The above Toronto spring outfit was brought to you by Marilyn Hartley of Rozaneh, a secret hiccup of a vintage shop near Queen and Dufferin — the Valentino polka dot full skirt, the Giorgio Armani ‘Le Collezioni’ blazer. (The vintage Trinidad & Tobago touristy boy’s tee? Err, that’s my own.)
For the local second-hand hound in the know, Marilyn has served the community with her quality vintage — Peter Max scarves, Mary Quant textiles, beautifully embroidered Victorian piano shawls (and have you seen her knits? Totally out-there). Her customers are loyal because she always seems to have a Sonia Rykiel tee or Comrags bodysuit on hold the next time you pop in (which always begins with “I thought you might like this..” in between cigarette drags), and you’re entirely welcome to sit for a chat and discuss favourite Comme de Garcon collections while the jazz radio station softly plays.
So it’s a total downer to learn earlier this week that due to a SIZABLE rent increase, Marilyn will be packing up and moving out from her Queen West location after only a couple years (she was a College and Ossington establishment for ten years before that).
But have no fear — Marilyn’s hosting a month-long sale that’s kicking off today. Sure, the rain doesn’t exactly pull you outside, but when has that ever stopped you in discovering high-end vintage?
Rozaneh Closing Sale – March 29th to April 30th, 2009
442E Dufferin Street Studio E (just North of Queen/South of Dundas, TTC bus stop at Alma) Thurs 1-8pm, Fri & Sun 1-7pm, (Or call for appointment, 416-703-6818)
– Rea McNamara