June is Italian Heritage Month in Canada so of course I’m celebrating!
Italy is known for fashion and luxury brands. My favs are Gucci, Prada and Fendi for accessories. From Prada I have a vintage nylon cross-body that is my “go-to” on the weekends. My “hack” to make this bag useful is by inserting a organizer so my stuff doesn’t tumble around in there. I also have a pair of espardrilles and peep-toes. When buying designer shoes (even on sale) always lean toward the classics. You want to get your money’s worth and wear them for many seasons.
Fendi is all about vintage for me. I have had this backpack and circle bag for many years. I love the double FF pattern.
Gucci is a recent love for me. These bags are pure Italian luxury for me.
Italian style without the hefty price tags? It’s possible but you need to look for it. This patterned bomber jacket was a steal at Winners for $59 and this jumpsuit is a collab between Missoni and Anthropologie. $170 vs $1160.
Taste of Italy is super easy to find in the6ix. My fav spot for a quick bite or an after work prosecco is Sud Forno. Try it! For arancini and polenta fries CIBO is my “go-to” to get my fix.
I’m dedicating 2 days to one of my favourite brands – Fendi. Before the luxury boom, Fendi used to be affordable at the higher end of the market. I had several Fendi bags and a couple I completely wore out and had to discard. The survivors are now vintage pieces in my accessories collection.
1st the Sandals
These sandals I purchased in Italy in the mid 90s so they are vintage. I try not to wear them often because I want them to last. I love the double gold Fs and flat block heel. They are a classic style so I never feel they look dated.
This Fendi backpack is from their lesser expensive line. I picked it up at the Vintage Show in Toronto a couple of years ago. I love the logo on the strap and the stars. This round bag is vintage that I purchased it in Italy. It is the traditional double F canvas with a leather lining and trim. This bag looks great in summer with a black & white outfit. A black portfolio is an essential for work. This one I purchased at Holts and I always pull it out for interviews and business meetings to up the style factor. My macBook Air fits comfortably inside. Vintage pieces add uniqueness to your wardrobe and are one of the foundations of great style.
Winter has finally arrived in Toronto with below 0 temperatures and snow storms. Everyone be will thinking about the sunshine and beaches down south so now is the perfect time to look at Resort wear. Continue reading “Resort Report”
After visiting the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and seeing the selection of vintage bags available I thought I would blog about them. A vintage bag adds originality to any outfit. If you’re dressing on trend or classic, carrying a vintage bag will set you apart.
Here are some examples of vintage bags and styling ideas for them.
When Miuccia Prada took over Fratelli Prada she began its’ transformation into a global brand by designing a line of nylon handbags, briefcases and backpacks. She decided to work with Procone nylon which Prada used to line their luggage. The fabric was difficult to work with but worth it in the end as the line took off and demonstrated Miuccia Prada’s talent for merging the industrial with high fashion. These sporty, casual bags elevate everyday looks.
Up your interview or work style with a vintage portfolio. This example by Fendi holds a tablet to review your resume or presentation, as well as, a pochette with all your personal items. Think of it as a sleek and sophisticated carry-all.
This Fendi round bag compliments both casual and work wear. It holds a lot and has a great strap feature along the inside edge to keep small items from swimming around.
A great modern version of this design is by 3 Lily pads. Fiorella Di Lorenzo creates functional yet stylish bags. This line is a modacarta favourite!
Here are 2 vintage options for evening. I use this Gucci bag for most events because it holds everything I need without restriction. For a more formal occasion I have this lovely 1920s version of a wristlet. It has elegant beadwork and is held by delicate strap on the back.
All by Lori Tonizzo except
Prada Bag – from The Little Book of Prada by Laia Farran Graves
Canteen Bag – from 3 Lily Pads website
I hope you enjoyed this exploration of vintage handbags and styling. As always, I’d love to hear from you!
On Sunday I attended the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the CNE. There were tons of vendors with really great finds.
I found that jewellery and handbags had a large share of the show floor. One booth in particular had an large selection of brooches. The vendor mentioned it took her 6 hours to set up the display. Vintage pins are a huge trend for Fall.
This vendor also had a huge selection of necklaces, bracelets and rings. They also had $5 craft bags jammed full with stuff.
My favourite piece was this Moschino dress. Perfect for a holiday party or date night.
Handbags were definitely the find of the day. My friend and I both got great deals on vintage bags. We spoke to one vendor who had very fine leather and skin bags from Italy. She cleans all bags inside and out and makes any repairs before they are part of the collection for sale. The selection of Gucci, Fendi, Prada was wide and hard to choose a favourite. Prices ranged from $150-350. Most styles were from the 1980s and 1990s.
Cognac embossed leather Salvatore Ferragamo handbag. 70s style and in perfect condition. $50
Black suede with gold detailed Paloma Picasso small handbag. This bag was a great buy at $30 and it was also in perfect condition.
Black Fendi mini Knapsack. The straps of this bag identify it as 1990s when Fendi used this logo. $45.
The next Vintage Clothing Show is coming up in Spring March 4,5, 2016.
Coming up on Vintage Thursday we’ll look at other vintage bags.