For those of you unfamiliar with The Coveteur here’s what you’ve been missing: Founded by designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, The Coveteur is a new way of looking at the creative process and influences of some of today’s most recognized global tastemakers. The Coveteur takes you inside the closets of internationally influential cultural forecasters. Erin and Stephanie collaborate with the chosen talent to show and describe, in their own words, the significance each item in the closet plays in their lives – from personal accomplishments to the way these meaningful belongings have influenced their unique sense of style. If you’re nosey like I am The Coveteur offers the perfect opportunity to drool over some exceedingly inspirational and in some cases aspirational closets.
I asked Erin and Stephanie of The Coveteur to recommend their favourite vintage hotspots in Toronto. For regular readers you’ll know that after my jaunt to France in March I’m flying out to Toronto in April as part of my inspirational travelling adventure, so this is all valid research, right?!!
The Coveteur– From the couture salon to Coco Chanel’s infamous apartment at “31 Rue Cambon
1. 69 Vintage– 198 Walnut Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2N6. ‘V’ Concept Store (Above: Woodstock Theme)
A concept store that focuses on art direction and careful product selection, the space, contents and merchandise for sale transform entirely every six weeks to reflect a new theme, ultimately creating an exciting retail experience. This new store flaunts a love and appreciation of vintage and presents chosen treasures in an innovative way.
2. Courage My Love- 14-Kensington ave. Toronto:
A Kensington fixture since 1975, this bohemian haven continues to be a reliable source of cheap, eye-catching fashion: vintage tie-dyed slips ($12–$18); 1950s sunglasses ($12–$40); reworked cashmere sweaters ($30–$35); thick, brightly coloured men’s silk scarves ($15); and vintage cufflinks ($6). The shop’s owners make regular buying trips to such far-flung locales as Mexico, Thailand and Bali, ensuring a steady stream of colourful jewellery, and batik and ikat fabrics. This place looks amazing! There’s a whole wall covered in old buttons, thousands of beaded necklaces strooned across the shop, argh I cannot wait!
3. V by Kealan SullivanV – is a stone’s throw from Trinity Bellwoods Park on Walnut Avenue.
Owner Kealan Sullivan, who brought us neighbouring 69 Vintage and 69 Vintage Collective/Buy the Pound in Bloordale, sets the bar high, offering a carefully selected collection of her most prized high-end finds, tracing back as far as the ’30s. Decadence, glamour, high-end vintage at it’s best.
4. Gadabout– Maple Cottage, 62 Laing Street, Toronto M4L 2N
Gadabout is an amazing repository for all that is vintage. Gadabout houses an extensive collection of vintage clothing, accessories, and fabrics including household textiles, blankets and rugs. In addition, the store carries ephemera, nostalgia and curios. Our Manly Man Corner is famous for its variety and oddities. Clothing dates from the late 1800s through the 1970s (some 80s available) and is in impeccable condition. (We don’t carry any t-shirts or denim.) The store is a delight to the eye, a lift for the spirits and lots of fun.
5. Dennis’ House of Vintage– 1239 Queen Street W (416) 535-2142
The collection of one of a kind vintage. House of Vintage has recently gone international with our second location opening in London!
Thank you for your recommendations girls and thank you for wishing me luck, we could not be any more excited about our forthcoming travelling adventure! Watch this space for full travel notes and photography.
(Imagery + descriptions used in this post were taken from the relevant company websites)
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