It’s no secret that vintage fashion has entered the mainstream. And sure you can always pick up a clever knockoff, but it’s always better to go for the real thing. You’ll get the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction that you won’t see someone in the exact same outfit walking out of the closest Urban Outfitters. Plus, Toronto has a vintage shop for every taste and style. Here are some of our favourites.
For the boho babes and hippest dudes in Toronto, Mama Love You has got your covered. This mother/daughter team has taken Queen West by storm with their eclectic mix of vintage treasures, from designer garb to the very best of the high street.
With their selection spanning casual to cocktail, Cabaret Vintage is perfect for the woman who brings a touch of glamour to everything she does. With fashions spanning the first half of the 20th century, owner Thomas Dreyton curates an exquisite collection of pieces that are sure to stand out in any crowd.
When only couture will do, Divine Decadence Originals is the place to visit. Nestled in the heart of Yorkville, their high-end selection includes many museum-worthy pieces plucked straight from some of the most elite closets in the city.
For the ruggedly manly, yet always fashionable, Klaxon Howl offers a great mix of vintage menswear and exclusive independent designs.
For the dapper gents, head to Kingpin’s Hideaway where you’ll find drool-worthy designer duds and vintage fashions that are perfect for any Don Draper wannabe.
Toronto’s biggest dealhunters all flock to The Public Butter where the selection is always great and the bargains are incredible. You’ll find a mixed bag of vintage goodies, as well as retro furniture, handmade goods, and one-of-a-kind goods.
Top designers, like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors, have been spotted hunting the racks at I Miss You Vintage. With their stunning selection of couture and garments beautifully sorted by colour, the shop is like a candyland for vintage-loving fashionistas.
With a selection of retro classics and modern style, the racks at Bungalow have something to offer for everyone.
Whether you’re looking for a vintage Coach bag or a distressed motorcycle jacket, you’ll likely find just the thing at Penny Arcade Vintage.
A treasure trove for the eccentric fashionista, Gadabout ground floor is packed with stuff but upstairs racks of fun and interesting garments line the floor, dating from the late 1800s through the 1980s.
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