Gigi is a long time vintage collector, appreciator and wearer. And an even longer time lingerie enthusiast! She is the owner/operator of Toronto’s only Vintage Style Lingerie Boutique : Gigi’s House of Frills.
We talked about ‘everyday vintage’, and her dedication to fashion and details from the 1930s to ’50s. I love how her store makes you aspire to a more glamourous lifestyle, where you might entertain in loungewear or do your pincurls in a nightgown from the 1930s.
We discussed the immaculate style of Pee Wee Herman (“He never fails!”), and when Gigi picked up this book by Man Ray she remembered her love for Salvador Dali too!
Of course we also discussed pin curls and hairstyling (she has a hair drying chair at home naturally); plus her love for Divine, and of course Betty Boop.
She also told me about her love of reading the obituaries, and imaging the lives people lived; and her first memory of touching silk lingerie around age 5 (her mom had to drag her away).
These are the types of labels that Gigi loves so much:
Gigi sent over some of her own snapshots too:
Gigi’s House of Frills carries vintage lingerie, glamourous loungewear, hosiery….all in new and vintage (for the the purist). She focuses on both leaders in vintage style lingerie and also local designers. Gigi’s is a stockist for the following vintage and vintage style brands:
- What Katie Did lingerie and stockings
- Dottie’s Delight’s loungewear
- Inspiration Vintage undies ( or knickers, you pick!)
- With Love Lingerie
- Sarina Poppy handmade swimwear
- Libera Lace Briefs
- Under The Root
- Fiore Hosiery
- Deadstock Vintage…..and more!
Things Gigi likes!
Tailoress on Roncesvalles in Toronto for alterations
Local Toronto Vintage;
She’s local to Kensington market: Flashback, and Courage my Love, and Cabaret online.
Freddies — where Gigi finally found a pair of jeans she likes!
The Nylon Swish
Va voom Vintage is another blog but she also has tutorials.
And in Gigi’s words….
“For clothes, I am not loyal to any one etsy or ebay shop and I try to buy in person–but etsy seller’s who constantly bring pieces that impress and delight are : Butch Wax Vintage, Garb Oh, Fab Gabs, Wildfell Hall, Guermantes Vintage, Dethrose Vintage…. I appreciate what they are doing!”
Also a great site for anyone with a keen interest in vintage beyond trend is the Vintage Fashion Guild.
For makeup, I am just about to announce we are starting to carry Besame which is a vintage style brand. They are gorgeous quality and stunning vintage packaging. The lipstick colours are actual reproductions of vintage colours, for example “Besame Red” was *the* red of 1920!
I am a big fan of Graydon Skincare, a Toronto company, they make great…well skincare, especially their completely natural, effective and good for your skin sunscreen that I wear every single day, all year.”
Radio Dismuke for popular and jazz music from the 1920s and ’30s.
The Man Game by Lee Henderson
You can follow Gigi on her twitter: @gigisfrills
Thanks Gigi! ♥