vintage clothing

Hats helping Regina folks in need

In a closet in an apartment in downtown Regina, under a banana box filled with 80’s neon hats advertising hockey summer camps, next to a collection of ten or more SaskWater corduroy classics, on top of the pompom short beaked Union snapback, is a post-it note with the phone number of a man named Larry from Radville. Larry donated his collection of mint condition caps, amassed over twenty or thirty years, to Carmichael Outreach, one of the first hat collections that inspired The Hat Farm.

Since then, in the last year and a half, The Hat Farm has sold well over 300 hats to places all over Canada. For over six months of this time, The Hat Farm has been lucky enough to sell vintage hats and clothing at T+A Vinyl and Fashion. The money raised allows Housing Workers at Carmichael Outreach in Regina to be more effective and not be bound by budgetary restraints or grant reports, and more effectively help people deal with emergency. Since April, T+A has sold 75 Hat Farm items which has raised almost $1200 for the year; we’re looking forward to another successful partnership in 2017.

This Manitoba Pool hat was sold for $30 and paid for a brand new hot-plate for someone’s bachelor apartment that was not furnished with a stove.
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The proceeds from this blue striped hat went towards helping an individual access emergency shelter for one night.
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This Horizon Hurricanes checkered snapback covered the cost for DVD player cables so a new tenant could be comfortable to stay home and watch movies in their first home in a decade.
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This set of two matching Sask Wheat Pool mugs (one set still available for sale!) helped pay for the cost of television for a week of an extended hospital stay.
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In the Spring, Hat Farm got to take four friends to the the First Nations University of Canada PowWow, several people who hadn’t been to a Powwow in years. In May, $300 was prepaid to Come Clean Laundromat to allow the Carmichael Housing Team access to cheap, accessible, and convenient laundry services while supporting another local non-profit, The Diaper Bank.

Check out events and programs happening at Carmichael Outreach and participate in the events in your community! For further reading, check out the Carmichael Free Press.

Thanks to Tim, Amy, and the staff at T+A for their help and support, and the staff at Carmichael Outreach for holding on to donations of old hats for weeks at a time.

Nic Olson, Carmichael Outreach Volunteer and director of The Hat Farm

Hat Farm Facebook
Hat Farm Instagram
Carmichael Outreach

The Hat Farm @ T+A

We are now helping our friends at The Hat Farm sell hats and clothing to help people in need around our community. Proceeds go to the Carmichael Outreach, a place where folks can turn when struggling with addiction, health issues, homelessness or overwhelming life crisis. Follow @thehatfarm for updates and be sure to stop in the shop to pick up a sweet hat for an amazing cause!


More information on The Hat Farm and the Carmichael Outreach:
Housing worker sells vintage hats to raise money for Regina homeless – CBC
The Hat Farm: an example of social enterprise using Instagram
Hat Farm Facebook
Hat Farm Instagram
Carmichael Outreach

Vintage Revival Trends


The world of menswear seems not to work like a line reaching forward, but rather an ever repeating circle. This spring, the hottest designers are coming back with antiquated fashions in a big way; the good news is that you don’t have to shell out half your monthly wages to fit in with the most cutting edge fashions; in fact, many of these styles can be easily picked up on the cheap from your local vintage dealer, such as T+A Vinyl and Fashion.

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The first trend that is taking menswear by storm is the bold, 1930’s-esque pin collar dress shirt. Arguably revitalized by the great Tom Ford, the pin collar shirt has once again taken its spot as a formal yet edgy wardrobe piece that sets you apart from the crowd. You can pull off this look in one of three ways; either you can shell out some mad cash and get a beautiful white Eton pin collar shirt like I did, you can hunt for the unicorn that is the vintage pin collar shirt, or you can buy a purpose-built collar pin like this one. If you’re the kind of gentleman who wears ties often, then the transition to this accessory will be non-existent; fasten the pin through your shirt collar and you are ready to roll.

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My second trend of this season is the classic monk strap dress shoe. A distinctly British flair, the monk strap shoe (both single and double) has been in and out of popular menswear trends since its inception. Regarded as the most formal shoe option, the monk strap is now making a massive comeback in environments of all formality; from the boardroom to the barstool. Because of the how long the monk strap has been a popular option, a gentleman can frequently find high quality vintage monk strap shoes from vintage dealers and thrift shops alike. Something to look for in a vintage shoe is a construction method called a goodyear welt. Used by shoe manufacturers like Allen Edmonds, Church’s, and Loake, it allows you to have a cobbler entirely resole your shoe, making for an incredibly cheap way ($100ish) to score a like-new pair of classic vintage footwear. If your vintage hunting comes up short, you can also find this style of shoe brand new from several retailers, both here in Regina and around the world. With jeans and a t-shirt, a suit, a blazer, or pretty much anything else, the monk strap is an effortless and classic way to elevate your look this season, and for many more to come.

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My third and final trend of this spring/summer ‘15 season is the waistcoat. Although this is a broad category, the waistcoat (or vest) is making a big comeback in several arenas. Casually, we are seeing the waistcoat make a big comeback; wearing a waistcoat from your three piece suit, one that you picked up from a vintage dealer with jeans takes your outfit up a level, without looking overdressed. John Varvatos and Oliver Spencer, among other cutting-edge modern designers, are aiming directly at the vintage waistcoat look, and both collections feature both double breasted (the style of vest featured in my outfit) and single breasted vests (one row of buttons). Key things to consider when buying a vest are colour versatility (grey is best), good fit, and of course how much you like the piece. A strong inherent advantage of the waistcoat is that it can be heavily tailored, which means that most skilled tailors can make a vest that doesn’t fit you well, hug you like a glove.

Though these trends are currently in vogue, their classic nature assures that they will have at least another hundred years or so in the spotlight. With so many gentlemen currently falling for trends that will soon fall into the category of “definitively out of date”, dressing with an appreciation for classic styles means you will stand out without ever breaking your cool. Happy hunting, and be sure to stay creative with utilizing any or all of these pieces. Jeans, suit, jacket and slack, you just “do you”. Stay classy gentlemen.

Scotty Pettigrew

Scott is a professional haberdasher at Colin O’Brian Man’s Shoppe in Regina, SK.

Clowning Around with Onesies


Remember playing dress-up as a kid? My sister and I would go through this antique chest in our basement filled with my mother’s clothing items that she no longer wore — dresses with shoulder pads, large glasses without their frames, lycra body suits. We’d cover our little bodies with different fabrics, textures, cuts, and colours — wearing whatever configuration suited our mood that afternoon.


Once we were dressed, it was performance time. I would put a song on the CD-player from one of the few albums that my parents owned — The Proclaimers or the soundtrack to My Best Friend’s Wedding — and my sister and I would put on a dance show in front of my parents and whoever else might have been at our home that day. My sister would run as fast as her three year-old body could around our oval coffee-table, while six year-old me would mouth the words to every song, providing accompanying arm movements and expressive hip shakes for emphasis. As we grew up, my sister and I continued to play dress-up — albeit in a not-always-consensual way. She would take an item from my closet and I’d take an item from hers, both hoping that the other person wouldn’t notice the other wearing it at high-school that day. The (blessing and) curse of wearing the same size as your sister.


Since moving to Toronto, I’ve found myself dressing more conservatively than I did when I lived in Vancouver and Regina. Nowadays, I tend towards black on black on black, with little colour or pattern deviation. This is starting to change, as I rediscover some of the fascinating items hidden in my own closet. Take this stylish black pant suit-style onesie that ties up in the front. When paired with a floppy black hat and witchy boots, you get an outfit circa Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice (1988). Since summer is quickly approaching, I’ve decided to wear the onesie pant suit with my Trippen platform sandals, wonderfully eccentric and surprisingly walkable shoes from the Trippen outlet in Berlin.


I found this black and white polka dot onesie at Little Miss Vintage on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Somehow, I feel both classically glamorous and comfortably clownish in this outfit. Wearing this makes me feel a bit like Marilyn Monroe, especially when I wear it with bright red lips. I love that the top of this onesie is a tube top — a style which I anticipate will experience a resurgence this summer as the 1990s continue to inform the latest fashion, makeup, and design trends.

This grey onesie is my personal favorite. The fabric — 100% rayon — feels phenomenal on my body. I found it at Community Thrift and Vintage in Vancouver’s gastown, a store with excellent selection that also functions as a Social Enterprise initiative in which all profits go towards PHS Community Services Society in the Downtown Eastside. For those of you in the Vancouver area, donations are accepted at the Community Unisex shop located at 41 West Cordova (


Wearing each of these onesies reminds me of how much fun it can be to play dress up in our everyday lives. I encourage each of you to play around with clothing items that you might not typically wear … it can be a lot of fun, and you’ll be building character in the process.

Thanks for tuning in!  Until next time — Lauren ☾


Lauren Fournier is an artist and writer currently based in Toronto.
She is working on her PhD in feminist theory and performance art at York University.

Photography credits: Lee Henderson (