01 of 08
Montreal Vintage: A Shopping Shortlist
Whether you've gone secondhand to save money, save the environment or save yourself from chucking separates that don't seem to go with anything in your closet, there's something distinctly satisfying about scoring a long lost designer piece, vintage poster or that leather jacket that's been off the market for decades. Doesn't get much more exclusive than that.
But which Montreal vintage shops, fripperies and secondhand stores should be on every fashionista's shortlist? We asked FASHION Magazine contributor Ashley Joseph to share some of her valuable know-how, in the name of keeping it simple for people who just don't have time to figure out where the best hot spots are hiding. Vintage shopping practically needs to be a weekly habit to get the kind of insight Ashley's got.
So, which Montreal vintage shops made the cut?Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Les Folles Alliées
First stop? Les Folles Alliées.
"Nestled deep in the Plateau, this vintage haven counts as one my absolute favorites. Some of my most cherished finds (including one 90’s sunflower print silk Diane Von Furstenburg skirt) were spotted on these racks, which are carefully curated by the wonderfully eccentric Isabelle Spellemecker, who’s been in the biz for 16 years. Victorian era to contemporary." -Ashley JosephContinue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Friperie St. Laurent
Here's what Ashley Joseph had to say about Friperie St. Laurent:
"These people certainly take thrift seriously (I was once scolded for divulging that I was looking for a Halloween costume) but it’s a hit or miss type of place. On hit days, you might find the perfect distressed leather jacket, a 1920s' drop-waist frock or a great vintage backpack. Miss days might find you searching through racks of filler – stuff you could easily find at your nearest Le Chateau Entrepôt. Luckily, the Friperie sits next door to two vintage gems, so your trip won’t be wasted should you happen upon an off day." -Ashley JosephContinue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
Kitsch 'n' Swell
Next on Ashley's list? Friperie St. Laurent's next door neighbor, Montreal vintage shop Kitsch 'n' Swell:
"Kitsch is the operative word here. Walking through their doorway feels like entering a 1950s time capsule, or maybe your grandparents’ Florida condo. The vibe is Rockabilly meets 50’s housewife, filled with Elvis memorabilia, rotary phones, fringe lamps, religious wall art, suitcases and old Mad Magazines. Next door, sister store Rokokonut satisfies more feminine sensibilities with delicate lace gloves, gilded cigarette cases, vintage lingerie, and fur stoles aplenty – basically everything to make a Mad Men maniac go, well, mad." -Ashley JosephContinue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Hot shop #4? Eva B:
"Don’t be scared off by its rough-around-the-edges exterior – or interior, for that matter. I’ve spent entire afternoons in this veritable vintage maze rummaging through stacks of bowling shoes, old television sets, stuffed animals, etc. With a towering ‘Everything for $1’ pit, trust me, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave empty handed. The space also doubles as a café where coffee, hot chocolate and a wide range of teas are on offer should your shopping excursion leave you parched. Be sure to take a peek into Montreal couturier Helmer’s window front atelier across the street, or his adjoining boutique." - Ashley JosephContinue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
ERA Vintage Wear
"You certainly will not find any filler on these racks. Owner Elaine Léveillé works around the clock to fill her store with only the most iconic pieces from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. “I am E.R.A.,” she said of the 5-year old Griffintown shop. Shipments come in on Tuesdays and the good stuff flies off the shelves in no time so it’s best to head here earlier in the week." - Ashley JosephContinue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
"This charming boutique stocks an impressive array of pieces from every decade and you can bet that owner Nicole Pelletier knows her stuff, having styled the likes of Catherine Deneuve in the '70s. Think ladylike hats, Chanel flats and '80s Calvin Klein power suits." - Ashley JosephContinue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
Ashley's final pick? Sharyn Scott:
"For the most part, Sharyn Scott carries contemporary secondhand (save for a Chanel chain purse or two) but owing largely to her Westmount locale, she carries only the best. Ninety percent of this basement boutique is filled with Chanel tweed blazers, Hermes silk blouses, Celine skirt suits and the like. With those ubiquitous orange boxes lining its walls, this spot is vintage label heaven. But don’t expect any steals – this ain’t no Village des Valeurs." -Ashley Joseph