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Fresh faces and fresh looks at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Hat from Vintage Things, jewelry from Sassy Sisters Jewelry, boots from Ian Drummond Collection. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Hat from Vintage Things, jewelry from Sassy Sisters Jewelry, boots from Ian Drummond Collection. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The time has come for another year’s renewal. Ottawa Vintage-goers kicked it off with high style at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show this past Sunday April 13th. Personally I’ve always had a love for vintage since way back in my high school Annie Hall days with wide leg tweed pants, checkered skirts and ties. I always identified with days gone by, a previous era and shrugged off the rock t-shirts and hoodies of my peers, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sunday I got to relive the thrill of... | Continue reading article

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Behind the seams at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The old-timey fair came to town this past Sunday April 13th in the form of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. However instead of farmers and craftspeople lining up their wooden stalls side by side, open booths were set up in laneways like those I liken to the one behind my grandmother’s garden in Thunder Bay, where I used to play dressup in my aunts’ old clothes. All that was missing were the little white fences with rose and raspberry bushes peeking through them to complete the picture. This spring edition... | Continue reading article

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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Babes & Gents: A local design company with big dreams

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All photos by Jessica Deeks.All photos by Jessica Deeks.

Dressed in Babes & Gents drop-crotch pants, Amir Hasanzadehzargari is enthusiastic as he tells me about his challenges and dreams, his unique and rocky road to launching Babes & Gents, an Ottawa-based clothing brand. Launched last year, the company sells its clothes online at babesngents.ca. As of today, that is the only place you can buy Amir’s creations. His collection includes lines for women and men, and is surprisingly well priced. Most items, from hats to crop tanks to tees hover at around $30, although there are a few items, such... | Continue reading article

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Behind the scenes: Curating fashion with Victoire and Birds of North America

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Birds of North America - Spring 2014 Collection sneak peek!Birds of North America - Spring 2014 Collection sneak peek!

Ever wondered how clothing gets selected in your local shops? How store owners manage to pick those really great pieces from collections of lovely designs? This week, you get a chance to find out, with Victoire Boutique hosting a Collection Launch down at their West Wellington location. For three days, they’ll have the entire Spring 2014 collection from Canadian designer Birds of North America on display. Stop by to peruse the collection, and take the chance to buy like the shop owners do for their stores: with all colours and styles... | Continue reading article

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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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613 StyleFile: Part I – Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show – So Much Style So Little Time

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November’s Ottawa Vintage Clothing show brought a lot of style inspiration this year, with shoppers coming dressed for the occasion with outfits from the forties to the seventies. In preparing this article, I was fortunate to have guidance from Jaime McLeod of Housewife Vintage/Flowers and Vintage. She was Apartment 613′s charming guest style-spotter. She did indeed have a great eye, and whilst selling her own vintage wear in a booth she sent me chasing after some fancily dressed attendees. In this article, Jaime also tells us about her own style... | Continue reading article

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Say ‘yes to the dress’ at The Handmade Bride

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Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography.Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography.

Every woman knows that they are supposed to have “the feeling” when they find their dress. That Say Yes to the Dress heart dropping moment. The Handmade Bride seems to have that feeling flowing from their walls because the moment you step inside you just can’t stop smiling. This indie New Edinburgh wedding shop is on a mission to inspire you to customize your wedding. From corner to corner, the boutique is like no other wedding spot; boasting eclectic bright bow ties, highlighter crinoline skirts and bold graphic stationary squeezed... | Continue reading article

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Malorie Bertrand & EF Magazine put a spotlight on sustainable fashion

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Ottawa’s Malorie Bertrand has a passion for eco fashion. Her friends at Second Grace Vintage  describe her as “gracious, articulate and cute as a button.” These things are all true and she has been a tireless advocate in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion through her blog EF Magazine, and through her company with partner Stephanie Major August/May Sustainable Styling. They offer a variety of personal and commercial styling services with a focus on sourcing from sustainable labels. EF Magazine, started in 2011, promotes sustainable fashion and beauty that is... | Continue reading article

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Style File: Folk Fest Edition

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Folkfest Style File!

All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer to the weekend after school starts, and incidentally, the best time of year in fashion. With my heart full of love for both festivals and street style, I spent three nights of folk fest checking... | Continue reading article

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