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The top 5 new vintage shops in Toronto for 2013 (so far)

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / August 14, 2013

Vintage shops TorontoToronto vintage shopping is an ever-expanding, ever-evolving treasure hunt, and more people are opening shops and expanding the game all the time. It seems like there are new vintage shops cropping up each month, and the west end attracts some of the best of them. Think Fendi mules stacked next to vintage rock tees and $5 belts.

Here are five new shops to explore, all of which have opened their doors within the last few months.

Black Flower Vintage
Montreal import Sacha Laberge is giving a little love to men's fashion at Dundas and Ossington. Nestled in beside Churchill sits Black Flower Vintage, catering to men with adventurous sartorial spirits. Laberge just opened two weeks ago, and his stock is fantastic. There are brightly coloured scarf-print man blouses (and shirts), corduroys in '70s hues like rich brown and burgundy, and chunky silver jewelry. Laberge inspires dudes to take a risk and embrace an edge not often seen in men's fashion in Toronto, and his approach is a welcome change.

DuWest Vintage
On the still-tumbleweedy stretch of Dundas West, where the dust billows and lovely old Portuguese men come out to play, a new vintage shop has just bloomed. DuWest Vintage opened along the stretch three months ago. I get to chatting with co-owner Jose Paulino as he chills outside with an espresso, and he says their major focus isn't on a particular decade, but on keeping everything affordable. He's not lying: I spot a vintage Pink Floyd shirt for $12, and '90s mum bum shorts in floral denim for $10.

I Miss You Vintage
Previously, I Miss You was an Ossington staple. It's still on Ossington, but it moved its vintage collection a little further west to this outpost on Dundas West about five months ago. The collection focuses on garments from the '50s through to the '90s. My favourite pieces in the shop hail from those two eras, actually: a Pepto Bismol pink beaded sheath top ($49) and a black velvet halter dress that would be dearly beloved by Carrie Bradshaw.

Monarch Vintage
Bloorcourt may be somewhat newly-minted/under development when it comes to being a trendy neighbourhood, but Monarch is bringing some timeless style to the yard. They opened in mid-March, and the shop is bursting with polished gems. Journey blasts (ironically?) in the background when I pop in to explore, and I find the love of my life in an electric blue, suede, backless mini-dress. There's also a cropped denim jacket with floral trim and puffed sleeves ($30) that screams "Cher Horowitz."

Rosie the Rebel Boutique and Loveless
Rosie the Rebel and Loveless are two vintage-inspired boutiques in one space at Bloor and Dovercourt. While most of the stuff is new and inspired by the '50s and '60s, there is a rack of incredible vintage finds in the back. Highlights include a hot pink floral swimsuit from the '60s with a pointy bra, and a breezy sundress with a teensy floral pattern and a ruffle around the top ($30). If you're down with the newer items, Loveless is more rockabilly, while Rosie the Rebel is modern pinup. Top picks include trouser jeans with an authentically '50s shape (high waist, slightly baggy through the leg, $120) and a classic polka dot pinup dress in yellow ($69).

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Photo from Monarch Vintage

Discussion

15 Comments

Shayda Omidvar / August 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm
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You forgot about Mama Loves You! https://www.facebook.com/mamalovesyouvintage
Mama / August 14, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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Mama Loves You Vintage!
We are awesome and you should come say hi!!!!
xoxo
black flower vintage / August 14, 2013 at 01:09 pm
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join black flower vintage next thursday the 22nd for our official opening party 7-11pm !
black flower vintage / August 14, 2013 at 01:10 pm
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and thanks for the love !
Sam / August 14, 2013 at 04:23 pm
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Yeah! Forgot Mama Loves You. So good
Noah vdL / August 15, 2013 at 05:24 pm
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Mama Loves You is amazing! I wasn't a vintage shopper til I was introduced to this gem ;)
Emily / August 21, 2013 at 04:08 pm
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If you are looking for exclusively MEN'S vintage clothing, antiquities and oddities, check out:

KINGPIN'S HIDEAWAY
Suite 309
19 Mercer Street

We have suits, hats, shoes, ties, waistcoats, etc. and specialize in Victorian and Edwardian accessories and clothing. Gentlemenswear. With Balls!
Karen Chow / August 30, 2013 at 02:42 pm
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If you're a fan of designer consignment shopping, be sure to check out Designerswap.ca, a Toronto fashion blog dedicated to designer fashion and consignment shopping!
unique t-shirts / September 12, 2013 at 03:37 pm
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T-shirts of different designs and color are given in this blog. One can choose that t-shirt which suits their personality and gives them stylish and trendy look.
steevmark / September 19, 2013 at 09:06 am
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Donna Michaels / September 23, 2013 at 08:39 am
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I have seen these shops myself and they have the most amazing stocks and items to choose from! http://www.blteeshirt.com/
Missy / November 20, 2013 at 07:36 pm
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Life of Manek is my fav. Their stuff is amazing. http://www.lifeofmanek.com/
pgood / November 20, 2013 at 08:06 pm
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Hey now - Mrs. Huizenga just celebrated one year at 28 Roncesvalles! So, while they're not really brand new as far as the establishment goes, with the Thursday night and Sunday afternoon country-style auctions (but in the city, and with a cash bar) and significantly more space, it's way more store than was there in the years before and it's always taking different turns as far as stock goes. There's vintage and stylish clothing and accessories, plus original art, furniture and tchotchkes, industrial things and ephemera. Maybe come see us for the LoRo Block party? This year's celebration is taking place on Wednesday, Dec. 4th from 6pm-10pm, on Roncey south of Galley.
Melanie / November 20, 2013 at 09:06 pm
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I wish Castle and Park could quantify but we are in Barrie! Our store is 10x the size of these places! Facebook.com/castleandpark
Myntra Cashback / December 27, 2013 at 12:22 am
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Why visitors still use to read news papers when in this technological globe all is
presented on web?

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