MARYLOU FLAMINGO, 984 Dundas West, 416-516-6916
The first hint of the surrealist style of Kristan Klimczak’s new vintage boutique at the top of Trinity Bellwoods Park is its oddball mascot, the human-legged flamingo in stacked-heel cowboy books stamped on hang tags and business cards. The second is the space itself, where a bubble-gum-pink elephant table base is surrounded by retro pumps, and gold jewellery hangs from spindly tree branches like Dali’s dripping clocks.
Klimczak holds court in her cash-desk nook under a giant floral garden umbrella, surrounded by women’s and men’s clothing, accessories and footwear from the 30s through to the mid-90s. There are plenty of little black dresses, but vintage-hunters want colour these days, so show-stopping beaded and sequinned evening frocks and kitschy Tyvek windbreakers take centre stage.
Klimczak says she just stocks what she likes but is aware that her taste might be ahead of the curve. As you’re slipping into an edgy find behind her change-room screen clipped with topless pin-ups, don’t be surprised to read “I F*cking Dare You” on the flip side of her tags.
Photo By Michael Watier
Marylou Flamingo picks: Klimczak’s black pieces always highlight an interesting silhouette, like the slouchy shape of a 70s Ashlee dress, $75; those riding boots you bought are made for riding pants, fellas, and the shop has a great 40s pair in khaki wool, $75; red and white swirls cover a navy blue canvas clutch, $25.
Look for: The store’s current capper, a Jean Charles de Castelbajac for Ko & Co. raincoat in colour-blocked primary red, yellow and blue.
Hours: Tuesday by chance, Wednesday to Saturday noon to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.