Vintage Clothing from the Past: Hong Kong 1950s-Early 60s

Mad Men‘s fourth season debuted yesterday, but have you ever wondered what clothing from other countries looked like around the same period? Below are clips from various fashion shows in Hong Kong back in the 1950s and early 1960s. Notice how many pieces look like they were inspired by Asian clothing. Also, observe what the […]

From Smartbride: Wedding Dresses with Vintage Glamour

Do you love the style and grace of a vintage themed wedding? We do. That’s why this week, we’re glammin’ it up vintage style, sharing some of the “vintage inspired” wedding dresses on SmartBride Boutique. Whether your budget is $175 or $1750, you’ve got some beautiful options! (for more, click here to go to Smartbride […]

Vintage: A Great Way to Go!

Erin Easterbrook When Courtney Leclair puts on her green, floor-length house-robe complete with shoulder pads, she’s engulfed in glamour. The robe is embroidered with a gold dragon on the back. The intricate detailing and luxurious materials suggest it was expensive, but Leclair bought the robe for a modest $8. Vintage clothing, like the dresses displayed […]

Vintage Shopping a Huge Success

Erin Easterbrook Vintage clothing has been doing very well in this economy The 25th annual Ottawa Vintage Sale was a day of “full-body contact shopping.” That’s how Jill Guertin describes the event which took place Nov. 15 in the Chateau Laurier Hotel. Although numbers have yet to be confirmed, many vintage vendors say they thought […]

Hats and Vintage Clothing at Chateau Laurier!

Erin Easterbrook Hundreds of people browsed through the annual antique clothing sale at the Chateau Laurier recently, looking for bargains and unique fashion items from the 1900s to the 1970s. The 25th vintage sale anniversary drew men and women of all ages, who picked-over the men’s and women’s clothing, jewellery, linens, and collectibles on offer […]

Did Your Mom Make That? No, I Did!

Nancy Rosa and her mom, Dulce, have been making dresses out of vintage fabric for more than 10 years.  When people comment on Nancy’s dresses, she would always answer the question with, “my mom made that,” and thus, the line, mymommadethat was born.  After all, it’s a personal line.

Toronto Has a Big Old Hollywood Night Out

Cynthia Cheng Marilyn?  Bogie?  What are these dead actors doing in Toronto?  No, they have not come back to life.  Instead, these were celebrity impersonators greeting guests at the “red carpet” entrance to Big Night Out, a gala and fundraiser celebrating the Toronto Chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, a mentorship program with a very […]

Bohemian’s the Thing for Sarah Shell of 442 McAdam

Bag designer, Sarah Shell of 442 McAdam (pronounced four-four-two and based on her grandparents’ address) did not originally study fashion.  In fact, her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal, is in biology.  After undergrad, Sarah left for New York to go to fashion school at Parsons.  Post-Parsons, Sarah worked in men’s fashion for Club Monaco and was […]

Meow with Envi for Dressed Up Cat

Dressed Up Cat is a line of handbags created by bag lover, Tracy Penwell.  Growing up with two older sisters, Tracy grew up with “recycled fashion” (read: hand-me-downs) and she also did not have issues with vintage.  In 2005, Tracy started to embellish her vintage bags, giving it a more unique look.  First, Tracy decorated […]

Antiques Diva Decorates with Collectibles: Colleen Lynch of Dovetail Decor helps clients take the clutter out of their antique collections

Colleen Lynch & Rob Campbell Antiques and collectibles add beauty and individuality to today’s interiors. It’s no secret that old furniture appreciates in value, while contemporary pieces decline. But most importantly, investment grade antiques command respect as they symbolize a great man or family’s connection with history and culture. Colleen Lynch is the designer behind […]