Vantage Vintage Boutique co-owner Michael Duchon models a curling sweater from the 1930s (above).
Curling sweaters are always a hot item at Vantage Vintage Boutique. Stylish, warm, and well-made, the sweaters will ensure you look the part, even if you’ve never thrown a rock.
Michael Duchon and Josh Alderson are the owners of the boutique, located at 210 – 70 Albert Street.
An example of a Cowichan sweater (above). The Cowichan sweater originated during the late 19th century among the Cowichan, a Coast Salish people in British Columbia. In 2011, the Canadian government recognized Cowichan knitters and sweaters as nationally and historically significant. – The Canadian Encyclopedia
While Michael has been a vintage enthusiast his entire life, Josh said Michael’s dedication tuned him on to the importance of sustainable fashion – and the quality you only find in vintage pieces.
“He had always dreamed of opening a vintage shop so I convinced him to go for it,” said Josh. From there, they began collecting high-quality, genuine vintage pieces.
They originally joined two other vintage sellers in the Albert Street space, and worked part time as a collective. Near the end of 2018, the other members of the collective departed and Josh and Michael set to work transforming the space into a destination boutique.
“We were both drawn to the beautiful Exchange District and its historical elements,” said Josh.
“All of the small businesses here are owned and operated by wonderful and incredibly hard-working people. We will always choose to shop small and support a local business over any others. The shops are an extension of their owners and always offer a unique and memorable shopping experience.”
The heart of Vantage Vintage is eclectic and wearable apparel. “We carefully and contentiously select pieces that can easily be incorporated into a modern wardrobe. The wearability of our pieces is a priority and we always try to source the best quality and condition.”
To explore these beautiful unique pieces and more, please visit Vantage Vintage in the Exchange District.
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