To you, the stylish wanderers of the internet, having the terms ‘Canadian’ and ‘Fashion’lumped together is probably as laughable an oxymoron as ‘cute’ and ‘Croc’. It is true that when compared to the giants—London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, and Milan *sigh*– Canada is like a toddler swimming in Mom’s dress up clothes. So what are the Canadian style starved to do? No, clinging to a foreign copy of Vogue and crying into your H&M dress does not count. Before surrendering to a lifetime of eBay and international shipping fees know that I am a forever optimist, a Canadian fashion loving optimist at that, and I won’t take ‘Just drive to Minot a couple of times a year’ for an answer. Armed with stubborn patriotism and an obsession err… passion for clothing I dug up some well-kept secrets that will have even the most jaded Canadian seeing the Tim Horton’s cup half full (Overt stereotyping! Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)
Used- House of Vintage 738 A 17th Ave SW Calgary, AB
It was the fuchsia patterned jumpsuit in the window that stopped me, after that it was all in the details. Fully stocked but not overwhelmingly so, Used had lots of vintage to offer minus that all too familiar mulching polyester smell. The friendly sales associate and I squawked over a Moschino jacket that *sob* had to be left behind. I eventually found a bucket of bronze cast jewelry in my price range and left with a Dali-inspired ring and a sense of knowing that I’d be back soon.
Second Hand Smoke by Shelly Court
Who would’ve thought a city famous for its coulees and um, nothing else could play host to such treasures? Shelly Court’s Secondhand Smoke brand, found in the downtown Lethbridge boutique Nicholai, is Southern Alberta’s life preserver to style. With a mash-up of colourful new and used textiles hand worked into a blend of retro and contemporary silhouettes, it’s really the paradox that makes the pieces so exciting.Photographer: Eric Au, Models: Anna Nemtsova (Right) and Lauren Lepp (Left)
Gravity Pope 524 -17th avenue SW – Calgary, AB www.gravitypope.com
Carrying high-end brands such as Comme Des Garcons and Opening Ceremony, Gravity Pope is the kind of store that can let the pictures do the talking.