It was 10 years ago, April 1, 2006 to be exact, that I got the keys for 180 Avenue Rd. With much energy & enthusiasm I was hell-bent to bring Toronto the best selection of jaw dropping vintage and luxury goods. After 7 days of renovations, The Cat’s Meow was ready to swing open it’s doors for business, on April 8, 2006.
My goal is, and has always been, to provide you with the most well curated inventory in a comfortably chic environment. I have the best customers, consignors and staff! Throughout the years you’ve made The Cat’s Meow what it is today, and for that I am endlessly thankful!
First day open.
Arthur and I are here to help!
This Saturday (April 2, 10-5pm) we will be celebrating with a Tax-Free Sale! Everything in store including our already marked down items in the sale room will be tax-free for you (some exceptions apply, but not many!) AND a delicious cake will be served around noon! Museum Couture in the window, sale, cake, party?! It will be fun, so please join us-we’d love to see you.
We have rolled out the red carpet, literally, for our big 10th year anniversary window! We are so excited to show you some couture pieces from our personal collection. So if you’re coming this Saturday to our party (from 10-5) you will get an exclusive peek at 2 never before exhibited gowns which showcase fashion’s golden era. And if you can’t make it on Saturday, then please click to view the image below, we promise you won’t regret it! We have entitled this window ‘Possible Conversations’.
The left couture gown is by the “Master”, Cristobal Balenciaga. It is constructed with a cream silk jacquard fabric featuring a chrysanthemum design and long crystal bead fringe sleeves. This piece hails from the winter 1961 collection and is documented in the fashion memoir ‘Balenciaga’ by Marie-Andrée Jouve.
The right gown is a 1952 Christian Dior couture gown. (It has thin straps but is short in the torso so we tucked them in for display) It is made of a cream cotton organza and encrusted with gold beaded ‘bursts’. Tiny cotton flowers and prong set crystals are also hand applied throughout. Truly a dream!
Don’t know if you noticed or not, but we skipped out on doing a post last week. Sorries… Things have been a little crazy around the Meow Meow lately as we are preparing for our big 10 year anniversary next week. On Saturday, April 2nd we will be celebrating this landmark with a party at the shop. There will be some special goodies and surprises in store (literally) so mark it on your calendar and c’mon out to celebrate with us! In the meanwhile, why don’t you check out our new window display ↓
L~Bill Blass 1980’s red silk handkerchief hem dress. Size 6-8.
C~1970’s red crepe gown with maribou feather sleeves. Size 4.
R~1960’s chiffon banded hem dress. Size 2.
I don’t mean to brag but, I’ve seen many beautiful garments and textiles over the past 15 years in this biz. It’s like fuel for me, or perhaps it’s more equivalent to an addiction? I literally get a high when an item comes into the shop that is beyond gorgeous. This was the case in point when the light chartreuse gown (below) was first introduced to me. It really has all the bells and whistles; stunning colour, great Parisian label, fantastic beading and clean crisp lines. And the cherry on the cake; it has pockets to keep your pose game strong with. We flanked this gem with two petal pink silk chiffon gowns, more details below pic↓
L~ 1960’s pale pink silk chiffon gown with hand beaded bodice and satin belt. Size 6-8.
C~1960’s Harry Algo Paris wool chartreuse gown with large silver domes and crystal beadwork. Size 6.
R~1960’s pale pink silk chiffon gown with hand embroidered ribbon and crystal bodice. Size 0-2.
After almost a month of saturated colours in our window, we have gone back to black baby! And not in a shy way either. We went full throttle with the vampy drama. We like to balance things out for you, because we care about your fashion feng shui.
L~ J Mendel black silk chiffon gown with thigh high slit. Size 8-10. sold
C~ 1950’s black silk chiffon cocktail dress with beaded waist. Size 8-10.
R~1990’s Parisian black spider web lace corset gown. Worn with a 1970’s Cardin crystal necklace. Size 0-2
Wow, you all went bananas for last week’s yellow window! It was our most ‘liked’ picture ever on our instagram page→@thecatsmeowmeow. Thank you yellow lovers! But now, however can we top it? Hopefully you’ll find our current bubble gum pink display just as sweet!
L~ 1960’s hand embroidered rafia dress, size 6-8.
C~1960’s Bottega-esque woven chiffon dress, size 4. Paired with a Deco clear crystal necklace.
R~1960’s Parisian day dress, size 8. Paired with a Deco rose crystal necklace.
Sunshine yellow is beaming out of our window and onto Avenue Rd this week. We figured you might need a little vintage vitamin D to put a some pep in your step. On another note, did you know that this year marks the Meow Meow’s 10th anniversary? We are thrilled to the gills that you like us:) Your patronage over the years has given us the ability to do what we love to do-everyday! Our official birthday is in April and so we are in the midst of planning some special things for you all. Make sure and stay tuned for updates!
L~ 1950’s chiffon tea length gown, size 4.
C~ 1960’s hand beaded jersey gown, size 6-8.
R~1950’s double silk chiffon dress, size 8-10. Paired with a Deco pearl & crystal necklace, sold.
How ravishing are these raspberry reds in our window? It’s our Valentine’s Day gift to your eyeballs, do they love it? Do they say ‘Yes to the dress’? The pedestrians seem to slow/stop and stare at them, which is a good indicator considering the -127° weather lately. And to all of you reading this within close proximity to a hot & sunny beach, you chose the ideal week to not be in Toronto!
L~1960’s hand beaded cerise crepe dress, size 6.
C~1950’s butterfly jacquard silk dress, size 0. Worn with a 1980’s Elsa Peretti belt.
R~1960’s cerise silk chiffon pleated gown. Size 6. Worn with a 1970’s red crystal necklace.
We could mince words with you about how fab the following Hermès accessories are and how Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but we’d rather let the pics do all the talking for us 🙂
Hermès orange leather Clou de Selle book cover. Measures 4½” x ½” x 6¼”.
Hermès indigo Epsom agenda cover. Measures 3″ x ½” x 4″.
Hermès 18k gold with diamonds Flex ring, comes with box. Size 52.
Hermès silver and gold heart ring, comes with bag. Size 52.
Hermès silver ring with Kelly purse charm, comes with box. Size 55.
Hermès silver H ring on cerise leather band, comes with box. Big size 52, as is.
Hermès silver Collier de Chien ring on cerise leather band, comes with box. Size 52.
Hermès Collier de Chien double wrap bracelet in cerise leather with protective plastic still on hardware. Comes with bag. Measures 15″ x ½”.
Hermès red Epsom leather wrap bracelet, comes with bag. Measures 27½” x 3/8″.
Hermès red Clic Clac bangle, with bag. Measures 2½” x ½”. Sold
Hermès Hapi black wrap bracelet, with bag. Measures 27½” x ¼”.
Hermès indigo cashmere Evelyne scarf, with box. Measures 66″ x 12″. Sold
Hermès citrus horse print cotton T shirt. Size M.
Hermès alphabet cotton T-shirt. Size M.
Hermès men’s white cotton T shirt. Size M. (Pardon the boobs…)
As always, please contact us for more details.