FASH­ION ’s shop­ping guide to the coolest vintage and consignment bou­tiques across Canada.

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The coun­try’s best vintage and consignment bou­tiques.


AN­NEX VINTAGE 56 St-Vi­a­teur St. W., Mon­treal, 514-903-4404, an­nexv­in­ Gen Heis­tek owns this hot spot, along with two other Mile End shops, Lo­cal 23 and Em­pire Ex­change. With over a decade in the “rag trade,” Heis­tek hand-picks stock from her se­cret sources, culling mainly from the ’90s but also the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Racks are or­ga­nized by theme, such as flo­ral dresses and short­er­alls (shorts x over­alls). The shop also stocks an in­house line of up-cy­cled items, which cur­rently in­cludes crop tops cut from vintage blouses.

CITIZEN VINTAGE 5330 St-Lau­rent Blvd., Mon­treal, 514-439-2774, cit­i­zen­vin­ Friends and own­ers Re­becca Em­law and Lara Kaluza started out do­ing pop-ups and have quickly gar­nered a de­voted fol­low­ing with their vintage shop. The two up-cy­cle items to suit cur­rent trends. “Once we make a few al­ter­ations, that crazy ’80s dress be­comes some­thing to­tally wearable,” says Em­law. This Mile End bou­tique also dou­bles as a stage/gallery for neigh­bour­hood tal­ent, wel­com­ing a new artist ev­ery month to over­haul the show­case win­dows.

ERA VINTAGE WEAR 1001 Lenoir St., Mon­treal, #514, 514-543-8750, er­av­in­tagewear.tum­ Owner Elaine Léveillé of­ten refers to clients, many of them celebri­ties, as “her girls.” Of course, there is also the oc­ca­sional boy shop­per, like Jean Paul Gaultier, who first stopped by in 2009. Léveillé is a pas­sion­ate cu­ra­tor and de­signer who taste­fully re­works pieces from the 1920s to the mid-’80s. Her self­dubbed “cross­breed cloth­ing” is a mag­net for style mavens seek­ing the un­pre­dictable.

FRIPE FABRIQUE 388 St-Zo­tique St. E., Mon­treal, 514-271-8989, fripefab­rique. com. One of the newer shops on the vintage cir­cuit, Fripe Fabrique cel­e­brates three years this Septem­ber. And owner Michelle Hutchin­son and her team of­ten have fun, quirky sto­ries to share about the vintage pieces they stock. “We look for pieces that are play­ful, colour­ful and well-made,” says Hutchin­son. Bonus: The bou­tique of­fers monthly DIY work­shops where you can learn the art of re­viv­ing yes­ter­year finds.

THE LIT­TLE SHOP 1002 Ogilvy Ave., Mon­treal, 514-992-3364. The Lit­tle Shop is Mon­treal’s big­gest vintage se­cret (orig­i­nally, it catered to an ap­point­ment-only clien­tele). A fam­i­lyrun busi­ness for over 50 years, the jun­gle of de­signer cloth­ing, shoes, ac­ces­sories and home decor items is per­fect for vintage shop­pers who love the thrill of the hunt. A favourite haunt of in­ter­na­tional visi­tors, this bou­tique is also much-loved by stylists, set de­sign­ers and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tors shop­ping for items dat­ing from the turn of the cen­tury to the ’70s.


BOU­TIQUE MONIQUE 1024 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto, 647-345-3446, bou­tique­ A for­mer art di­rec­tor whose pas­sion for tai­lor­ing prompted her to open this name­sake bou­tique, Monique Nanton’s favourite finds in­clude her col­lec­tion of 1940s blaz­ers made of fine linens and cot­tons. Con­structed dur­ing wartime, these jack­ets fea­ture cou­ture qual­ity, as evinced by French but­ton­holes and hand­made work­man­ship, which is why they’ve held up so well af­ter decades of wear. CABARET VINTAGE 672 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-504-7126, cabaretv­in­tage. com. A go-to for cock­tail frocks, this Queen West bou­tique has ex­panded its vintage-inspired dress col­lec­tion for those who want a 1920s flap­per dress or a wasp-waist tea-length frock.

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