Boutique Monique is stuffed with vintage fashions
In fashion, everything old is new again, and often priced at a premium. But not at Boutique Monique, where owner Monique Nanton brings vintage apparel and accessories to the masses at wallet-friendly rates. A collector and stylist, Nanton’s eye for fashion is evident in the quality and variety of her store’s products—well-made garments from such past and present designers as Oleg Cassini, Lilli Rubin, Rodier, Missoni and Allen Cherry in sizes two to 18. Step into the back salon, a warm and inviting space with a velvet couch from the 1930s, a fireplace and mirrors, to try on lavish gowns by the likes of Givenchy, and accessories such as gloves and opera coats. —Linda Luong
• Boutique Monique, 1024 St. Clair Ave. W., 647-345-3446; boutiquemonique.com
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By Vanessa Muri
No longer just the Plateau’s hip little sister, Mile End has become a serious shopping destination with a plethora of unique, stylish boutiques. (Not many neighbourhoods come with their own official Vintage Map!)
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A move to Wolseley in 2005 inspired The Closet Chick and The Closet owner Lorraine Hay to abandon the rat race and opt for a more sustainable lifestyle. Armed with 30 years of fashion industry experience, Hay simplified her life and opened a previously-loved clothing consignment boutique. The Closet Chick’s two floors offer current (one year or less) and true vintage (40s to 80s era) fashions for fierce females. Based on its success, four years later Hay launched second location The Closet in Osborne Village, which also stocks styles for men and some of the sweetest vintage leather in town. Create a Mad Men-inspired look by plucking a sleek sheath dress and a curve-hugging cardigan from the racks of chicly displayed mint-condition garments. For someone with enviable first dibs on numerous pieces of coveted vintage, Hay’s personal closet is remarkably small. “At home I have a tiny closet–I’ve got my own little look,” Hay says. Instead, Hay gets her fashion fix styling customers. The Closet Chick, 938 Portage Ave, 204-774-2442; The Closet, E-470 River Ave, 204-233-2442.