The Toronto Vintage Society this Saturday will be throwing our last party ever for the vintage community in Toronto. But don’t worry we aren’t going anywhere, we will still be online telling you all the fun vintage events to attend and of course we will be at many of them ourselves! We just felt it was time to pass the vintage party gauntlet onto the community that has grown in leaps and bounds since we started our events 3 years ago. So that said, I wanted to take a walk down memory lane to our past parties as we prepare to have our ”Last Dance”.
Warning..lots of awesome fun photos ahead!
First Up..a big THANK YOU to Jacquie the creator of TVS and the main brain (and worker) behind every one of our events. Jacquie’s dream was to find more friends to attend cool vintage events with and she accomplished that and much more.
The Parties & Events:
Mad Men Viewing Party 2013- The First Official TVS Event
And now we come to our final party this Saturday. Obviously no pictures but as per usual follow me on Instagram to see the party in action.
Final Words. Being part of the TVS events team has been so much fun and I will be honest, I will be sad to hangup my MC microphone for the last time this Saturday. BUT as I said before this is not the end of TVS only the beginning and I’m very excited to see what the future brings.
Final Final Words..To all our fans and supporters over the years..THANK YOU!
What a year this has been and how fast it has gone as well. I literally feel like I just started 2015 and now it’s coming to an end. Well the one thing I do know is that 2015 was a busy and fun year and I would love to share with you some of the adventures I got into with you. Here is my 2015 in review.
January: Every year I attend a big German Karneval (mardi gras) function called GAMGA in Las Vegas. It’s 2 days of costume parties, after parties and then a big Gala. It’s super fun and something I have been doing with my parents since I was a kid.
February: I was lucky to be able to attend the premier of the 1940s new Canadian TV show called ‘X Company‘. I have never been part of a premier and it was a cool experience and we even got to meet the host of the event and get our pictures taken with the cast and producers.
I attend a 1920s Speakeasy party at the famous and beautiful Palais Royale in Toronto.
AND I traveled to Seattle, Washington for a long weekend to visit a good friends parents and see uber cool Seattle. I did a blog post all about it HERE.
March: I did nothing really blog post worthy. WHAT?? lol
April: VIVA Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend! I did several posts on that big adventure which can be found HERE.
May: Vintage Spectacular Dance with the GTA Swing Band. This was a super night of dancing, dressing up and great Big Band Music. The image below is some of the lovely ladies of TVS and the lead singer of the Band (she is soooo good).
I was very lucky to be part of a cool experience in May with a favorite Rockabilly band in Toronto called “The Millwinders“. Myself and few friends were filmed dancing in front of a green screen for use for future videos. Here are a couple of pictures from that day.
Lastly Toronto Lindy Hop (that I’m part of) put on a full weekend of Lindy hop, classes, history lessons and live music dances all weekend long called ‘Toronto World Lindy Hop Day’. I played host and it was such a good weekend 🙂
The images below are with 2 living legends in the Lindy Hop World. Chazz Young the son of one of the founders of Lindy Hop-Frankie Manning (and a talent as well) AND Dawn Hamptonthe Queen of the Cabaret and a little firecracker (her image is on the shirts we are wearing).
Summer (June, July and August): I did a full blog post on all the events I attended (tiki party, UK Adventure, Horse race event plus much more), so check that out HERE.
September: Weekend visit to Havana, Cuba
This was not my first visit to Havana, but this was definitely the first time I visited areas outside of the Old part and it was fantastic. I still have to do a blog post on all the new things I saw but for now here is a collage of some of the highlights.
October: Halloween and a friend’s Wedding Reception Toga Party (yes a toga party). For Halloween the hubby and I went as Amazing Race Contestants. The outfits were big hits.
November: ‘Swing Out To Victory’. Once again I helped my friend Dean with hosting duties as a third of the beautiful “Dominion Belles”.
The throwing of the candies 🙂
Here I am with 2 friends from the Toronto Vintage Society. Both created their outfits from scratch and Joy on the left, won the best dressed because she recreated the “Swing Time” outfit from the movie with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Opening of Toronto’s first ‘Shameful Tiki Room‘ (literally around the corner from my apartment). Now one of my local hangouts.
The official Tiki mug for Shameful. Very Canadian with the Beaver 🙂
I dj’d my first Rock N Roll social dance night for my friends 50s dance studio ‘Soda Pop Hop‘. Such a fun night!
December: Toronto Vintage Society annual Kitschmas Party. I played host once again at the party and it was another huge success. Here are the winners of the title of Kitschmas King and Queen. Make sure you check out the blog called “Flipsville” because she made these outfits!
And that my friends is a general overview of my 2015 year. I hope you had a wonderful year and I wish all of you a Happy 2016! Thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting and just being wonderful readers, I love and appreciate each and everyone of you.
Well it’s officially..summer is over here in North America and I just heard on the radio that I’m in for a cold cold winter. Wonderful. So before this hits I wanted to look back and remember all the fun times I had before I’m crying in my bed to make the cold and snow disappear (I’m becoming a wimpy Canadian).
My summer started off with my big trip to Glasgow, Scotland, UK to visit my husband’s family and then London,UK to visit friends and do some site-seeing (I have never been). It was a fantastic trip and I’m eager to go back and see all the things I missed (In both cities).
(Note: I was kind of obsessed with my new Vivien of Holloway dress and you will see it again in this post..sorry! lol)
I spent a weekend with a bunch of Swing Dancers in cabins up north called ‘Lindystock’ run by Toronto Lindy Hop (that I do the Social Media for). I had so much fun! We swam, we played games, we did a bit of drinking, had campfires and just hung out. I wore no makeup all weekend, did not do my hair and I was super happy.
Toronto was lucky this year to play host to the Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games. My husband and I saw Squash at the Pan Am and took my nephew to see Wheelchair Basketball at the Parapan am. Coolest experience ever!
Toronto Vintage Society along with the Gladstone Hotel held a “Vintage Night Market”.
Recently I received a comment on my blog from Jessica from Chronically Vintage and she brought up the statement about the movie “League of their Own” being a big vintage influence in her life. Then when I returned her response I had to think for a moment who MY vintage influences were that helped shape the vintage gal I am today.
Well I have given it some thought and now I would like to share them with you and then maybe you can share yours with me?
I was a late bloomer when it came to my transformation into the clothing side of the vintage world. It was not really until that I moved to Toronto for Fashion school in 1999 that I started to stumble upon vintage items that were hard to come by in my home town (thank you Kensington market!) which then helped start my vintage clothing obsession.
BUT I was exposed to many vintage “things” growing up before this time. Here are some of the things that influenced me in my early days:
My Grandfathers Big Band Collection of Music– I remember spending what felt like hours sifting thru his collections and asking to borrow one or 2 CD’s to take home and listen too each visit. He is the reason I fell so deeply in love with the early sounds of the Big Bands.
Sunday Afternoons watching MGM Musicals with my mom–It was a tradition for my mom and I too sit down and watch one of those amazing Technicolor fantasies together. I loved escaping from the world around me for 2 hours as I was serenaded by Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Anne Miller danced across my screen in one stunning outfit after another.
Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea– I adore all of Lucy Maud Montgomery books and so when they were turned into a TV mini series (Anne) and a TV series (Road) I was even more hooked. Hooked on the stunning outfits from the early 20th century (1903–1912) to be even more exact.
I feel so in love with the show Road to Avonlea that I wanted to create my own clothing for the characters, so sketching of my own designs became my new hobby. And eventually was the reason I entered Fashion marketing school in Toronto (and forever changing my life).
Swing Kids the movie–I must have watched this movie 10 million times and vowed to one day learn how to dance like that.
Enter the..Swing Revival in the 90s which lead to my ongoing love of Lindy Hop.
The famous Gap commercial from 1998 that helped bring swing music back into mainstream: a real swing revival in the US.
Here are my more recent influences:
Vintage bloggers (thank you internet)–My first vintage blogger I ever found was Retro Chick and she ended up sending me down a rabbit hole of awesomeness that I have never been able to get back out of (or want to).
Toronto Vintage Society–Being part of this group and their awesome knowledge of all things vintage has really pushed my passion to the next level. Thanks everyone!
Flickr and Pinterest–These 2 sites are every vintage lovers dream. The image below I found on Pinterest but was originally seen on Flickr. Seeing real-life images of ladies in gents from your favorite era is a great way to perfect your vintage look.
Etsy and Ebay–What I don’t have to leave the comforts of my home to pour over tons of vintage dresses and accessories in a store but can instead buy them online? Yes Please! And boy have I ever used these sites (Etsy more than Ebay) to push my style to the next level.
This past weekend I had a fun vintage weekend so thought I would share it with you. First up on Saturday I was part of an event in Toronto called “Rosie O-Rama in conjunction with 2 events. V-J day (Japanese surrender that marked the end of World War II) and the Guinness Book of World Records “Most Rosie the Riveters in one spot” that was happening in California that day.
Since I don’t live in California a few of us got together (including fellow blogger Irene from Petite Plus Meow) and dressed up as Rosie (or for us Canadians ‘Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl‘) and met at City Hall in Toronto by the fancy new 3D sign for photos.
We then got out of the hot hot sun and zipped over via public transit to our fav “Rosie the Rebel” reproduction clothing store for some shopping and then ended our adventures at the super cool vintage Malt Shop- ‘Bean and Baker‘ for yummy goodies.
On Sunday my hubby was working so I decided that I was going to jump on the streetcar and head to one of my fav vintage stores in Toronto-Gadabout on Queen St. East.
Gadabout is one of these stores where you need to clear your calendar and even go alone so that you can spend hours filtering thru all the wonderful goodies they have. The owner Victoria is so nice and so is all her hardworking staff. I feel so welcomed every time I go.
For today’s trip I was on the hunt for vintage photos (I love my vintage photos) AND possibly a new Tiki dress for the TVS Tiki Party August 29th. I spent a couple of hours and brought home the following:
Find #1: This great souvenir photo taken at the Historic King Edward Hotel in Toronto in the 1940s.
It looks like these lovely young people are on a double date at one of the fanciest hotels in town. I wonder if they went dancing after in one of the gorgeous ballrooms at the hotel? Don’t they look like they are having so much fun? The gentlemen on the left is in mid laugh 🙂
Find # 2: Beautiful photo from the 1930s of a very well dressed mother and her adorable son.
Style alert! The mothers dress is simply beautiful and her shoes…wow!!! I love the hat as well. Very very nice.
Find # 3: This image instantly caught my eye when I saw the wonderful head scarfs and the cool Hawaiian shirt the man on the right is wearing. Then I started to look at it more and realized that I believe these lovely people are at a seaside resort somewhere. Wonderful!
Find # 4: I love her dress, that is why I took this image home with me.And I giggle when I see that someone’s finger got in the photo 🙂
Find # 5: I believe this picture is of a mother with her very handsome son and gorgeous well dressed daughter (isn’t her dress just divine and her hair is perfect). I’m enjoying that the mother does not seem happy to be taking the photo but the kids have nice smiles on their faces and don’t seem to mind at all.
Find # 6: I remember when I went to summer camp and at the end of the week we would get a photo of the whole camp and then we would spend the day running around getting everyone to sign the back of it. When I found this image of a group of young ladies in the 1940s, possibly at summer camp and the back was signed I just knew this was a keeper.
The back has cute “nicknames” that the girls had given each other. Like “Tiny” Jones and “Cookie”.
Find # 7: Here comes the bride all dressed in..not white but who cares! She looks wonderful (want her dress!) and her husband..so handsome. He reminds me a bit of Don Draper of Mad Men fame.
Image # 8: Here is another happy couple from the 1930s. Her husband/boyfriend/”friend” looks so in love with her, I just adore how he is looking at her in this picture. And once again, the lovely lady wins in the style department. Look how dainty her gloves are? Swoon…
Find # 9: FLAMINGOS!! I love flamingos and when I saw this wonderful menu from a still in business restaurant in Toronto, I just had to have it. I belive it’s from around the 1950s from the prices you see in the next image.
Inside of the menu. I love the section on “Milk drinks”. Milk Shakes, Malted Milk, Egg Nogg, Egg Malted. That’s a lot of Milk 🙂 And don’t forget the “Hot Ovaltine”.
Last but not least I also bought myself a vintage dress for the Tiki party I mentioned above. Here is the fabric but you won’t see the dress until Tiki party time (it’s a surprise).
Did you have a good weekend? Find any vintage goodies yourself?
Every year keeps getting bigger with year # 3 being our biggest! Woo hoo! One of the cool activities we do at our Tiki party is the “Vintage Swim Suit Competition“. Last year we had a wonderful turnout of fantastic suits and I’m really excited to see what this years attendees will bring to table. I’m sure they will be amazing!
In preparation for August 29th, I have rounded up some of my favorite vintage swimsuits from the internet to inspire, purchase or just admire. Enjoy!
(P.S. These are also great suits for VIVA as well).
Playsuits that turn into swimsuits are fantastic for summer parties, because you only have to worry about one outfit for the whole day. This 1940s beauty on sale on Etsy right now is the perfect example.
Another Playsuit/Swimsuit from the 1950s. Who does not love Gingham?!
I love details like lovely scalping on the bust of a suit.
(P.S. this suit is from a Canadian seller: “Trunk of Dresses” for any Toronto ladies interested).
This next suit is stunning and so very 1930s. This suit is luxuriously sleek white and silver striped Lastex stretch satin with skinny black pinstriping. Wow! You would turn heads everywhere you went, that is for sure.
Ohhhhh I wish this next darling of Marina Del Mar swimsuit would fit me, it’s just so beautiful. At last it won’t so I will have to wish for it to go to a good home instead. Bummer.
1950s Swimsuits with pleated skirts is the ultimate in style, especially when it looks like it would be good to from the pool to the tennis court. Fantastic!
This lovely is also being sold in Canada on Etsy so you can still scoop it up just in time for the party.
This number would be perfect for VIVA with its patriotic red/white/blue theme but honestly it could be worn anytime because CUTE is perfect anytime.
(Note: Also a Canadian Etsy Seller)
Sometimes all a swimsuit needs is a few fantastic details, like this Ivory cream piping scalloped wave pattern with buttons on the below 1950s swimsuit. So pretty.
This 1950s Jantzen Rhinestone beauty is a bit pricey but it’s too stunning to leave on Etsy PLUS it has its vintage ad to match!
Lets not forget the men! Can we all take a moment to revel on how PERFECT these 1950s vintage swim trunks are for the Tiki party? Or for VIVA? WOW!
Here is another perfect Tiki 1950s Vintage Swimsuit for the guys.
And there is the roundup. Still looking for a suit? Etsy and Ebay are always good places to go (as seen above) as well as vintage shops in your hood. Live in Toronto? We have lots of places that might have a suit or 2 (check out our directory on the TVS website) but if vintage is not your thing for swimsuits then please check out our Tiki Party sponsor “Doll Factory by Damzels“.
Now Question Time: Do you own a vintage swimsuit? Or is one on your bucket list?
Did you know (you might of know this already) that there is an actual day called “Plaidurday” on October 3rd that is a worldwide celebration of all things….PLAID!!! Yes friends, the world is a wonderful place.
Now clearly it”s not October 3rd anymore but that does not mean you can’t celebrate Plaidurday on a non official day 🙂 And that is what I’m going to do with some friends from the Toronto Vintage Society tonight to celebrate the originator of TVS, Birthday-Jacquie!
Now to get my mind ready for all things plaid I have been looking for lots of vintage plaid inspiration online and boy there are tons. Shall we see what I found?
Vintage “Plaid” Advertising & Images
Pendleton is the ultimate “Plaid” clothing line as seen in these 3 ads below.
While not an outfit this blanket is still a Pendleton and looks super cozy. I’m a bit confused on the “Robe-in-a-Bag” tagline though, does this not look like a blanket and not a robe in the traditional sense?
1944 Teen girl wearing blue jeans and of course PLAID! Does she not look fantastic? Everything about this relaxed outfit is pretty cool (minus the smoking part, but that is the time). I really like the radio as well, that is on my wish list when I have a bigger home.
Every Teen Girls Dream in 1947-The “Scot-Trot”
1940s Teen Girls in wool, plaid skirts and saddle shoes. This might be the look I end up channeling for the party. Can I just say how much I LOVE this photo!
The plaid dress in this 1940s vintage image is beautiful and the ladies are equally stunning. Fantastic photo!
What stylish 1950s ladies, I must say.
Don’t worry men, there is lots of plaid to go around, even when you go swimming.
Or when your just hanging out, like these McGregor ads show.
I cannot have a post on plaid without mentioning-Scotch Tape, the king of plaid packaging!
How about a Plaid Fridge?? Yes a Plaid Fridge! Wow that is a lot of plaid in one area, if I do say so myself.
Plaid For Sale
I adore this red plaid shirtdress from the late 40’s possibly early 1950s. So liz!
I love yellow plaids, I think they are very classy.
If this skirt was in my size I would 100% be buying this lovely 1940s plaid ruffled skirt.
The below 1940s wool jacket looks very much like the one the pretty teen was wearing in the picture I posted earlier.
For the gentlemen in your life (or maybe yourself)- A plaid tie from the 1930s. Isn’t it marvelous?
Just in time for the Holiday season, these adorable Christmas Bow Earrings. Ohhh I want them 🙂
A pretty plaid scarf will cheer up any outfit.
It made be cold in Toronto but that does not mean you can’t start thinking “warm vacation” in this adorable 1950s plaid swimsuit! Maybe you could convince your significant other to wear the plaid men’s swimsuit shown earlier?
Lastly to end this post I wanted to share a wonderful photo of my husband and our new Tailor friend Mister Xe we met while in Hoi An in Vietnam in 2013. Aren’t they a cute pair?! hehehe
Do you love plaid as much as the Vintage Inn? Or is it a pattern you stay away from?
And if you want to follow the plaid fun tonight (or any of my fun) make sure you follow me on Instagram.
This past weekend I attended a new event in Toronto called “The Toronto Antique & Vintage Market” at the CNE grounds. I was attending on behalf of the Toronto Vintage Society and also for my own pleasure..hello Vintage Shopping! The event was a pretty good size with booths selling everything from vintage clothing to vintage postcards and antique furniture.
I had a very limited budget so I knew that I was not going to go all hog-wild on buying things, plus my closet is getting so jammed I really have no space to store any new clothing items until I do a purge (which is going to be almost impossible). So my plan..keep it small and easy to store. Well the show had lots of that so I scored a few awesome finds, and here is what I found….
One of my favorite finds from the show-a 1940-41 Fall & Winter Eaton’s Catalogue (stay tuned for a post on all the goodies inside!).
Eaton’s was once Canada’s largest department store retailer. It was founded in 1869 in Toronto by Timothy Eaton, and it grew to become a retail and social institution in Canada. With stores across the country, buying offices around the globe, and a catalogue that was found in the homes of most Canadians (we always had one in my home). Sadly in 1999 the company went bankrupt, so now finding pieces of history like this is means just a little bit more for vintage history lovers like me (Source).
Find # 2: 1950’s Rosanna Knit Sportswear Bolero
This sweater has the most wonderful details as you can see below and is in MINT condition. I got it for a steal AND it’s small so it will fit in whatever remaining space is left in my closet.
Next Purchase a Vintage Brooch-It needs a bit of TLC but I actually don’t mind the fact that there is only a bit of green left on the palm trees. Adds Character 🙂
Now my small but mighty finds-Several Vintage Photos from the 1940s and 1950s:
The below image has a story to tell and I love it! I believe that the couple is going on their honeymoon or something very important because air travel in the 1940s was not something you just up and did like we do today. Plus they look really really nice, which is nothing out of the norm for air travel in the early days but they just look like it’s a special occasion.
I think it is also great that the plane in the background is actually a Canadian airline (no longer around) called “Canadian Pacific Air Lines“. I love finding images like that this have a bit of Canadian history tied to them.
Lastly, lets talk about her outfit. Her hat is just amazing and so very different from what I normally see. She also has great peep toe shoes purse and her classic suit goes a long long way in the “simple but stylish” department.
Next up we have this 1940s cutie in a double-breasted winter jacket, that just looks soooo warm! Hopefully warm enough to keep her exposed head and toes warm too. Aren’t her shoes great?!
I was drawn to this picture for the simple beauty coming off the paper. She looks very happy smiling for the camera, and I wonder what her story is? Maybe off to see a loved one return from war?
When I saw this picture my girlfriend and I tossed back and forth whether she was wearing a playsuit or not and finally after both agreeing that is was VERY clear that she was, I had to buy it!
Her playsuit is just great and looks totally comfortable. I love how she paired the simplicity of the outfit with nice big flowing 40s hair, some sort of brooch and big bow peep toe heels. Future Pinup Model? I think so 🙂
I am curious on where she is though? Those heels don’t look to easy to walk in for a stroll in the woods.
Next up is a early 1940s (maybe late 1930s) beach photo from my hometown of Sarnia, Ontario. The beach was at Canatara Park a frequent hangout for those who wanted to catch some rays and go swimming in Lake Huron. I was super excited to find this picture because I have never really seen any cool “life images” from my hometown. So to stumble upon a postcard with this image was a wonderful surprise for me.
I’m totally digging the swimsuits and hair in this photo.
Next up we have the most stylish 1950s Housewife on the block. Lets call her Marge 🙂 Isn’t she just lovely?
What colour do you think her dress is? I can’t seem to decide personally.
I also found this super funny postcard that from what I can see was mailed in the 1950s (according to the back) from one woman friend to another. Isn’t it hilarious??!!
Lastly I did NOT buy this at the show but I had to share it. I stumbled upon a 1930s Hair Perming Machine and had to take a picture of it. It was crazy cool and crazy scary at the same time! Can you imagine sticking your head under this thing?
And that was my finds friends! Did you do any recent shopping this weekend or week? If so what was your favorite find?
I’m about to share below a great post created by the Toronto Vintage Society about the amazing and fantastic “Tatyana Designs” (formally known as Bettie Page) that is opening in Toronto ASAP!
But before I do this I want to quickly share my own story about this brand.
I have been wearing Tatyana clothing for many years now. In fact the Bettie Page brand (as it was called originally at start-up) was my first entry into the world of “Vintage reproduction clothing”. I was in Las Vegas and was wandering lost in Planet Hollywood when all of a sudden I saw the iconic image of Bettie Page staring back at me with racks of beautiful garments just begging to be tried on behind her. I purchased 2 dresses (which I still wear today) and have not stopped buying since.
Now every time I visit Vegas I go to the store in the forum shops and buy something and catch up with the shop girls that have now become our friends. My husband is also noted as the “guy who gave a mini swing dancing lesson in the store” to the Tatyana staff 🙂 I have also gotten my mom addicted to the brand and she sports many wonderful pieces in her closet too.
To show you the love here is a picture of my collection!
NOW for the post I promised you….Toronto Vintage Society’s Sneak Peak Post:
Toronto has been buzzing for months around rumours of getting the golden-era inspired dress company behind the Bettie Page brand – Tatyana!
Vintage and retro style lovers – from swing dancers to rockabilly fans – have been dying to get their hands on the full range of clothing since they were dreamed up in 2006. The Tatyana company has chosen Toronto to be it’s 20th location AND it’s first international store….and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
“Our newest Tatyana boutique is situated in the heart of Toronto,” notes Tatyana Designs co-CEO Jan Glaser. “We continue to be gratified by the enthusiastic acceptance of Tatyana’s designs by women from all walks of life. This is especially true as we have an enormous Canadian following with thousands wearing our dresses representing a disproportionate percentage of our customers. Now we have the opportunity to honor their patronage with our first Canadian outlet in an amazing location.”
The Toronto Vintage Society are huge supporters of any new company that wants to join our ranks in bringing the retro inspired lifestyle to this city…and there is room for everyone!!! To find out more we reached out to the company. The lovely Hayley from the NYC Boutique and new Toronto Store Manager Martha made time to let the Toronto Vintage Society have a sneak peek at what’s in store.
The first thing we found out is that the SOFT OPENING event will be THIS SATURDAY starting at 2pm! The FIRST 10 people through the door will receive a goody bag, there will be bubbly drinks and tasty treats…more importantly there will a 20% discount to anyone who mentions “TORONTO VINTAGE LOVES TATYANA“
Despite busily setting up for their opening weekend soft opening, they still managed to take the time to answer some questions for us!
What is the company history of Tatyana?
Tatyana Designs is named after the founder and lead designer (Tatyana Khomyakova) who began designing retro inspired dresses when she founded her first clothing line, Bettie Page Clothing, in 2006. Born in northern Russia, Tatyana loved the arts and fashion from her earliest memories. After excelling at the University of Culture with degrees in theater and fashion, she began her modeling, Tatyana, after becoming a high fashion couture model, studied fashion design in France and London which led to her expertise in unique women’s vintage style design. Dismissing the “frivolous trends of the moment,” the high fashion model decided to bring into being a line that reflects the beauty and mystery of women without being vulgar or “Trendy.” Bettie Page Clothing was born.
In 2006, we opened our first boutique at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the strip in Las Vegas, NV. Soon thereafter, we opened Hollywood, Forum Shops in Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston, New York, Nashville and more so that we now have twenty Boutiques.
In 2014, Tatyana emerged from the Bettie Page Clothing line to unveil her new company: Tatyana. The future of the line is as varied as women themselves. The nature of the dresses appeal to all demographics. Young people like the dresses because they are unusual and a “little crazy” so they can stand out in a crowd. Middle aged clients enjoy the elegance and “mystery” the dresses convey. Moreover, the older generation appreciates the nostalgia which reminds them of their youth. Everything from fabric content and design to the silhouettes themselves undergo constant change and evolution to meet the demands of clients.
Tatyana has found her place in the fashion world, which is fortunate not only for her, but for women everywhere.
I feel you two are the main players in making this store come to life…tell us about yourselves!
Hayley– Well I am just here in Toronto helping Miss Martha out, I actually live in Brooklyn and manage our Manhattan store at 303 Bowery. (Come say hi if you are ever in town!) I started with the company about four years ago when I opened our San Francisco location on Haight Street. It was a fantastic time to join the team, because the company was really taking off. We started opening boutiques all over the country, and I was fortunate enough to be involved in opening quite a few of them. When the decision to open in New York City was made, I had to jump on it. Obviously. I am a die hard vintage fan, and even more so just a fashion enthusiast. I love all things beautiful and retro.
Martha– I am from Prince Edward Island and new to Toronto! Simply pleased and tickled to be the store manager for Tatyana Boutique first International location. I have a background in retail & customer service that has allowed me to collect passport stamps from also being a retail buyer. I feel like fashion is in my blood since my ‘Granny’ wore dresses everyday and taught me you can never be over dressed!.
Why did the Tatyana company decide to open its next store on Toronto?
H-Martha, how many people did you say live here? Toronto is fabulous city and full of energy. Where else would we want to open our first international store?
M- 2.5 Million!
The line has vintage/retro inspired feel…are your clients only vintage / rockabilly / swing fans?
H- Not at all. Of course we have tons of clients that are into the scene (and we adore you!) but we also cater to a wide a range of clients, we literally have something for everyone. In NYC I have a great mix of rockabilly pin up gals, professionals, and just girls into fashion. Our clients are women from all backgrounds that just want to feel beautiful in what they wear.
M- I am just learning about all the vintage styles. I have more of a classic or lady-like look so I appreciate the cut and style that Tatyana Boutique offers to suit a real women’s body. I plan to mix in circle skirts and get a few make-up lessons so that I fit right in here.
Tell us about the most iconic Tatyana dress and how it was inspired and designed.
H- That is a tough one! I would have to say the Brigit, the Alika and the Captain are our most iconic dresses. All three of these have been in to many magazines and tv shows to name. My personal favorite at the moment though is the Shirlee Tegee! We had a “bring it back contest” last year where clients sent in photos of their mothers and grandmothers in beautiful garments. One of the winners was this little number, a dress that the first Miss USA wore in 1947. I am obsessed with the fabric, cut, and the print was so ahead of its time! Oh, and it has pockets!!
M- I have my eye on a few! I think that Annie’s Garden with a bow belt is the new one I will purchase!
What do you hope to happen for Tatyana in Toronto specifically? Do you see it as a simple walk-in Queen St W business or do you seeing it having an impact on the community?
H- If this city falls in love with Tatyana the way we have fallen in love with you, we hope to make this Boutique a destination shopping location. Yes, tourists will shop with us… but we really want to get involved. The city has so much to offer and we are thrilled to be apart of it.
M- Toronto has been patiently waiting for these dresses with the correct mixture of bright, fun, and flirty…we are all going to look like ladies!
What else will Tatyana have to offer in Toronto other than great clothes and accessories?
H- Exceptional customer service. We pride ourselves in taking client satisfaction to the next level. Our prices may not be that of a high-end designer store, but our mentality is. Oh, and we are also having a fabulous party mid September! Have you heard of Tempest Storm? We have something killer in the works…stay tuned!
One that note, we will be helping out Hayley and Martha to make their Grand Opening happen in true Toronto Vintage style! A little bit of everything should do the trick! You DO truly want to stay tuned!
Here are some fun sneak peek pictures of what to expect from Tayana’s Toronto Boutique:
Don’t Forget! SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd at 2pm
Location: 322 Queen St. West- Goody Bag for the first 10 people through the door
– bubbly drinks and tasty treats for everyone
– 20% off if you remember to tell them that…. “TORONTO VINTAGE LOVES TATYANA”Stay tuned for news about their Grand Opening Event in September!Toronto Vintage Society Team!
On a side note…I think I want to buy this dress and channel my inner urge to be Anita from West Side Story. -Liz-
NOOOO!!! I cannot believe that Mad Men the final season is coming up this Sunday! I’m not ready, can’t make me watch it..no no no! I don’t want my favorite vintage ad men and women to be out of my life for forever!!!
Lol! Okay all joking aside, it IS the final season of Mad Men and whether you watched the show or did not watch the show you have to admit that it did contribute a lot to our current culture. Vintage cocktails are uber popular again, 1950s & 60s clothes are not just seen in second-hand stores anymore and drinking at the work place has become a “can’t we bring that back?” conversation everywhere 🙂
I know one of my favorite thing about the show has been the clothing. Every week I would sit in front of my TV and ohhh and awww with each passing outfit and dream of having the clothing designer of the show land on my lap with every gorgeous dress I saw..in my size! Sadly that will never happen but a girl can dream, right?
Lets check out some of my favorite outfits.
This outfit that Betty Draper is wearing in season 1 is something I would wear in a heart beat.
As you move thru the seasons you pretty much realize that Joan could wear a paper bag to work every day and still look amazing. This simple but gorgeous dress is no exception. The colour is wonderful on her.
I want, I want I want! Betty for the win for the cutest tennis outfit..ever!
I love blue and both of these dresses are just lovely.
Season 2 finally saw Peggy in some nice dresses as opposed to the frumpy ones she wore in season 1.
Yes, Yes..and oh..Yes! I have a skirt like Joan on the right but I don’t look as good as her in it lol!
I think I love this outfit because it just screams spring/summer which are my favorite seasons.
This is one of my favorite Peggy outfits because it is so me! I could totally see myself wearing this to the office.
Wow! this dress is just..wow!
Another Peggy dress that I would wear over and over again.
Each one of these outfits are glorious and wonderful. I love Joan’s brooch on her flowered dress as well.
As the show moved more into the 1960s I fell a bit out of love with the outfits as the 60’s are not my favorite fashion era. However there were still some great outfits even if I was not oohing and awwing anymore.
Did you have a favorite outfit or two from the show? Will you be watching the final season?