Tag Archives: Toronto

Canadian Fashion Connection – H. V. Cowie Company Ltd.

The H.V. Cowie Company Limited was founded by 45 year old Hedley Vicars Cowie on March 6, 1922. The company specialized in manufacturing and importing menswear (dress pants, blazers, dressing gowns, smoking jackets, neckwear, scarves…) Initially located at 22 Front Street in … Continue reading

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Vintage Sartorialist – April 20, 1924

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Vintage Sartorialist, April 20, 1924

The Lakeshore boardwalk, Sunnyside, Toronto

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Shop Windows – Children’s Clothes, Eaton’s Toronto, 1958

This image was dated c. 1960 by the Toronto archives, which looked a bit off to me – the fashions seemed a bit ‘old fashioned’ for 1960. You may notice the sign on the left hand side of the window … Continue reading

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Shop Windows – 1916-18 Eaton’s Toronto

This was identified by the Toronto Archives as dating from 1918, but the clothes look 1916 to me. I think maybe the image had been dated and the archivist read the 6 as an 8 – there is just too … Continue reading

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Shop Windows – 1907 Toronto Eaton’s Department Store

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Urban Fashion Legends – The Burning Bra

As the feminist movement built momentum towards the end of the 1960s, a story emerged about militant protestors removing their brassieres and burning them in a garbage can in protest of the September 1968 Miss America Beauty contest in Atlantic … Continue reading

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Shop Windows – 1954 subway fashions

In May 1954 Toronto became the first Canadian city to have a subway. To advertise the grand opening, Simpson’s department store did a series of windows showing what the well dressed rider would be wearing in the subway.

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Who wears short shorts – in 1937?

I would love to know the back story on this photo! It was taken in front of the Simpsons department store in Toronto in 1937. I am assuming the two women in the short shorts are chorus girls on a … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Yorkdale Mall

A few years ago I acquired a collection of photographs taken by Martin Schaeffer, a Toronto photographer, of fashions being modeled at the newly opened Yorkdale mall. So I was delighted to recently discover an interesting article about the history … Continue reading

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