yellow-tagged vintage collection, the store 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.

rescue vintage toronto

This mixture of vintage and contemporary is translated throughout the shop, being a direct reflection of the owner'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.

rescue vintage toronto

UPDATE: Since this review was first posted ownership has changed. Manuela Nudo has taken over the shop and plans to continue to carry high-end vintage including Versace and Givenchy. Contemporary lines currently in store include Bella Luxx, Sam & Lavi, State, Bec & Bridge and Ted Baker to name a few.

rescue vintage toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns


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