Why Vintage Stores Owe Their Success to Fashion Bloggers – Read My Feature In GlassBook !

Last year I spent a lot of time at Kensington Market in Toronto, while admiring the vintage jumpsuits  writing a feature for a journalism class, and today, it was published online on Glass-book.com; a new Toronto-based initiative designed to showcase … Continue reading

Jumpsuit of the Day: Vintage Jumpsuit at Toronto’s Kensington Market

Courage My Love is Toronto’s oldest vintage store. Their second-hand clothing is all hand-picked, and much of the jewellery and decor that they sell is selected by founder Stewart Scriver on treasure hunting trips in Mexico and East Asia. Though Kensington Ave. is cluttered with various vintage stores, Courage My Love doesn’t hack up the prices of their thrifted pieces like some of its neighbours. A woven basket in the store contains silk scarves selling for $2 each, and an assortment of vintage handbags sit on different steps of a ladder towards the back of the store, costing $8 each. A fur coat can cost $30, and a silk maxi dress for $14. “Our prices are really good compared to other vintage stores in the area,” says Calvin Brown, 28, Courage My Love employee of eight years.

Inside the store, there is a wall titled “New Arrivals” near the front door. Among the overalls, gowns, tutus and cashmere cardigans that hang on hooks, there are a handful of vintage jumpsuits. The sky blue piece pictured below (selling for $25) is made from crepe-silk, and has a funky polka-dot pattern. Though the garment is more than 5o years old, its wrap neck and gathered pants are very much trendy today– many of the jumpsuits from the runways at the F/W 2011 RTW fashion weeks have very similar styles to this!

Vintage jumpsuit at Courage My Love

Courage My Love is located at 14 Kensington Avenue in downtown Toronto.

Virginity: a new trend?

More youth in the US are opting to stay virgins

The vintage clothing trend has been dominating the global fashion scene for a while now…but it looks like vintage is influencing more than just fashion. Data released Thursday, revealed that for the first time there is an increase in the number of teenagers and young adults deciding to wait longer to have sex.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics study revealed that from 2006-2008, 29 per cent of females and 27 per cent of males between the ages of 15 and 24 reported that they were still virgins. In 2002, only 22 per cent of males and females could say the same. According to the study, these numbers account for all means of sexual activity, not just intercourse. Though the results reflect responses from Americans, newspapers in Canada like The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Sun reported the story shortly after the results were publicized. 

These results may be the outcome of the  amped up its sex education programs in schools in the US. Or, pro-abstinence groups are now reaching a wider audience with their message. It could even mean that the youth of today are striving to follow the ideals of a more traditional era. Though this may be a significant step in the society of American youth, we have yet to see if the courtship dating system or petticoats paired with corsets will make a comeback too.

*Photo Credit: TheologicalClowning (Daniel Good)