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Good Habits

Good Habits is a curated vintage shop that began as an e-commerce start-up between two friends. 

Prior to running the store, Meaghan Harris and Kelty Lewis both worked in creative industries as a photographer and makeup artist, respectively. 

good habits torontoWhen their jobs were put on hold due to lockdown restrictions, the pair had to find other ways to make ends meet.

good habits torontoThat's when they decided to team up and start an online vintage store. It was something Lewis had attempted to launch before the onset of lockdowns. 

good habits torontoWhen restrictions loosened up, the owners were able to operate the Good Habits brand as a pop-up at Ease on Dundas West. 

The duo spent six months selling vintage furniture pieces they sourced at Ease, but soon realized the need of having their own retail space. 

good habits torontoAfter a brief stint at a studio down the street, Harris and Lewis took over the space of a former dry cleaning business and opened at 1363 Dundas Street West. 

They turned the place inside out and renovated the interiors themselves. 

good habits torontoThey put on fresh coats of paint, new tiling and reorganized the lighting to create a bubbly 1960s aesthetic inside. Checkered floors, groovy art and arched dressing room entryways help to maintain the theme. 

good habits torontoAll of the products inside Good Habits are handpicked by Harris and Lewis. Not only will you find clothes here, but there are also bits of home decor, candles, jewellery and shoes to sift through.

good habits torontoThey search high and low through various sources for their clothes, including Facebook Marketplace and have partnered with Canadian small businesses to sell their stock too. 

good habits torontoTake these mugs ($50), for example, are individually moulded by a company called Wicked Wanda Pottery in British Columbia. The owner is a ceramicist who makes each piece by hand with precise detail. 

The mugs give off a mid-century feel and are meant to be practical and timeless in style regardless of how long you've owned them. 

good habits torontoSanta Isla is a jewellery company that sells its products at Good Habits.

These beautifully beaded pieces are handmade in Columbia. Twenty per cent of the retail price goes back to the local artisans in Embera Chami who made them. 

good habits torontnoThe yin-yang symbol on this ring ($42)  is extremely detailed with beadwork that's not easily found in most jewellery stores. It would make a cool statement piece for special occasions. 

good habits torontoSpeaking of statement pieces, these metallic pink boots ($100) really blew me away. They're vintage Aldo from the early 2000s and were sourced from a pink-loving woman who was selling them on Facebook Marketplace. 

The pointed heel and crocodile-like texture give them a Y2K feel, which could give an all-black outfit a pop of colour. 

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This plaid pullover ($80) definitely gave me a 'Clueless' vibe. It's made from 100 per cent wool, which is the quality you'd find at Good Habits since they stray away from selling acrylic or polyester knits. 

A sweater like this is versatile and can either lean towards a cozy academic or an edgy look depending on what kind of bottoms you pair it with. 

good habits torontoOne thing Good Habits has a talent for is finding vintage pieces inspired by what's popular in high fashion. 

Balenciaga recently put out a line in collaboration with Adidas, however, this jersey is nowhere near the price asked for by the luxury line. 

Priced for $40 at Good Habits, it has a similar look. 

good habits torontoOutside of what's trendy, Good Habits has also been a hub for clothing used in music video shoots, commercials and films. This vintage dress ($160) from the late 60s is an example of this. 

The piece falls into what's known as true vintage since it isn't what the average vintage hunter in Toronto would wear. But Harris and Lewis say most pieces like this are shipped to New York City through their online store. 

good habits torontoGood Habits is on Dundas West near Beaconsfield Avenue. 

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Fareen Karim 

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