Dennis’ House of Vintage
December 17, 2010 Leave a comment
In an earlier post, I spoke about the importance of vintage fashion in a man’s wardrobe. Purchasing a few vintage pieces a) saves you money, b) enhances your wardrobe with something unique, and c) is environmentally friendly (reduce, reuse, recycle). All vintage clothing stores however, are not created the same. Some put out everything but the kitchen sink, while others have knowledgeable buyers/owners who study trends and stock vintage pieces that work with what’s in style today.
Dennis’ House of Vintage (HOV) definitely belongs to the latter. His store is situated in the hipster hotbed of Parkdale, Toronto at 1239 Queen Street West. HOV has also recently opened a shop in East London’s hip Brick Lane (God I miss the Old Truman Brewery), right by the Shoreditch train and tube stations at 4 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH.
HOV’s selection includes high-quality vintage pieces from the mid-60s to early-70s by Christian Dior, Burberry, Pierre Cardin, Saks on 5th, Lanvin, and Polo by Ralph Lauren all in excellent condition. The store is roughly a third menswear and offers a great variety in men’s shoes, boots, furs, plaid & gingham shirts, coats, leather jackets, Cowichan sweaters, and sports coats / blazers. Dennis threw a Christmas party last night, to thank all of his customers for their support. With its eclectic combination of vintage clothing and furniture, the spacious retail store made for an attractive backdrop that could have easily been mistaken as a club.
A cute bartender managed a makeshift bar, as the DJ spun wicked tracks out of a pretty mean sound system. A giant disco ball was anchored to the ceiling, the change rooms were converted to photo booths, festive hors d’oeuvres were served, and the place was jammed with Queen Street’s coolest. Staffers Sophie and Chanel were also on hand to greet and mingle with guests, even tied up a mistletoe. Sadly though Dennis, no takers under the mistletoe. – House of Vintage, 1239 Queen Street West, (416) 535-2142, email@example.com