Dorothy and I would have likely driven passed Dennis' House of Vintage if it weren't for the busy photoshoot happening on its staircase. The trendy store relocated from its Queen/Portland location to Parkdale and hadn't been christened with a sign yet. Fortunately for us, the distraction was a good one.
Upon speaking to the enthusiastic staff, who are stylists, designers and models, we quickly learned that House of Vintage wasn't just a job -- it was a labour of love. The nostalgic experience of browsing through their retro styles while listening to the Bee Gee's Jive Talkin' (with disco ball overhead) was surreal.
House of Vintage provides a bevy of mint and wearable collections spanning from several eras. From a 1920's flapper dress to a 1990's Gaultier nautical jumper, the eclectic store is guaranteed to please diverse tastes.
Founder and owner Dennis Adamidis has big plans for the new location. Soon the basement will be converted into a chic fashion museum, where the flapper dress and other rare garments will permanently reside, but don't expect to pop in just anytime to see it -- it will be by appointment only.
Dorothy is in desperate need of Frye boots so we'll be stopping by again soon.
If you're looking for cool retro wear, be sure to visit Dennis' House of Vintage at 1239 Queen Street West or check out their blog.
Sophie and Laura strike a pose in vintage fashion.