Marvellously unique and meticulously curated, Velour Clothing Exchange is a long awaited addition to Calgary’s shopping scene. The shop features vintage and vintage-inspired clothing at fair prices in a comfortable, minimalist space on 17th avenue. Myra, the visionary behind the boutique and long-time vintage clothing aficionado collaborated with us to share with you the ins and outs of shopping vintage like a pro. We’ve included pictures of our favourite outfits from a recent vintage hunt we went on at Velour!
The idea of shopping ethically for clothing is a noble one, but for a lot of us, actually carrying out this idea can seem daunting. We can relate to having questions like.. Where can I find these "ethical clothes"? Aren't they expensive? How do I know if they're ethical? What does ethical even mean?!
After committing ourselves to a year of shopping ethically for clothes, we've learned a few ways to make surviving ethical shopping a little easier...
Consignment stores will take your used clothing, sell it for you and give you a portion of the profits, or in store credit. As a shopper, one can often find well known brands in great condition at prices that range from fair to so good your heart stops for a second.
We've decided to use a “Buyerarchy” of Needs as a visual “how to” in pursuing ethical fashion. We hope it will give you inspiration and motivation in regards to the many ways you can pursue conscious shopping. We encourage you to see where on the Buyerarchy your shopping habits can fit into!