Get Pride Ready

SHOW YOUR.jpgAside from Pride being about acceptance and love (the best and most important thing), it’s also an opportunity to really go over the top with your look. To celebrate Pride Month and the Toronto Pride Parade that is right around the corner, we pulled some Pride inspired pieces incase you are still milling over what you could wear this weekend to celebrate. Happy Pride everyone!

Common Sort | Get Pride Readybeaded straw bag – $30

Common Sort | Get Pride Readysparkly red top, size M – $16

Common Sort | Get Pride ReadyHayley Elsaesser jacket, size L ($73)

Common Sort | Get Pride Readyasos pompom sandals, size 9 – $36

Common Sort | Get Pride Readystar embroidered denim skirt, size XS – $22

Common Sort | Get Pride Readyvintage dress, size S ($22)

Common Sort | Get Pride ReadyTie dye sheer top, size M – $16

Common Sort | Get Pride Readysequin heart bag – $12

4 Ethical Clothing Brands To Know

We have come so accustomed to clothes being cheap and thus disposable that we often forget to look at the reasons why that is. Clothing was once something you invested in, looking for pieces that would be timeless and worn over and over. But now we are able to buy clothes weekly, wear them once or twice and forget about them because they barely cost us a thing and new seems to always be better. Certainly we can’t all afford to buy designer pieces or shop independent all the time, but I think it is important to start taking note of the brands who have very questionable ethics and look to brands that pay fair wages, focus on sustainability, make an effort to be transparent and create really well-made pieces that will last. Looking at clothes the way we look at investing in good furniture may help us to see that our view of clothing and the whole industry has become a little skewed. Of course our first thought is buy secondhand, but if you want to support independent businesses and brands that are doing it right, these are the ones we think you should lookout for.

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Everlane is known for doing immense research on the factories they work with and visiting them often to ensure the factory’s integrity. It is important to them to remain transparent so you know exactly what you are paying for and why.

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Focusing on careful consumption, Elizabeth Suzann creates timeless pieces that can be worn several ways. All their clothes are manufactured in their studio located in Nashville and they strive to create as little waste as possible.

Common Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsCommon Sort | 4 Ethical Clothing BrandsMAISON CLEO

Maison Cléo is a mother-daughter brand based out of the North of France, creating pieces that are easy to wear and making French girl style accessible to everyone. Every single piece is handmade in their studio by mother of the duo, Cléo. They are extremely transparent when it comes to breaking down cost of materials and hours put into making each piece so you know exactly what you are paying for.

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Based in NYC, Ö/D focuses on effortless style while putting forth effort into being a brand that supports social and environmental consciousness. They source high-quality fibres from vendors that adhere to a “do no harm” policy, which is to say they do not harm the environment or animals.

 

New Mannequins

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We recently got new mannequins at all three stores, and we are pretty darn excited about them! We are now better able to put together some really interesting and eye-catching outfits, and while they may be a little more complicated than our previous ones, it is well worth the struggles because they look fricken good! Our visual merchandiser Meghan always does a really great job with our mannequins (we are so lucky to have her), so we wanted to share the outfits she put together on our new babies in Riverside.Common Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New Mannequins

Annex Opening Party

Common Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCELEBRATING OUR THIRD LOCATION

Having an opening party for our newest location in the Annex was really important to us. We wanted to thank all our long time customers for our continued success in Toronto, introduce some new customers to our stores and have a night of music, food, drinks and shopping to celebrate. Opening up a third location was something Nicole and Stefan had wanted for awhile and we feel so happy to now be a part of the Annex community. Thank You Kindly put together an amazing event that was filled with gingham and Parisian picnic styled foods; we had baguettes and strawberries hanging from the ceiling, an epic food installation, and a dreamy photobooth set up. We want to thank DJs Kim Sum and Nino Brown for providing us with amazing tunes to dance to all night,  Carmen Mac for the seriously delicious snacks, Rebecca Ramsdale for taking beautiful analogue portraits, Beau’s for their always tasty beer, and of course, Ariella and the whole Thank You Kindly team for making this event possible. openingparty (6 of 13)openingparty (8 of 13)Common Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening PartyCommon Sort | Annex Opening Partyopeningparty (9 of 13)Common Sort | Annex Opening Partyopeningparty (1 of 1)Common Sort | Annex Opening PartyAnd now all the awesome photobooth shots!

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Thrifting Tips

Common Sort | Thrifting TipsCommon Sort | Thrifting TipsSometimes walking into a thrift store can be overwhelming; there’s so much stuff and where do you even begin? Even though we have done all the picking and sorting and weeding out the “meh” stuff for you at our stores, it’s still a ton of clothes, each different from the next. Being a good thrifter is definitely a skill, and to be one you have to really like searching. If you are already a pro thrifter, then this post is old news for you, but for those looking to get better at finding the gems, we have put together a list of some tips we think could be helpful.

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LOOK THROUGH EVERYTHING; that means searching all sizes, checking both male and female sections, checking the tops of our racks, bag wall and all the mannequins. Maybe the piece you find is better oversized? Or you could find an unlikely piece hidden in the men’s section.

WEAR SOMETHING EASY TO TAKE OFF OR EASY TO LAYER OVER; there is nothing more annoying than being layered in clothes and shopping for new ones. It’s best to wear a simple outfit that you can take off easily, so that trying on clothes doesn’t feel like such a burden.

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COME OFTEN; At our store we are constantly getting new clothes and putting them out. To find the very best stuff coming frequently is the best way to find the real gems. You’d be surprised how quickly pieces hit the floor and leave that very same day.

THINK ABOUT WHAT WILL WORK WITH WHAT YOU ALREADY OWN; It’s easy to be attracted too many pieces you find, but knowing what pieces will actually get worn is the key to spending your money conscientiously and avoiding adding pieces to your closet that will never see the light of day. If you can think of at least 3 different ways to wear the pieces you are eyeing, then it will probably be a good addition to your closet.

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IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ONLY BOTTOMS, FIND A TOP SIMILAR TO ONE YOU ALREADY OWN (AND VICE VERSA); Maybe you aren’t wearing something that goes with all the pants/skirts you’re trying on. Grab a top from a rack and use that to be able to gauge whether the bottoms really work for you. It’s surprising how your opinion can change on a piece if you are wearing something that seems familiar to you.

IT WILL LIKELY BE GONE IF YOU WAIT; The good and the bad thing about our stores is that pretty well everything is a one-off. If you really love something, don’t wait too long to think about it. It will likely be gone by the time you come back for it.

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CHECK SALE SECTION; Sometimes some really great pieces, especially designer ones, end up in sale section. You may find that Prada top at an amazingly reduced price.

RESEARCH TRENDS; while we keep our eye out for trends and pick based on that, it’s always good to come into the store with an idea of what is in fashion and what you would like to be wearing. You may not find it, but coming with a game plan is always a good idea, it can be overwhelming with all the possibilities if not.

Please let us know in the comments below if you have any thrifting tips as well! Lets share the knowledge. 

 

Our Annex Location: Before & After

baa (2 of 8)A lot of love and hard work went into opening up our new store in the Annex. We got the space a lot sooner than expected and it felt a bit like a race against the clock to get it ready and opened. A lot of the staff helped, but a big portion of everything coming together was thanks to Dan who was an all around handy/everythingman, Jess who helped plan and design the space, Meg who put together our beautiful window display, and of course Nicole and her partner Stefan, who worked tirelessly late into the night way too many days in a row to get this store open.

I didn’t have a chance to get to the store when it was just an empty space, but hopefully you can gather from our before and after shots the work and effort that went into making our new, beautiful store!

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