Common Sort 10th Anniversary Party

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Common Sort is now a decade old and last Friday we had an evening to celebrate just that. Thank You Kindly helped us pull the whole thing off with an unusual but seriously tasty food spread, a beautiful cake made by The Cupcake Shoppe, spiked orange juice that was an ode to youth (at least for me), great music, a late night dance party and plenty of conversation and laughter.

These past 10 years have seen two more Common Sort’s open and grow into a Toronto staple for thrift shopping. CS is more than the clothes we carry, it’s about sustainable fashion, creating less waste through recycling clothes, inclusivity and community. We love what we do and we love even more that you do too!

We’ve said it once (way more than that) and we’ll say it again…these 10 years would not have been possible without everyone’s support; customers, staff, friends, family, our neighbourhoods and communities, and of course our fearless leaders Nicole and Stefan, who work tirelessly to make Common Sort an amazing place to shop and work.

And a few words from Nicole…
“Where has the time gone? Can’t believe it has been 10 years already.
We have loved spending these years in the best neighbourhoods in the city; watching our regular’s lives change. We’ve seen your children grow and our teenage customers become adults. It’s truly been a pleasure and we are so grateful to our wonderful customers for 10 years of business.”

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Common Sort at Redux

Common Sort | ReduxA fashion event

A couple Fridays back we had the pleasure of participating in Ryerson School of Fashion’s Redux fashion event. Our amazing personal shopper and stylist Megan styled the entire show (save for the footwear) and we had a pop-up shop where we sold selected pieces from our stores. The night was filled with two dance performances accompanied by a runway show, nibbly bits and drinks.

It was a really fun event and incase you weren’t able to make it out we got some photos from the evening.

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Holiday Windows

Common Sort | Holiday WindowI don’t know about you, but a good holiday window is something we always look forward to this time of year. Lucky for us, we have three windows to dress up and help our customers (and passerbys) get into the festive spirit. Incase you weren’t able to make it out to all our stores this season, we thought it would be nice to share our holiday windows – created by Meghan (our amazing visual merchandiser) – right here, so you can see them from the comfort of your own (hopefully cozy and warm) home.

Happy Holidays to all you amazing customers!

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Spread The Warmth

Common Sort | Spread The WarmthEVERYONE DESERVES WARMTH THIS WINTER

Last week New Circles put out a call for help from the Toronto community to spread the word that their clothing bank GLOW needs winter apparel for refugees and those in need as the temperatures drop. Upwards of 150 people have come in looking for clothing to keep them warm and sadly they have had to turn away people due to lack of donations they are receiving.

New Circles and GLOW are asking that the community host winter clothing drives to help them out, so we are hopping on board. Until Nov. 30th, you can bring in your pre-loved winter apparel to all 3 of our locations and we will be passing everything we receive to GLOW.

Listed below are exactly what they are looking for:

  • men and women’s winter coats, especially plus sizes
  • children’s winter coats, snow pants and snow suits
  • winter boots
  • winter accessories, such as hats, gloves, mittens and scarves

If you are able to donate, here are our locations:

Common Sort Parkdale
1414 Queen St. W
Toronto M6K 1L9
416-463-7678
*Queen Street at Dunn, between O’Hara and Lansdowne.
TTC – Eastbound 501 Queen streetcar to Dunn or
Westbound 501 Queen streetcar to O’Hara

Common Sort Annex
444 Bloor St. W
Toronto M5S 1X8
416-463-7678
*Two blocks east of Bathurst near Howland
TTC – Two blocks east of Bathurst Subway Station

Common Sort Riverside
800 Queen St. E
Toronto M4M 1H7
416-463-7678
*Two blocks east of Broadview, just west of De Grassi.
TTC – Eastbound 501 Queen streetcar to Saulter or
Westbound 501 Queen streetcar to Boulton

Get This Look / 3

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The outfits that have been calling to us lately are the simple ones; ones that are undeniably cool by hitting that “effortless style” nail on the head. Fall is around the corner and we are constantly pinning looks that inspire us so that we may call to mind when picking pieces for the shop. For our next Get The Look, we pulled pieces from our shop to recreate this overall/trench coat look, one of the many looks that have been catching our eye lately.

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Personal Style: Inez Genereux

Common Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: InezNext up on our personal style series, one of our buyers, perpetually colourful with a smile that could brighten anyone’s bad day, Inez. Common Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: InezTell us a bit about yourself.
An angel who lives for love and laughs.

How long have you worked for Common Sort and what’s your favourite part of the job?
I have worked at Common Sort for a collective time of about 2 and a half years. I took a break for a year to work on my art practise, styling and fashion presentation.
While I was away from Common Sort I found myself thinking about the communities that the stores are apart of more than any other part of the job. There are very few retail businesses where people of many different levels of economic status’ can enter and find clothing that suits all of their needs, aesthetically, functionally and financially. The price of new contemporary clothing that you buy in a mall is outrageous. Those prices are lies, and it isn’t fair that some folks have a more challenging time paying the price of those lies than others. The amount of times I have heard people exclaim while shopping at Common Sort  “this regularly retails for so much more“, is in the hundreds. The cost of living in Canada is so high, I feel that Common Sort offers a tiny bit of reprieve from the oppressiveness of consumerism.
As much as I truly love fashion, the nature of fast fashion is destructive to the planet. Even independent designers struggle with needing to make their clothing affordable enough for themselves to make small runs of garments, so most of all the clothing we see is made from synthetic materials and flown across the earth to be sold in North America. Common Sort buys directly from the general public, and we get so much clothing in every single day. It blows my mind to think that almost all of what we get in would end up in a landfill otherwise. Well! these are some of my politics in a nutshell, but I should say I also LOVE the thrill of finding a piece of clothing with a lot of character, especially vintage. Garments were made with more consideration towards fabric and wearability in the past. Things were made to last.Common Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: Inez

How would you describe your style?
A cartoon of Cameron Diaz playing a pop star who by night, is the secretary of a cult.

What’s your favourite piece you own?
ALL of my clothes are each my favourite pieces. I don’t buy clothing to have a cohesive wardrobe, I buy individual pieces that barely go with anything else lol. They all stand on their own. But honestly.. my favourite piece of clothing I have is a very very plain, boring ass mid calf length black cotton skirt with a thick elastic waist band. Originally from Forever21, I bought it because one summer I was very sick and it was all I could handle wearing on my lower half. It kind of looks perfect with everything and I also feel like I would have gone totally bonkers that summer without it. It’s kind of a horcrux for a part of my soul now.Common Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: Inez
Some tips on how to style an outfit.
Instead of styling tips I’m going to share the best advice I ever got on getting dressed. I used to feel soooooo stressed out about finding the perfect outfit for work, or a party or a date or something. I felt like if it was an important event then I had to have a new combination of clothing pieces so the memory would be preserved in that outfit. But it is so hard to put together a new look under pressure. Someone told me just to wear your favourite go-to outfit, the one you KNOW looks good, even if it isn’t very special anymore. The last thing you want is to be pulling on the hem of a dress or constantly checking your self out in a mirror every second you get because you feel uncomfortable. Put comfort first always, but consider expanding the boundaries of that comfort zone sometimes. Everyone has the capacity to push a little bit here and there. Go for it.Common Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: Inez
Favourite trend at the moment?
Literally I have no idea what is trending. I’m really into clogs and ska inspired outfits right now tho.
Favourite designer(s)?
ReBaie by Rebee,  Atelier Wonder and like Gucci lol.
Favourite season for dressing?
A few years ago I made a promise to myself I would NEVER wear an all black outfit in the winter, so I think it’s fun and challenging to come up with exciting looks throughout the darkest days of our year.Common Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: InezCommon Sort | Personal Style: Inez
Think of your style 10 years ago…are you embarrassed by it now? 
My style when I was 16 was really similar to where I am at now *in theory*. I liked and wore vintage clothes, I have always been really inspired by the Fruits fashion blog, and I liked to make my own clothes sometimes. One thing I should note is that 10 years ago I was really into Happy Hardcore and raving. Just let that simmer in your imagination for a moment. I think I looked sick and I have so much respect for my younger self for absolutely not giving a heck about what other people thought about how I dressed. I still apply the PLUR vibe to my visual and empathetic self now.

WHAT SHE WORE// Shorts, Top and Shoes: CS, Sunglasses: vintage, Bag: Courage My Love

*photos by Alex Spence and mural by Caitlin Taguibao

Get Pride Ready

SHOW YOUR.jpgAside from Pride being about acceptance and love (the best and most important thing), it’s also an opportunity to really go over the top with your look. To celebrate Pride Month and the Toronto Pride Parade that is right around the corner, we pulled some Pride inspired pieces incase you are still milling over what you could wear this weekend to celebrate. Happy Pride everyone!

Common Sort | Get Pride Readybeaded straw bag – $30

Common Sort | Get Pride Readysparkly red top, size M – $16

Common Sort | Get Pride ReadyHayley Elsaesser jacket, size L ($73)

Common Sort | Get Pride Readyasos pompom sandals, size 9 – $36

Common Sort | Get Pride Readystar embroidered denim skirt, size XS – $22

Common Sort | Get Pride Readyvintage dress, size S ($22)

Common Sort | Get Pride ReadyTie dye sheer top, size M – $16

Common Sort | Get Pride Readysequin heart bag – $12

4 Ethical Clothing Brands To Know

We have come so accustomed to clothes being cheap and thus disposable that we often forget to look at the reasons why that is. Clothing was once something you invested in, looking for pieces that would be timeless and worn over and over. But now we are able to buy clothes weekly, wear them once or twice and forget about them because they barely cost us a thing and new seems to always be better. Certainly we can’t all afford to buy designer pieces or shop independent all the time, but I think it is important to start taking note of the brands who have very questionable ethics and look to brands that pay fair wages, focus on sustainability, make an effort to be transparent and create really well-made pieces that will last. Looking at clothes the way we look at investing in good furniture may help us to see that our view of clothing and the whole industry has become a little skewed. Of course our first thought is buy secondhand, but if you want to support independent businesses and brands that are doing it right, these are the ones we think you should lookout for.

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Everlane is known for doing immense research on the factories they work with and visiting them often to ensure the factory’s integrity. It is important to them to remain transparent so you know exactly what you are paying for and why.

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Focusing on careful consumption, Elizabeth Suzann creates timeless pieces that can be worn several ways. All their clothes are manufactured in their studio located in Nashville and they strive to create as little waste as possible.

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Maison Cléo is a mother-daughter brand based out of the North of France, creating pieces that are easy to wear and making French girl style accessible to everyone. Every single piece is handmade in their studio by mother of the duo, Cléo. They are extremely transparent when it comes to breaking down cost of materials and hours put into making each piece so you know exactly what you are paying for.

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Based in NYC, Ö/D focuses on effortless style while putting forth effort into being a brand that supports social and environmental consciousness. They source high-quality fibres from vendors that adhere to a “do no harm” policy, which is to say they do not harm the environment or animals.

 

New Mannequins

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We recently got new mannequins at all three stores, and we are pretty darn excited about them! We are now better able to put together some really interesting and eye-catching outfits, and while they may be a little more complicated than our previous ones, it is well worth the struggles because they look fricken good! Our visual merchandiser Meghan always does a really great job with our mannequins (we are so lucky to have her), so we wanted to share the outfits she put together on our new babies in Riverside.Common Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New MannequinsCommon Sort | New Mannequins