Spring is the season of rejuvenation and what better way to celebrate that than to give vintage garments a second life. Fortunately, a new shop by the name of Moon River Mercantile has opened in Edmonton and it is a treasure trove of top-notch vintage pieces for both men and women. The shop is run by Jill MacLachlan and Michael Sambir who both have a keen eye for timeless design.
With the cyclical nature of fashion, it’s easy to incorporate vintage clothing into your wardrobe without looking dated. In most cases, the cost of vintage is comparable to modern-day prices yet the quality is far superior. Not to mention, the likelihood of running into someone with the same outfit is very low.
The Turquoise Jacket
Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean it won’t still snow; a cruel reality in the City of Champions. Best to prepare with a vibrant, fur-trimmed coat just in case and pair it with high-waisted floral pants for a dash of optimism. If wild patterned pants are a little beyond your realm of comfort, pair this jacket with dark denim and leather booties.
• ‘60s turquoise coat with dyed Arctic fox trim and matching skirt (not shown): $175
• ‘60s Jantzen neon floral textured cotton capri pants: $75
• ‘60s green and yellow leather mod shoes: $55
The Floral Silk Dress
What says spring more than floral and silk? Make your night on the town a bit fancier with this delightful frock. Add a tapestry handbag for next-level floral power clashing.
• ‘60s Suzy Perette silk dress and scarf (tied to purse): $95
• Shoes: Zara (stylist’s own)
• ‘50s Italian black tapestry frame purse: $65
• ‘50s coral carved celluloid screwback earrings: $35
The Cotton Studded Shirt
Reminiscent of the Pearly Kings + Queens of East London, this versatile piece could be worn a number of different ways: tucked into a high-waisted skirt, worn as a jacket with jeans and a white tank top–the possibilities are endless.
• ‘70s Allie Flynn for Evan Roberts navy cotton-blend twill studded long-sleeved shirt: $75
• Skirt: Fred Perry (stylist’s own)
The Floral PlaySuit
“Hopeful” is the theme for this spring, especially with this outfit. I’m channelling my inner Lana Del Rey with this floral playsuit and pastel accessories. These pieces can easily be worn separately: the shorts with a plain white T-shirt for a more conservative look, or the tie top with denim bottoms.
• ‘40s pale blue and pink floral cropped top and shorts playsuit set: $95
• ‘50s pastel flower and fruit necklace: $65
• ‘60s pale pink clear vinyl floral lucite handle purse: $55
The Cheer Uniform
Midi is the length du jour, and this dress is a prime specimen for the perfect spring frock. Pair with ankle boots, a jean jacket and you’re set for the weird in-between weather.
• Cheer uniform not for sale. On long-term loan by the Moon River Mercantile Co to the (Old Towne) Beverly Historical Society.
• ‘80s Lee Rider denim jacket: $60
• Boots: Lothian (stylist’s own)
Story: Sandy Joe Karpetz
Photography: Meaghan Baxter
Model and stylist: Sandy Joe Karpetz
Shot on-location: Moon River Mercantile