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Street Style: Honest Ed’s farewell weekend

By Jean Grant| Photography by Jenna Marie Wakani

Toronto bid farewell to Honest Ed’s this weekend with a crazy art maze, a craft market and a few rowdy parties, all organized by the Centre for Social Innovation. During the four-day extravaganza, Torontonians popped in to pay their respects to the iconic building, in eclectic outfits that would have made Mr. Mirvish proud. Here, some of our favourite looks, featuring a lot of awesome vintage finds, storied hand-me-downs and even a stolen item or two.

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Gabbi Charron-Merritt

29, Music teacher “My grandmother made this coat and the vest underneath it—most of what I wear is homemade. The skirt says ‘You are the light that lights up my life.’ It was outside a shop at Queen and Ossington last summer; it was the owner’s and she didn’t want it anymore.”    

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Brennyn Bauer

25, Arts manager “My style is somewhere between vintage, modern and hippie. I bought this dress yesterday because I was feeling kinda down and wanted to make myself feel better.”    

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Taylah Harris-Mungo

25, Social worker “I came to a 1930s-themed party at Honest Ed’s years ago, and I bought white suspenders and a white tie. I walked out feeling awesome.”    

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John Maguire

52, Art dealer “My style is eclectic. I’ve been obsessed with Honest Ed’s for a while, and I’m here selling art. I bought this T-shirt at a closing sale a few months ago.”    

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Sasha Zack

21, Shop supervisor “I hate shopping, so I wear a lot of hand-me-downs. I’m wearing a Canadian tuxedo today and I think it’s working? The jacket wasn’t necessarily stolen, but it was left behind at a bar and the manager gave it to me.”    

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Anya Mielniczek

27, Artist “I wear whatever floats my boat. I like quality pieces with character and soul that have some history. I also like to upcycle and remake things, like cut-up shirts. These shoes are from my best friend’s mom—I love that they were already worn-in.”    

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V Mariano

27, Sales rep “I’d describe my style as a form of self-expression that changes every day. Today I was feeling blue and naughty.”    

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Nikki Bagheri

25, Photographer and musician “My style is discordant. It’s basically all stuff that was passed down from my mom. Today I was just trying to protect myself from the windchill.”    

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Tanisha Piper

26, Sales rep “I’m really androgynous. I like to mix it up by dressing really femme, then adding a nice button-up or baggy pants. I’m obsessed with spiders right now and recently got a bunch of spider tattoos. I bought this ring from a shop on Queen called Durumi.”    

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Trung Hoang

42, Gallery brander “My look is all-black everything. I like to support local street brands, but I wear the same black jeans every day—Levi’s 510s. My jacket and hat were designed by my friend’s brand Dope Society.”    

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Kareem Wright

33, Production assistant “I’m just wearing the most comfortable thing that was available to me.”    

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Nicole Manek

Designer “My look is rainy day explorer meets Rhoda.”    

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Chris Roberts

48, Stylist and Leslieville Flea co-founder “This kimono was a $3 Value Village find. I made the T-shirt myself and crafted the bracelet from a vintage Ontario license plate.”

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