Category Archives: Fashion

The Year in Fashion – 2019

If you read fashion magazines you probably think 2019 was all about the colour lavender, floral prints, bicycle shorts with blazers, tartan, equestrian boots, capes and trench coats, asymmetrical plunging necklines, Gucci logo belt buckles, and sneakers, sneakers, sneakers. But … Continue reading

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Joseph Carrier with sample shoes, Carrier Shoes, Toronto, 1949

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Nylon vending machine, Paris Metro, 1955

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Barneys (1923 – 2019)

Founded in 1923 by 29 year old Barney Pressman, the men’s clothier grew to become a New York institution. Barney originally acquired his stock from bankruptcies and manufacturer overstocks, offering deep discounts to his working class clientele. Barney’s son Fred … Continue reading

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Sophia Kokosalaki 1972 – 2019

Greek born designer Sophia Kokosalaki trained at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London before launching her label at London fashion week in 1999. Known for her draping, Kokosalaki came to fame designing costumes and uniforms for … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection: D. McCall & Co.

The wholesale millinery business of D. McCall & Co., was established in 1879 by Dougald McCall and William Blackley (Blackley had immigrated to Montreal from Scotland in 1860 and moved to Toronto in 1866.) The business was originally located at … Continue reading

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Jesus sneakers

In a few minutes this past Tuesday, Brooklyn sneaker company MSCHF (pronounced Mischief) sold two dozen shoes for U.S. $1,425 each. The customized Nike Air Max 97 sneakers called ‘Jesus Shoes’ were blessed with religious symbols: Holy water from the … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – Kates Boutique

The Montreal millinery company Kates Boutique was founded in December 1969. Kates was a supplier of basic fashion headwear to bridal shops, department stores and hat salons across the country. The company was incorporated in March 1993, at which point … Continue reading

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1893 Watch Camera

This ‘spy camera’ is likely similar or even the same model used by 19 year old Carl Stormer when he took these round shaped photos in the 1890s in Oslo, Norway.

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Forever 21 1984 – 2019?

Forever 21 just filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and will close almost 1/4 of its stores and withdraw from some overseas markets. Originally called ‘Fashion 21’, the company was founded in April 1984 by Korean born Do Won Chang … Continue reading

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