BADLANDS VINTAGE, 104 Ossington, 416-553-5871 Rating: NNNNN
Shoppers can spot new Ossington shop Badlands Vintage by looking for the powder-blue Studebaker Champion parked out front. The retro wheels belong to Mundial Auto Repair across the road, but its throwback style is perfectly in step with Badlands owner Ali Rideout's selection of clothing, shoes and accessories.
A tiny anteroom outfitted with kitschy penguin and pineapple earrings, colourful canvas sneakers and a lime-shaped rec-room-bar cash desk leads to a large clothing-stocked basement. Rideout picks earthy 70s prints, 80s volume and unique pieces over the usual designer labels.
Tassled men's loafers and lumberjack plaid shirts fit fall trends for hipster fellas. Time is running out to sport floor-length summer frocks, but they'll look just as fresh next spring. Everything comes pinned with clever hang-tag descriptions; a white double-breasted blazer proudly announces that it's "neat, tidy and respectable."
Badlands Vintage picks: Rideout creates her own jewellery using found objects and trinkets, including a pair of feather earrings embellished with iridescent shards of shell, $25; a cinched-waist dress is printed with a green-and-purple Mexicana motif, $35; slip into a pair of black leather Beatle boots, $60.
Look for: Retro home accessories sprinkled around the shop, like stainless steel martini glasses and vintage coffee cups.
Hours: Monday noon to 5 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday noon to 6 pm, Thursday noon to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.